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Is it Safe to Switch to a Smaller Business Energy Supplier?

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In the latest results from the Which? annual survey of the ‘best and worst energy suppliers’ survey, smaller suppliers come out well on top, while the Big Six languish at the foot of the table.

But, given the recent spate of small energy suppliers going to the wall, is it safe to switch to a supplier outside of the Big Six? (more…)

The FinTech Companies Helping You To Remortgage

Remortgaging is a popular way to save money on your mortgage – with lower rates available to those that switch. Introductory rates are often available for the first few years of your mortgage deal, but once you get to year 3 or 5, the standard variable rate (SVR) kicks in. (more…)

A Guide to Merchant Cash Advances

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If you need an injection of cash for your business, there are now many different and increasingly flexible alternative finance products available to suit your unique requirements.

One of the more recent and most innovative among them is the merchant cash advance. So what exactly is a merchant cash advance, and is it a suitable form of finance for your business? (more…)

A Practical Guide to IT, Telecoms & Connectivity for Small Businesses

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Virtually every business now relies on technology to trade successfully so need to invest in the right technology. For large businesses, this is rarely an issue, but for early stage and small businesses, these can be big decisions and the wrong ones can cause real problems. This guide aims to help you make the right decisions when it comes to IT and telecoms. (more…)

7 Common Direct Mail Mistakes to Avoid

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Even in an age of digital marketing, the use of direct mail as a way of attracting and converting new customers as well as touching base with previous clients remains a tried and tested technique. However, if you make any of these common direct mail mistakes, you will almost certainly be wasting time, paper, ink and postage. (more…)

4 Ways to Make Your Crowdfunding Campaign Stand Above the Rest

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Equity crowdfunding has flourished as a key form of alternative finance for early and growth stage businesses. It’s become a great alternative to bank loans and other traditional funding sources, allowing entrepreneurs to engage a crowd of passionate investors for financial backing.

However, the popularity of equity crowdfunding has left platforms, like Crowdcube and Seedrs, rather overcrowded with hundreds of active campaigns at any one time. (more…)

Why Real Leaders Don’t Need a Corner Office

For some people, power (and therefore impact) sits in symbols of power such as a corner office, a nice company car or an executive assistant. Symbols can, at times, play an impactful role but real and lasting impact is so much bigger than that. It’s how you conduct yourself, your actions and behaviours, that will […]

The Future of Fundraising

As a small business owner fundraising can be a daunting prospect but digital technology is changing this. You can now raise the funds you need to develop and expand your business in a way which you’ll find more user-friendly and which puts you in control of the process.

Alternative Finance – New Funding Options for Small Businesses

Young businesses and start-ups that are looking to raise funding have a dizzying array of choices nowadays. In fact, there has probably never been a bigger range of places to go for early-stage finance, from crowdfunding and angel investors through to government-backed start-up loans and P2P lenders.

How 5G Will Benefit Businesses

5G is the word on everyone’s lips at the moment, with the UK recently taking strides to develop its network infrastructure. The technology is expected to be rolled out properly by 2020 and hit over one billion connections by 2025. The fifth generation of mobile networks promises even faster download speeds, less lag and a […]

How to Build the Perfect Pitch Deck for Raising Funds

Most entrepreneurs really struggle to bring in investment without the proper tools to bolster their proposition. An engaging pitch deck is a key part of any successful fundraising strategy, so it’s vital to get it right. With no clear consensus on what a great pitch deck for raising funds looks like, we asked funding expert, […]

How to Hook Your Audience in Seconds

Whether you are pitching for new business, updating a client on their project or doing some face-to-face business networking, you need to act fast. As Lyn Roseaman of Toastmasters International explains, you have less than 10 seconds to grab your audience’s attention, and show them you’re going to talk about something they’ll value or that […]

How AI Within Telecoms Can Help Your Business

Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) play a part in improving your business telecoms? Will it impact landline, VoIP, Mobile or fibre/copper broadband services? Mike Ianiri, of Equinox looks at where developments in AI can benefit business telecoms.

