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10 ways small businesses can cut the cost of office printing

The cost of printing, scanning, and copying can quietly mount up for small businesses. But by making some straightforward adjustments to the way your business approaches printing you can save money, reduce environmental impact and increase staff productivity. Here are ten ways small businesses can save money by making a few simple changes.

How to make a cash flow forecast for a startup

How can I forecast my cash flow when the business doesn’t even exist yet? That’s a question most new startups wrestle with as they are planning their new business. It may seem to some to be an impossible task, so we asked Robin Booth of Brixx.com to show how you can produce a cash flow […]

Why crowdfunding heralds a new power, & what this means for small businesses

Look around at the world’s many unpredictable events and it could not be clearer that our political, and social, tectonic plates are shifting. Fueled by the digital revolution of young technology adoptees who are now reaching adulthood, it is unsurprising that the connected generation is favouring the peer-to-peer model over outdated intermediaries.

The challenges of recruitment for startups

Hiring the right people is vital for the growth of your company. It is likely to go some way in contributing to the development of the business and helping it to become successful.

Guide to setting up and managing payroll for employers

If you’re starting to employ people in your business, mastering payroll is going to become an essential part of your business. Get it wrong and you risk unhappy employees and potential penalties from HMRC. There’s a lot more to it than simply paying staff money. So we’ve put together this guide to help you get […]

Cloud Accounting – a concise guide for start-ups

Finding time to devote to accounting and financial matters isn’t always at the top of a startup’s list of priorities. Nonetheless submitting annual accounts is mandatory for any business and being on top of your finances will help your new business succeed so it’s something you want to get done quickly and efficiently.

The Flat Rate VAT scheme & the Limited Cost Trader test

VAT is one of the more complex accounting practices you’ll have to undertake as a business, which is why it can help to make it as simple as possible. The Flat Rate VAT scheme does exactly this and, if you’re eligible, could save you the headache of unnecessary work.

Employment status – why do I need to know the difference?

It would be fair to say that employment status has been a contentious issue in recent times as business owners and staff in various sectors dispute the true nature of their respective working arrangements. As a business owner it is important that you are familiar with the differences between the three main categories of employment […]

Start-Up’s guide to the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)

One of the biggest obstacles to growth for start-up businesses is investment. Investors are often reluctant to commit their money to a new business with a promising idea but no track record of success. Fortunately the Government lent a helping hand in 2012, and introduced the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) to help smaller, riskier […]

6 reasons why local PR can be good for business

Getting coverage in your local press may not have the kudos of being featured in national newspapers but it often delivers a better return on investment, especially to locally-based businesses. For small businesses, local newspapers are a more realistic target for press coverage than the national press. Readers of local papers want to read about […]

Top tips to produce a better cash flow forecast

If you’re looking to raise money, from either a bank loan or outside investors, a cash flow will be one of the financial forecasts that you will need to produce for prospective lenders and investors.

What is public liability insurance? – A 60-second guide for business owners

Public liability insurance will protect your business if you cause an injury to a member of the public, or property belonging to another business or individual. You should consider taking out public liability insurance if members of the public visit you at your place of work, or if you perform work at places of work […]

How the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) can help you raise funding for growth

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) is designed to help smaller, risky businesses raise funding to fuel growth. Early-stage businesses can find it difficult to secure investment, so the EIS was set up to encourage more investors to back fledgling businesses by offering generous tax-breaks. To help you see whether the EIS could help you raise […]

How to set up a taxi business

If you are thinking of starting up a taxi business, the most important and initial steps to take are to research the UK taxi industry as a whole, find a unique selling point, choose a brand name and obtain the relevant equipment, employees and licenses. Nowadays, with emergence of taxi apps like Uber and Get […]

The 10 steps to successfully managing a project

Businesses operate by planning and executing a series of never-ending projects, though we may not always see it that way. Everything from running a successful marketing campaign, to taking over a rival company, is essentially a project that requires the same rules to be followed. So here are 10 steps that will help you to […]

Company formation – what forms do you need to fill in?

If you are considering setting up your own limited company, the prospect of ‘dealing with the authorities’ may seem daunting. In reality, the company formation process is very simple – whether you apply yourself, or use a registration agent to set up the company on your behalf.

How businesses can use bridging finance to raise money

A form of finance which is rapidly gaining popularity in the UK business market is bridging finance. Around £750 million was borrowed through the means of bridging in the year 2011, since then it has only gone up where in 2016, this number went up by £4 billion.

How to set up a loans company

Stricter lending criteria and the boost of digital technology has led to a huge demand in the loans industry in the UK. With more and more applications being taken out online and by mobile and the ability to make faster payments, consumers are ditching their traditional bank managers to apply for finance online.

Stamp Duty – a small business guide

This guide looks at the types of Stamp Duty your business may be liable for; Stamp Duty Land Tax on property transactions, Stamp Duty Reserve Tax and Stamp Duty on share transactions.

How to use Google Analytics to boost your online performance

There are a million things to think about when you start a small business. Your website alone is a field of rabbit holes – content, structure, design, SEO, social media integration – down any one of which you might lose yourself for days if you don’t know what you’re doing. One area that small business […]

Corporation Tax – how to reduce your bill

Running your own business sometimes seems to be a series of successes followed by setbacks. You win a big client, then lose an existing client. You hire the perfect employee and their current employer offers them more money to stay. You make a nice profit, and the taxman comes along and takes almost 20 per […]

Legal implications of copyright infringement

Copyright infringement can be defined in numerous ways, some of which include piracy, theft and freebooting. Legally, the term is used when an individual uses any works protected by copyright law, without permission, which then leads to the infringement of any exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder.

The pros & cons of Microsoft Office 365

For any small business, the decision to switch to a cloud-based system where all pieces of data can be stored online is one that’s worth deliberating. Platforms such as Microsoft Office 365 have many benefits, but they might not always be suitable for every business. To help you decide whether or not it’s a system […]

Starting a business with your partner – 10 tips to make it work

To some starting a business with their partner is a great idea. A chance to spend more time together and to share the experiences of running a business. To others it’s a nightmare. The thought of spending virtually every waking hour in each other’s pocket is simply too over bearing.