New rules which come into effect on 13 January 2018 will mean it will be illegal for companies to charge customers for paying by card. The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay stated: “It’s about fairness and transparency”. “These small charges can really add up and this change will mean shoppers across the country … Continue reading Credit and Debit Card Fees to Be Banned
On 30 October 2017, the Cheque & Credit Clearing Company (C&CCC) introduced a new and quicker way of clearing cheques. Called the Image Clearing System, it means that cheques can be cleared using a digital image of the cheque rather than the current paper based system. While the new system went live with some banks … Continue reading Faster Cheque Clearing System Has Launched
There is often plenty of help and advice available for start-ups, but for businesses that have entered a 'scale-up' phase of rapid growth, success can bring a new set of challenges. If you have ambitions for your business to achieve scale, there are a number of key areas that raise unique challenges, and which may … Continue reading Scaling Your Business – Identify and Meet the Challenges
New online tools and the desire for a better work-life balance have made flexible working a realistic option for many people. But whether you want to work from home yourself, or are considering offering more flexibility to your employees, it is important to avoid some common traps. Challenges for home workers People who start working … Continue reading Flexible Working: the Pros, the Cons and the Technology
The most worn out phrase in the world of business valuations is that “it’s an art not a science”. This could not be more true, but what does it mean? To put it simply, it means there is no technically right answer when it comes to valuing a business. It is only worth what someone … Continue reading The Art of Valuing Your Business
Local Councils and Police, currently cracking down on licensing laws, have been focusing on the beauty industry. It has become common practice for hairdressers and beauty parlours to offer a complementary alcoholic drink as part of a ”pamper” package, without realising that an alcohol licence is required. A licence must be held, not just to … Continue reading Does Your Business Need to Be Licensed?
There are thousands of charities around the UK and, although we often only hear of the few high profile charities that appear in media coverage, there are also many very small charities whose main purpose is to help local causes. Some charities are ‘excepted’ from charity registration providing their annual income is below £100,000, an … Continue reading Should You Be a Registered Charity?
Budgeting is an essential tool used to monitor a business. It allows business owners to monitor what the business is actually doing, compared to what it wants to do. This seems a rather straight forward concept to understand, but it can often be met with scepticism when it comes to setting a budget. The “trying … Continue reading Insight into Foresight
Writing a business plan may sound like a long and tedious process that will lead to very few benefits for your business, but in reality the benefits that can be achieved from business planning are huge. Attracting investors – Business plans give investors a look at what a business expects to achieve in the future … Continue reading Business Planning: Plan to Succeed!
Networking events are more or less everywhere, whatever your field or location. Thanks to social media, it’s easier than ever to set up, plan and run a networking event. But what are our top tips for achieving a successful one? Keep it personal As your events may start to grow, remember to still try and … Continue reading Top Tips: Organising Networking Events