Category Archives: Research and Planning

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 try and estimate how many businesses there are in the […]

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 jargon and rules around setting up a business. One area […]

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. There have been a number of reasons for the banks […]

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 recent encouragement of Peer to Peer lending and invoice financing […]

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 has left the availability of funds for SMEs “little changed”. […]