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Catch up with the latest business news for start-up's and SME's.

A guide to handling unpaid invoices for small businesses

July 16, 2021 By Helen J in Tips & Guides · 8 minute read

You probably keep reading about how cash flow is the lifeblood of any business - and it’s true, it is. You need working capital to run a business. Late payments kill 50,000 small businesses and cost the UK economy £2.5bn each year.

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How to write a business plan

July 08, 2021 By Helen J in Tips & Guides · 5 minute read

According to Barclays, only 47% of small businesses in the UK have a formal business plan in place that is written down or recorded.

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How much does it cost to start a business in the UK?

June 28, 2021 By Helen J in Tips & Guides · 6 minute read

You’re considering starting a business, which means doing something you love, the ability to set your working hours (excusing yourself from the dreaded 9-5), and financial freedom.

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How to work from home effectively (and juggle everything else)

May 04, 2020 By Helen J in Tips & Guides · 4 minute read

Who’s loving lockdown? Probably not many of you - but it’s necessary to keep the country on track and protect those who are vulnerable. For many of us, we’re entering our seventh week under lockdown restrictions.

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What financial support can your SME expect amid coronavirus?

March 19, 2020 By Helen J in Tips & Guides · 5 minute read

Coronavirus presents uncertainty, and as an SME business owner, whether you’ve got an independent high street coffee shop or a consultancy business, your worry has no doubt increased since the announcement made on Monday 16 March 2020

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10 ways you can lower your business energy costs

February 17, 2020 By Helen J in Tips & Guides · 5 minute read

Saving money when you’re operating and growing a small business in the UK is the number one priority for many business owners. According to Bionic, the average business electricity bill per year can be as much as £3,146 for a medium-sized business

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Should your employees work from home?

February 10, 2020 By Helen J in Tips & Guides · 4 minute read

Since you started recruiting members of staff into your business, you’ve probably been asked the question: ‘can I work from home today?’

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Should you crowdfund for your business

February 03, 2020 By Helen J in Tips & Guides · 4 minute read

If you’re trying desperately to get your new business off the ground and you feel like you’ve marketed it and promoted it to within an inch of its life, but you’ve still had no takers - have you tried crowdfunding?

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The importance of customer reviews and how to get them

January 20, 2020 By Helen J in Tips & Guides · 5 minute read

According to Testimonial Engine, 72% of customers don’t take action until they have read reviews.

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What is a personal guarantee - and do you need one?

January 13, 2020 By Helen J in Tips & Guides · 4 minute read

If you’re a company director in the UK looking for a cash injection to help you grow your business, you’re not alone. According to Finder.com, 27% of SMEs taking part in the British Business Bank survey 2018 reported being financed by loans.

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