It’s a challenging time to be a small business owner and it’s likely to remain so

Being a small business owner has always been difficult, but 2020 and 2021 have taken the challenge to a whole new level of difficulty. The covid pandemic has left small business owners all over the UK, and indeed the world, wondering how to continue and in some cases, considering if it’s worth the effort.

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UK government message to startups is putting economic recovery at risk

Economic recovery: it’s a phrase we’re going to hear a lot in 2021 and 2022 as we look to come back from the damage the global pandemic is doing to our businesses. Any plans for recovery are likely to feature growth in startups as well as in established businesses that survive coronavirus. That’s why the current messaging from the UK government is so worrying.

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A global minimum corporation tax rate is great, but it still doesn’t level the field

In early June of 2021, a historic agreement on a global minimum corporation tax rate was reached between the member countries in the G7 group. This deal sought to address the ‘race to the bottom’ of ever-decreasing corporate tax rates in some countries as they seek to attract businesses and capital to their borders.

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UK government message to startups is putting economic recovery at risk

Economic recovery: it's a phrase we're going to hear a lot in 2021 and 2022 as we look to come back from the damage the globa...

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5 reasons why you should support your local businesses

It feels difficult to support local businesses when times are hard but it’s never been more important to do so – whenever...

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10 simple tips to speed up your invoice payment

Invoice payment is one of the biggest issues most micro business owners face, especially if they deal with larger companies.

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The power of a brand manifesto

by Sarah Robertson

Communicating what your business stands for is a vital part of brand storytelling. But how can you effectively share that mes...

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One less click

by Benedetto Bordone

I’ve always been fascinated by the incredible gains that can be made to a company’s online success just by changing a few...

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Will micro business owners’ personal credit evaporate through financial long-covid?

We know that coronavirus can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the Covid-19 infection has gone from a patient. L...

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Leaky sales funnels: touchpoints where sales can be lost

by Rowan Norrie

Sales volumes often fall short of expectations. In hindsight it is often evident where the challenges were. Improved planning...

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2020 UK business population estimates: micro businesses still form the backbone of the UK economy

Every year, the UK government publishes its Business Population Estimates and the results are consistently revealing and enco...

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IR35 off-payroll working: what is it and will it affect you?

The IR35 off-payroll working regulations were introduced some time ago by HMRC and like many self-employed, limited company d...

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What is a TUPE transfer and how could it affect me?

TUPE transfer relates to UK employment legislation intended to protect jobs in cases where business or contracts move from on...

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