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How To Deal With Stress At Work

At one stage or another in our lives, most of us will be affected by stress to some degree. For some, the effects of stress can be minimal, for others it can be devastating.

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5 Cyber Essentials to Secure your Business Online

Protect your business and reduce the risk of a data breach with our 5 simple steps.

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Myth Busting Apprenticeships with Lucie Andrews

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, the D2N2 LEP have commissioned a series of blogs that look at what Apprenticeships offer from multiple perspectives.

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UpScaler, Is it for me?

Have you heard about the UpScaler Project but want to learn more? In this blog, we provide you with more in-depth information on the UpScaler Project, eligibility and upcoming events.

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Market Intelligence: Talent in Creative

The Market Intelligence workshop series aims to share and increase awareness of industry-specific opportunities and challenges with a focus on future-proofing the talent needs of local businesses.

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Market Intelligence: Talent in Advertising, Marketing and PR (AMPR)

The Market Intelligence workshop series aims to share and increase awareness of industry-specific opportunities and challenges with a focus on future-proofing the talent needs of local businesses.

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The benefits of graduate placements for business

Since July 2016, the Enabling Innovation at NTU has supported over 500 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

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Five ways fundraising and charitable activity can encourage teamwork and collaboration

While fundraising is a great way to demonstrate a business’ values, it can offer more than that by helping to improve company culture, Nigel Smith of Miller Homes explores this.

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Understanding Data Layers For Your Business

If you work in the world of digital, you’ve probably heard an increasing use of the term ‘data layer’. Data layers make data collection more efficient and reliable.

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Why cash flow will make or break your business

When running a business, due consideration should be taken to cash flow as this can determine the immediate future of your company.

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Mastering the art of SEO for your business

Search engine optimisation is all about making your business more visible online, and it should be an integral part of your digital marketing strategy.

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Digital Marketing Masterclass: Tips for 2019

The world of digital marketing is a big one. With new channels and platforms becoming apparently almost daily, it can feel like you’re on a constant search for the one that will finally provide the golden bullet for search rankings and online traffic.

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Happy New Year, and New Improved Cost Management too?

What is cost reduction and where do you need to focus your energies?

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Is Google Translate the perfect tool for all your translating needs?

Here we are in a world where we find ourselves needing to communicate more and more with people across the globe and it can be tricky if we don’t speak their language.

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What is Asset Finance?

When running a business, a question that most owners or decision-makers have to make is what they should do when they need to purchase new machinery or equipment. Should you go down the rental route or purchase it?

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How to unlock the hidden profits from your manufacturing and supply chain operations

Based on some recent research by APS, manufacturers spend approximately 50% of their turnover on purchasing products and services from the supply chain. Without this a business or its employees cannot function or operate.

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Funding for Manufacturing Businesses: What are your options?

Financial planning should be a priority focus in any business, because without it you will very quickly be the captain of a sinking ship.

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A Quick Guide to Increasing Productivity

When we talk to companies about what they’d like help and support with, the answer is often improving productivity, so several of the free business support workshops we run tackle issues which could help with the productivity of your organisation.

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The rise of remote working: What’s the appeal?

Working from home is on the rise in the UK, with almost 4.3 million people doing so last year. While it offers many benefits, there are also a number of challenges that need to be overcome in order for working from home to be effective.

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How Management Systems Can Improve Business Efficiencies

Businesses are constantly looking at ways to improve working processes in order to increase productivity and company performance. One such method is the implementation of management systems, which streamline day-to-day responsibilities of workers, and imp

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4 reasons why face-to-face language training is better than an app

Language learning apps can give you an essential understanding of how a language works on a conversational level and they can complement your face-to-face lessons by helping you to brush up on your grammar and vocabulary.

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Five of the most useful Windows key shortcuts

Unless you’re rich enough to own an Apple Mac, the chances are high that the laptop you use at work runs Windows. Unless it’s even older than the author of this article, the chances are equally high that the laptop’s keyboard has ...

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What does the future of marketing look like?

The short answer to this question is ‘no one actually knows’. That’s because the marketing landscape is so vast and changes so quickly, it’s hard to keep up with the now, let alone the tomorrow.

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Gender Pay Gap Reporting

Although not a legal requirement, smaller companies can also measure and submit their gender pay gap data. By drawing attention to a disproportion in earnings, employers can explore the reasons behind the wage gap and take action to tackle it head-on.

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Let's Link Up

Following a fantastic training session ran in partnership by D2N2 Growth Hub and Nottingham-based digital marketing agency, Hallam, on the power of the backlink and the many other tools of Digital Marketing, I was left bursting with fresh ideas and a fier

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Top Tips to Think Like a Business Leader

Being a successful business leader isn’t something that happens overnight, it takes years of hard work to climb the ladder of success. So just what do you need to realise your aspirations?

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Reducing the SME bureaucracy burden

Excessive administrative burden is one of the leading causes of lost productivity for British businesses today.

