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Once you’ve started up a new venture, you’ll need to ensure that you have banking facilities in place before you can start trading. So, do you need to set up a separate bank account for your business, or can you use your own personal bank account?
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Business planning can be a useful process for the successful company. The key to business plan success lies in being realistic from the start, and treating the plan as a ‘living document’ – something to measure your achievements against, and to update and amend as the business inevitably changes over time.
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Leading business coach, Belinda Waldock, explains why traditional meetings are often unsuccessful, and how you can use agile methods to achieve far more when you meet colleagues or clients.
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Franchising is a very specific business structure – it can be easiest to think of it as a kind of licensing, allowing an individual to run a company of their own, but using another company’s brand name, trademarks and suppliers.
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One of the key announcements from the second 2015 Budget was a complete overhaul of the dividend taxation system from April 2016, which will result in higher taxes for limited company shareholders.
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Choosing a company name is an important task when setting up a new venture. Your name will help define the image of your business, so you should take some time out to get it right first time.
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With most workers now able to ask their employers for flexible working arrangements, what should small owners do when they receive a request?
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If you set up a limited company, is appointing an accountant to look after your affairs a statutory requirement, or can you take care of your accounting duties yourself?
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The majority of small businesses now use or rely on IT to a major extent. Of course, there are tremendous benefits to be had, but how prepared are business owners to deal with the risks IT systems pose if they are not adequately secured?
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International negotiator and author, Derek Arden, takes a look at the art of negotiation by email – how to remain business-like and courteous, whilst getting your points across in a persuasive and concise way.
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The Chancellor delivered an ambitious Budget today, announcing tax changes which will impact almost all small business owners and entrepreneurs. Here, we look at the main points.
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On Wednesday, George Osborne will deliver his ‘Summer Budget’. We look at how small business owners in particular may be affected.
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In our latest success story, we speak to Edmund Cohen, founder of a innovative site which lets you hire some of the UK’s most spectacular properties for parties, weddings and other events.
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If your business is doing well, there may well come a time when you’ll need to raise investment in order to grow and expand further.
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Value Added Tax is charged on almost all products and services provided in the UK. The current standard rate is 20%. If your business becomes VAT-registered, you will charge VAT on all invoices you submit to your clients.
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If you are setting up an eCommerce site for your own, or a client’s company, you may be interested in some useful tip on how to launch a successful eCommerce site.
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All limited companies are obliged to file accounting and other information with Companies House and HMRC each year. What happens if you deliver documents late, and how can you avoid penalties?
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As a limited company owner, what health-related costs (such as medical insurance, eye tests, gym memberships and private health checks) are allowable for tax purposes against your company?
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An interesting new study has found that you are far more likely to survive your first year in business if you start up in the UK.
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If you’re self-employed (a sole trader) in the UK and carry out some of your work from your own home, then there’s good news for you: you’re likely entitled to include part of the running costs of your home in your accounts.
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