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Most businesses nowadays are under pressure to save costs. Claire Arnold, founding partner of Maxxim Consulting, explains how to approach it.

Long range weather forecasts are notoriously difficult to get right. Nevertheless, when recent reports suggest we might have snow as early as this month (October), it’s time to start thinking about what to do about it. Margery McBain of Gravitate HR has ten tips to give you a warm feeling inside.

Richard Fox, partner with The Learning Corporation, and Ken Woffenden, head of corporate at law firm Stevens & Bolton, explain how business partnerships can benefit the organisations involved – and how they should be structured.

The "patent box" was originally announced in 2009, with the stated aims of strengthening incentives to invest in innovative industry through tax breaks. The initial proposals were rather sketchy, but further announcements and consultations have put some meat on the bones. Jason Stevens, associate at patent and trademark attorney firm, Dehns, explains.

New research by Coutts & Co, in conjunction with Rupert Merson from London Business School and INSEAD, reveals the specific assets of family businesses that give them a competitive advantage in the market place.

A pound of new sales generates a few pence of profit. A pound saved goes straight to the bottom line. Ray Tammam, associate at Expense Reduction Analysts ( explains how to develop a cost-conscious culture.

Neil Lewis used to own a traditionally-run publishing company, Visium. Now, though, he runs MediaModo (, which puts on the Brookson Enterprise Freelance Fair series of events and practises what it preaches by only employing freelancers. Here he shares his seven top tips for working with freelancers rather than employees.

Most mergers go disastrously wrong. Paul J Siegenthaler (, author of Perfect M&As, sets out his recipe for a successful one.

If you’re lucky enough to have cash in the bank there are still good deals to be done on moving to new premises. But, before you book the removal men, read EN’s guide to relocation.

Entrepreneurs who neglect online social networking risk their businesses being left out in the cold. To help you avoid that fate Penny Power, founder of networking site Ecademy (, explores the world of the “networked business”.

  • Kathryn Parsons, co-founder of Decoded, started with little more than faith and determination, but four years later it’s grown into a global business. Ahead of her appearance at Accelerate 2015 in...

  • Author, writer and marketer Ryan Holiday on how entrepreneurs need to interpret failure.

  • Sue Vizard, business coach and author of Jump Start: The Start-up Book for Your Dream Business, looks at some of the questions solo entrepreneurs should ask themselves.

  • Ian Wright, founder and chief executive of, is bringing together SMEs and NEDs - without the hefty recruitment fees.

  • Former professional golfer turned entrepreneur Colin Stevens has had a busy 18 months. The Better Bathrooms founder has increased turnover at the firm, secured a multi-million pound investment and...

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David Hughes sums up his entrepreneurial career to date thus: four spectacular successes and two failures. He founded the sports retailer Allsports and achieved turnover of £180 million before a vicious price war meant decline, administration in 2005 and a sell-off to rival JD Sports.

It took Richard Shonn, managing director of 151 Products, three years to find a warehouse big enough for his requirements.