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Research suggests the average age of a successful company founder is 42. This statistic stands in sharp contrast with the Silicon Valley image we all have in our minds. The pretty picture of a young, twenty-something making millions from their passion has somehow morphed into a blurry vignette shot of a middle aged man with a briefcase full of papers. It’s important to help keep the dream of the young entrepreneur alive… because the future and progression of business will be shaped by the Gen Xs and Millenials of the world. There...

If you run a small business, you could see its growth stalling disappointingly quickly. Perhaps you have made the mistake of focusing too strongly on your native market. After all, your rivals could have much in their favour – and be competing for market slices that were never all that large in the first place. The good news is that, thanks to our increasingly interconnected world, taking your business into the international ring doesn’t have to be as time-consuming as you might have anticipated. Don’t wait...

Do you struggle to understand the art of matching a shirt and tie? From identifying which colours that go well together, to acknowledging the prints that compliment each other, all in all it can be quite challenging. That’s why CT shirts, retailers of men’s shirts and experts in male fashion, we bring you this comprehensive shirt and tie guide. Colour complementing When complementing the colours of your shirt and tie, bear in mind the following advice: A safe option for choosing the right shirt of tie, is sticking to a ‘theme’....

Short-term breakups can often be much more straightforward: there are no joint assets, no shared group of friends to deal with and less at stake when it comes to emotional impact. It’s for this reason that splitting from a long-term partner can be incredibly challenging. However, by approaching the practical aspects with a relatively level head, you can help make the process less complicated and, hopefully, less painful. Legal proceedings If you’re married to your long-term partner and live together, you will likely need...

Entrepreneurs are constantly thinking of new business ideas. However, when starting a business, whether you’ve been part of a start-up previously or not, you often overlook the important factors when it comes to setting up an office. From health and safety rules and regulations, to licenses, it’s crucial that you cover all the necessary points if you want to set up your own business. Licensing Starting your new business is sure to be an exciting time, but this doesn’t mean you can overlook legalities. It may not be the...

As a business owner, it is so easy to stay within your comfort zone once you feel like you have reached a certain level of success. Unfortunately, letting your business become static is a dangerous game. Your market and competition are changing constantly. Your business could be knocked off its post at any moment. To avoid this, you must ensure that your business is always pushing itself to be better and opening itself up to new horizons. Growth is really the only way to reach ultimate success. Really though, there is no limit...

People go into business for different reasons, but one thing that can almost be taken for granted is that everybody wants to make a profit.Otherwise you might as well be throwing cash away! We all know that profit is the key to a successful business, yet some of us are unknowingly cutting into our returns without knowing it. Here are 5 ways you could be damaging your income without knowing it. Weak Customer Service Customer service today has changed a lot from what it used to be. There was a time when this department existed...

Owning a business comes with change, growth and expansion. And whilst business is booming, sometimes we forget the necessities that keep it going. Follow the advice below, and watch your business grow from strength-to-strength.   Keep your Business Information Up-to-Date Your customers shouldn’t have to spend hours trying to reach you, and when they do, they shouldn’t be using outdated information. The most successful companies make sure they are easily accessible.Take a few minutes every two months to update and validate...

The near exponential rate of technological advancement posesmore opportunities than ever before—and more potential problems within anorganization. That’s why successful leaders atall levels respond to changes in the business environment by seizingopportunities and developing new ways of doing business. “Embracing evolving technologies will definefuture growth markets,” says Stuart R. Levine, who leads an international strategic leadershipdevelopment firm in New York.Levine’s number one tip to leaders whoare facing industry...

Hard work doesn’t necessarily add up to productivity. It is a popular myth that squeezing more hours out of your staff leads to robust productivity scales. But nothing could be further from the truth. Essentially, workforce efficiency lies in how much work your employees can complete in the time frame they’re given without actually bearing the brunt of over-utilisation. A direct result of misaligned priorities is a scenario wherein critical work is left undone while timelines get pushed. Your employees are then forced into a frantic...