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Business management

Finding the right retail space for your business

Finding the right home for your business can play a crucial part in its success. Here's how to pin down the ideal retail space.


British Small Business Awards winners: Raishma Islam of Raishma

Our latest British Small Business Awards winner profile is Raishma Islam, whose eponymous clothing brand won the Retail Business of the Year Award at the 2017 event.

Finding and selling to customers

How to run a small shop successfully: Three shop owners give their thoughts

In this piece, three shop owners reveal how they boosted their business fortunes, from introducing a more focused product range to striving for the best customer service.


How to use a chalkboard to boost your business brand

Remember the last time you saw a pavement chalkboard and it made you think or chuckle? Aaron Inglethorpe of Discount Displays explores the elements you need to create memorable chalkboard messages.

Finding and selling to customers

Busy summer months: 5 tips to cope with the retail rush

Summer has finally arrived! Sarah Musgrove of Opus Energy shares her top five tips to deal with the retail rush.

Business management

How one e-cigarette company overcame the challenges of the high street

In this piece, we investigate how James Dunworth and E-cigarette Direct took on the high street and won – and how other retailers can follow his example.

Business management

It’s your fault Toys R Us closed (partly)

Here, Peter Watson discusses the consumer decisions that led to the downfall of the toy retail institution.


How can retailers beat the competition? Finding the tools to improve the odds

In this piece, in association with Close Brothers Retail Finance, we look at how offering retail finance can help put SME retailers ahead of the curve.

Buying and selling a company

Buying and selling a retail business: Top tips

In this piece, in association with BusinessesForSale.com, we offer some key tips on buying and selling a business in the retail sector.

Finding and selling to customers

Millennials seek innovation when it comes to their shopping experience

Investment in new innovation and technologies, such as AR and VR, will reform and shape the retail world in 2018.


How long does the average Brit last in a shop queue?

Even a nation of queuers has its limits, says Lightspeed research into the quirks of the Great British queue culture.

Finding and selling to customers

How shoppers’ changing habits could unlock the magic formula for small businesses

Nicola Longfield, director of small business at PayPal UK, explains why small businesses have to keep up with new payment and shopping technologies if they want to come out on top.

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How to prepare for business growth in 2022

The team at Funding Options explain how to prepare for business growth in 2022

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Tide to empower small businesses to optimise cash flow with insights tool

Tide is introducing a Cashflow Insights tool to help small businesses mitigate delays in payment and improve their credit score

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Business Current Account Masterclass

Tune into the Masterclass from the Current Account Switch Service to find out why you should switch your business account pronto

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How should I select my business broadband provider?

As with any supplier, it’s important to do your research and ask important questions before you select a broadband provider for your business. But what are the must-have things you should take into consideration?