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7 funding routes to help your business grow

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7 funding routes to help your business grow

You have started a business but you’re short of one very important thing… money. Having an extra source of capital can help your business in a number of ways: You could hire new staff, acquire a new office space, build a new product, go live with a marketing campaign, and of course much more. But where on earth do you get funding from? Finding the right place for this can be tricky. With this in mind, we have done some investigating to give you an idea of the most popular funding routes available to you and your business. Read on to find out more.  Continue reading

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8 ways to become a presentation master

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8 ways to become a presentation master

After starting your business it’s likely that you’ll encounter a number of situations where you’ll need to deliver a presentation. Whilst presenting can be a nerve-wracking experience, it’s a great opportunity to really sell your business.  Continue reading

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6 moments of entrepreneurial inspiration from HBO’s Silicon Valley

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6 moments of entrepreneurial inspiration from HBO's Silicon Valley

The life of a startup is full of ups and downs. Fortunately, there is a simple way to prepare for the tough road ahead… watch the HBO show Silicon Valley. Whilst some shows and films may teach a few business lessons, Silicon Valley is an incredibly accurate case study that startups can genuinely learn from (whilst also being ridiculous and hilarious).  Continue reading

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Business lessons to learn from House of Cards’ Frank Underwood

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Business lessons to learn from Frank Underwood

Here at MadeSimple we are big fans of the the Netflix sensation House of Cards – which has just seen its fourth season released. It’s a fantastic show full of political intrigue, deception and scheming – starring Kevin Spacey as the ruthless politician Frank Underwood. Continue reading

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To enter business awards or not? Guest post from The Good Web Guide

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It is a question that entrepreneurs, business owners and management should ask themselves – whether to put themselves in the limelight and enter an award. As the organiser of one such programme, Arabella  Dymoke, of The Good Web Guide shares her thoughts. Having worked with businesses and startups over the years, The GWG knows what makes a winning site. Continue reading

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Sign-up for Free Entry tickets to the Elite Business Exhibition in London, 10/11 April – the event entrepreneurs won’t want to miss

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If you are a business owner or director of an ambitious company then you should attend the elite business event for free, where you can focus entirely on the growth of your own business for 2014…..

During 2013, elite business have been beavering away to deliver a high-calibre event for people who want to grow and expand their business. By registering for a free entry ticket you can:

  • Gain access to 100’s of every-day business product and service providers under one roof
  • Attend exceptional keynote seminars
  • Take part in practical company workshops

The Conference* boasts influential figures such as Karren Brady, Lord Digby Jones, Jacqueline Gold and Michael Portillo who will each discuss the key to driving growth and securing success in the modern business landscape. The Conference is delivered by Mike Southon, global business presenter and entrepreneur.

A vital ingredient to a successful business is learning from others who are already at the top of their game and we’ve gathered dozens of business leaders such as Andy McCartney, CEO of Microsoft Ventures, Renaud Visage, co-founder of EventBrite and Darren Westlake, co-founder of Crowdcube to present a unique Keynote Seminar Programme designed to give you excellent advice on boosting the growth of your business.

The elite business National Conference & Exhibition takes place on 10 – 11 April at The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch – the heart of London’s entrepreneurial community and cornerstone of the booming Tech City and Silicon Roundabout.

The Old Truman Brewery is a testimonial to the rise, fall and re-ascension of London brewers Truman, recently regenerated by the Zeloof Partnership. The Truman Estate spans ten acres of East London and much of the Estate is now occupied by small businesses across all sectors, ranging from tech to fashion and hospitality to accounting…. there is indeed a diverse business community that is second to none in London.

We still have plenty to announce over the coming months and, if you register now to claim your free entry ticket to the exhibition and Keynote Seminar Programme, we will keep you up-to-date with news on the speakers, seminars and workshops.

*There is a charge to attend the Conference – click here for further details

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A Visit to Number 10 Discussing Small Business Issues

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It’s not every day you get invited to visit Number 10 to talk ‘small business’ with senior advisors to the Prime Minister.

Outside Number 10!

So this week I was delighted to be selected by the team at Enterprise Nation who arranged the opportunity for 20 small business owners to get round a table (and a very prestigious and aged mahogany one at that) to discuss the real world challenges faced, day to day by small businesses.

Emma Jones, MBE and Founder of Enterprise Nation and Co-Founder of Start Up Britain is genuinely passionate about supporting small business and assisting those with the ambition of setting up on their own, to try it and more importantly, to assist with resources, information, education and support to succeed. The Made Simple Group has been working with Enterprise Nation, supporting their Start Up Guide and providing a Start Up Tracker for Start Up Britain – and the team at Made Simple – has a very similar ethos. It’s certainly a partnership of shared values.

So, I went to Downing Street wearing two hats:

1) My Made Simple hat – to share insights and understanding that we have gleaned from our start up and small business customers.

2) As a real world business owner – as well as being part of the Made Simple team, for the past 10 years I have run my own business, Carvill Creative.

Once through security, the 20 or so of us, were shown through to one of the state dining rooms – this was to be our meeting room. We were introduced to our hosts; Daniel Korski, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on small business and enterprise and Matthew Hancock, Business Minister to the Prime Minister. Continue reading

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What do HMRC need from a new company?

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Emily Coltman FCA, Chief Accountant to FreeAgent – who provide an award-winning online accounting system for small businesses – explains what companies must send to HMRC and when.

Registering the company

HMRC are automatically notified when a company is formed at Companies House, so about three weeks after registering your new company, you will receive an introductory letter from HMRC.

If your company is dormant, simply write back to HMRC at the address shown on this letter to tell them so. You won’t then need to file any tax returns for your dormant company unless and until it starts trading.

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