Detox your business in 2017

New year, new you. Stick to those all-important business resolutions with these handy hints and tips

12 January 2017

From developing new skills in business management to performing a comprehensive energy audit of your premises; now is the time to introduce new routines, practices and techniques that can aid your business efforts over the next 12 months. Here, we share tips and guidance on how to detox your business in 2017, including steps on how to improve organisation and productivity across the workplace.

Skills and practices

Developing new skills on an individual or company-wide basis is a fundamental part of promoting growth, ensuring that your business is able to cope with the demands of a continuously changing business landscape.

The arrival of the New Year marks the perfect opportunity to invest time and money in developing your business skillset, with the next 12 months providing a clear timeframe in which to implement new learning and strategies. There is also a range of great offers to be had on learning courses at this time of year, with training providers keen to attract those adhering to a New Year’s resolution.

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But what training should your business invest in this year? As part of our business basics series, we recently spoke to social media expert Alex McCann about the growing importance of social media, and how small businesses can work to get more from their social strategy. Alex kindly provided lots of guidance for small businesses on how to use social media more effectively, but for any business professional looking to improve their web presence over the next 12 months, investing in actual social media training could be a great way to improve your chances of success.

Developing skills in an area like social media is of great value to SMEs, particularly given Forbes’ 2017 social media predictions. But, while learning new skills is vital, it’s also important to keep a tight ship by reviewing your internal HR practices.

The start of a new year presents the perfect time to consider your current HR management, and make improvements which will enable the business to grow more organically. In November 2016, we spoke to HR and leadership specialist Jan Sargent, who offered a number of tips on HR best practice for growing businesses. As part of the interview, Jan covers a range of HR-related questions, offering expert guidance on everything from motivating employees to choosing between internal and outsourced HR management — providing an invaluable resource for SMEs looking to improve their HR skills in 2017.

Organisation and productivity

‘Start as you mean to go on’ might sound like a cliché, but it’s something SMEs should remember as the new year begins to unfold. Approaching the next 12 months with a renewed sense of productivity and motivation is the key to a successful business year, though this can be easier said than done. There are, however, a number of things you can do as a small business to maximise productivity in 2017 — making it easier to reach your business goals and aspirations for the year ahead.

If you’re striving towards business success and growth this year, check out our article looking at 12 great habits to boost your business productivity. This comprehensive guide offers practical tips on personal work habits, organising your workforce and increasing your productivity with technology — perfect for SMEs looking to improve their day-to-day output and inspire their staff with a renewed sense of drive and incentive.

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Improving the productivity of your small business might sound challenging, but taking small steps towards a more productive and motivated workforce now could pay dividends over the next 12 months.

From outsourcing tasks that take up a lot of your time to implementing a cloud-based tool like Trello or Basecamp to help organise your day; there are lots of little things you can do to improve the organisation and productivity of your business this January, and these could prove the building blocks for a more profitable and streamlined business in the future.

Speaking of profitable — have you tried any of the tools listed in our 10 money-savings apps for SMEs article yet? If not, 2017 could be the year you and your business realise the potential of these brilliant smartphone applications.

Controlling your business energy

 Whether tightening your purse strings or taking steps towards reducing your carbon emissions, January is a great time to take a closer look at your energy consumption, and discover new ways to save on the on-going cost of business gas and electricity.

Energy auditing

Energy represents a major outlay for all SMEs, and yet over a half of small businesses fail to realise the potential savings that can be made on energy costs. By carrying out a comprehensive energy audit of your business, you can identify bad ‘energy-sapping’ behaviour, and develop ways to reduce your consumption.

While carrying out an energy audit might sound like a lot of hassle, it could help you to save on your upcoming energy bills. Our guide to auditing your business energy usage in four easy steps offers simple, practical guidance on carrying out an energy audit, including building an energy checklist and identifying where to make efficiencies.

Of course, if you simply don’t have time to perform a business energy audit yourself, you can always hire a professional to do it for you. A professional energy auditor will prepare a detailed report showing where energy could potentially be saved, what options you should consider, and how much you’re likely to save by implementing their proposed energy efficiency measures.

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2017 energy changes for SMEs

Several changes to energy reform are due to take place in 2017, a few of which may affect your business. By keeping tabs on upcoming energy reform changes, you’ll be better placed to manage any impact the changes have on your business.

For information about the energy reform changes most likely to affect SMEs, take a look at our guide to business energy in 2017. You can also keep abreast of the latest regulatory news and insight by subscribing to our Regulation Voice newsletter, which provides need-to-know alerts on potential and upcoming changes to energy regulation.

Make the switch

Is your business energy due for renewal in the early part of 2017? It’s time to start thinking about your options, and whether you’d prefer to move away from your current business energy provider.

To help streamline the process, we’ve created a simple 5-step switching process for switching your energy supply to us, and our award-winning team is committed to making the process as easy as possible.

If you’re interested in making the switch to Gazprom Energy, click here to get a no-obligation energy quote for your business. If you like the price you can now sign up online.  

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