Business Zone

Expanding your garden centre? Here are the funding options

Business finance expert Emily Relph talks through the business funding available to you. Garden Centres are a growing industry that…

Driving footfall to your garden centre in the Amazon era

Liz Rosling, Small Business Marketing Specialist explains what you can do to compete with Amazon. With the rise of Amazon,…

11 reasons you should enter awards

Entering industry awards can often seem like a bit of a faff. But the benefits of entering far outweigh the…

Does your team cross sell?

Asking your team to cross sell is a fantastic tool to increase the average basket spend. With a few carefully…

How you can encourage upselling from your staff

Upselling. It?s a key task in retail to generate extra revenue, and raise the average basket spend. But how much…

Can you increase sales by suggestive selling?

Suggestive selling is a technique used to convince customers to add more items to their shop. ? This gives the…

Investing in your garden centre

Investment in a garden centre makes your business more robust. ? In any sort of retail you’re always in a…

5 things SMEs are wasting money on

Each year, almost 400,000 new businesses are set up in the UK. But, taking a company from an eager start-up…

Dealing with common employment matters

We?re often found advising businesses on employment matters. They have often avoided taking advice or involving outside resources. ? They…

How you can deal with grievances

Grievances are an inevitable part of employing staff. Whilst they are a pain for some managers, they allow a business…

What is shared parental leave?

Shared parental leave provides an opportunity for eligible parents to take advantage of additional flexibility in the way they choose…

Zero Hours contracts ? get yours right in 2019

A zero hours contract is a type of contract between an employer and a worker, where the employer is not…

Is your website GDPR compliant for 2019?

Do you want to make sure your website, webshop and e-mail marketing is GDPR compliant? Garden Connect is offering an…

Interview structure: tips to make your interviews run smoothly in 2019

Getting applicants to apply for jobs in one thing. Doing them justice with the interview is a whole different battlefield.…

Flexible Working: Is ‘flexism’ holding back businesses in 2019?

It is widely accepted that only 6 per cent of the British public hold a traditional 9 to 5 working…

Does your company have an employee handbook?

An employee handbook is a crucial part of running a business. It sets clear expectations for new employees. It outlines…

Business Rates Relief: New Scheme 2019

April 2019 will bring another Business Rates Relief Scheme. With it brings a further chance for ?scammers? to approach garden…

Advice for running a family business in 2019

The family business makes us a huge chuck of operators in the UK’s garden retail industry. In all honesty, family…

How retailers can use social media to their advantage in 2019

Social media provides retailers with a wealth of information about their consumers that they could never get through traditional media.…

5 Successful retail habits for 2019

There’s a saying in retail that the customer is always right. While this motto is often relevant for retailers, letting…
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