Alan Dobie

Business Technology

Business broadband options for small companies

Here, we look at how to choose the right broadband package as a small business.

Employing & managing staff

How long does a temporary contract last?

How long does a temporary contract last, I have been temporary for three and a half years; should I now be classed as permanent?

Business management

How three UK tech start-ups are achieving success 

Here, Ian Butterworth interviews three tech founders and reveals their source of motivation, the challenges they faced and their recruiting strategies.

Business management

Why I let my team decide my salary…and theirs

Paulina Sygulska discusses the 'open culture' ethos of her business and how it meant unusual but effective decisions could be made on remuneration.


Corporate FX: What you need to know when sending money overseas and hedging

Small businesses often lose out when it comes to transferring money overseas. Here's how to level the playing field.

Business Technology

Key design trends for small companies this year

Here, we look at some predictions for small business website trends in 2016.


Safeguarding the online reputation of your small business

A single negative event can ruin your company's reputation. Here's how to protect your brand's image online.


Creative minds driving SME innovation 

Employing and nurturing creative people is more important for business innovation than striving to come up with a bright idea, research suggests.

Accounts & Tax

Beyond bean counting: A brief summary of what accountants actually do

In this piece, Andy Hyland breaks down the practice of accountancy into its three constituent parts.

Employing & managing staff

What happens when an employee struggles to get in during bad weather?

Here, Alan Price discusses how to deal with absenteeism due to inclement weather.


Ten principles for established businesses in growing markets

You can be a recognised player in an evolving market, but it doesn't mean your status is safe. Here, Jeremy Torz explains how to maintain your edge.

Employing & managing staff

Five easy ways to boost staff wellbeing

Here, Melanie Astbury provides some pointers to producing happy staff.

Partner content

4 small business functions that must be automated for greater profits

Can technology help you create more efficient business models? In this article, we explore how you can use technology to boost your business

Partner content

It’s time the UK’s small businesses got the seamless communications and collaboration tools they need

Why seamless collaboration is crucial for UK small businesses and what tools can help

Partner content

Flexible work is making cybersecurity tougher for UK SMBs. It’s time they got the tools, and the platform, to defend themselves

The cybersecurity landscape for small businesses and the tips and tools that can help

Partner content

How to enhance your customer and employee experiences using Uber Vouchers

This article explains how Uber Vouchers can enhance both your customer and employee experience