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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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FreeAgent unveils the secret to getting paid three times quicker

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Whether its clients “forgetting” to pay, stalling for time before settling their bill – or sometimes just deciding not to pay you at all – having to chase up money that’s rightfully yours is frustrating and time-consuming. And the problem of late payment is more widespread than you might think – the UK government estimates that small firms are currently owed around £26bn in late payments, while the process of chasing debts costs these businesses millions of pounds more. Continue reading

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Should Britain Leave the European Union?

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On Thursday the 23rd of June we all get our say on whether Britain should remain part of the European Union or go it alone. The result of this referendum will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the future of Britain’s businesses. In the coming months we’ll be providing you with all the information you need to make the decision that’s right for you and your company, but what do you think at the moment – should we stay or should we go? Continue reading

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What’s NOT Making Business Simple for UK Start Ups? Take the Survey and Tell Us.

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As part of our continued endeavours to make business and life simple for our customers (and ourselves) – we’re undertaking some research to get close to what’s really going on with our customers – and importantly, what’s NOT making business simple for them. As brilliant as we all are at interpreting how to make business simple – there’s nothing better than hearing it directly from the ‘horse’s mouth’. So here’s our plan: Continue reading

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An Interview with Lord Young – Part Two

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An Interview with Lord Young - Part Two

In the first part of our interview Lord Young gave his opinion on what makes a great entrepreneur and his most recent initiative, Start Up Loans – and how it has created opportunities for small businesses which did not exist before. In this week’s post Lord Young gives his views on the possibility of a tech giant emerging from the UK and what he thinks of the EU (amongst various other things). Let’s get started. Continue reading

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What is the Northern Powerhouse and how will it affect small businesses?

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What is the Northern Powerhouse and how will it effect small businesses?

As a business owner it is important to know about wider issues – which may indirectly affect not just your venture but the business landscape in which you operate in. As a small business one of the most important skills that you will need to have is adaptability. Circumstances may never be totally ideal so it’s important to find ways to adapt to societal changes – whether this be a global recession, heightened terrorism or a weak government – you as a business owner need to adapt to changing landscapes. Continue reading

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5 reasons why N1 is the place to be for startups

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5 reasons why N1 is the place to be for startups

It has been just over a year since MadeSimple moved to the N1 postcode and we are loving life here so far. However, the surrounding area of comprising the Old Street roundabout and beyond is a fantastic and vibrant area that has seen a large growth of new companies over the last few years. Continue reading

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UK unemployment rate at seven year low… and more

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UK unemployment rate at seven year low... and more

Encouraging figures have been released this week with regards to the overall rate of employment in the UK. This is of course great news but what affect does this have on SMEs and their overall recruitment strategy. Has this for example translated into greater pay which is widespread. This will of course be discussed later in the blog. Also this week we look at how SMEs might have a greater say in England’s devolution process. As this column has covered in the past the UK is about to go through a process where greater powers will be given transferred from Westminster to local government. It is crucial that local businesses are a key part of this process. Continue reading

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Councils to now set business rates.. and more

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The Week in Startups

This week saw a key and potentially transformative announcement that could significantly impact SMEs. This column has for a while highlighted the problems associated with business rates and the effect these have had on SMEs who use a non domestic property. A key announcement made by Chancellor George Osborne this week could change this system significantly. Also this week we look at the passing of a brand new law that has been introduced which will hopefully assist small business in tackling large firms who deliberately fix their prices. Continue reading

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Attention – Your business needs to know about auto enrolment

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There is great change afoot, with the Government making automatic enrolment for pensions compulsory for employers. It’s extremely important that businesses take note of this – not just because it’s a duty every company is required to fulfill, but because it will affect the way you run your business. Continue reading

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