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Moving to a flexible, digital model

yell is in the middle of a huge transformation. As with many industries, the internet has destabilised the market and a lot of what, formerly Yellow Pages, do is online now, including its directory. It also offers new digital services, connecting small businesses and helping them promote themselves online. This has changed the nature […]

Legal handbook for small businesses

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If you’re thinking of setting up your own business, you may think you can skimp on the legal paperwork, but having written contracts and agreements in place can save you endless hassle – and cash – in the long term. That’s one of the messages of a new book – part of the famous Dummies […]

Half term tips


Is it that time of the year already? Many working parents find half term takes them a bit by surprise and have to put together a plan of action on the hoof.  You may, of course, be superorganised and have arranged childcare and things to do months ago, but chances are half term has figured […]

Franchise Q & A

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Last week held its first Top Franchise Awards. The ceremony was followed by a Q & A with our judges and experts: Yasmina Siadatan, former winner of The Apprentice, Clive Rich, CEO of Lawbite, Chris Roberts director of Franchise Finance, Sean McKeown, franchise development manager of Kumon Educational UK, Louise Young, Brand and Communications Manager at […]

Campaign launched for flexible new jobs

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A major campaign to promote quality new flexible jobs is launched today. is supporting the ‘Hire Me My Way’  campaign – an ambitious national initiative to unlock one million quality job vacancies to part-time and flexible working, ending the exclusion of flexible workers from decently paid jobs in the UK. At present, flexible workers […]

Creating great places to work


Fancy working for a company that offers staff a weekly massage and allows staff to clock off at 3.30pm on a Friday? Financial recruiter Goodman Masson is gaining a reputation for the strong business case it has made for employee engagement, including work life balance. The firm has just featured again on the Best Workplaces […]

The importance of health initiatives in the workplace

Fox Agency PT Session

Employers who have been promoting work life balance have increasingly been viewing it within the broader prism of wellbeing. Health and wellbeing policies link physical and mental health. Here Nelson McConnell, director of Fox Agency, talks about how his agency has changed its culture and fitness trainer Danny Sroda discusses the focus on importance of […]

New career? Try it for a day first


Do you want to try a new career, but are worried that you might not enjoy it? It’s something many people are considering these days.’s latest annual survey showed 65% of working mums were interested in retraining and almost a third had retrained in the last year. A One Poll survey of 1,000 over […] announces winners of its first Top Franchise Awards

Top Franchise Awards

Domestic homecare business Bright & Beautiful was named Overall Top Franchise at’s first Top Franchise Awards this week. The Awards celebrate the best family friendly franchisors and franchisees. Sponsored by Lawbite, they recognise franchisors both big and small who have empowered women in business – not only by providing a successful flexible business model, […]

Six-hour working day


Fancy working a six-hour day? A number of employers in Sweden think it will both increase productivity and result in happier workers. A UK company has just decided to follow them. Bright Horizon Accountancy Ltd, a cloud accountancy firm in Bournemouth, reduced to a six-hour working day last month. Founder Emily Hyland said she was […]

Jasmine Birtles’ tips for making money


It’s the dream of most mothers to be able to make money in a way that fits around the kids. But many companies just aren’t equipped to be that flexible. However, you don’t have to have a conventional job to make money, as many mothers have found. There are actually lots of ways you can […]

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