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The Hybrid Trade Buyer: One To Watch?

An interesting development in the current M&A market is the emergence of the hybrid private equity/trade buyer — a kind of private equity buy and build approach, in contrast to the classic trade buyer who bids for businesses in the same industry in order to achieve potential synergies and cut costs through economies of scale. read more


Business Growth Fund: The New Giant On The Block

The recent launch of the Business Growth Fund (BGF) could be big and very welcome news for UK entrepreneurs. Many see it as a much-needed return to the availability of long-term growth capital, which hasn’t been seen by an entire generation of entrepreneurs. read more


Clear Communication Is Key To The New Pensions Bill

The third reading of the Pensions Bill has just taken place and it is set to transform the UK pension landscape. From 2012, larger employers will automatically enrol eligible employees into a qualifying workplace pension scheme, which aims to encourage more workers to save for retirement. Smaller schemes are being given a slightly longer lead time, before making the changes. read more


Credit Cards And Small Businesses

When running Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) making purchases with credit cards is often a convenient and flexible option to fund expenses. Providing the debt is controlled, it can be a good way to finance day-to-day outgoings and convenient for making expenses over the internet or by phone. read more


Funding Options For Your Business

Entrepreneurs are naturally cautious about giving away equity in return for funding. But although it is fair to say that there is usually a requirement to relinquish some level of control when investment is acquired it doesn’t follow that there is ‘less for the entrepreneur’ as a result of doing so read more


London 2012 Olympics: A Golden Opportunity For Small Businesses

The next 12 months in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics could provide a much-needed opportunity for small to medium sized businesses to boost sales against a slow economy. The London Olympics will offer a great opportunity to take full advantage of the growth that half a million visitors to Britain will bring, but b2b companies also stand to benefit. read more


Getting a Business Loan: 7 Reasons Why Your Bank Could Have Said ‘No’

Talk to most business owners and they will probably share an experience of when their bank said ‘no’ to a request for finance. Perhaps it has happened to you? If so, you are not alone; the media is awash with tales of woe from frustrated entrepreneurs who can’t seem to get the financial assistance they are looking for. read more


The Cost of Late Payment to SMEs

Knowing who you are doing business with and how likely they are to be able to pay you for goods and services is essential for success. At this time of uncertainty it’s more vital than ever. read more


3…2…1 The VAT deadline is coming, ready or not!

Small businesses across the UK are being targeted by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in a clamp-down on VAT avoidance. read more


No Opt Out – Make Sure You Don’t Break The Pension Rules

To get more people to save for their retirement, every employer will soon have a duty to offer a qualifying workplace pension scheme (QWPS) to employees. Between 2012 and 2016, companies will have to automatically enroll all eligible jobholders and make contributions on their behalf. There will be heavy penalties for failure to comply. read more


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