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3 Reasons Why you Should Have a Company Website

There is a very valid argument that despite the rise of technology and the internet in general that most of the world’s trade still happens offline. Even with a lot of insurance companies, most of the sales come through the phone as opposed to the website.

With this argument, many people come to the conclusion that their company doesn’t need to have a website at all and that it will be a drain on resources for a very minimal amount of return. Let’s take a look at three reasons why that conclusion might be wrong and how a website can benefit you.

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Using LinkedIn for Networking

Social media is still a bit of a mystery to most people. Even those with social media as part of their jobs it can be a little mystifying. Networking itself is however a crucial part of developing your business and networking is something that computers have been excellent at for decades. The logical conclusion is therefore that computers should be good at helping you network.

From a business perspective, you can squeeze a huge amount of potential out of one social network in particular: LinkedIn. This is a highly business focused social network occasionally described as Facebook for you CV. It is a fantastic way of keeping up to date with people you have worked with in the past who might prove useful to your career or business in the future. I have spoken with several CEOs and business owners who have found it an invaluable tool in keeping up with people that they’ve met at conferences or seminars beyond collecting a simple business card.

Here are some tips on how to get started.

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5 Ways to Help you Get a Bank Loan

Getting the bank to loan you money has been a challenge lately thanks to hostile market conditions and a general reluctance of financial institutions to take chances on their customers.

Whilst this has made it much harder for a lot of small businesses to adequately grow their businesses, it is still possible to acquire a loan and there are a few things that you can do to help the process along. Back in September, the FSB published a guide to the five ways you can better encourage a bank to take a chance on you and we wanted to repeat this in case you missed it the first time.

A lot of these might seem like common sense, but it’s very solid advice that deserves to be spread so this is our summary.

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SME's and Cyber-Attacks - What you need to know

Techopedia sums up a Cyber-Attack as deliberate exploitation of computer systems, technology or dependent enterprises and networks.

Now if like us this makes about as much sense as a chocolate teapot then read our infographic below to understand more about how Cyber-Attacks can affect your business.

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Business Activism

Businesses have the option of getting involved in political issues surrounding hot topics that affect the corporate world. The government frequently makes decisions that affects entire industries in some way or another, often to hamper sections of those markets.

These decisions can include things like the state of business rates, governmental policies that directly affect a business’ operations, or simply laws that come into affect that originate either UK or EU origins.

You would be forgiven for thinking political activism is reserved for larger businesses but this is not necessarily true. As a small business, you have a very powerful voice that will, or at least should be, noticed by a ruling government.

Here are some options open to you to get you started if you’re interested in making your voice heard a little more.

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