Christmas corporate gift
With Christmas approaching, it's time to start thinking about giving your clients, suppliers and associates gifts - and whether to make your gift do double duty as a promotional tool.

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pumpkin soil
A rags to riches story can all end badly when the golden carriage turns into a pumpkin at midnight. Phil Astley explains how recent big business failures in New Zealand can serve as a warning for your small business.

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In agreement
Do people love doing business with you because you keep your word? Or do promises and plans seem to elude you just because you haven't found a way to make agreements stick? Lisa Mininni suggests ways to help you honour your commitments.

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Most people choose to do business with someone they know and trust. How can you get more clients and get them to know and trust you? Hannah du Plessis says there is a way....

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If you design kitchens, is another kitchen designer your competition? Most likely not. And the sooner you can position and modify your marketing strategy against your real competition, the sooner you will start to see more business come through the door

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Business breakfast
Relationships. The most natural thing on earth, right? Apparently not, most of us struggle with relationships at some stage, whether they are personal or business related. Discover some tips on how to improve relationships with your clients in your business.

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Saying no
There's much emphasis today on saying yes - and rightly so. However there are times when it makes sense to say no - or at least not now. As a manager, it is essential you keep in mind the long term picture - although there are many examples of people later regretting saying no. But examples of people saying no when that turns out to be the right decision might get less publicity, but are far from rare.

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An enterprising new business has taken out the top spot in this year’s The David Awards: heroes in small business. Here's a full list of winners.

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How well do your business goals and your life goals match up? This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute-read has tips to help make sure you know which direction you want to be headed in, and tools to help you get there. Plus, there's a little tale which could make a big difference to how you relate to your customers.

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When you are in the throes of running your business on a daily basis, it can be hard to take a long-term perspective - but it's important to have these plans in place and work towards them. Have you considered your exit strategy?

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