Every start-up must have a website. But all websites are not created equal. By doing it right and making sure it’s working properly from the start, you will be able to communicate with customers, establish your company’s credibility and encourage
Research shows that more than 56,000 small business in the UK may have to be content with high tax rises next year. Rates specialist CVS has announced that business rate rises will reach £152 million in April 2018. This will
Ambitious start-ups have the business world at their feet in terms of opportunity. The key is tapping into it. A domain name that can be recognised anywhere in the world, along with localised content are important ways to get there.
Owners of small businesses should not only consider worst case scenarios, but actively create a plan to combat them. For example, what would happen to your business if you had a sudden stock problem and couldn’t fulfil orders? Or your
In the age of social media, it’s vital for brands to build up a positive online profile. Customers can share their opinion and experience of your brand on multiple platforms, and potentially impact your business. This is why working to
Research from PolicyBee has found that 75% of SMEs have no budget set aside to deal with the potential consequences following a cyber-attack. The study was commissioned by cyber insurance expert Sarah Adams, who says: “Cyber-attacks are not just an
Starting up a small business inevitably means you don’t have much time or money spare. This is why marketing can often fall by the wayside. However, establishing your brand is vital if you want to seriously compete with more long-standing
To run a successful local business, you need determination and hard work as a minimum. You also need to offer high quality services or products and be competitively priced. In addition, you must have an up to date website presence,
We’re in the middle of a disruptive business cycle, with small start-ups challenging big players in sectors across the board. Entrepreneurs are offering new twists on established business models and contributing innovative solutions, meaning markets are currently changing at speed.
Using financial models to forward plan for potential business outcomes used to be reserved for big businesses only. Modern accountancy is changing that landscape and making scenario planning relevant for even small businesses. Developing technologies While small businesses used to
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018. As there’s now less than a year to go until enforcement, small businesses need to find ways to take advantage of the opportunities the changes will bring.
A recent survey shows that consumers using the internet are becoming more demanding. Around 60% of people who buy goods and services online report less loyalty towards brands with poor app and web performance. The survey was undertaken by performance
We’re excluding London from this rundown, which uses data from the the Start-Up Cities Index 2017. The list was drawn up based on a number of criteria including official data on house prices, commercial rent prices, business survival rates and
Tax issues for small business owners can be a cause of considerable worry – the area can seem obscure and hard to understand. But while it’s true that there is the potential for pitfalls for those who don’t know what
It’s the moment that many entrepreneurs dream of – the chance to put their valuable business up for sale and to move on to their next challenge. But for many it’s also a difficult time – it’s easy to become
Should your business be giving equity to employees as incentives? Share options have become popular with start-up and small businesses, but is it the right way to attract new staff and reward existing employees? There’s often confusion surrounding what exactly
Traditional forms of lending from banks are declining when it comes to business funding. A dramatic change in the ease of access to business funding occurred following the credit crunch in 2007. Ten years on, it’s still extremely difficult for
If you run a small business, as your company grows you will need to develop a skilled team to help your company thrive. But it can be hard to implement a robust hiring policy, without cutting too deeply into your
If you are starting a small business, and you are looking to deal in financial products, nine times out of ten you will have to become authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to trade legally in the UK. Helping
In a world where consumers are increasingly using digital channels, such as company websites and social media profiles, to engage with businesses, it is crucial that you create a strong online presence. This will allow your enterprise to connect with