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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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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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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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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Small businesses to benefit from HMRC digital reforms

Here, Ed Molyneux explores the changes to the tax process that will commence on April 6th. If you are still getting over what was, for many, the stress of the January 31st tax self-assessment deadline, get set for another upcoming milestone. April 6th fires the starting gun on a new financial year that will bring..

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Budget 2016: Small businesses call for flat rate of tax

The majority of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) want the Chancellor to reduce the complexity of the tax system and introduce a flat rate of tax in the upcoming Budget. Some 55 per cent of SMEs are in favour of the change, according to a survey commissioned by accountancy firm Moore Stephens. Moore Stephens’ clients say..

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Five ways to spring clean your business books

Here are some top tips from Emily Coltman to help you brush up your bookkeeping and get your business set for fresh new growth in the months ahead. Now that winter is winding down and self-assessment season is over for another year, it’s a great time to start thinking about how you could do some..

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