Running A Shop

The Running A Shop small business archive.


Independent coffee shop sector burgeoning, report shows

Three quarters of independent coffee shops saw like-for-like turnover increase in 2015 compared to 2014. 

Business Ideas & Planning

The benefits of running a small hotel business

Boutique hotel owner Peter O’Sullivan explains some of the benefits of going it alone and starting a smaller, independent hotel.


Consumers frustrated with in-store experience

Some 71 per cent of shoppers feel they know more about the products and services in-store than the shop associate.


More Britons shopping with independent retailers

One in five Brits shop with independent retailers more than they did one year ago, rising to almost one in three for the 18 to 24-year-old age group, finds research.

Business management

The 12 days of Christmas planning: Preparing for the festive season

Here's how to go about increasing your Christmas sales in 12 straightforward steps.

Finding and selling to customers

Selling to large enterprises: What to know as a small business

Bigger companies want to do things on their own terms and this can often mean taking advantage of their small suppliers. Phil Rothwell reveals how a small business can stand its ground in the face of corporate muscle.


Consumers prefer to buy from small businesses on like-for-like items

Three times as many consumers would choose a small business for goods or services than a large business if price and convenience were equal, research finds.


Retail on the rise?

Things looks promising for the retail sector with a strong rise in sales volumes reported by the Confederation of British Industry.

Legal advice

Another company is using our brand name, what can we do?

Another company has started up using our name. We are an online shop and have been in business since 2003. We let a domain name slide, a company has bought it, and is selling similar products under the same name. We have had three calls from their unhappy customers thinking it was us. Please help!

Business Ideas & Planning

Wake up and smell the coffee

Ever since hit TV sitcom Friends reached our shores, lounging in coffee shops has become a national pastime – as seen by Costa’s plans to double its stores over the next five years. So here are some things to consider if you want to start your own coffee shop.

Business Ideas & Planning

Opening a village shop

I am looking for advice on starting up a village shop in my own premises. I have already made enquiries about re-opening the sub post-office which closed some months ago.

Partner content

Why you need a business bank account

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Partner content

5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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Business management

How to create good cashflow habits

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Business Technology

How to keep your small business safe online

Here's how Security Service Edge from Vodafone can help to protect your SME from ever-increasing cyber threats