Spring Budget 2024 – what’s in it for small businesses?
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by Anna Jordan
15h ago
By Anna Jordan on Small Business UK - Advice and Ideas for UK Small Businesses and SMEs The Chancellor is set to announce the Spring Budget 2024 in the coming days. Being the last Spring Budget before the next General Election, this one is crucial. Jeremy Hunt doesn’t have as much to spend as he expected, but there’s been word of an Inheritance Tax scrap, an increase in the child benefit threshold and a 99 per cent mortgage. What will be in it for small businesses? We’ll be taking a look at what’s been floated so far, plus some items on entrepreneurs’ wishlists. What is the date for the Budge ..read more
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Event planner business insurance – requirements, extras and exclusions
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by Anna Jordan
3d ago
By Anna Jordan on Small Business UK - Advice and Ideas for UK Small Businesses and SMEs Any event planner will know just how many things can go wrong – transport strikes, illness, theft, equipment being sent to the wrong address – so you need to keep yourself covered for many, many eventualities. We’ll be looking at why you need business insurance as an event planner, what’s required by law, plus any extras and restrictions you might not have thought of. Why you need business insurance for event planners As we’ve established, a great many things can go wrong in organising events (as we’re sur ..read more
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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting
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by Partner Content
5d ago
By Partner Content on Small Business UK - Advice and Ideas for UK Small Businesses and SMEs Starting a small business can feel like embarking on a quest with dozens of possible paths you could take. There are pitfalls and traps to avoid, but also rewards to be discovered by those who take the plunge. Proper preparation will give you the best chance of success and that means creating a plan, choosing the right tools, following the rules and seeking wisdom from others. Here are the 5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting. Create a detailed business plan Some entreprene ..read more
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Dealing with business insurance claims
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by Adam Wayland
1w ago
By Adam Wayland on Small Business UK - Advice and Ideas for UK Small Businesses and SMEs The problem is that good business insurance can replace your buildings, machinery and stock, and can compensate for your loss of profits, but it cannot replace your customers or the goodwill that you may lose during even a short stoppage. The actions you take will often determine the outcome of the insurance claim and the future success – or otherwise – of your business. Now that cybersecurity is an even bigger issue than it was when in 2007 when this article was originally published, so that’s another ri ..read more
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Which card payment machine should I get for my small business?
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by Anna Jordan
1w ago
By Anna Jordan on Small Business UK - Advice and Ideas for UK Small Businesses and SMEs You might be mulling over a new card reader – one that’s faster, has more features or has in-built fraud detection, for instance. Here, we’ll be talking about the benefits of taking card payments along with some of the best card payment machines on the market. You can jump straight to the section that you’re interested in using the links below: Benefits of taking card payments What card payment machines are out there? Which card payment machine should I go for? Benefits of taking card payments Taking car ..read more
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What is professional indemnity insurance?
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by Edward Murray
1w ago
By Edward Murray on Small Business UK - Advice and Ideas for UK Small Businesses and SMEs Professional indemnity insurance will protect you if you give a client some sub-par advice, defame them or lose valuable documents. Without it, your business could be liable for legal fees, expenses and compensation.   Here, we’ll be looking at professional indemnity insurance in more detail and how to keep yourself covered if you retire or change profession. What is professional indemnity insurance? Every business wants happy clients. Do a good job for them and you will get repeat business, generat ..read more
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How to assess your bank
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by Adam Wayland
2w ago
By Adam Wayland on Small Business UK - Advice and Ideas for UK Small Businesses and SMEs A lot of attention is given to scrutinising bank accounts and other financial products, but not so much about how to assess the bank you’re interested in doing business with. We’re here to change that. But before we do, it is worth stating at the outset that banks are businesses themselves and exist to generate returns for their shareholders. You can therefore expect to pay a price for the services and borrowing facilities provided. Now, the business banking landscape has changed immeasurably since this a ..read more
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How to get funding for your business with The Prince’s Trust
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by Dom Walbanke
2w ago
By Dom Walbanke on Small Business UK - Advice and Ideas for UK Small Businesses and SMEs If you’ve got a great business idea but are finding out the hard way that it can be a royal pain to get funding, The Prince’s Trust could be the answer. The Trust’s enterprise programme has been running for four decades and is open to 18 to 30-year-olds who are unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week. In addition to business training schemes which tackles topics like marketing, planning and tax, the programme provides funding of up to £7,500 (through the government-funded Start-Up Loan ..read more
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Record number of new companies launched in 2023
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by Dom Walbanke
2w ago
By Dom Walbanke on Small Business UK - Advice and Ideas for UK Small Businesses and SMEs A record number of companies were launched in the UK in 2023, according to research from NatWest and Beauhurst. Over 900,000 companies were started over the course of 2023 – an increase of 12 per cent – bringing the number of active companies operating in the UK to 5.31 million, also a UK record. This is despite high despite challenging economic conditions such as heightened inflation and increased operational costs.  The biggest growing sectors include online retailers, property and street food stal ..read more
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Protected: Best business ideas for 2024: Vehicle leasing host
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by Dom Walbanke
2w ago
By Dom Walbanke on Small Business UK - Advice and Ideas for UK Small Businesses and SMEs This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below: Password: The post Protected: Best business ideas for 2024: Vehicle leasing host appeared first on Small Business UK ..read more
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