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Our monthly blogs include interesting business stories, useful tips and Workbench member profiles.

 

10 Tools and Software to Manage your Business Online

Whether you’re starting an online business or simply working from home more, here are some powerful tools and software to help you manage your business online and from anywhere. Canva Content is king and if you’re running an online business, chances are you’ll need to create some form of digital content. Canva is a graphic […]

Is working from home bad for business?

There is so much to love about working from home—no commute, an extra hour of sleep, and working in your pj’s all day. And considering how well we all adapted and how much technology has advanced to make it possible, many people will be hoping they can continue avoiding the office for good. But with […]

9 hacks to ramp up your productivity and get more done

In a fast-paced world, it can be challenging to find the time to get everything done. Whether you’re working from home or the workplace, here are some useful tips to help you increase your productivity and work efficiency. Get super organised Getting all your ducks in a row is the most important thing you can […]

8 Weird and wonderful Jobs You Can Do At Home – And Some Odd Workspaces To Go With Them

2020 was the year we all stayed at home. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 46.6% of people in employment in the UK worked from home. And with the furlough scheme extended, 2021 looks like most people will be continuing to earn a living from their humble abode. Most of the jobs people […]

How has COVID changed demand for office space?

When COVID-19 appeared at the beginning of 2020, organisations were forced to adapt to working from home – fast! What was initially a huge learning curve soon turned into the new normal. But with vaccinations rolling out and light at the end of the tunnel, the life we were all once used to is not […]

How to manifest your goals in 2021

Manifesting is all about making your dreams and desires a reality by using the power of thoughts, belief, positivity and action. While manifesting might sound a bit hippy-trippy, its principles are actually based on The Law of Attraction which has been studied and proven in quantum physics for hundreds of years. On a basic level, […]

9 Christmas promotion ideas for small businesses

Small businesses don’t have the big budgets to run festive campaigns on the same scale as The John Lewis or Coca Cola Christmas adverts. They need all the exposure and marketing they can get, without busting the bank. But that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to create great marketing promotions that keep your customers happy […]

How COVID is reshaping the way we work

2020 will go down in history as a year like no other. With so much change and uncertainty, businesses have been forced to adapt, evolve and pivot in order to survive. And even though the pandemic will be over one day, the way we choose to live our lives, especially the way we work moving […]

5 Digital Marketing tips for SME’s

As a small-medium business owner, taking advantage of digital marketing is key to success. We live in an age where practically everyone is online – including your customers. That being said, here are 5 digital marketing tips that can be implemented in ANY business: Share content on your social channels Posting regular content to your […]

How to future-proof your business

With the UK in the thick of a global pandemic and a recession, many business owners have found themselves struggling to keep things afloat. Covid has taught us that no matter how robust we thought certain sectors are, anything can happen. So in an effort to be as prepared as possible for anything that’s to […]

How COVID has changed the workplace forever. But it’s not all bad…

The Coronavirus has had a huge impact on us as individuals, a society and as a workforce.  And while we will eventually return to some sort of normality, some things will become the ‘new normal’ – especially when it comes to the way we work. Unlike anything that’s happened in our time, the Coronavirus is […]

How to set up your virtual office

Virtual offices were unfathomable for some of the older generations a few years back. Up until last year, only 35% of Generation Xers worked from home while 62% of millennials took it up as an alternative to the usual office setting. Compare those stats to baby boomers who worked from home at a mere 3%., […]

Covid-19 Start-up Ideas

If Covid-19 has left you out of work or you’re ready for a change, hopefully this article will give you some inspiration to take positive action. With every financial crisis, there are winners and losers. It’s all about how you adapt to the situation and evolve with the changing times. Before giving you some business [...]

Business life after lockdown: Will you go back to normal?

