Seven ways for your business to survive the COVID-19 crisis

By j.evans / May 7, 2020 / Handy Tips / No Comments

Plan how to manage your team, your business and cash flow during the crisis Audit your current skills, services, products and capabilities and consider how, or if they could be delivered differently. g. via YouTube, webinars, online platforms Explore the current needs and gaps in the marketplace....

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Are you ready?

By j.evans / December 4, 2019 / Handy Tips / No Comments

Christmas preparations for your business Advise your customers of your opening hours over the Christmas period; update the messages on your email, social media and phone. Where appropriate, provide an alternative contact point.  Ensure you have sufficient stock, staff and resources for your busy ...

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Hobby? … or business? What you need to know!

By j.evans / August 29, 2019 / Handy Tips / No Comments

Should you turn your hobby into a business? So … you make clothes, design websites or take photographs?  Should you turn your hobby into a business?   You will need time, money and a long-term commitment to run a business.  But you should also be able to answer these questions. Your product or se...

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Seven easy ways to protect your IP assets

By j.evans / August 6, 2019 / Handy Tips / No Comments

Simple tips and links to keep your IP safe - from patents to confidentiality agreements.

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What type of business insurance do you really need?

By j.evans / May 15, 2019 / Handy Tips / No Comments

What type of insurance does a start-up or small business really need? It depends on the type of business you are running – but you may need product liability, professional indemnity, directors’ and officers’ indemnity and cyber liability. If you have premises, merchandise and expensive equi...

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The ABC of Funding – a rough guide

By j.evans / April 3, 2019 / Handy Tips / No Comments

The ABC of funding for start ups.

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Costly mistakes when starting a new business – and how to avoid them

By j.evans / March 19, 2019 / Handy Tips / No Comments

Five costly business mistakes and how to avoid them

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Looking for money for your new business idea?

By j.evans / January 31, 2019 / Handy Tips / No Comments

There are several ways to fund a business: family and friends, grants, government programs, employee equity, awards, crowd-funding, angel investors, banks, and loans.  For some innovators, strategic partnering and licensing may also be appropriate.  Some useful links below. For monthly ...

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A DIY for Patenting Search

By j.evans / November 19, 2018 / Handy Tips / No Comments

How do you do a patent search?  Ideally your patent attorney or other professional will do this for you as they have expertise in this area.  However, you can search the data bases yourself. Keep in mind that people call devices by various names – so be creative when searching. For example, an an...

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Non Disclosure Agreements – should you use one?

By INNOVIC / September 11, 2018 / Handy Tips / No Comments

Do you need a Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA­)?  How can you get one? Yes – if you want to approach a third party with a view to manufacturing your product, or licensing your innovation, particularly if you don’t have any formal intellectual property protection in place. An NDA or confidenti...

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