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Essential skills to successfully start and run a business

Running a business is pretty different to most other career paths that you could embark upon. It requires you to have a broad range of skills across a number of different areas.

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7 signs your business is failing and how to address them

Starting a new business has never been more popular. Yet 40% of UK SMEs fail before they are five years old. The failure of these businesses is very rarely a sudden occurrence.

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The fast, low cost way to expand your business

If you are seeking funding for your business, the chances are that you are looking to expand it. But have you considered franchising your business?

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10 top tips to improve the finances of your business

With these in place, you will know what your financial expectations are for the current or first/coming year

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5 reasons why it pays to get your tax returns in early

With the deadline for your self-assessment returns many months away, it is easy to push that job to the back of your mind. But dealing with it now means you can get it out of the way.

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Is your business financially prepared for the summer holidays?

The summer holiday season is upon us. For SMEs dependent on tourism, the next two months will be the busiest of the year and it is crucial that they make the most of it. In contrast, most businesses will experience slowdowns due to fewer orders and lower sales volumes.

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Where smart SMEs go to grow

SME2017 the business event for the Midlands offers a new and exciting platform to help thousands of small and medium business owners develop their strategy for growth.

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How iwoca’s credit line for SMEs can help your business grow

It’s no secret that small businesses are struggling to get finance from a bank. According to the C2FO Working Capital Outlook Survey in 2016, 54% of SMEs say cash flow is their biggest obstacle to business growth. iwoca is aiming to fix that.

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What is stopping you taking advantage of opportunities for growth?

One of the perks of owning a small business is that you can quickly adapt to new situations and take advantage of opportunities for growth. Rather than pushing through the red tape involved in corporate decisions, you can implement new products and processes immediately.

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How assessing legal needs can save your business money

I’m sure you’ll agree that all business owners are keen to reduce unnecessary costs wherever possible which makes the results of a recent You Gov survey all the more startling.

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Cyber attacks on SMEs: Be prepared for the worst

For SMEs, it is not a matter of if but when they will be victim of a cyber attack. And it’s more than just viruses small businesses have to worry about.

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Launch your business with support from the Forum

Starting a new business requires careful planning, research and preparation to avoid failure and, at the Forum of Private Business, we know how important it is to support and advise a business, especially in its fledgling years.

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