Trade Body Tells Customers ‘To Be Careful’ of Claims Companies

The highly controversial payday loans industry is under further criticism, but this time it is not towards the lenders, but the claims companies. With the window to claim for PPI coming to a close in August this year, many claims providers are turning their attention to the potentially lucrative mis-sold payday loans industry.

No Pay Rise – 5 Alternative Ways to Reward Your Staff

In a competitive marketplace you can’t always give staff cash bonuses or pay rises. Rewarding employees with other forms of incentives can help you to overcome this and also lead to a more productive workplace where people want to work.

4 Ways to Show Your Authority as a Business

Is your company an authority in its chosen market? If it’s not — it should be. Being seen as an authority in your line of work is a key part of attracting customers, so here are 4 ways you can build your authority and get yourself ahead of the competition.

Selling a Small Business: The Why & The How

When it comes to selling your business, there are a number of routes you can take. To ensure your business sale goes smoothly and you get full value for your business, we look at the process of selling a small business and highlight some of the key considerations you will need to make.

5 Networking Hacks to Become a Better Networker

Networking is a skill you can acquire just like any other. Sure, while you’re learning you might make some mistakes but the reality is, mistakes are lessons to learn from. To help you quickly master the skills you’ll need, here are 5 networking hacks.

How to Keep Your Investors On-Side

Entrepreneurs usually need investors to stump up the funding to fuel their dreams. The mistake many make is putting a huge effort into persuading investors to back them, only to neglect them once they have invested. This approach is damaging, especially when you need more investment for your next phase of growth, so we asked, […]

Dealing With Addiction In The Workplace

If an employee is suffering with substance addiction, this can cause real problems for a small business so needs to be dealt with promptly. However, as with all issues relating to employment law, business owners must tackle the problem very carefully, so we asked employment lawyer, Sarah Chilton to explain how employers should navigate the […]

Balancing the Positives & Negatives of Stress at Work

Stress is an inevitable part of everyday life and our bodies are hard-wired to respond to it. However, it’s clear stress is taking a negative toll on businesses across the country. Poor mental health costs employers between £1,205 and £1,560 per employee every year. This cost is for all employees, not just those who are […]

‘Consumers’ are Becoming Obsolete, So How Should Businesses React?

My most radical prediction is that in a matter of years, the word ‘consumer’ will have lost all relevance. Look at the signs, and it’s clear that consumerism is already fading. In its place, we’re seeing more reciprocal relationships between brands and their customers, relationships based on genuine engagement, and not merely a quick transaction. […]

What To Do if Someone Bad-Mouths Your Business

Starting a new business is never easy especially in this day and age, when you may well be competing with hundreds of others offering the same service or selling similar/identical items. If someone bad-mouths your business, you can lose sales immediately and suffer long-term damage to your reputation. So what can you do, if this […]

Is Hugging at Work Considered Sexual Harassment?

When fashion chain, Ted Baker, hit the news last year among stories of ‘forced hugging’, it’s likely that many businesses across the country began to look at how practices in their own organisation’s culture may be received by its staff. And the key question many business owners will be asking is, can hugging at work […]

How to Create Brochures that are Brilliant for Business

Many businesses now allocate much of their marketing budget to raising their online profile. However, this does mean that some of the more traditional methods of marketing risk being side-lined. The printed brochure is one of those valuable sales tools that can sometimes be overlooked. Yet one of the reasons that brochures have been such […]

A Guide to Website Domains for Start-Ups

Your domain says a lot about you and your company. It’s your address on the internet, the place people go to find you, and a name intrinsically associated with your brand. But is one domain name enough, and what options do small businesses have when it comes to deciding on a domain strategy?

How to Communicate Effectively With Investors

Fundraising for your business is rarely a walk in the park. It’s a tough process, regardless of the industry you’re in, it can take up vast amounts of time, and more often than not, ends in failure. Communicating effectively with investors will really boost your chances of success, so we asked funding expert, John Auckland, […]

Business Telecoms Changes – What Business Owners Need to Know

Changes in telecoms, that are already in motion, will be developing at an even faster rate over coming months. To help you understand what’s happening, we asked Mike Ianiri of independent telecoms brokerage, Equinox to explain what business owners need to know about the telecoms changes heading our way.