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The importance of languages as part of your Export Strategy

Everyone recognises the problems which can occur in business when you can’t understand the language of your customers – missed enquiries, lost orders, hesitating to pick up the phone to discuss issues, inability to chase payments effectively etc.

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Considering Starting a Business? Why Not Buy One Instead!

Sometimes, starting your own business from scratch is not the best approach for budding entrepreneurs. In fact, with a significant proportion of SMEs doomed to failure within the first 5 years, it can seem like something of a losing bet to many. However,

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D2N2 Growth Hub – A Truly Valued Stakeholder

Here, Barry Aldridge MCIM - Head of Marketing for Derby-based pneumatics and hydraulics manufacturer Tidyco, discusses the benefits of capitalising upon the resources available from the D2N2 Growth Hub.

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Top 5 Ways to Keep your Employees Happy

Businesses can do many things to make money, grow and improve but even those at the top of their industries know that without a happy workforce a business isn’t going to reach its full potential. A happy and harmonious workplace is where productivity, cre

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Keeping Your Business Cyber Safe

Cybercrime is a growing threat in the UK with 48% of SME’s business being attacked last year. Natasha Sagar, Cyber Protect Officer for Derbyshire Constabulary, has put together a few tips on keeping your business Cyber SAFE.

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Are you struggling to recruit the best talent? How to overcome your challenges!

Recruitment can be challenging for many businesses and if you find it difficult to get the right staff into your business, you are definitely not alone.

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Five Tips to Successfully Grow Your Business

Congratulations, you’ve successfully set up your business. Now, you’re looking to grow.

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Five Types of Offices for Independent Workers and Start-Ups

Do you work from home? Are you happy working from your home office every day? If not, you may imagine renting a snug little room with a desk and file cabinet. But if you’ve looked into it seriously, chances are you’ve discovered that traditional office re

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Understanding at What Point Your Small Business Requires an Accountant

When starting up a business, every entrepreneur will want to keep costs down. This is understandable, but one area that you should not skimp on is making sure that your finances are in responsible hands. Finances are the lifeblood of any company, and an a

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Demystifying Digital PR

As the world shifts online, digital PR is proving to be a powerful beast for any business. No longer limited to print media, brands can now gain valuable exposure on any number of websites, beyond newspapers and magazines.

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Why Open Innovation is Relevant to You

How can you get your products to market more efficiently? You have great ideas, a great team, investors onside. All is well, but somehow the final piece of the puzzle doesn’t quite fall into place. Issues with the technology, commercial strategy or overal

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Why Cultivating Office Friendships Is So Important

Many of us work to earn as much money as we can in order to enjoy ourselves outside of work, but this drive shouldn’t be at the detriment of our happiness when we’re at work. When we’re spending nearly a third of our lives working we should ensure we’re e

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Mediocre is not a competitive advantage – turning your competitors into followers

Growing or improving the competitive position of an established business has been the focus of a number of events and initiatives we have been involved in recently. For many businesses the ability to produce, provide or deliver something either on par or

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Writing Killer Website Copy Without Being Bland and Salesy

Everyone’s attention is difficult to grab on the internet, so you need to really nail your website copy. But what makes great website copy? Is it bullet points? Is it pushing your features and benefits, or just your features? If you’re not a keen writer,

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Three forms of cyberattack that all SMEs must be able to deal with

Small businesses should by now be aware of the increasing number of cybercrime offence headlines in the 2017 news. Many of these crimes affected large businesses, but it would be a mistake to think that small businesses are protected by their size. Ther

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5 top tips to boost your online presence using social media

Love it or hate it, there’s no avoiding social media anymore. These free online digital marketing services can really help you reach new customers, find new contacts, and spread the word about what you do to thousands of potential clients.

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Seven Legal Considerations When Setting Up A New Business

Setting up a new business is an exciting and challenging time. Whatever your new venture, securing the right advice – be that financial, legal, HR or otherwise – is crucial. In the long-run it can save you both time and money, removing unnecessary pitfall

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Why your business website needs a blog

Blogging is one of the best ways to increase traffic to your website. This happens because

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Business Lounge Sessions at Venturefest East Midlands

There’s even more on offer for delegates at this year’s Venturefest East Midlands with their boutique Business Lounge sessions. These sessions will offer the opportunity for delegates to hear and learn from experts within the Venturefest East Midlands net

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Job Vacancy: D2N2 Growth Hub Manager

Organisation: Nottingham City Council

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Fuse: Connecting graduates and small businesses in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Fuse is a scheme aimed at better connecting graduates and small businesses in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The programme takes the elements of a corporate graduate scheme, and makes it available for SMEs in the area. This includes:

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Your business is unique but the challenges you’ll face in business aren’t, we can help get you through them.

Our free and impartial support is delivered by experienced and expert business advisers, giving you the right advice at the right time for your business. 

Contact us today to access a wealth of support, events, business growth programmes and expert advice.

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