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How small businesses get help covering their tax bill

With the end of the tax year fast approaching business owners are looking for short-term finance to settle their bills. ABF has seen a spike in the number of SMEs looking for help.

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GDPR Data Processing: What you need to know

There has been much written over the last few months of GDPR, some of it is good accurate information and the rest, well, fish and chip paper is probably it’s best use.

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Why a fast website matters for your small business

We’ve all experienced frustration when a website we want to visit takes a long time to load. But a sluggish website isn’t just annoying — for small business owners. In fact, not having a fast website can measurably hurt your earnings.

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The effect on SMES by Brexit

Our latest guest blog from the Forum of Private Business - what does Brexit mean for SMEs?

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Managing late payments for SMEs

Dealing with late payments can be a frustrating task for a busy SME or startup. On top of the various issues faced by small business on a daily basis, chasing payments can be time-consuming and could have a negative impact on cash flow.

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Businesses should be prepared for six drivers of FX volatility in 2018

Uncertainty in the political and economic landscape was the story of 2017 and this unpredictability doesn’t look set to change for the year ahead.

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Automatic enrolment and ongoing duties what employers need to know

Every employer has automatic enrolment duties. They need to assess their staff, put them into a workplace pension scheme if they meet certain criteria, write to them to tell them what they’ve done, and complete and submit a declaration of compliance with The Pensions Regulator (TPR).

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It’s time for businesses to stop blaming poor results on currency movements

For any business importing or exporting, dealing in foreign currencies is an unavoidable prerequisite. Despite this, we are continuing to hear of companies blaming unforeseen movements in the currency markets as a key driver for poor performance.

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How to: Avoid the common business accounting errors

Mistakes in accounting can seriously impact on your small business, and that’s why you should always hire a good accountant to manage your financials for you. However, you can take steps to keep things in order by avoiding the most common errors.

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Do you know what GDPR is and how its enforcement will affect your business?

With all the hype around GDPR and 2017’s cyber-attacks (remember what happened to the NHS?), individuals are far more aware and hot on their data rights than they ever were before.

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Four ways to avoid business growing pains

'Remember that innovation is an instinct. Harnessed and cultivated successfully, it can grant a more efficient use of resources, instil a proactive mindset and produce results that keep an organisation supple as it grows.'

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Increasing the choice of SME finance in the UK

On the first anniversary of the Government’s bank referral scheme, HM Treasury announced that Alternative Business Funding had joined a major initiative to broaden the financing options available to the small business owner.

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