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By Chadd Blunt | Millennium Cargo

When I was a kid I loved watching movies and Back to The Future was a strong favourite of mine. Not only did it have a wicked storyline, likeable characters and a bit of humour. But as a 13 year old boy, I felt sure that it was an accurate prediction of what the world would be in 2015. Fast forward a few years and the future is here… Now, I’ll admit, I am a little disappointed with the lack of decent hoverboards. But I think the tech we do have is pretty cool. I can speak “face to face” with someone on the other side of the world whenever I want to. I can order something online and track its location in real time as it gets delivered to my house just hours later. I can find out the answer to...

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Improve your warehouse: Automate your dispatch process

By Cindy Phillips | OGL Computer

Automation and digital transformation are the buzz words of 2019, but the trend has taken the wholesale and distribution by storm, allowing companies to follow in the footsteps of retail giant Amazon in processing, fulfilling and dispatching customer orders. As Amazon leads the way in the latest warehouse automation trends, it’s up to the smaller distributors to take inspiration from the leaders and make small changes that have huge impacts on the efficiencies of a business. Digitalising your business processes It’s possible to digitalise every part of your business operation to maximise on efficiencies - from your marketing efforts to your sales pipeline management and your stock purchasing...

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8 top tips for improving your SME's cash flow

By Dee Kundi | VWV

According to Bacs (the company which runs Direct Debit in the UK), 52% of SMEs in the UK are owed monies from late payments. The average late payment debt now stands at £32,185, which equates to £26.3 billion. 45% of SMEs experience payment delays of up 3 months and it is estimated that small firms waste up to 16 weeks per annum chasing invoices, time which could have been invested elsewhere, and ultimately has a knock-on effect on business growth and profitability. How can you reel in the late payers? And when should you seek legal advice? Here are VWV's top tips to help you to reduce debt and improve your payment terms: • Good communication is key Build good working relationships with...

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Networking - Am I missing a trick?

By David | David Andrew Coaching

As a start-up coaching business, my friends advised that networking is one of the ways to meet and build relationships. Not knowing how networking works, but with excitement, I began attending networking events. In the last eighteen months, I visited over forty networking events, four quite regularly and created a lot of awareness and interest in my business. However, I did not generate any new business. Do I have a blind spot can someone shine a light? I took my networking to the next level I signed up as a premium member of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce by paying a sizeable membership fee and have been to several networking events. As a premium member, you get assigned a relationship...

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Diversity in Leadership: Spotlight on female leaders

By Catherine Hall | Mazars

This blog is part of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce’s (ABCC) Diversity in Leadership campaign. The Diversity in Leadership campaign works with some of the regions’ biggest employers in order to boost the numbers of women and those from black and minority ethnic (BAME), lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and disability groups being represented on boards of directors and in leadership roles. Click here to find out more about the campaign In this blog Catherine Hall from Mazars, an international tax partner, discusses inspirational leaders, her experience as a working mum and what she enjoys about her role.  I started my career in Andersen and Deloitte where I worked in a number...

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How much is staffing costing your care business?

By Jayne Scarman | Unique IQ

One of the biggest expenses in any business is its staff, with a particular pinch point being the recruitment of new staff, especially when its driven by a high turnover rate. The care industry is no exception, with the recent Care Association Alliance Social Work Study revealing that the average turnover rate for the care sector is 27% – amongst the highest of any industry. Last year’s recruitment and retention in adult social care services report from the Social Care Workforce Research Unit concluded that ‘longstanding difficulties in recruitment and retention had worsened because of the growing gap between overall levels of demand for social care and expenditure’. It’s estimated that there...

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Tell your children – they’ll hold you to account!

By Ian J Preston | IJP Consultancy Ltd

“What’s Your Biggest Challenge Right Now?” is a great question to ask on so many occasions. As a Business Coach I ask it frequently of my clients. I also ask it of people when I meet them a networking events. It never ceases to amaze me what a challenging question it can be in itself and quite often it is followed by a period of silence, then “That’s a good question. No-one has ever asked me that before” Another (less challenging) way of asking the same thing is to say “If I could wave a magic wand over you and/or your business and change one thing, what would it be?” It is a question we should ask ourselves constantly, followed by “What are we going to do about it? Albert Einstein is often...

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How to improve your local SEO in under five minutes

By John Hoey | The Marketing People

Burntwood-based in-house marketing agency The Marketing People have recently released a series of short videos to help fellow Chamber members get the most out of their business. In their latest offering, they show you how to dramatically increase your local web visibility immediately. If you are looking to improve your company’s local search rankings, use Google My Business. It’s easy to set up, it’s extremely effective, and best of all, it’s totally FREE. The Marketing People’s SEO Manager John Hoey shows you the simple steps to set up your Google My Business account and quickly connect with customers based upon your location. Easily add your e-mail address, phone number, cover photos and...

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Selling is the lifeblood of your business!

By Ian J Preston | IJP Consultancy Ltd

Selling well is the key to the success of any business. Sales equals orders which means revenue coming in and hopefully profit. In SME’s and larger organisations this profit pays the wages, R&D, covers premise and manufacturing costs and importantly covers marketing and other growth expenditure. For smaller businesses including ‘solopreneurs’ and sole-traders the money coming in is even more important than that! As well as funding your business it’s also what put’s the shoes on your kids’ feet, the clothes on your back, pays for the car and the holidays, fills the fridge and helps you sleep at night! Whether you are in a business large or small, surely therefore it must be worth investing...

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How do you take a guilt-free holiday from your business?

By Clare Whalley | Meta4 Business Coaching Ltd

Perhaps you’ve been running your business for some time now or you could be just a few months in, either way, the thought of taking a holiday and one where you’re able to switch off just isn’t an option right now…or is it? This image conjures up feelings of freedom, fun and complete escapism, doesn’t it? And the fact that it looks like a private pool makes for an even better holiday where you can fully relax and be entirely YOU. Does that feel like wishful thinking; a dream so far away it’s not worth thinking about? You may feel like you can’t take a holiday due to the amount of work you have on or you’ll lose momentum building up your pipeline, to earn the money you need in order to pay...

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