Don't let the stress get to you

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Running your own business can be exhilarating, energising and rewarding, but it can also be stressful. As its National Stress Awareness Month, we thought we’d share a few of the main highs and lows of being a small business owner – as well as a few tips to help you reduce stress and make life

Is stress costing your business?

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Stress costs small businesses nearly £1,000 a year per employee (Source: Huffington Post). If left unchecked, stress can result in staff absence, and the cost to your business escalates even futher. Clearly this is bad for your workforce’s health and bad for business. But the good news is that tackling stress in your business can

Recruiting the right people

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Recruitment is very important, especially in small businesses. In your SME, your people are your business, so it’s important to hire the right ones. Sometimes this can be hard, especially for start-ups with low financial resource, in fact, 1 in 4 businesses said hiring skilled staff was a barrier for growth. During a period of

Using a mobile phone while driving

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By now everyone should have seen the new penalties for hand-held mobile phone offences, if not, you really need to take a look. Even though it has been illegal to use a hand held mobile phone when driving since December 2003, the penalties are changing and these came into force on 1st March 2017. What are

International Women's Day - Lauren McCullough

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This week we’ve been celebrating International Women’s Day (8th March). We’ve asked some of our female colleagues about their career, from leaving school all the way through to what they are doing today. Our final interview comes from Lauren McCullough: Lauren McCullough, Continuous Improvement Delivery Manager, npower “I joined npower in 2010 straight out of

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