An interview with Anna Ward from CakeDrop

Anna from CakeDrop

It’s often said that you should love what you do. Well, it’s safe to say that Anna Ward loves what she does – after all she gets to work with cake every day, and who doesn’t love cake?! Anna launched CakeDrop – a cake delivery service for offices –  in July 2017 (still fresh!) and she certainly knows what it takes to get started. Here Anna talks to us about her inspiration for the delicious idea and how life has changed since launching. Enjoy…

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Are you a business owner? Here are 10 tips to help you relax on your next holiday

Relaxing on a hammock

Summer may be coming to an end but it’s not too late to take some well-earned time off if you haven’t already. Of course, as a business owner, if you do manage to get away it’s hard to switch off and there’s always the temptation to take work with you. With that in mind, here are 10 tips to help the business owner relax on holiday…

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Entrepreneurs and their holidays

Entrepreneurs and their holiday's

If you’re a small business owner it’s likely that you don’t take a break as often as you should.

CITY AM recently reported that half of the UK’s business owners take less than six days off a year, ‘with one in five taking no time off at all’. Whilst it’s easy to see why business owners are reticent to step away from their business for a week or so, it really can be beneficial in the long run when you consider the positive impact a holiday can have.

To inspire you to take a break, we thought we’d take a look at some famous entrepreneurs who recognise the importance of a holiday and where exactly they go! Enjoy…

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An interview with Sophia Matveeva, Co-Founder & CEO of Style Counsel

 

Ever wondered if a clothing combo looks great, or is just plain … plain? Sophia Matveeva has come up with an app to help; Style Counsel. Simply take a snap of what you’re wearing and send the picture to the Style Counsel community, who’ll then share their expert opinions. We caught up with Sophia to chat about the app, and what it’s like running her own company. Continue reading An interview with Sophia Matveeva, Co-Founder & CEO of Style Counsel

Are your team taking enough time off? It’s more important than you think!

Did you know that 73% of UK employees don’t use up all of their annual leave? That means that only a quarter of us are actually making the most of our time off allowance. It’s no wonder that more people than ever are reporting feelings of burnout, listlessness and tension at work.

Even if you let your team roll-over their days, here are five reasons why you should be encouraging them not to stick around at their desks for too long: Continue reading Are your team taking enough time off? It’s more important than you think!

Are Napoleon’s comments about the English still relevant in today’s business climate?

According to sources, Napoleon once said “L’Angleterre est une nation de boutiquiers” – “England is a nation of shopkeepers”.

Whilst the number of shops on the average UK high street has certainly diminished greatly, we may well still be a nation of entrepreneurs. Continue reading Are Napoleon’s comments about the English still relevant in today’s business climate?

Looking for free images for your website? Find out where to get them here.

Turtle from Unsplash

Keeping your online content professional is one of the many obstacles you face when managing a website. Especially if you don’t have the skills or the resources to create your own images. But good news… there are websites out there that let you use images for free – where attribution is not needed (but it is appreciated). These are ideal if you’re constantly creating new content (or aim to be), and we’ve selected some of the best we’ve come across so you can get off to a good start!

Before we start looking at these websites, please note that some of the copyright restrictions vary, so don’t forget to double check before using it in your own work.

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An interview with Wholefood Heaven

Wholefood Heaven are David and Charlotte Bailey, a husband-wife team who are cooking up a storm with their healthy street food. We first became aware of them thanks to their pitch at Whitecross Street Market, where their souped-up van consistently attracts the largest queue. And it’s easy to see why. Their now legendary Buddha Bowl is super delicious and super healthy. Then we noticed that they’d published a book. And then another!

So we decided to ask David and Charlotte about their recipe (sorry) to business success. Here’s what they told us …
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Picking the right limited liability structure for your business

If you’re thinking of structuring your business so that it enjoys the benefits of limited liability, you have a choice of three different options; a company limited by shares, a company limited by guarantee, or a limited liability partnership.

Emily Coltman FCA, chief accountant to award-winning online software provider FreeAgent, explores the difference between these three. Continue reading Picking the right limited liability structure for your business

The MadeSimple Start-Me-Up Playlist

Feeling unmotivated? Nothing lifts you out of a funk, like a little funk. Or electronic. Or rock. Or pop. We’ve created a Youtube playlist that’ll get your fingers tapping quick smart. Check out our choices, listen to the playlist, then get back to work. Happy listening!

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