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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The experts’ step-by-step guide to cyber security

A very interesting article from The Guardian online regarding Internet security and how your business can be more informed and less likely to get breached. Where does cyber security fall on your to-do list? If it’s not a priority, it should be because 60% of small businesses suffered a breach in the year leading up..

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Flexible workplaces advocated for Olympics period

We found this good article on smallbusiness.co.uk where businesses have been urged to engage with their workforce and consider introducing flexible measures to discourage ‘sickies’ during the Rio Olympics. The four-hour time difference means that many of the biggest events of the Olympics are scheduled to take place during normal working hours and early hours..

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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 things to consider measuring in your small business

Emily Coltman from Freeagent gives her top tips for successful business measurement. When you’re running your own small business it can sometimes be a challenge just staying on top of your everyday work, let alone managing all the things you need to do behind the scenes. But if you can dedicate some time to measuring..

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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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An ageing workforce: Why small businesses should get prepared

Andrew Firth looks at what an ageing workforce means for small businesses, and what role company owners can play to maximise productivity. Over-50s have increasingly become an innate characteristic of the UK workforce. As business owners observe an increase in the number of older workers remaining in employment for longer, employers need to prepare themselves..

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