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BIS’s Employing People websiteResearch commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) found that around one in ten small businesses had paid an average of £1,000 each on employment advice in the past year – completely unnecessarily. If you’re looking to recruit new staff, set up a pension scheme or recoup state benefits from tribunal awards, you don’t need to fork out on a consultant. There are loads of free tips and tools here – businesslink.gov.uk/employingpeople

Sky ScannerTravel’s answer to Google was set up in 2001 by IT boffins Bonamy Grimes, Barry Smith and Gareth Williams, who were frustrated by how difficult it was to compare flights from different airlines. This massively powerful search engine provides online comparison on flight prices for more than 670,000 routes from more than 600 airlines. By indexing and caching data in the same way as Google, its results are displayed instantly. Check it out here: Skyscanner.net

WordPressWordPress started life as a simple blogging platform but it has matured into a flexible website content management system. And it’s completely free. Companies like MTV, Intel, New York Times and Ben and Jerry’s use it for their blogs. “It makes it much easier to concentrate on content rather than technology. Plus you can’t beat the price,” comments Matthew Stibbe of Articulate Marketing. Check it out now: WordPress.com 

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