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What to do when HMRC comes knocking: A quick guide to IR35 investigations

This is a guest post by Mike Smith, director, Company Debt It’s the moment every business or self-employed individual dreads – a visit from HMRC. If you’re the subject of an IR35 investi...

Thinking of trading in China? 5 key tips on getting started

It may seem ‘an unattainable goal’, suggests a useful recent piece over in The Guardian, but don’t be too daunted. ‘China’s expanding economy presents plenty of opportunities for UK small bu...

Six lessons we might all learn from Innocent?

Do you have a dream? You must do – or you wouldn’t have started a business? So… how can a dream come true? There’s a really clear and interesting interview with one of Innocent’s three co-fo...

Starting up: The top 10 things businesses need to have in place

This is a guest post by Alastair Ellerington, Graduate Trainee Accountant, Howlader & Co Starting a business can be confusing at best and overwhelming too often. There are many sides to the busin...

Xero helping connect small businesses with advisors

Here’s the idea: to connect small businesses with the advisors they need via a Facebook Messenger chat service. That service is provided by accounting software provider, Xero. ‘In the rise of tech...

Exporting is GREAT: all you need to know gathered in one place

There’s a great new platform for exporters and would-be exporters – or should that read ‘GREAT’…? The idea is there’s just one place you need to visit for all you need to know if you...

Online shopping: force to be reckoned with, Black Friday figures show

If you’re not yet selling your products or services online, the trend suggests it may be time. New figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC), reported here in The Telegraph, show that the on...

‘Start-Up and Scale-Up’ EU initiative: to make life easier

We haven’t left the EU yet, and a new European Commission Initiative has just been announced that may interest you. Its aim? To give Europe’s entrepreneurs every opportunity to become world lead...

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