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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...

Were you ready for Storm Doris? And what does being ready mean?

With regularity, stories of disruptive weather fill our headlines. We get used to reading about ‘chaos across the country’, as this piece in Real Business puts it. We get used to experiencing it. ...

Entrepreneurial Spark: join a hub in a city someone near you?

Have you heard of Entrepreneurial Spark? If not, maybe you should have. It exists to support entrepreneurs, and now has 12 hubs across the UK with number 13 – its London hub – opening this August....

Buying keyword ads? Could this infringe on another’s trade mark?

A really interesting recent legal case, reported here as an ICAEW Legal Alert, looked closer at the coexistence of two rival brands operating side-by-side in the same marketplace. One owned a trade ma...

Be specific and reasonable: asking staff to relocate

It’s one thing expecting members of your team to be flexible, and willing to fit with necessary business changes. You may also build into your employment contract a clause or clauses you hope covers...

Screeching U-turn welcomed by entrepreneurs

Nigel Hastilow, Director, Enterprise, ICAEW, reacts to the Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget U-turn. The immediate reaction to Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget was to wonder if the Government ...

Do you own any trade marks? Are you making ‘genuine use’ of them?

An interesting recent legal case helped highlight a potential issue you might like to be aware of. It clarified a potential grey area around what’s called ‘genuine use’ of owned ‘trade marks...

Pros and cons of targeting a niche market

An interesting piece over in The Telegraph recently interviewed three small business owners who have been targeting extremely niche markets. Doing so can be good. In this day and age, with social medi...

Half of small businesses needing to raise prices for weak £

That’s according to a new survey by the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC), reported here in The Independent. ‘More than half of the UK’s small and medium-sized businesses say that they will have...

March 2017: events coming up in a nutshell

There are a number of events coming up in March we think you might be interested in. Here we give a very quick guide. See too our Events page. • The Wellness Exchange by Enterprise Nation: 10th Mar...

Trying to run a business with no fuel in the tank?

This is a guest post by David Seaman, Director, Three Lines Chartered Accountants When running a business, you could say it’s like running a car, you need every tool at your disposal and up to date ...

Is sustainability at the core of your business operations?

Are you a champion for sustainability? If so, enter the Start-up and growing enterprises award category, share your story and be recognised amongst your peers. The Finance for the Future Awards are no...

How do you see admin in your small business? Necessary, or needless ‘red tape’?

We were interested by the headline of a short piece over on Small Business.co.uk recently. ‘Admin is killing UK business: A quarter of managers struggle daily’, announced the piece. ‘New resear...

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...

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