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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


 

Joined up Finance — 9 reasons why you should integrate your accounts with the rest of your business

Many businesses operate standalone accounting tools and use manual methods of transferring silos of information from one business application to another. Not only is this process time-consuming it can also have an impact on an organisation’s profitability, introduce errors, and delay critical management decisions. read more


 

Writing A Business Plan: 10 Reasons Why It’s Worth Investing Time And Effort

The humble Business Plan is back. Go and see your bank today for business finance and the first thing they will ask for is a Business Plan. During the credit boom less emphasis was placed on having a document which clearly set out a path for your business but now we’re being asked to go back to basics. read more


 

Financing A Start-Up: Finding Finance When The Bank Has Said No

Talk to most established business owners and they’ll undoubtedly have a tale to tell about getting finance from a bank. So, if someone with an existing business is struggling to get a bank to say ‘yes’, what hope does an aspiring entrepreneur have? So, assuming the banks are off limits, or already have said no to you, what sources can you access to get the finance you need? read more


 

Joined Up Finance — 9 Reasons Why You Should Integrate Your Accounts With The Rest Of Your Business

Many businesses operate standalone accounting tools and use manual methods of transferring silos of information from one business application to another. Not only is this process time-consuming it can also have an impact on an organisation’s profitability, introduce errors, and delay critical management decisions. read more


 

The Bane Of The Entrepreneur’s Life: Compliance

Most business owner’s glaze over at the mention of the word ‘compliance’! In order to mitigate risk and enable you to enjoy a certain level of peace of mind it is essential to keep a sharp eye on legal and compliance issues. For most businesses the luxury of a Compliance Manager – whose overriding objective is to manage risk – is a thing of the past. read more


 

Cash Must Remain King

As difficult trading conditions look set to continue for some time, cash must remain king and keeping a tight rein on debt is more crucial than ever. read more


 

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