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Business Energy

Funding to reduce business energy costs

When it comes to reducing your business emissions and saving money on bills, there are several greener finance options that could help. As SMEs make up 25% of the UK’s emissions, it’s important for smaller business owners to make changes to their energy consumptions. Our blog explores some of the types of funding available to help reduce energy costs for good.

24 Nov 2022

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Education

5 things to consider when setting up your business premises

So, you’ve registered your business, have a team behind you and are ready to start selling your products or services. The only thing left to do is to secure a premises. To help you figure out where to look and what type of properties to explore, we’ve put together a handy list of things to think about along the way.

23 Nov 2022

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Advisory

Alternative business finance options to introduce to your clients right now

Although some of your clients might struggle to get a loan from their business bank, there are a wealth of alternative options to choose from. Some even offer greater flexibility when it comes to guarantees and repayment terms.

18 Nov 2022

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News

Autumn Budget 2022: How does this impact UK businesses?

On 17 November 2022, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt delivered his first fiscal statement since taking office. Hunt had already reversed a handful of his predecessor Kwasi Kawrtang’s policies. As predicted, in the Autumn budget he unveiled a series of further tax rises and spending cuts, amounting to approximately £55 billion. So, what does this week’s Autumn Statement mean for businesses and workers?

17 Nov 2022

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Green Finance

COP27: How do SMEs reach Net Zero?

With COP27 currently being held in Egypt, it's a reminder that net zero targets should still be front of mind despite the other challenges that many businesses face.

16 Nov 2022

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Education

5 strategies to help you recession-proof your business

The UK could face recession until the middle of next year, according to some economists’ predictions. To help support our SME community, we’ve pulled together 5 strategies that can help business owners like you to save money.

11 Nov 2022

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Education

How to complete your Self Assessment tax return

If you’re new to self-employment, the prospect of filling in a self-assessment tax return can seem daunting. The good news is there are lots of supporting documents out there to guide you through the process, and if in doubt, you can always contact HMRC. Here’s how to complete your tax return on time to avoid any late filing fees.

8 Nov 2022

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Education

Black Friday & Cyber Monday checklist for SMEs

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, you’ve probably already prepared your promotions and discounts. But have you missed anything out? To help you fine-tune and maximise your campaigns this year, we’ve pulled together a quick checklist for SMEs. Just in case you need a reminder –⁠ Black Friday falls on Friday 25 November this year, with Cyber Monday following suit on Monday 28 November.

4 Nov 2022

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Education

Has the National Insurance Contributions increase been reversed?

On 23 September the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwartang, delivered a mini budget in which he announced a series of fiscal measures for the UK. He stated that the 1.25% rise in National Insurance Contributions (NICs) – which came into effect in April – would be reversed on 6 November 2022. The current chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, confirmed in his 17 October statement that the policy to reverse the 1.25% rise in NICs would still go ahead. The dividends tax increase which was also implemented in April will stay in place. So what does the NICs reversal mean for your business?

3 Nov 2022

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