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It’s been a tough few years for business owners. Brexit, the pandemic, and the energy and cost of living crisis have all taken their toll and seen the number of businesses in Britain drop by 6.6% – from 5.9 million in 2020 to 5.5 million now.

Even so, SMEs make up 99.9% of the UK  business population. Let’s take a closer look at what an SME is and what funding options are available if you’re thinking of starting out on your own.

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We’ve been banging the work from home drum for years now, but even we can see that it’s not for everyone – at least not full time. Since the pandemic kicked off, many workplaces have adopted a hybrid model where possible – that’s when employees work a couple of days at home and spend a couple in the office.

But if you’re having to work at home all the time, there’s a chance that you could be getting tired of being stuck in the same spare room and sick of staying at home all day. If this sounds like you, here’s how to beat work from home burnout.

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Mental health problems are more common than you may think – figures from Mind, the mental health charity show that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

The effects of the coronavirus lockdown might even make this figure higher – being stuck between the same four walls can have a negative impact on mental health at the best of times, feelings that will be exacerbated by the pandemic ad talk of death and illness, not to mention insecurity over jobs and personal and business finance.

May 9 to 15 is Mental Health Awareness Week, a campaign designed to help encourage people to talk about mental health and address and issues head on. This year’s campaign will focus on the problem of loneliness.

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The pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine have both pushed the climate crisis from the headlines over the lats couple of years. But the need to be more environmentally friendly is still a huge priority for all of us, both individually and collectively.

The trouble is, not only can going green take a lot of effort, the latest data from the British Business Bank shows the vast majority of smaller businesses in the UK don’t understand common environmental terms such as ‘net zero’, ‘carbon neutral’ and ‘carbon footprint’ or how they apply to their businesses.

Let’s cut through the jargon and give you some useful tips to help cut your carbon footprint and fight climate change from your office.

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Do you dismiss Valentine’s Day as a cynical way for florists and card companies to cash-in on people’s romantic/insecure/desperate side? Are you loathe to buy the love of your life even a single rose on February 14? If so, you won’t be happy to hear the tech industry is getting in on the act…

It seems the days of turning up with a hastily scrawled card and some garage forecourt flowers are well and truly gone and people have seriously raised their expectations as tech  now dominates the top five most wanted Valentine’s Day gifts.

And if you think the tech companies won’t exploit this in future, you really must be as green as you are apple looking.

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The distractions come thick and fast when you’re working from home – daytime TV, housework, knocks at the door, and cold callers on the phone all do their best to break your concentration.

And then the cat seems to need feeding every five minutes – while there’s no doubting having a pet around the place can help alleviate the loneliness that can come with working from home, they’re not always great for productivity, but they’re nothing compared to having a baby around the house while you’re trying to work – so, if you’re a work from home parent, is it time you considered taking on a nanny?

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On the face of it, working from home is the eco-friendly way to do the nine-to-five – no commute, no office energy consumption, and everyone is in control of their own energy efficiency. This also seems to have been proven by the fact that air quality improved massively when we were all locked down in 2020.

But the reality isn’t quite that straightforward.

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With just a couple of days to go until Christmas Eve, there’s a good chance many of your staff are beginning to wind down – unless, of course, Christmas is your busiest time of the year. If things do slow down over the festive period, you might be taking things easy yourself, or even on holiday already.

But what if you need people to stay switched on over the holidays? Especially in that ‘dead zone’ between Christmas and New Year? Here are some tips to help keep things ticking over.

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2022 is nearly upon us. After losing most of 2020 and 2021 to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s time to prepare for a (hopefully) more stable and prosperous post-Covid world.

How many of our small business New Year resolutions will your business be carrying out?

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December 4th sees the return of Small Business Saturday, the one day of the year where customers are encouraged to rebel against the retail chains, overlook the massive online shops, and buy from local stores instead.

This year marks the ninth anniversary of the event, and all small businesses are being encouraged to get involved, from family butchers to online sellers.

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