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An equity crowdfunding guide for ambitious entrepreneurs

An equity crowdfunding guide for ambitious entrepreneurs

As online equity crowdfunding becomes an increasingly popular way for early-stage businesses to access essential funds, how can new enterprises take advantage of the opportunities this fresh take on fundraising offers? While the business landscape...

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A guide to managing your cash flow

A guide to managing your cash flow

Good cash flow management is essential in every small business if it is to succeed and grow. Our guide includes expert advice and tips to give you the confidence to manage the cash flow in...

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Guide to controlling your business costs

Guide to controlling your business costs

Need some practical help to control your costs? Our guide includes expert tips and advice to help beat the rising costs of being in business. It also shows you how insights about your spending can...

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Free professional invoice templates

Free professional invoice templates

Want to make a good impression, clearly communicate your payment terms and get paid on time? Find out more about our professional, VAT-compliant invoice templates, available to download free of charge. Getting paid on time...

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The Art of Being Paid – a free kit to speed up payments

The Art of Being Paid – a free kit to speed up payments

What’s one of your biggest challenges as a business owner? If “being paid” is one of your answers, you’re not alone. When it comes to dealing with getting paid on time and late payments, it...

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A Taxing Problem: The impact of tax on small businesses

A Taxing Problem: The impact of tax on small businesses

Research undertaken by Sage and published in A Taxing Problem: The impact of tax on small businesses shows that those starting businesses face an uphill struggle because of arguably unfair tax regimes around the world....

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Growth & Customers

Guide to starting a business

Guide to starting a business

When you're starting a business, taking care of the key start-up tasks properly, and in the right sequence, can help boost your chances of success and get your new enterprise off to a great start....

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A guide to growing your customer base

A guide to growing your customer base

Our guide is full of insights to help small businesses find new customers and improve relationships with existing customers. A dependable customer base is the foundation for every successful business. Customers provide you with revenue,...

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The small business guide to exporting

The small business guide to exporting

If you're thinking about starting to export goods or services, you're not alone. It's not surprising, considering the positive effects it can have on your business and your bottom line, from increased sales to a more...

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A free guide to unlock business growth

A free guide to unlock business growth

We're passionate about giving businesses the confidence to succeed and grow. With this in mind, we've created the Going for Growth guide, designed for anyone with an interest in unlocking future growth for their business. It's...

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Ambition in Action: Putting yours to work building your business

Ambition in Action: Putting yours to work building your business

Have you got the desire to build your business and see it grow beyond your wildest dreams? Do you want to excite your customers with your products and services? Do you want to help people...

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Small business guide to VAT

Small business guide to VAT

We know that managing VAT can be a pain for many small businesses... but it doesn't have to be! Our comprehensive free VAT guide has lots of advice and guidance to get you started. Whether...

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A free guide to auto enrolment and workplace pensions

A free guide to auto enrolment and workplace pensions

If you’re an employer, you’re legally obligated to automatically enrol your eligible employees into a qualifying pension scheme. Automatic enrolment is a government initiative that means employers are legally required to help employees save for...

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Business plan template for food and drink companies

Business plan template for food and drink companies

If you’re thinking of setting up a new food and drink venture, creating a business plan may not be the most exciting item on your to-do list but it’s a good idea to make it...

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Business plan template for shops and retail companies

Business plan template for shops and retail companies

Ecommerce may be booming but opening and running successful shops and retail companies of the bricks-and-mortar variety is still a life goal for many. If you’re planning to make that dream a reality, writing a...

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Business plan template for online retail and ecommerce companies

Business plan template for online retail and ecommerce companies

Ecommerce is booming as more and more people choose to shop from the comfort of their homes, swiping and clicking to browse, compare and buy easily instead of braving crowded high streets. It’s a good...

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Business plan template for professional services companies

Business plan template for professional services companies

Writing a business plan can feel daunting and it’s probably not the thing you’re looking forward to most if you’re setting up a new company. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be...

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Get back wasted time: Executive strategies to grow your business

Get back wasted time: Executive strategies to grow your business

As a business executive, it can be a challenge to be as efficient and productive as possible. What with so many demands on your time, including the need to solve numerous issues and deliver on...

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Making Tax Digital: A guide for businesses

Making Tax Digital: A guide for businesses

Making Tax Digital is the UK government’s pioneering initiative to take all tax submission online and to therefore enforce digital record keeping via computer software. VAT-registered businesses are the first to take part as of...

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The Practice of Now 2018

The Practice of Now 2018

Accounting is a challenging and changing profession. The independent research presented in The Practice of Now 2018 report explores accountants' attitudes and looks at how their clients are changing. For example, the report reveals how...

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People & Leadership

Guide to employing the perfect person

Guide to employing the perfect person

Employing someone can be a vital step in taking your business to the next level. In this guide, we explain how to make recruitment as painless as possible, and outline the key issues to consider...

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A guide to managing your people and payroll

A guide to managing your people and payroll

People are the most important asset to any business. Invigorate, energise and inspire your employees and your business will prosper. Getting payroll right every time for your employees is the first step. If you manage...

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The essential guide to improving customer experience with integrated CRM-ERP

The essential guide to improving customer experience with integrated CRM-ERP

In a world where it's getting harder to stand out from the crowd on product alone, the importance of a differentiated customer experience continues to increase. One way you can improve customer experience is by...

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Technology & Innovation

A guide to keeping your business secure online

A guide to keeping your business secure online

It has never been more important to keep your business secure. Cloud computing is quickly becoming a mainstay for many businesses, not least because of the flexibility, access and capacity it offers when compared with...

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The Zen of a Connected Business – free guide

The Zen of a Connected Business – free guide

Is your business using different products and apps to manage your customer data? If so, you might be holding back the growth of your business. You need a connected business to run efficiently. As your...

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Is your business running you?

Is your business running you?

As businesses grow, they become more complex – making everyday tasks more difficult and more time consuming than the day before. You can start to feel as if you’re not as in-control as you’d like....

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A basic guide to interactive dashboards for small business

A basic guide to interactive dashboards for small business

Business intelligence aims to summarise financial data in visual and easy-to-understand ways so decision-making is easy – and problems can be spotted early. Once the preserve of large businesses, its functionality has filtered down to...

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