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Ten Tips For Tackling Late Payments

Barclays Bank estimates that about £36 billion is owed to small businesses in overdue invoice payments. Cash is king, and prompt payment is vital for the survival of SMEs. You won’t be surprised to hear that 10% of all business failures can be attributed to non-payment. A further 20% are the result of the failure of a trading partner. read more


Alternative Financing - What Are The Options?

The continued squeeze on bank lending is forcing aspiring start-ups to turn to alternative sources of funding. But would-be entrepreneurs should take heart, as there are a whole host of alternative funding methods now available, away from the traditional bank loan. Some of the most popular options include: read more


Crowdfunding is The Only Viable Option For Creating A Nation Of Entrepreneurs

Last year’s estimates from the Department for Business and Innovation revealed that there are over 3.5m British companies with only one employee, equating to 75% of the entire number of businesses in the UK. Micro-businesses are the backbone of our economy yet they continue to receive minimal support from banks or the government. It is not an exaggeration to claim that crowdfunding is now one of the only viable options for the continued success of micro-businesses in this country. read more


Raising Finance For Business - Are You Looking In The Right Place?

It is easy to think that raising finance for your business will be hard when banks are not lending, people seem to have less money to invest and the economy gets worse. However, nothing could be further from the truth. There are very generous tax breaks for people who invest in businesses like yours, there is more money for investing than ever before and there is a completely new type of investor that is waiting to invest in you. read more


Top Tips To Reduce Your Capital Gains Tax Liability

HM Revenue & Customs have recently confirmed they are currently actively seeking to identify taxpayers who have underpaid capital gains tax on the sale of a second home. Significantly, they have said they will be investigating potential incidences of non disclosure dating back over the past twenty years. Currently, 2.4 million people in the UK own a second home and if you have sold a second home without declaring the gain you will be vulnerable to an enquiry. It is therefore advisable to take the opportunity to make a voluntary disclosure which, with advice, will enable you to negotiate a reduced penalty. read more


Lack Of Credit Checking Is Putting Small Firms At Risk

According to new findings published today by Experian®, the global information services company, three-quarters of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have lost money as a result of a customer becoming insolvent. read more


Demand For Lower Taxes To Drive Growth On Tax Parity Day

Growth and increasing levels of optimism have returned to the UK economy, but for that progress to be sustained small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) are calling for lower taxes. Three out of four business owners (77%) believe that the standard VAT rate of 20% is too high and want to see cuts in order to help them grow their business, new research from Sage has revealed. read more


New UK Rules On Late Payment

The UK government has updated the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act to put a new EU Directive on the matter into national law. Extensive information about ‘The Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2013’ and how it updates previous rules are available on the website. read more


The Zombie Apocalypse – An Urban Myth?

The financial news is plagued by stories of zombie takeover. According to some reports, the progress in the economy has been slowed by a large number of so called ‘zombie businesses’ that are only just staying afloat. Companies with few prospects for profit or investment, that are simply financing the repayments of heavy debt, are according to commentators in some circles, prohibiting the growth of healthy businesses and having a negative impact on the UK economy. Some commentators are claiming that there are more than 160,000 zombie companies operating across the UK alone read more


7 Steps To A Healthy Commercial Credit Score

Asked for a list of business priorities, most SME owners probably wouldn’t put “managing my commercial credit score” anywhere near the top. Those who don’t pay attention to this increasingly important indicator of their firm’s financial health are missing a trick. read more


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