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A marketing strategy tells you what to say, how to say it and who to say it to in order to make more sales. Our guide to the basics.

Market your business online - from your website to social networking, advertising, search engine optimisation, email marketing and more.

Social media is firmly established as a marketing tool. Having a presence opens up new lines of communication with existing and potential customers.

The basics you need to know about raising your business profile through advertising, and how to make sure your campaigns are successful.

Focusing on taking care of your existing customers could be much better for your bottom line than chasing new business. The basics of customer care.

No business can survive without selling. Our overview of planning your sales strategy and recruiting, training and managing sales staff.

Get the basics right - our quick guide to the main types of market research and how to get the information you need no matter what your budget.

Direct marketing is ideal for small businesses as it's highly targeted, cost-effective and simple to DIY. Our guide to how to get started.

Start here - find out how attending and displaying at exhibitions and events can benefit your business, and learn how to build your network.


The basic things you need to know about PR for your business, building relationships with the media and managing the impact of publicity.

August 2017

30 August 2017

Now in its 14th year, Small Business Advice Week returns in September and promises to help SMEs maximise growth and productivity.

30 August 2017

Co-operatives could save up to £10,000 a year thanks to new Government proposals requiring fewer of them to appoint an auditor.

30 August 2017

Office fixers – who sort out everything from travel to technology - are worth £525 million to UK small businesses, according to new research.

29 August 2017

Around four in every five businesses have seen their costs increase this year through changes in employment legislation, according to new research.

29 August 2017

Business groups and MPs from all parties have raised concerns about a new interpretation of business rates rules that has created additional bills for many UK small businesses.

29 August 2017

Public sector organisations have spent £1.2bn with small and medium-sized businesses on cloud and digital services in the past five years via the Government's Digital Marketplace.

24 August 2017

According to data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (by self-storage company Space Station), items worth more than £184m were stolen from businesses across the UK between 2013 and 2016.

24 August 2017

More than 13,000 of the UK’s lowest-paid employees will receive back pay as part of the government’s scheme to name and shame employers who don't pay the minimum wage.

24 August 2017

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found small businesses “still fighting an uphill battle” to become suppliers to the public sector.

22 August 2017

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned of the consequences of Barclay’s plans to close a further 54 of its bank branches by the end of the year.