Running A Shop

The Running A Shop small business archive.


Small hospitality businesses say yes to Brexit

Around half of B&B and small hotel owners are 'strongly in favour' of the UK leaving the EU.


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. 


Pop-ups becoming a major factor in retail 

Pop-up retail is now worth £2.3 billion to the UK economy, an increase of 12.3 per cent on last year, research finds.

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.


Bad weather panic as retailers prepare for Christmas

Two thirds of small retailers worry that bad weather will negatively impact their business during the festive season, 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!

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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

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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

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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

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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