Business Briefing

From tech talk to marketing tips and accountancy advice, here you'll find all you need to know to keep your floral business blooming.


seven-steps-businessThe Forum of Private Business are always on the hunt for new ways to make your business more profitable. Their most recent Referendum research showed that a staggering 63% of businesses have seen costs grow in the last 12 months, and for 51% this meant that they couldn't grow their business in the way they wanted to.

The FPB have put together these tips for making your business more efficient and ready for growth, visit their website for much more advice.

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From national minimum wage increases to flexible working requests and the ongoing pensions automatic enrolment switchover, we’re seeing a number of business law changes in the UK. Many of which are sure to affect small and medium businesses like yours, so take note of the news below brought to us by Forum of Private Business.

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When we were asked if we'd like the team from Yelp to write a series of articles to help florists boost their online presence we jumped at the chance. Why? Because websites and social media are an essential aspect of keeping afloat in today's tech-savvy market and sites like Yelp are here to help you. Plus we have that on extremely good authority as Tim from FloristPro – who builds websites just for florists – also recently vouched for Yelp as a beneficial tool for small businesses.

So here's part one of three features by the lovely Rosie Akenhead, Manager of Local Business Outreach at Yelp and person-in-the-know when it comes to best practice strategies for online reviewing, social media and reputation management.

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Doing accounts may be the most dreadfully dull aspect of life as a florist but is of course essential if you want to ensure business runs smoothly. It may come as some relief that HMRC has recently launched a new campaign aimed at keeping card affairs up to date, however a representative from a national law firm has concerns about the move.

The new credit card sales campaign is described as a 'simple, straightforward way' for businesses to take advantage of the best possible terms and keep their credit and debit card accounts on track.

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