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Business groups welcome Chancellor’s tax relief for small firms

Business groups have welcomed tax relief schemes announced in the Budget to help small firms, saying that the Chancellor has finally recognised the need to put small business at the heart of economic policy.

However, they expressed continuing concerns about the UK's Budget deficit and its impact on business activity.

Read the full article including comments from Chris Barling Sellerdeck's CEO on the Startupdonut.co.uk site.

Capitalist Control

My son has been thinking about starting a business. The problem is that to be a capitalist, you need, well, capital. And he doesn't have much. But neither did Alan Sugar or Richard Branson when they started, so what is the point?

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Start-up lessons from the World Cup Bid failure

So England has lost the bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. As soon as the result was announced, someone on my company (Sellerdeck) forum posted that they were really pleased. As a result of the failed bid, a new stadium and 2,500 houses wouldn't be built a couple of miles from their front door.

It did get me to thinking about some of the lessons start-ups can learn from this whole tale of woe. Often what is a disaster for one person is a blessing for another, and things aren't always what they seem.

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The do’s and don’ts of social media

  • Don't have unrealistic expectations and don't be over salesy. Going viral is a million to one chance
  • Don't forget to balance time spent interacting against sales gained and don't rule out advertising - it might give a better ROI
  • Don't ignore what your customers say, bad or good

It's easy to get things wrong when embracing the likes of Twitter and Facebook to promote your business. Chris Barling advises on what not to do when using social media for marketing.

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The Cost of Ranting

I quite enjoy the programmes "Grumpy Old Men" and "Grumpy Old Women". Having turned fifty, I can identify and laugh at the things that they say. But although much of it is tongue-in-cheek, I don't really want to be like that myself.

In fact, many of us have a tendency to have a good rant with colleagues, suppliers or customers, but we should stop and think before doing so.

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