• 16 things you must do before you start a new business
  • 5 apps every small business owner should download
  • The pros and cons of franchising
  • 10 things you must do when hiring your first employee
  • Starting a business after graduation – things to consider

Working out the true costs of renting office space

by James Leckie ·October 1, 2014

The Company Buy team recently moved into new offices. If, like us, you’re looking to upgrade your workspace, there are a number of additional costs you should be aware of.
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Here, we talk to William Buist, who built up a leading collaborative consultancy, and subsequently founded the exclusive xTen Club, which provides its members with the opportunity to learn from and work with other entrepreneurs.
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Here we talk to Robert Aldous, founder of KitBrix, an innovative and modular way of organising and transporting your sports kit. It took the company a mere 12 months from concept to store, and Robert provides our readers with some valuable lessons he learned along the way.
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Offline behaviour is the key to online success

by James Leckie ·September 25, 2014

Every day and all over the world, there are countless meetings taking place to determine the online strategy of companies. Almost every company has asked itself what role it should be playing on social media at some point, and while it is already a key discussion point, its importance only increases with every passing day.
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Is LinkedIn a useful service for business owners?

by James Leckie ·September 24, 2014

LinkedIn is easily the largest professional network in the world, with over 300m members. By summer 2014, over 16 million accounts had been registered in the UK alone. So, what are the benefits of using this social media platform for business owners?
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How to close a limited company

by James Leckie ·September 22, 2014

You can commence the striking off procedure for a limited company providing certain conditions are met, and the company has not traded for the past three months.
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16 things to consider before you start a new business

by James Leckie ·September 19, 2014

Using our experience of working with small companies over the past decade, we’ve complied a no-nonsense list of 16 things your should consider before taking the bold decision to start up a new business.
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Starting up and dealing with change in your business

by James Leckie ·September 18, 2014

When going through any change – be that changing an established organisation that is up and running or growing a business, you need to think about 4 factors that will make your change successful.
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Limited company names and trade marks

by James Leckie ·September 17, 2014

When you register a company name, your name is not automatically protected by trade mark law. Similarly, if you have a trademarked brand name, you may not necessarily be able to register the brand as a limited company name. So what are trade marks, and how can you protect your company name?
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Have you got what it takes to become an entrepreneur?

by James Leckie ·September 16, 2014

If you’re thinking of setting up a new business, but don’t know where to start, you should first consider whether or not you have the right characteristics to become an entrepreneur, before generating potential business ideas.
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A new book, “The Leadership Shadow”, by Prof Erik de Haan and Dr Anthony Kasozi, contains some interesting insights into what makes a good leader, and how to identify what sort of leader you are. In this extract, we look at some specific character traits displayed by business people – from the ‘charming manipulator’ to the ‘simmering stalwart’.
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The role of business angels (and ‘dragons’) has been publicised a great deal in recent years thanks to a growing number of ‘entrepreneurial’ TV shows. For many growing businesses, angel investors can provide numerous benefits, although you should also be aware of the pitfalls.
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With the days of a ‘job for life’ long gone, and the ranks of the self-employed growing stronger by the day, should graduates consider starting up a business as a worthy alternative to the traditional corporate career path?
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How does the self assessment process work?

by James Leckie ·September 8, 2014

If you are not a traditional ‘employee’ – i.e. you are a company director, self employed, or have additional earnings which have not been taxed though you employment, you will need to complete a self assessment tax return.
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Promoting your company and raising public awareness is often the first step in building a successful small business. One of the ways you can do this is by drawing up a marketing strategy. Here are some tips for creating your strategy, including a useful infographic.
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Common business valuation methods

by James Leckie ·September 3, 2014

In the understandably subjective world of business valuation, there are several traditional methods which are used for establishing the value of a company, based mainly on financial data.
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How to deal with late payment issues

by James Leckie ·August 29, 2014

Late payment is one of the leading causes of business failure. When the cash stops flowing, many firms  – even successful ones – could be forced out of business. Keeping on top of your cash flow should be a priority for all business owners.
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Temporary workers offer the perfect short-term staffing solution for many small businesses – without the financial and legal obligations of taking on full-time employees. Here we look at your legal responsibilities when you take on different types of staff – agency, fixed-term and zero-hours workers.
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5 apps every small business owner should use

by James Leckie ·August 27, 2014

If you’re looking for an easier way to invoice, collaborate, communicate, email, or share pretty much anything online, chances are you’ll be able to find an app to serve your needs. Even better, many are free – and  if not, you can download many of the best business apps for just a few pounds.
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