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Date: 1 May 2024


Annual Donut survey reveals positive picture

Date: 10 April 2024


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How AI can transform accounting for your start up

Neglecting business finances can be disastrous. It can limit growth opportunities and even lead to business failure. Discover how AI is transforming business accounting and finances.

Date: 21 November 2023 By:

A couple set a budget for their sole trader business

How the self employed can budget for healthier cash flow

When spending exceeds income, sole traders can quickly get into financial trouble. Budgeting allows you to control your spending and costs and stay in the black.

Date: 6 October 2023 By:

A man holds up a sign saying 'Cash flow is king'

The importance of smart money management for new businesses

Smart money management is essential for any fledgling business. It lays the foundations for a business' growth trajectory, scalability and even its chances of survival. Find out how and why.

Date: 20 September 2023 By:

A female entrepreneur is monitoring outstanding invoices and payments

Late payments are on the increase for small businesses, study reveals

A new survey reveals that late and non-payments are on the rise. Markel Direct shares their findings including the businesses most adversely affected by the cost-of-living crises.

Date: 13 September 2023 By:


Four ways to earn more money on the side

If you need to get your hands on some extra cash, there are some ways of doing so in your spare time. Want to learn more? Read this.

Date: 31 August 2023 By:

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Navigating the IPO landscape as a start up

A look at the pros and cons of going public as a start up business and the potential pitfalls to watch out for.

Date: 23 August 2023 By:

A man receives some unexpected bills in the post

Tips for managing unexpected expenses

Unexpected expenses can arise at any time. However, all is not lost. There are several ways you can navigate these financial hurdles.

Date: 10 August 2023 By:

A woman investigates the various online finance options

Leveraging online platforms to raise start up capital

Raising start up finance has always been challenging. Without a proven track record, it is difficult for start ups to secure funding. Online platforms have opened new finance options for start ups.

Date: 18 July 2023 By:

Businesspeople putting money into a collective piggy bank

The importance of crowdfunding when launching a start up business

Crowdfunding offers a real alternative to traditional financing methods and could help you launch your start up business. Find out how.

Date: 29 March 2023 By:

A businessperson reviewing the monthly outgoings to identify possible savings

Eight simple steps for business survival during hard times

Eight business survival tips. As inflation and the cost of living crisis pushes up business costs and puts a squeeze on cash flow small businesses need to act now before it's too late.

Date: 10 October 2022 By:

An entrepreneur signs a car finance application

Can you get car finance when starting up a business?

If your start up business needs a vehicle to operate, you might need car finance to purchase it. Here's a guide to car finance for small businesses.

Date: 3 August 2022 By:

A woman sorts out her wardrobe to make some extra cash

Four ways to earn more money on the side

If you need to get your hands on some extra cash, there are some ways of doing so in your spare time. Want to learn more? Read this.

Date: 1 August 2022 By:

An overseas national manages his UK business bank account online and through a mobile app.

UK business bank accounts - your options as a non-resident

If you’re doing business in the UK but not a resident, it might still make sense to get a UK bank account to simplify your financial life. Here’s how.

Date: 21 January 2020 By:

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