Alan was assistant editor at Vitesse Media Plc (previous owner of smallbusiness.co.uk) before moving on to a content producer role at Reed Business Information. He has over 17 years of experience in the publishing industry and has held a number of senior writing, editing and sub-editing roles.

Buying and selling a company

Why your business may be worth a lot more than you think 

Clinton Lee discusses business valuation and why a small businesses can command a market price far in excess of the owners' expectations.

Business Ideas & Planning

More than just a buzzword: The business benefits of a sustainable company

Steven Macatonia reveals why sustainability is at the heart of his company and why you should consider a sustainable mindset when you set up yours.

Work life balance

Family friendly working: It’s now or never

Rebecca Bridges discusses the modern requirement to allow more flexible working arrangements for employees looking to have a family.

Employing & managing staff

Important employment rights checklist for employers 

As an employer, it’s important that you keep track of your employees’ employment rights, so you don’t find yourself on the wrong side of the law.

Employing & managing staff

Qualifications versus industry experience when recruiting

What CV information should stand out to you when taking on staff? Geoff Ford discusses the factors to take on board.

Business Technology

Is video conferencing expensive?

Here, we discuss the options a business has when it comes to video conferencing, and why it seems the costs associated with it are not necessarily an expensive investment.

Business Technology

DDoS attacks, ransoms, and businesses 

Here, we look at what can be learned from the responses to the DD4BC DDoS ransom attacks.


Ambush marketing, professional sports and small businesses

Ben Stevens discusses how ambush marketing affects professional sports and how small companies can more subtly associate themselves with major events.

Business management

Expanding a business? Think about the where before the when and the how 

Eugene O'Sullivan discusses the things to consider for the location of your premises when expanding a business.


The considerations of being self-employed that some people forget

Here, we look at such key aspects of being self-employed as tax and business insurance.

Employing & managing staff

The data engineer recruitment conundrum for small businesses 

David Dumeresque explores what organisation leaders need to address from a talent perspective to capture the full value of data.

Legal advice

How to seek justice for professional negligence

Michael Lent discusses the ramifications of negligence claims, which can be a real challenge for small businesses to face.