Company mission, vision, values

Mission statement vs. vision statement

 

Even if prices are raised and there are more affordable alternatives on the market, we will often continue to buy products from the same brand. The reason for this is the same as explaining why we always choose to fly with the same airline or get our coffee from the same place:...

 

What is a small business?

Small businesses, explained

 

According to the Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), a small business is a privately-owned and operated business with a small scale of trade and a small number of employees, depending on the industry. Small businesses are commonly referred to by the European term “SME” which...

 

Work-life balance

Work-life balance

 

A work-life balance involves a lot more than simply dividing working time and personal time equally. The concept is often viewed as a philosophy that determines many aspects of a person’s life. In order for it to succeed, both employers and employees must make an effort to create...

 

Job Interview Tips

Interview tips for making a great impression

 

You’ve made it past the application process and the initial screening and you’ve been invited to an interview. It’s normal to be nervous, especially if you have limited experience in selling yourself. There are a few unwritten rules that apply for all interviews. As soon as you...

 

Types of taxes in the UK

Taxation and the different types of taxes in the UK

 

Keeping track of taxes in the UK isn’t exactly a piece of cake. There are so many types of taxes that it’s difficult to know which ones apply to you and/or your business. If you don’t file your taxes correctly with the HMRC, it could result in penalties, which could cost you...

 

CRM tools: customer care made easy

CRM tools: software for customer care

 

Customer care is one of the corner stones of a successful company – whether you are running an online shop or offering bank accounts. Even smaller companies can benefit from the use of CRM tools, which help to organise customer- or buyer data. These software systems automate and...

 

BCG matrix: bringing your company forwards

What does the future look like for your product and services? The BCG matrix is a simple tool that helps you make your decision: should you invest in a business unit or not? We explain the individual zones of the portfolio matrix and use an example to illustrate how to set up the BCG matrix.

Joint Venture

Companies often work together despite being in competition with one another – in many fields and in many forms. The joint venture is one of these strategic cooperation models and enables cooperating companies to strengthen their joint presence in the global business world and to survive in a competition. But what does joint venture actually mean? What types of joint ventures are there? What are...

What is brainstorming and how does it work?

Brainstorming is a technique applied simultaneously by a group of people allowing to form numerous ideas on any given topic in a short time and at a high rate. Apart from the need to keep up with all the brainstorming rules, good preparation on part of the group host is also important, if the group is to achieve a maximum possible output from its members. Read our guide to find out what...

Organisational structure – indispensable for companies

“Flat hierarchies” are a common refrain of many companies when it comes to recruiting. This means short chains of command, wide control spans, and democratic decision-making. This kind of a loose organisational structure has a reputation for motivating employees and therefore increasing their productivity. But not every company is suited to the concept. For more complex companies, it may be...

How to prioritise: 9 methods to help you get started

When work piles up, there is no way around it: prioritising tasks is part of the daily work of a good company head or team leader. But if everything already had to be done yesterday, it can be difficult to define a clear structure. Proven concepts for how to prioritise such as the Eisenhower principle and the 80:20 rule can bring order into workload chaos. Everything begins with pen and paper –...

Am I a leader? A comparison of management styles

Are you a manager, leader or expert? Each of these guidance styles fulfils a particular purpose and should be used according to the situation. In order to lead to the best of your ability, and motivate your team to achieve goals, you should select and consistently adhere to a management style. Each type of leadership has its own strengths and weaknesses. Here, you can read what these are and when...