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How To Obtain Finance Under The Government Bounce Back Loan Scheme

While COVID-19 forced many businesses to temporarily close, it’s important to be thinking positively about the easing of lockdown and return to work. As I write this, some industries such as retail have already been given the green light and resumed trading from 15th June. For others, particularly within the hospitality and leisure industries, there […]


How To Restart A Business Impacted By COVID-19 Part 2

In Part 1, you discovered how it’s possible for your business to recover from COVID-19, especially if you already have the three key traits to business success. For easy reference, these are: A good product or service Engagement Constant improvement What if your business doesn’t have these key business success traits? Certain industries, (retail in […]


How To Write A Profit And Loss Forecast For Your Start-up Business

So you have a great business idea which you believe will be successful. The only drawback is that you need to borrow money to purchase supplies or simply to buy time for the business to generate sales and become self-financing. Whatever the reason for borrowing money, it’s likely that you will be asked for a […]


How the Google+ Closure Will Affect Your Business

Google+ has about 2.2 billion user accounts and even up to a year ago Google+ was making updates to their platform, so it may have come as a shock to some regular users that it will be closing in April 2019. Even though Google+ has a high number of user accounts it is estimated that […]


Is This The End Of High Street Shopping As We Know It?

The announcement in October 2018 of major losses and proposed significant reduction in the number of stores by Debenhams is a huge blow to high street retailing. The terrible news follows the recent administration of House of Fraser which has subsequently been purchased by the Sports Direct Group. The closure of these two high street […]


Autumn Budget 2018: How It Will Affect SME Businesses

Philip Hammond presented his third Budget on Monday 29th October which should be the last one before Brexit in March next year. Mr Hammond announced the end to austerity, but I’m sure many small businesses owners will be rather sceptical of this, as trading in most sectors is still tough. There were many positives for […]


11 Awesome Email Marketing Best Practices

Signing up to receive email marketing communications from an organisation can often feel like a gamble. Are you going to receive something of real value? Or are you going to receive the same old tired sales messages that’ll send you heading for the “unsubscribe” link quicker than you can say “Buy Now!”. That gamble is […]


Making Tax And VAT Digital For Small Businesses – Are You Ready?

It seems only yesterday that one of my clients called me in a panic, having received a letter from HM Customs & Excise introducing a new online VAT system and a date for their business to be live. Following this, all quarterly VAT returns would be submitted online. Nobody wanted change. Nobody wanted to climb […]


10 FREE Ways to Make Your Facebook Page Work Harder

Facebook is an incredibly powerful tool for businesses of all kinds. Through features like Pages and Groups, the social media kingpin provides a selection of ways for companies to raise their online profile. Many companies also see great success through Facebook’s paid advertising options such as Ads and Boosted Posts. However – how can a […]


How Does Display Advertising Work For A Small Business?

Display advertising is online advertising that typically takes the form of banner ads. These may be simple static advertisements with eye-catching design and imagery or they might feature video, sound, animation or even interactive elements. Display advertising is usually considered a distinct category from search advertising, also known as pay-per-click advertising. That works by showing […]


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