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What building blocks do you need for your business model?

Date: 6 July 2020

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A guide to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Date: 6 July 2020

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A young entrepreneur completes some online personal development
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Five investments to make as a small business

Five key areas where small businesses should consider investment

Date: 5 June 2020 By:

Business partners are going through their bills to explore where they can cut costs
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Simple and effective ways to cut costs

Too many start-up businesses fail to make it past the first year. Control your costs with these simple tips to dramatically improve your business survival chances.

Date: 1 June 2020 By:

Businessman looking at turnover figures to work out whether he needs a business loan.
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When should you borrow money to fund your business

When is borrowing money for your business a good move? Key questions to help you assess when and why you should take a loan.

Date: 20 April 2020 By:

A group of business people work together in a modern office.
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Five energy-saving hacks for offices

Making a few relatively simple changes in your workplace could significantly reduce your energy bills. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Date: 23 March 2020 By:

A smiling entrepreneur sits in her company car, which has been carefully chosen to give the right impression of her business.
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How to choose the right company car or van

Company vehicles are a must-have for many firms - but choosing the right ones can be difficult. What to consider, from capacity to running costs.

Date: 11 March 2020 By:

Two start-up entrepreneurs discuss costs and how to maintain a steady cashflow.
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How to manage costs in a new business

You won’t get very far if your new venture runs out of cash. Ensuring your business manages cashflow effectively and is prepared for unexpected costs.

Date: 27 February 2020 By:

A café owner works on his accounts and calculates his cash flow and working capital.
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Looking after your cash flow as a small business

It’s vital to maintain a level of working capital that enables you to push through crunch times and continue to operate. What you need to know.

Date: 14 February 2020 By:

A fleet manager happily holds up the keys to a leased business vehicle.
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Five things to consider when leasing business vehicles

There are many benefits to leasing business vehicles instead of buying them. What you need to look out for when you choose your leasing deal.

Date: 7 February 2020 By:

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

A young entrepreneur sets up her first business in a home office.
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Invoicing basics: Set up your start up for success

To be successful, your start up needs a solid foundation of efficient systems in place. A great place to start is with your invoicing - read more.

Date: 9 January 2020 By:

An entrepreneur is shocked and upset after finding out her business loan application was rejected.
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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 happy business owner after a meeting with his bank manager.
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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 businesswoman looks at her computer in disbelief, realising she’s paying for unnecessary software.
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How much are you spending on unnecessary software?

The average office computer has more than £200 of unnecessary software installed on it. Five free solutions that could do the job just as well.

Date: 29 October 2019 By:

A happy female entrepreneur celebrates as she gets accepted for a small business loan
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How to get accepted for a small business loan

Applying for a small business loan can be tricky - and success is never guaranteed. Read these tips to increase your chances of getting approved.

Date: 19 August 2019 By:

A car salesman hands over the keys to a new car
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Car finance: four crucial questions to ask

Getting to grips with car finance needn't be difficult. Ask yourself these questions to narrow down your options and find the right choice for you.

Date: 28 June 2019 By:

Young plant growing on pile of coins next to shopping trolley to illustrate a start up
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How to fund a new business start-up

If your own savings are insufficient to fund your business start up, consider these sources of external funding

Date: 9 April 2019 By:

A business man talks on the phone whilst travelling on a train to a meeting
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How to keep a lid on business travel costs

Business travel is an inevitable part of business from client and supplier meetings to searching for premises. These tips will help keep costs down.

Date: 8 April 2019 By:

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