Businesses must avoid contractual mixups if they want a Merry Christmas

In an article on www.smallbusiness.co.uk, Philip Pepper advises on how employers can manage risk and ensure workers are fully aware of their obligations when it comes to Christmas staffing. As we approach the busy festive season, one of the key issues facing business owners is staffing. Holiday requests and increasing employee demands for flexible working..

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SMEs fail to recognise email phishing attempts

The vast majority of SME companies are being fooled when it comes to phishing attempts, research finds. We are constantly informing our clients about the increase in online threats and this article from www.smallbusiness.co.uk affirms the concerns.   Results of a survey challenging respondents to spot fake emails used for phishing have indicated that 98 per cent of..

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Bank charges on international payments hampering small businesses

An article on smallbusiness.co.uk shows how UK businesses have been paying well over the odds for international payments, hampering their abilities to expand in a post-Brexit world, according to a study. Traditional banks have a stranglehold of 95 per cent of the business payments market, according to a study by Covercy. One company making 20 transactions of £30,000..

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6 elements that make a winning team

We deal with all sizes of business and thought this is a great article from Business Matters Magazine regarding building a successful team and retaining great staff. No successful big business owner is an island. You can keep a small business running by yourself, but if you are ready to achieve growth, then you need..

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New Insurance Act is upon businesses

An article on smallbusiness.co.uk looks at the biggest reform to insurance for more than a century has almost come into force but businesses are being warned to ensure that they do not fall foul of the changes. The Insurance Act, which affects all new contracts from August 12 onwards, introduces a more policyholder-friendly regime. Billed as good..

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Five Ways to Grow Your Business

We found this article on smallbusiness.co.uk and think it just reminds businesses on the areas to focus: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it’s safe to say there’s one trait that’s attractive to all business owners: profitability. Any entrepreneur knows that getting your business off the ground requires a lot of time,..

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How to stop late payers causing a cashflow crisis

Charise Marsden, debt recovery manager, at Keeble Hawson writes for smallbusiness.co.uk on how business can prevent late payments causing a cash flow crisis for your business. Late payment is the most common reason for a cash flow crisis in businesses. If a number of customers, or even one big customer, fall behind there can be a..

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Five ways business skills can transfer into everyday life

In today’s day and age, more and more people are realising that the acquisition of valuable business skills can seriously help them in the world of work. Certainly, building a skill set of important business skills such as time management and conflict resolution can make your work day more productive and aid you in gaining..

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Businesses held back by tax and regulatory changes

Almost two thirds of businesses claim that the lack of skilled workers available and constant alterations to tax and regulatory requirements are adding significant pressures to their business. As 74 per cent of businesses are planning for growth over the next 12 months it is vital that business owners keep abreast of prospective tax and..

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Company owners in the dark about business rate changes

From April 2017 businesses whose properties have a Rateable Value of up to £12,000 will not have to pay business rates at all, a rise from £6,000 previously. Property with a Rateable Value between £12,000 and £15,000 will receive tapered relief. Chancellor George Osborne says the 'typical corner shop in Barnstaple will pay no business..

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