Research and Planning Archive

  • Turning a hobby into a business

    Are you a hidden entrepreneur?

    The latest report from the RBS Enterprise Tracker claims that 1 in 5 UK adults are ‘hidden entrepreneurs’. These are defined as people who spend their spare time on hobbies or activities which could, or do, earn them extra income. 38% of these people reported...

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  • web design and development

    All in One Website Solutions for Start-ups

    Often the first time we speak to customers is when they are in the very early stages of launching a company. It is common for money to be tight and for there to be a steep learning curve as people get to grips with the...

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  • Alternative Business Lending

    The Changing Face of Start-up Funding

    Getting funding is one of the biggest challenges for start-ups and small businesses. Traditionally a bank loan would help new businesses get off the ground or fund their growth. However since the financial crisis hit in 2008 the banks have been increasingly reluctant to lend....

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  • Lord Young of Graffam

    Why Lord Young is wrong about Sole Traders

    Lord Young of Graffam, the government’s Enterprise Advisor has published the latest in his series of reports on encouraging new businesses. This one is entitled, Growing your Business: A report on growing micro businesses. Much of the report makes interesting reading. It continues the government’s...

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  • Funding for Startups and Small Businesses

    Funding for Lending Extended and Expanded

    Funding for Lending is the latest in a series of government initiatives to get the banks to lend to small businesses. As we have reported before, serious doubts have been raised about the effectiveness of this scheme, with the Bank of England reporting that it...

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  • Recruitment for small businesses

    Recruitment: The next big thing for your start-up

    According to The Federation of Small Businesses small businesses alone accounted for “47 per cent of private sector employment” and “SMEs employed 14.1 million people”.  Yet for many start-ups hiring their first employee can be an overwhelming experience. One reason that businesses choose not to...

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  • Does your marketing strategy include experiential interactions

    Experiential Marketing for Startups

    In the simplest terms, experiential marketing is a strategy which allows your customers the opportunity to experience your product or service before they purchase it. According to the Experiential Marketing Forum “It’s the difference between telling people about the features of a product or service,...

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  • Chart of UK Business Types

    Majority of UK Businesses are Sole Traders

    When starting a new business many people choose to create a limited company. There are many reasons for doing this. Forming a limited company offers some protection for your business name and a lot of suppliers and potential customers prefer it. Being registered means you...

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  • Quick online VAT registration

    HMRC Changes to the VAT Registration Process

    HM Revenue and Customs have recently made some changes to the way VAT applications are made. In the past there was a single online form which anyone could use to submit a VAT application. The new system adds an extra step which slows the process...

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  • The Autumn Statement for start-ups

    What is in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement for Start-ups?

    There has been a lot of lobbying from the different business organisations in the run up to the Autumn Statement calling for a variety of methods to help small businesses. The government has been very keen to promote start-up business as a way of generating...

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