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7 Staff Engagement Tips for Start-Ups & SMEs

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Small businesses and start-ups often provide a more flexible approach to work. That might be working from home a couple of days a week, working remotely, flexitime on core hours, flexibility for parenting duties and perhaps a more relaxed working environment. (more…)

McKenzie Friend & Paralegal – The Key Differences

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You know things, we all know things – some useful (i before e, except after c), some less so (only one King in a pack of cards doesn’t have a moustache). But sometimes we only think we know things. For example, if you need to go to court, you must employ a solicitor … right?

Wrong! (more…)

A Guide to Employers Liability Insurance

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When starting out as a small business, hiring your first employee is a big milestone. With that comes great responsibility for you as a business owner as well as an employer.

As your team grows, many more challenges come in to play, such as finding like-minded people and building the right culture. But first, you must take care of the basics. (more…)

Why Collaborative Working and Open Offices are the Future

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The office environment is now the frontline of employee engagement, with businesses everywhere investing in their working spaces for the benefit of staff.

The right working space will improve productivity and the bottom line through a series of benefits that we’ll detail below. (more…)

Small Company Directors – 9 Timeless Ways to Cut Your Tax Bills

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So it’s February and chances are you’ve just paid your personal tax bill. Having already paid your corporation tax.

As a small company director, it’s always useful to look at your combined tax bill (both personal and company) to ensure you’re not robbing Peter to pay Paul. So we asked Jonathan Amponsah of The Tax Guys to uncover ways you can reduce your tax bills and boost your cash balance this year. (more…)

Choosing to Lead – 4 Tips for Aspiring Leaders & Game Changers

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Becoming a business owner and an entrepreneur is deciding to become a leader. As a leader, your actions, behaviours and attitudes decide the ultimate fate of your business.

With leadership being vital, Florian Bay, explores some of the pitfalls leaders can fall into, and the steps you can take to lead your business to success. (more…)

IR35 in 2020 – What Business Owners Need to Know

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Most UK businesses have just a few short weeks before finding out what the new legislation will be regarding IR35.

The Spring Budget is due on 11 March, and the thought of sweeping reforms for their payroll system. on top of Brexit uncertainty, is only going to cause more frustration for businesses. (more…)

The Brexit Checklist for UK Tech Companies

With the UK finally set to leave the UK, businesses are now waiting to see what the post-Brexit trading relationship with the EU will be like. With a lack of clarity on what the future holds, Ritam Gandhi, founder of Studio Graphene, shares steps that UK tech companies can take to future-proof their business.

How To Set Up a Loan Broker Company

In many cases, acting as a broker and introducer for a business can be more profitable than being the company that actually lends the money. Typically, there can be 5 or 10 times more brokers than there are lenders in an industry and they will usually receive a fee for every application, or a commission […]

Why Every Leader Needs Behavioural Flexibility & How to Achieve It

Leadership is one of the most written about topics in business. You can be an ‘Authentic Leader’, a ‘Facilitative Leader’ or an ‘Agile Leader’. Some of these labels may have currency, others do not. What is true is that there is no one, indisputable, formula for effective leadership.

What’s My Business Worth? How to Value a Small Business

When it comes to buying or selling a business, the most important question you need to ask is – how much is it worth? There is no single formula that can be used to precisely value every private business. The seller will want to drive the price up, and potential buyers will want the opposite.

The Betting Industry and its Relationship with Football

The betting industry has developed a significant relationship with one of the most popular games in the world – football. Through sponsorships, advertising and other various deals, football and betting have become strongly linked to one another.

9 of the Best & Fastest Ways to Improve Your Website Results

The majority of small business owners recognise the power of digital marketing and that a website is a must have. With limited funds and marketing budget, most small businesses tend to buy their website from an agency or designer that does everything. However, as Tim Butler, founder of Innovation Visual explains, this might not be […]

From Bronze to Bitcoin: How Money has Evolved Over the Years

For the past 3,000 years, money has become an essential part of the way we exchange goods and services. It has helped humanity to survive and grow, enabling people to exchange their hard work for food, shelter, transport and more.

The Benefits of Virtual Phone Numbers for Small Businesses

Despite uncertainties over Brexit and a volatile political climate, the number of small businesses in the UK continues to grow year on year. According to the Federation of Small Businesses, there were 5.8 million new startups in 2019, representing a 3.5% increase on the previous year.

Small Business SEO: Everything You Were Too Afraid to Ask

According to the founding father of Microsoft Bill Gates: “If your business is not on the internet, then your business will be out of business.” The statement is bold and even controversial, but the Internet is without doubt, an excellent opportunity to tell as many people as possible about your business.

Parliament Calls for Further Reform of the Gambling Act 2005

The APPG’s (All-Party Parliamentary Group) chair for Gambling Related Harm, Carolyn Harris, has recently called for further reform of the Gambling Act 2005, and the UK Gambling Commission, to help improve the protection of vulnerable people from the industry.

The Dos & Don’ts of Influencer Marketing

As we head into 2020, one thing is for sure, and that is that 2019 was the year influencer marketing reached the mainstream. So how can businesses successfully use influencer marketing to reach more customers and grow sales?

3 Simple Steps to Build a Winning Start Up Strategy

You have a great business concept. Now you just need to sell it – not to customers, well, not yet. But to your backer. Your top sales tool is a business plan. But take care. Potential investors banish the vast majority of plans to the bin, so you need to make sure business plan does […]

Can Your Personal Credit Affect Your Business Credit?

A credit score is a reflection of a person’s or business’ creditworthiness. As a general rule, the higher your credit score, the more trustworthy you are to lenders. But does your personal credit rating affect your business credit score?

8 Things You Need to Know Before Working Offshore

According to the Oil & Gas UK Workforce Report, there are around 280,000 people working offshore in the UK alone. If you’re interested in a career working offshore, whether it be on an oil rig or working, research vessel or servicing and installing wind farms, here are eight things you’ll need to know before you […]

9 Ways to Make Christmas Tax Deductible

It’s Christmas! Well, nearly – and that means festive gifts and the goodwill. If you’re smart, your generosity can be tax deductible, so we asked Jonathan Amponsah of The Tax Guys to explain how you can claim some Christmas tax reliefs, and reduce your tax bill whilst still keeping the taxman happy.

How to Bond Your Team at the Christmas Party

Tis the season for office parties and dinners and, for many business owners, speeches, pep-talks and toasts. Your Christmas party is an opportunity to bring everyone together as a group, and with the right words, inspire your team as you head into another year.

7 Ways Small Businesses Can Avoid Losing Business Over the Christmas Period

Some businesses will work on Christmas Eve but then close down until Thursday, 2nd January. It may feel as if everyone is off work and every office is closed (especially with many schools closed until the 6th or 7th of January as well) – but that’s not entirely accurate. As a small business owner you […]