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Business Taxes Have Become More Complicated for SMEs – Infographic

It is a sign of the times when the UK government created the Office for Tax Simplification (OTS). It was an admission that business taxes were becoming more complicated. The OTS was set up in 2010 and...

Are you affected by a rise in business rates? Philip Hammond says he’s ‘listening’

Many have been worried about imminent rises in business rates. • We reported a little on this story here Now Philip Hammond has said he’s ‘listening’, reports BBC News. ‘Chancellor Philip...

UK Business Confidence Monitor reveals a ‘British bulldog spirit’

This is not an easy time – that much is clear. But businesses are hunkering down to sit out the storms. So suggests the picture emerging from our latest UK Business Confidence Monitor (BCM) for the ...

Making Tax Digital: enough government consultation?

Are you worried about meeting your responsibilities around ‘Making Tax Digital’? Many small businesses are, and the Government is currently in a consultation phase around implementation. But is it...

The Government’s Industrial Strategy: our response

We’re pleased the Government has set out an Industrial Strategy – but are concerned it doesn’t go far enough. That’s the basic picture from ICAEW Director of Business Stephen Ibbotson’s gues...

Marketing on a shoestring? 4 tips from some experts

There was a useful piece over in The Telegraph recently that caught our eye. Titled ‘How small businesses can market on a budget’, it was a write-up of a ‘Telegraph Small Business Connect semina...

A Business Guide to Sustainability Software

  • By:  Joe Jones
  • on:   17. 02. 2017
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This a guest post by Joe Jones, Principal Sustainability Consultant, SustainIt. As with so many other aspects of commercial and public activity, technological innovation is driving our approach to su...

Cash flow is not Profitability

This is a guest post by Peter M Vessenes, Founder and CEO, ProfitSee Inc. Every business owner needs solid cash flow. If the cash in is more than the cash out, everything should be OK, right?  Unfort...

Expert advice on a range of issues: from a Live Q&A by The Guardian

We enjoyed this write-up in The Guardian of a wide-ranging discussion of how to build and protect your small business reputation. The questions, and answers, came from a live Q&A hosted by The Gu...

Is your business a small shop on a high street? How are your tax bills looking?

We spotted a story over in the Mail’s This is Money Small Business section that warns of the potential impact on small shop owners of large tax hikes in some pockets of the country. Is your small bu...

Start your Export Journey this March in Central London

If you’re thinking about starting to export, there’s a week in London coming up in March you might want to sign up for. Part of the Export Essentials Series run by the Department for International...

Start-up businesses should be aware of potential fraud within the Telecoms Industry

This is a guest post by Dave Millett, founder, Equinox A majority of people are surprised by the amount of fraud that occurs within the telecommunications industry. The cost to SMEs based in the UK is...

6 simple Tips to Using Social Media for Business in 2017

This is a guest post by Mathew Aitken, Head of Content, MadeSimple. Social media has had its day when it comes to business, right? Wrong. Platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn (etc.) can defin...

Think big from the start: advice from those who’ve been there…

Think scale from the start. But then, be prepared to face it… That, perhaps, summarises the main themes we gleaned from this short, interesting film – ‘Scale: Bedroom to boardroom’ – on the...

Struggling to pay your VAT bill?

If you are, you’re not alone, according to this recent piece over on Small Business.co.uk. Many small businesses are falling behind with paying their VAT, it cites Funding Options. ‘Tax deadlines...

FSB study of small businesses facing Brexit: a mixed picture

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has published an interesting survey of their members, asking about hopes and fears in the face of Brexit. The results have been written up here, in The Guardia...

Go Global in 2017 – with Enterprise Nation

Did you know just how keen the French are these days on innovative UK food and drink products? Are you a producer who might benefit? Enterprise Nation is organising five trips over the coming months t...

Hard Yards: Starting up

This is a guest post by Nigel Hastilow, Director, Enterprise, ICAEW People who give up the day job and create their own businesses often say they are doing so because they want a better work-life bal...

Choose your shareholder/ directors carefully

What setup do you have for your small enterprise? One model can be as a ‘quasi-partnership’ between a handful of shareholders who also operate as directors. But bear in mind that they are both th...

Small Business Big Opportunity: 24 January, in London

This looks like an excellent morning for any SME who can be in London on Tuesday 24 January. Part of the Travelers Institute Small Business Big Opportunity series, this is a symposium co-hosted by the...

When might product ‘testing’ be an infringement of patent?

If you’re working on the innovative edge, and designing new products for market, you’re going to have to get your head properly around patent law, and all that could constitute infringement. On pa...

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