small business Archive

  • Small business websites

    Small Business Websites: Why you need to be online

    Word of mouth is just not enough anymore. To ensure consumers knock at your door, and not your competitor’s, they need to be able to find your business easily. Gone are days when you know all of your neighbours, know what industries they work in,...

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    Only 35% of Business Feel Understood by their Bank

    Much has been written in recent months about the breakdown in relationships between the big high street banks and small businesses. As we discussed the other day the government’s schemes to improve lending to small businesses do not appear to be working. Meanwhile bank bosses...

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  • Networking for small businesses

    Where do Small Businesses get their Sales Leads?

    We took a look at the Success in Challenging Times: Key Lessons for UK SMEs report from the University of Surrey a couple of days ago. We have already written a blog post on its findings about how start-ups and small businesses finance themselves. But...

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  • Hiscox report on attitudes of entrepreneurs

    The Life of an Entrepreneur: Reasonable hours, job satisfaction but lots of worry

    Insurers Hiscox have published their latest report into attitudes among entrepreneurs and those running SME businesses. Their report compares attitudes in the UK with similar business people in the USA, Germany, France, Spain and Holland. Although the report does not focus on new businesses it...

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    FSB Find Small Businesses Create Most Jobs

    The Federation of Small Businesses have published some new research into the impact of Britain’s SMEs on the job market. They claim, not only that small businesses are more consistent in employing people, but that they are also more likely to hire the young, unemployed...

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  • SME bank funding

    Local Banking for the Small Business Market

    This week the government hinted that they are moving towards a government backed ‘business bank’. This is something which has been called for by a number of organisations including the Labour Party, British Chambers of Commerce and Federation of Small Businesses. Some of these groups...

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  • Funding for small businesses

    Government “Small Business Bank” Being Discussed

    It is widely recognised that small businesses are struggling to get funding from the mainstream banks. The scale of this problem is such that it is said to be holding back the whole UK economy. As a result The Labour Party, The British Chambers of...

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  • Prosecutions by Companies House

    Getting Away with it: Will Companies House Notice if You Fail to File Documents?

    Many people don’t realise that when they create a limited company they are taking on a range of duties which have to be completed every year. Many more people fail to realise that the penalty for not meeting these requirements is prosecution. On forming a...

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  • Funding for Lending Scheme

    UK Government Tries to Kickstart Bank Lending (again)

    The current unwillingness of the major banks to lend to start-ups and small business has been well documented. Securing funding is the biggest problem for start-ups at the moment. This has contributed to the rising popularity of crowdfunding and alternative peer to peer funding schemes....

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  • What is an SME

    What is an SME?

    Over the last year there have been a lot of accusations flying around about SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises). Articles have been written denouncing the SME term and claiming that large corporations don’t understand how to talk to small businesses. Meanwhile the UK’s small business...

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  • Customer Testimonial

    I have just started up my own company ... I have had many queries, you answered all my questions, whilst being really helpful and professional.

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