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Small Business and Those Excluded Are Waiting To See What Help is Available in Today's Budget - YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business Owners
Business Finances
Marc Ford

Small Businesses Wait to See What’s in The Budget For Them

Some are saying this is one of the most important budget speeches since World War 2. Others are frustrated at the Governments continuous ‘leaks’ to the press about what’s going to be announced later this afternoon. But there could well be more help for the self-employed which are due to be announced in the Budget, including the possibility of first grants for an estimated 600,000 people.

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19 Ultimate Business Card Designs for Small Businesses - YBKBS Small Business News for Smart business Owners
Branding
Marc Ford

17 Ultimate Business Card Designs for Small Businesses

Lockdown has forced virtually everyone ‘online’ for networking. Which probably means that printers have got a little uncomfortable knowing that one income stream has gone by-the-by for the last 12 months. Business cards.

There are those small business owners that will throw them out like they own a business card machine gun at every networking event. Many will sit at the bottom of bags, or in back pockets never to be seen again. But what about doing something fun, memorable and really makes a mark?

Well here are 17 business cards for small business owners that certainly will do that for your potential customers and networking events as the year goes on…

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The CIPD has said that The Apprenticeship Levy is harming businesses and skill levels - YBKBS Small Business News for Smart Business owners
Human Resources
Marc Ford

The Apprentice Levy Has Failed Every Small Business

Since the days of the Youth Training Scheme, the Government has always tried to publicly ‘push’ the idea of Apprentices and what they can do for businesses both large and small. However the reality of Apprenticeships is less a mixed bag of results, more a bag of pitiful re-engineering that is not fit for purpose.

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Is #GIRLBOSS Culture doing more harm than good? Is it 'sexist'? article and feature for YBKBS Small business News for Smart Business Owners www.ybkbs.online
Features
Jess Amy Dixon

Is #GirlBoss Culture Doing More Harm Than Good?

Monikers like “girlboss” and “boss babe” have been used to describe women in business for some time. Aside from the unfortunate associations with shady business models like pyramid schemes, these well-intentioned attempts at fighting sexism have always seemed… well, kind of sexist…

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Small Business owners mental health has been badly effected by Lockdowns but Kenny Mammarella-D’Cruz has been there for them ybkbs small business news for smart business owners
Mindset
Marc Ford

365 Days and 1000’s of Men No Longer On The Edge

For many men the thought of talking about their issues and mental health fills many with a sense of dread. (There’s one writing this.) But thanks to Kenny Mammarella-D’Cruz, there are thousands more that have had the space and time to talk of their issues over the last twelve months. And what a twelve months it’s been. 

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Small Businesses can lead the charge on plastic waste and sustainable businesses - Small Business News for Smart Business Owners - YBKBS
Business Growth
Marc Ford

Small Businesses Can Lead The Charge on Dealing With Plastic Waste

New data has revealed that almost three-quarters of UK consumers (71%) think brands, retailers and small businesses are NOT doing enough to make their beauty and personal care* purchases more sustainable. They also identified plastic waste as the main culprit – around half (46%) see it as the biggest sustainability challenge facing the industry.

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An article on How to Self Promote Your Small Business But Not Be a T*** About It - YBKBS UK Small Business News for Smart Business Owners
 

How to Self Promote Your Small Business But Not Be a T*** About It

We all have to sell ourselves at some point – whether it be as a corporate warrior, a small business owner, a ‘disruptor’ or as an individual. But how do we gain a following and self promote WITHOUT looking like a T***?

 

How To Get Free Customers and Clients

Let’s look at one of the cheapest ways to boost your business status and marketing with networking.

How you can use video marketing in your small business
 

Cool Ways to Use Video Marketing Content

Video marketing is incredibly popular, and still growing. There’s one simple reason for this: because it works!

have you got a loyalty scheme for your customers? Here's how it should be put together
 

How to Create a Customer Loyalty Scheme That Works

It can cost up to five times as much to attract a new customer as opposed to retaining an existing one! With numbers like that, it makes sense to focus on customer satisfaction and retention at least as much as you focus on bringing in new leads for your business. 

how to get your content seen by people not in your tribe
 

Guest Posting: Is It Worth It? (And How to Get Started)

Guest posting – writing content for other websites which include a link back to yours – is well known as a strategy for boosting your business profile. But is it still worth it? And if so, how do you even do it?