Research and Planning Archive

  • Secure Website with SSL Certificate

    Does my business website need an SSL Certificate?

    When a website is using an SSL certificate your web browser will display a padlock in the address bar and it may go green. (The start of the web address will also normally change from HTTP to HTTPS with the S standing for secure). This...

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  • Business Population Stats Methodology

    Freelancers and Self Employed Driving Growth in New Businesses

    The Business Population Estimates for 2014 have just been released by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). As there is no central register for businesses in the UK they put together a report every year to...

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  • Running a business from home

    Rules on running a business from home to be relaxed

    Around 70% of new businesses are started from home. Sometimes this is because they grow out of a hobby but mainly it is because it is the simplest and most cost effective way to get going. Increasingly people are choosing to run their business from...

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  • Business Insurance

    What insurance do new startup businesses need?

    When starting a new business people tend to focus on the positives. They think about how good their idea is, how much money they are going to make and what they are going to spend it all on. They may not think about what they...

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  • 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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