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Get paid for blogging - what you need to know

Date: 20 January 2020


Banishing the blues: Protecting the mental health of employees

Date: 15 January 2020


Invoicing basics: Set up your start up for success

Date: 9 January 2020


Photo looking down on people working in an open plan coworking space

Open plan coworking spaces: the most productive solution for your business?

The popularity of coworking spaces is undeniable but they're not without their pitfalls. Todor Madzharov of MEAVO shares six coworking considerations.

Date: 7 January 2020 By:

A UK self assessment tax return form for the financial year 2018-19.

Self assessment tax return tips: filling in the form fast

If you haven’t submitted a self assessment before, it can be a tricky experience - and you’ll need to allow more time than you think. Three pro tips.

Date: 6 January 2020 By:

A cheerful entrepreneur relaxes after completing her self assessment tax return with time to spare.

Five tips for avoiding self assessment panic

Are you one of those who leaves their online tax return till the very last possible moment? Save yourself the stress this year with these simple tips.

Date: 6 January 2020 By:


Podcast - exporting and the role of export finance

Interview with David Priestley, Head of Export Finance Managers at UKEF and Adam Castleton CEO of Startle about the challenges of exporting and obtaining export finance.

Date: 17 December 2019 By:

Smiling employees unpack their boxes full of work equipment in a smart new office.

From start-up to "start again": do you need a whole new office?

From UK business hubs to European hotspots, a new location could give your business a new lease of life. Why a fresh start might be just the thing.

Date: 16 December 2019 By:

A happy bearded African businessman reads a blog feed

Ten things we learned from the Donut blogs in 2019

The Donut Blogs have shared many great tips and nuggets of small business advice. We share ten things you could have learned from the blogs in 2019.

Date: 6 December 2019 By:

A smiling female entrepreneur proudly hands her new business card to a client.

Designing your own business cards - three essentials

Designing a business card can be easy with online card templates - but how can you choose the best provider? Look for these three features.

Date: 4 December 2019 By:

A small business owner is frustrated by his slow website speed and other tech issues.

Common tech mistakes your start-up needs to avoid

Small niggles with your business tech can become big issues over time - translating into bigger bills, lost customers and wasted opportunities.

Date: 4 December 2019 By:

An entrepreneur is shocked and upset after finding out her business loan application was rejected.

Why business loan applications get denied - and how to fix it

There may be more funding options out there these days - but it can still be challenging to get a business loan. What to do if you get turned down.

Date: 3 December 2019 By:

A stressed and exhausted worker is overwhelmed by paperwork in his office.

Why employee wellbeing isn’t a workplace fad

Make sure you’re not just paying lip service to employee health and happiness. Why you need to take staff wellbeing seriously - and how to do it.

Date: 2 December 2019 By:

Chairs, desks, computers, files and folders packed up ready for an office move.

Ensure your next office move is the right one

If you’re thinking that the grass looks greener when it comes to your business premises, here’s how to improve your chances of making a smart move.

Date: 2 December 2019 By:

A happy business owner after a meeting with his bank manager.

Choosing a business bank account for your start-up

You don’t have to get a business bank account when you start up - but the features on offer could make it worthwhile. Choosing the best provider.

Date: 28 November 2019 By:

A young entrepreneur smiles proudly on the premises of her own small business.

Essential marketing tips for start-ups

All successful small businesses need to understand their audience, market, value proposition and more. Here’s a quick guide to getting started.

Date: 22 November 2019 By:

A creative team at an agency collaborate on an SEO project for a client.

How to start up your own SEO agency

Despite SEO services being hotly in demand, many agencies start up only to fail. How to make a successful go of things - the steps to follow.

Date: 4 November 2019 By:

Two female entrepreneurs set up their first business website with WordPress and choose a hosting provider.

How your hosting provider can affect WordPress site security

If you’re building a WordPress site for your start-up, you need to choose a hosting provider. Your options, and how each one compares for security.

Date: 4 November 2019 By:

An entrepreneur works from home at her kitchen table after quitting her job to go self-employed.

Going self-employed: what to consider before you quit your job

It’s exciting to strike out on your own - but not always easy. Before handing in your notice, makes sure you‘ve considered these three implications.

Date: 4 November 2019 By:

An entrepreneur shakes hands with an estate agent, having found the perfect new office space.

Six things to consider when looking for business premises

If you’re just starting up, it’s tempting to move into the first commercial space that’s halfway affordable - but wait. Read these tips first.

Date: 31 October 2019 By:

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