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Dismissing a member of staff – how to do this within the law

Having to dismiss an employee is something many employers dread, due to the possibility that the dismissed employee may take them to an employment tribunal if they feel they weren’t treated fairly. This is why you should take care to act reasonably towards employees throughout the dismissal procedure. So if you have a member of […]

Running a home office – can you claim on expenses?

As more and more people choose to work from home, the question of how you can reclaim any home office expenses is frequently asked. The general HMRC rule for claiming tax relief on business expenses is that you can only reclaim costs that have been ‘wholly and exclusively’ incurred in connection with your trade.

How to build a strong, powerful, strategic network

When you start a business, everyone says networking is important; so you network. But are you getting more out of your networking than passable plonk and the occasional first-class canapé? Have your efforts delivered a strong network that adds value to your business?

Pitfalls you need to avoid when getting new business premises

If you’re about to launch your new business and need premises, or have started up successfully at home and now need space to expand, this is an exciting time! Moving into an office or retail premises for the first time says something about a business. It can make your operation seem more “real”, meaning your […]

Guide to Auto Enrolment – 12 key facts small businesses need to know

Automatic enrolment is looming large on the horizon for hundreds of thousands of small businesses across the UK. With many small firms unfamiliar with company pensions, tackling auto enrolment (AE) can feel daunting, so this guide has been designed to help small business owners get to grips with the subject.

Using staff benefits to motivate and retain employees

In an increasingly competitive business world, nurturing your existing staff can help you avoid a high turnover rate. If you’re constantly losing employees you find yourself spending a lot of valuable time training new staff, but not reaping the rewards down the line.

How to avoid the employment tribunal

How can employers avoid an Employment Tribunal? The simplest advice, of course, is to ensure that all of your employees are happy and contented and never have any complaints they would want to take to a Tribunal. However, in the real world even the best employers can not achieve this all the time.

How to manage and minimise the legal risks to small companies

In this article, Guy Hollebon from Bevans Solicitors looks at some key legal risks that can affect small businesses and how to manage and minimise such risks. Guy has approached the matter as an expert lawyer and also as a small business owner, providing both legal and practical tips.

How to get the best price when selling your business

For most business owners, selling their business is a once in a lifetime event. It’s also often the culmination of decades of hard graft so it’s important you get it right. With so much at stake, we asked Clinton Lee of UK Business Brokers to help explain how you can get the best possible price […]

Domain naming tips for small business owners

If you are thinking of creating a web presence for your small business, one of the most important tasks you need to do is choose the right domain name. Here are ten tips from the Bytestart team:

7 offline ways to publicise your business website

Most people think that to effectively promote their new business website, they need to do all the marketing work online. In fact, that’s only half the story. Yes, driving traffic online is easier, as people are already using the medium. But there’s a lot of clutter online and standing out is hard. Promotional activity in […]

Health & Safety compliance for small businesses – where do you start?

When you are starting a business, sitting down and grappling with Health & Safety legislation isn’t one of your top priorities. It’s fair to say that it’s not one of the more exciting parts of running your own business, and it doesn’t bring in any money. However, with the average fine for Health & Safety […]

How to prepare for and handle an employee grievance

Being an employer comes with all manner of responsibilities, not least ensuring the happiness and safety of your staff. So when an employee approaches you, or the person responsible for HR within your organisation, with a problem or complaint (a grievance) you need to ensure you have the necessary procedures in place to resolve the […]

What to do if your company is running out of cash

Here are some of the best options potentially available to you if your company is facing a financial squeeze and is running out of cash, along with some ideas on how to approach the turnaround process.

Protect your business – get a DBS check on new employees

While the loss of short-term profits is detrimental to any business, it isn’t the worst consequence of internal fraud. Imagine if an employee gained access to sensitive customer data and used it to their advantage. This could result in terrible repercussions for your customers, a badly damaged brand reputation for your business, and cause lasting, […]

Barriers to growth – how to identify them and how to overcome them

Why do some businesses appear to steam ahead, recording rapid year-on-year growth, when others even in the same sector, with the same market opportunity, lag behind, recording poor growth or often no growth at all. Of course, every sector will have its own nuances, however there are some barriers to growth that every business owner […]

8 signs that a small business may be approaching insolvency

Although it does not necessarily herald the end of a small business, the decline into insolvency can bring significant changes in company structure, operations and management style. Here are 8 early warning signs that indicate your small business could be heading for financial trouble, and the actions you can take to overcome them.

Business angels or dragons – who do you trust to invest in your company?

Looking for an investor to help fund your business? You’d better make sure they’re an angel, not a dragon! Most businesses require outside investment at some point in their development. Whether you are a new business needing a cash injection to get started, or an established company looking to launch a new product or move […]