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    Top 4 business car hire options


    By Funding Options If you need access to a car for business purposes and could do without the inconvenience of legally owning one, business contract hire — commonly referred to as BCH or business car leasing — could be the route to (eh hem) drive down. Even if you ...

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    Redesigning safe retail in the age of experience


    By Meredith O'Shaugnessy, independent creative brand and retail strategist at Meredith Collective Coronavirus has been the final reckoning for great swathes of retail, and it’s been brutal. Some high street stalwarts won’t open their doors again. With caution front of mind, it might be tempting for retailers to throw creativity ...

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    CBI calls for green recovery


    The government must focus on creating environmentally-focused jobs and projects as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic in order to boost growth and productivity, according to one of the UK's most influential business lobby groups. Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the CBI, is calling on the government to turn ...

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    Redundancies 'twice as bad' as last recession


    The jobs crisis is understood to be twice as bad as during the last recession in 2009, according to new figures. The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has found that employers in the UK planned 380,000 redundancies between May and July this year, compared with 180,000 between January and March ...

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    Social distancing app trialled


    An app that alerts users when they are not adhering to social distancing is being trialed by Network Rail. Mind the Gap, which has been developed by Hack Partners, is designed to help organisations bring staff back to the office while being able to maintain safe distances. It uses a ...

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    A guide to business loans for small businesses


    By Funding Options Every business, however large or small, needs adequate cash flow to operate well. Business loans for small businesses can provide companies with the financial help they need in a flexible format. In this article, we take a look at the most common forms of small business ...

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    Working from home 'damaging' economy, Raab says


    The ongoing trend of working from home is "damaging" the UK economy, according to foreign secretary Dominic Raab. "The economy needs to have people back at work," he told the BBC. Speaking on the Andrew Marr programme, he said: "It is important to send a message that we need to ...

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    Government planning law to override Withdrawal Agreement


    The UK government has been accused of "self-defeating strategy" after a report suggested it was planning to introduce new laws that would allow it to override parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. According to the Financial Times, the Internal Market Bill would enable the government to "eliminate" areas of the ...

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    What is a limited company buy-to-let mortgage?


    Image: Espresso Addict By Funding Options A limited company buy-to-let mortgage is where you purchase a buy-to-let property through a limited company or SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle). For a large percentage of property investors, the tax benefits of buying a property through a limited company can be considerable (particularly ...

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    Coping with Covid: 7 simple ways to reduce costs in the hospitality sector


    By Amanda Walters When needs must, any business needs to think smartly to get out of a problem. And right now, needs really must. Many businesses are clearly looking to reduce costs in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which looks set to send the global economy into its worst recession ...

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    Youth jobs scheme 'not enough' to beat recession


    The UK will suffer a "lost generation" of young people if more is not done to support employers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The government has created a £2 billion fund to protect and boost job creation for the 16-25 year olds, ...

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    Sunak 'considering' 24% corporation tax


    Businesses in the UK could be facing an increase in corporation tax as the Chancellor Rishi Sunak considers ways to pay off debt sparked by Covid-19. According to a report by the Sunday Times, Mr Sunak is considering raising the corporate rate of tax from 19% to 24% in a ...

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    What is property crowdfunding?


    By Funding Options The sharing economy is based on the idea that you don’t have to fully own something to benefit from it. Among other things, it’s changing how we think about ownership and having an impact on how we invest in property. A decade or so ago, the only ...

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    Business acquisition - What you need to know


    By Funding Options Business acquisitions can play a large role in the success and growth of companies. SMEs use acquisitions to bolster their market presence and acquisitions aren’t a rarity in the corporate world either. Alphabet – Google’s parent company – had reportedly acquired over 200 companies by 2016. But ...

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    5 ways for entrepreneurs to unplug on holiday


    By Katherine Chain, content and marketing manager at Balance Holidays Have you ever found yourself struggling with work-related stress? Some people often feel the effects too much work can have on them, particularly if you are at the early stages of building up a company. While we all have an ...

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    Will proptech see an uprising?


    By Michael Baxter, Fresh Business Thinking It is changing slowly, but maybe proptech is close to seeing an uprising, at least that was one prediction from a recent proptech roundtable hosted by The Great British Entrepreneur Awards and haysmacintyre . Not much really, just an uprising. Proptech, it seems, has ...

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    Ghost towns 'inevitable' if offices don't return


    City centres are likely to become "ghost towns" if the government doesn't encourage workers back to offices, the head of the CBI has warned. Dame Carolyn Fairbairn acknowledged that allowing staff to work from home had helped to keep many businesses operating during lockdown. But she believes that thousands of ...

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    Low-paid workers get £13 day for self-isolation


    Low paid workers in parts of England with high rates of Covid-19 cases will be given £13 a day if they are required to self-isolate, as part of a trial launched by the government. From Tuesday, those claiming Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit and are unable to work from ...

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    What are instant business loans?


    By Funding Options Sometimes, waiting days or even weeks to secure a business loan isn’t a viable option. Every business experiences turbulent times, and having enough capital to keep afloat in the midst of a crisis is critical. Fortunately, there are plenty of options out there for businesses requiring fast ...

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    Find out about debt restructuring during Coronavirus


    By Funding Options To say that COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the UK’s economic landscape is an understatement. Just a few months ago, Rishi Sunak confirmed that the country’s debt is now worth more than its entire economy after the government borrowed £55.2bn in May – the ...