Managing Stress – Part One

Managing Stress – Part One

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development time off through stress has increased, with the recession blamed for elevated stress levels. Factors such as extra workload, worries about company reorganisations and domestic problems have led to higher levels of anxiety and depression, employers reported. The research also found that more employees were struggling…

Back to School, Back to Work

Back to School, Back to Work

As the new school term starts we can all get back to concentrating fully on our business. To help you get back in the swing of things The Virtual Office are offering a fantastic deal on meeting rooms. Buy one hour get one hour free on all meeting rooms at all 3 of our excellent…

Take a Complete Holiday

Take a Complete Holiday

For many small businesses and business owners the summer holidays are less a holiday, more the ultimate test in juggling priorities. Taking a real holiday can mean a choice between missing important telephone calls or answering the client’s call whilst on a family picnic. Neither ideal and both applying additional pressure to your time and…

How do these changes effect your business?

How do these changes effect your business?

General opinions of the Mr Osborne’s budget are that it recognises the role of small businesses in the continued growth of the economy. The internationally competitive Capital Gains Tax and reduction in Corporation Tax for small businesses both encourage entrepreneurism. However there are mixed responses to the new immigration laws introducing further restrictions on the…

It’s not where you work, it’s how you work

It’s not where you work, it’s how you work

Online articles for new businesses and entrepreneurs often emphasise the pros and cons of home working and home offices disregarding the fact that many entrepreneurs are constantly mobile. Their average day is rarely typical and often rely on smart phones and instant messaging to manage their business day. To succeed as a mobile entrepreneur requires…

What is the etiquette of mobiles in meetings?

What is the etiquette of mobiles in meetings?

A new article on BBC News discusses the ethics of using your mobile phone in meetings. It makes you think – if you’re growing your business it is likely you’ll be attending more client meetings so do you excuse yourself and answer your mobile, potentially upsetting your client, or let the call ring to voicemail…

Access to New Markets

Access to New Markets

There are a multitude of support services available at the moment to support small businesses,from Business Link to The Virtual Office. Now Google has joined forces with HSBC, alibaba.com and others to create a support package for businesses looking to export their products and services.