Communication for businesses
A lot of major business disasters can be overcome or even simply avoided if communication between staff members is clear and open. If there are communication breakdowns between employers and employees, then the likelihood that the job will be done right will be significantly less. You could save yourself a lot of stress and a lot of money if you consider a few factors that might help improve communication within your business workplace.
1. Let your vision be known. Having a strong, clear vision and mission statement is key to any business’ success. You need to know this information inside and out. But it’s also extremely important that your employees are not only aware of the overall business goals, but are on board and excited about them as well. Pin your mission statement to the notice board and clarify it every morning before your staff begins the working day. Keep your staff motivated about the overall vision of the company and they will have a better understanding of the importance of their day to day work. Communicating this on a regular basis will save you a lot of money and potential disasters in the long run.
2. Training day. Before you throw a new employee into the deep end, be sure that you give them the thorough training required to get the job done right. You need to treat your business like a franchise and have very clear systems and training manuals in place. Every staff member should have a training manual on hand that they can refer to at all times. Every six months, there needs to be a review of this training manual in order to ensure that everyone is still on the same page and understands their role.
3. Get the right technology. The word communication means so much more than two people having a conversation. It is now intrinsically linked with technology. Whether it’s the Internet, emails, mobile devices, tablets, laptops, or apps, these are all modes of communication that need to be made available to your staff. Getting yourself a superior network, through someone like Thuraya, will enable you to stay in close contact with all of your employees wherever you are in the world.
4. Keep things upbeat. Empowering your staff is all about creating a positive atmosphere in the workplace, so be sure to keep things upbeat and fun wherever possible. Let your guard down and keep the communication lines open so that your workers can speak to you openly about anything at any time. Creating an environment of fear will lead to high staff turnover and generally low productivity, so stay positive!
5. Encourage creativity. It’s been well documented that Google and Apple workers have time allocated each week to work on whatever they want to work on. This is a wonderful incentive for staff members and leads to them feeling a sense of pride about their job and there workplace. It also leads to the conception of great ideas that could make a real difference in your business.
What you need to know when forming a company in the UK
Are you a budding entrepreneur? Have you a great business concept? Does it fill a gap in the market locally? Do you have the motivation and determination to succeed in today’s competitive market?
If the answers to the above questions are ‘yes’, you are ready to prepare for formation of a company in UK. Before embarking on the final leg towards incorporating your own business, you must check that all the essential groundwork and planning are complete.
- Plan your business realistically. Decide on your time commitment – full time/part time/seasonal; how much finance you will need for start-up and beyond; online or offline business; working from home or business premises.
- Identify your market. For instance, if you will be offering horticultural services, research potential customers and their requirements. Tailor your services to their needs. As this is primarily a seasonal business, think about offering out of season services, eg fence, guttering and drive maintenance during the off season. Check out competitors in your target area and the services they offer and prices they charge. If you can provide services not accessible from existing companies at a reasonable price, you could exploit this gap in the marketplace. This flexibility is essential to find a niche market to exploit, whatever your business.
- Choose a unique and memorable name and logo for your business and set up a website showcasing your products or services.
- Write your business plan. This is an essential document which you can refer to, ensuring you stay on track. Include credible financial forecasts and an appealing executive summary.
When your pre-start up preparations are complete, you are ready to undergo the formation of a company in UK process. There are many companies who offer this service online, and most entrepreneurs choose them these days to register their companies. They are competitively priced and most offer a range of packages to suit all types and sizes of businesses. The best ones will also provide advice, assistance and continuing support to their clients. This close relationship will give business owners confidence and reassurance that there is someone to help if and when needed.
Do ensure that the company formations agent you choose is well established and reliable. Check out the websites to find out what they offer, contact them with any queries you may have and have a look at the feedback from existing customers. All the best ones will be pleased to talk to you about your particular business requirements.
Having chosen the agent you favour, you can now start the process. They will guide you through completing all the essential forms and ensure that all details are accurate and meet legal guidelines. You must include your registered office address, director and shareholder details and company secretary details (if applicable – this position is not mandatory). A private limited company will always be known as ‘company name’ Ltd or Limited. The agent will check that your company name is unique, so do have a couple of alternatives ready. The Company formation agent will then submit the paperwork on your behalf to authorise formation of a company in UK. Typically, incorporation will be finalised within hours.
When your company is registered, you will be sent electronic copies of:
- Certificate of Incorporation
- Memorandum and Articles of Association
- Share Certificates for all shareholders
These are legal and important documents, so keep them safe.
Once you have received the documentation authorising your business, you can now start to trade. The hard work begins but, hopefully, so does the success and profits.