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How data can help small independents compete with big business

The phrase 'Big Data' is bounded about a lot, but what does it actually mean for small businesses? And how can data help you compete against the big boys?
Oliver Rowbory
Oliver Rowbory
The Good Till Company
Posted on: 06.04.16
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Why business needs to face up to an ageing society

We're all living longer. And while that might raise challenges around funding care and retirement for society, it also presents major opportunities for business.
Robert Durie
Robert Durie
Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Posted on: 20.01.15
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What's the difference between a shopping trolley and a chairman?

Business West Chairman Stephen Robertson explores the key facets and aptitudes that will ensure a Chairman's role is effective in contributing to an organisation's continued growth and success.
Stephen  Robertson
Stephen Robertson
West of England Local Enterprise Partnership
Posted on: 18.11.14
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Does your business have the right skills to grow?

Having the right staff with the right skills to meet current and future demand is a difficult act to balance - yet it can be critical to economic growth
Adam Powell
Adam Powell
West of England Local Enterprise Partnership
Posted on: 09.09.14
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Update your recruitment process to attract top talent to your business

Our local business survey reveals that 61% of businesses are finding it difficult to find suitable staff. We offer some tips to help SMEs approach modern recruitment more strategically to attract the...
Susie Parker
Susie Parker
Business West
Posted on: 17.06.14
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10 Minute Review: Mission, Vision, Strategy

Mission statements and leadership visions are often forgotten because over time they disconnect from reality. This might happen because: leaders conjure up the mission and vision without sufficient...
Phil Smith
Phil Smith
Business West
Posted on: 13.06.14
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How To Grow Your Service Firm: The Final Pointers (Part 6 of 6)

In the first four parts of this series, we looked at why and how The Expert! model is so important for the success of service firms and how to apply it. In this final part Robert Craven brings...
Robert Craven
Robert Craven
The Director's Centre
Posted on: 13.06.14
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How to Grow Your Service Firm: Attitude & Approach (Part 5 of 6)

In parts 1, 2, 3 and 4, we looked at why and how The Expert! model is so important for the success of service firms and how to apply it. Part 5 is more about the attitude and approach you need to...
Robert Craven
Robert Craven
The Director's Centre
Posted on: 09.05.14
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10 Business Books Creating a Buzz

In honour of National Bed Month this March, and a good bedtime read, we've done a quick round up of some of the latest business books creating a buzz.
Susie Parker
Susie Parker
Business West
Posted on: 14.03.14
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