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Business Planning

The point of a business plan is provide core information about the business in a clear and concise way. It’s quite possible that the reader will want to know more, but that’s no bad thing. That gives them a reason to meet the management team and find out more about the proposition. To keep the plan easy to read, try to keep the plan within around 20 pages at most. read more


Presenting Financial Figures

It is important to bear in mind that your company’s books and financial statements represent a ‘score sheet’ which tells how you are progressing. In many cases this can be a positive tool for encouraging investment in the business. However it is also an ‘early warning system’ which lets you know when and why things may be going wrong. read more


MPC Must Cut Interest Rates By A Full One Per Cent On Thursday

Following the disappointing reaction to the PBR it is critical for the MPC to persevere with aggressive interest rate cuts. To alleviate the worse consequences of the recession, we urge the MPC to cut rates by a full one per cent on Thursday, to two per cent. Additional cuts will be needed in the early months of the New Year, probably to one per cent. read more


Not Much Turkey On The Table For Retailers This Christmas

High street sales fell more sharply than feared, and retailers expect the Christmas shopping period will be especially slow, the CBI said last week. The retail sector remains deeply gloomy about the future, and has cut investment plans amid predictions that the business situation will worsen over the next three months. read more


That’s The Wonder Of Good Old Theo

According to many reports over the week-end TV’s Dragons’ Den Star Theo Paphitis is one of the favourites to take over Woolworths. Paphitis is well practiced in acquiring businesses from the receiver; Rymans, Partners, Movie Media Sports, Red Letter Days, Millwall Football Club all came via administration of sorts and he bought his original stake in La Senza for £1. read more


The Cost Of Crime Against Business Soars To £13,500 For Each Firm

Small businesses lose an average of £13,500 each because of crime every year, while more than two thirds of businesses are victims of crime, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). read more


What Do You Really Sell?

All of us in business understand what we do and what we can deliver for the client. The accountant knows he can ensure his customers are as tax efficient as possible as well as complying with all the current legislation. Meanwhile the I.T maintenance provider understands they are there to prevent any computer problems and help their customer’s business run more smoothly. read more


Businesses Say Government Should Play A More Active Role In Supporting Them

The Intuit research reveals that the economic impact is perceived to be long-lasting, with 78% of the respondents believing it to be over a year. Further to the recent call for additional support from banks, 73% of small businesses think the government should also play a more active role in supporting them through these tough times. read more


Optimism Stirred-up By Entrepreneurs In London

Over 650 owner managers and directors of growing companies converged on London’s Central Hall on Thursday 20 November for the first Entrepreneurs in London conference hosted by Fresh Business They had travelled from all over the UK, prepared to invest a day in learning from the country’s leading business thinkers and practitioners. The early mood of expectation was transformed to optimism and determination as the delegates enjoyed a succession of exceptional speakers such as serial entrepreneur Chris Gorman, London Wasps’ John O’Connell and young entrepreneurs Hermione and Ben Way. read more


End Sick Note Culture

The government response to Dame Carol Black’s review marks a watershed in improving the debilitating effect of employee absence to UK businesses at a time when they need all the help they can get, according to Dr. John Philpott, Chief Economist, CIPD read more