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Dragon provides top tips for small business

Published:  29 September, 2010

UK: Nectar Business has joined forces with Dragon's Den star James Caan and government advice network Business Link to launch a Top Tips guide for small companies.

The guide – 25 Top Tips for Small Business – is available to download from the Nectar Business website,

Visitors to the site can also submit their own business tips to have an opportunity to win 50 000 Nectar Points.

"The guide contains advice, hints, tips and resources that will help a small business to run more effectively and efficiently. It is split into five sections:

1 Market your business – how to find the most cost-effective and efficient ways to reach your target audience, from e-newsletters to entering awards.

2 Managing cashflow – everything financial, from choosing a bank account and paying your staff on time, to prioritising costs and advice if you find yourself in debt.

3 Useful tools and business advice – information on grants and funding, business networking and mentoring.

4 Your business and the environment – advice on how to go green and still prosper, including details about improving the environmental performance of your business and qualifying for tax breaks.

5 Social media in the business world – using social networks to deliver real benefits to business including points on how to start conversations and avoid pitfalls.

This initiative contains content from Business Link – the official government advice and support service for businesses - as well as commentary from James Caan, chief executive officer of private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw and star of BBC2's Dragon's Den.