With Coronavirus lockdown restrictions beginning to ease in the UK, more and more businesses are slowly returning to normal. But what does the new normal look like? While we don’t yet know what’s in store, here are a few predictions we can expect in the coming months and even years… Flexible working Before the virus, […]

15 Interesting Facts About Hair

With the UK in lockdown for the second month, many people are either desperate for a haircut or resorting to a DIY home-chop. Thousands of people have taken to scissors and clippers in an effort to self-groom at home and maintain some sort of normal appearance, while others have remained patient and dream of the […]

6 ways to get the most out of lockdown

With the coronavirus forcing us all to stay home, many of us have found that our normal routine has gone out the window. With lockdown likely to last in the UK for a few more weeks (or even months), here are some ways you can use the lockdown time wisely.  1. Become a better version […]

10 Tips For Working From Home

With everything that’s going on in the world at the moment, we thought it would be useful to look at how to be productive if you find yourself working from home… 1.Create a workspace With plenty of distractions at home, particularly if your children are around, it can be hard to be productive. Not everyone […]

Digital Marketing Tips for Small Business Owners

Digital marketing is essential for all businesses these days. Whether it’s promoting your product/service or connecting with your customers, it’s a must for any business. If you’re a small business with limited cash and looking to kick off your marketing yourself, here are a few tips to help you get started… 1. Get your website […]

New Year, New Business: 5 Businesses You Can Start From Home

Will 2020 be the year you take the plunge and start a new business? The new year is notoriously popular for start-ups. Many people use the Christmas break to think about what they want to achieve in the year ahead and by the time the new year comes around, many are eager to take action […]

10 Must-Have Tools To Reduce Operating Costs and Boost Profits

Running a successful business requires constant vigilance. This means always looking for new ways to grow, but it also means seeking out opportunities to save. Cutting back on expenses will not only make you leaner and more efficient, but it will also give you some extra cash to invest in the areas of your business […]

5 Big Business Trends for 2020

If you’re a business owner or entrepreneur, you know the importance of staying ahead of the game, keeping up with the latest innovations and out-performing your competition. With the new year just around the corner, now is the time to prepare for 2020. Here’s what you can expect to be big trends in the coming […]

A Virtual or Serviced Office: Which one’s for you?

Deciding whether to go for a serviced or virtual office depends on a number of factors, such as your job role, business type, lifestyle habits and working patterns. There are pros and cons to both and it’s important you pick the best solution for your business. If you’re not sure which one’s for you, this […]

6 legal protections that start-ups commonly neglect

Founders of new businesses are often so excited about getting their business operating that they are hasty and forget about some of the key legal protections that can safeguard their business from malicious disputes and unwanted competition. So for this month’s blog we teamed up with the legal experts over at Darwin Gray to get […]

The pros and cons of working from home

Our infographic features both the benefits and drawbacks of working from home, in case you’re thinking about it.

7 tips to stay physically and mentally fit in business

Being in business isn’t easy. In fact, most of the time it’s hard and can be a lonely place, particularly in start-ups and small businesses. It requires heaps of attention and dedication to keep things ticking over, and even more hard work to make the business a true success. Many business owners struggle to find […]

10 Tech Tools for Working On-The-Go

Between business owners, freelancers and flexible employees, more and more people are now working from the comfort of their own home, the local coffee shop or on-the-go. It’s all thanks to the widespread adoption of SaaS (software as a service) which allows freelancers, contractors and business owners to manage their careers from anywhere that has […]

7 Productivity Tips For Working From Home

Working from home is great. It provides flexibility and freedom to work on your own terms. However,  it can also be challenging and requires a lot of motivation, drive and some serious productivity to get things done.  If you already work from home or are thinking of starting a new home-based business, here are 7 […]

Infographic: 10 Benefits Of A Virtual Office

More and more people are opting to go freelance or start a business from home.  Even some of the world’s most successful companies understand the benefits that working from home can bring to their employees’ quality of life and allow them to work from home a few days a week. But what if you’re running […]

10 Billion Dollar businesses that started from home

There’s widespread belief that in order to succeed in business you need a large amount of capital and swanky premises. And while that might be the case for some businesses, it couldn’t be further from the truth for many others. Every company has to start somewhere and some of the world’s most successful companies were [...]

Who Knows Wins is changing the culture of gambling

Photo (l to r): Yasmin Demirhisar (Hypergrowth Content) Darrell Cooper, Dai Lewis, Jamie Graham (Who Knows Wins) This month we sat down with Workbench member Who Knows Wins and discussed their exciting app which is set to take the betting world by storm. Their social betting app allows users to bet on sports games with […]