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The government has cut the length of time that people with Covid-19 have to spend in self-isolation from seven days to five days. The changes will take effect from Monday.

This means that if you or any of your employees get hit by Covid, you’ll not need to spend as long in self-isolation. Although the advice remains to work from home wherever possible.

We asked several business owners what they made of the the relaxed rules. Here’s what they had to say.

Coronavirus News Small business

If December has crept up on you once again and you’re massively underprepared for the inevitable Christmas madness, the good news is that you’re still not too late to catch the last post (to UK addresses, at least).

If your business does rely on the postal service, it helps to know when the final postal dates are. Here’s all you need to know.

Around the world News Small business

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?

Inspiration Small business

If your business is closing down over Christmas, and you’re looking forward to clocking of for an extended festive break, you’ll no doubt already be winding down and counting the hours until you can switch on the out of office. The trouble is, switching off completely means there’s a chance you’ll come back to a packed inbox and a full answerphone.

But a little bit of preparation before you break up could help your colleagues to keep things ticking over and make sure you come back to an organised office that’s ready to take the new year by storm.

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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.

Guides & How-Tos Inspiration Small business

For many of us, this year will be the first since 2019 that we’ve had to foot the bill for Christmas commuting costs, as last year’s lockdown put paid to any festive travel plans.

Whether you’re travelling to the Big Smoke for business or pleasure, Cheap Advance Single tickets have just been released on Trainline, for travel on many train operators’ routes, up to and including Christmas Eve.

Conference calling News Small business

Video calling has become very popular in the last year or so – the technology and available broadband speeds have improved immeasurably in recent years and remote conferencing became the only way to keep in touch with clients and colleagues during lockdown.

Video calling isn’t without its flaws though – as anyone who has had connection issues will attest to (not to mention Microsoft’s insistence on moving everything around when it updates Teams). Sometimes, simply picking up the phone is the best option.

So, which is best – a conference call or a video call?

Conference calling Flexible working Guides & How-Tos Small business Technology

Flexible working Small business Work from home

Today (Thursday, August 26, 2021)is National Dog Day – a day to celebrate all dogs and encourage adoption.

So let’s take a look back to a piece we did on Friday, June 21, 2019 – which was that year’s ‘national ‘bring your dog to work day’. A day that also hoped to set record is set for the world’s largest canine conference call.

Inspiration News Small business

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that every company needs to have¬† a robust risk management plan in place, and board members play a pivotal role in setting and overseeing an effective risk management plan.

Here are the areas your risk management plan should include.

Guides & How-Tos Small business