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How to prepare for the May P60 deadline

If you're a UK business owner who runs a payroll, you must report to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on the previous tax year, ending 5 April. You also need to provide your employees with a P60 by 31 May at the latest and take several steps to prepare for the tax year ahead. Read on to find out what you need to do.

13 May 2022

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Coping with the cost of living crisis as a business

The cost of living crisis in the UK is affecting businesses and households. Here, we look at how companies are coping and run through what business owners can do to help ease the burden of rising prices across supply chains, energy and goods.

10 May 2022

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Are you making the most of social media? Here are 7 ideas to get you started

Social media is one of the most powerful marketing channels out there, and it can drive brand awareness and help you turn curious followers into paying customers. But with so much going on, it's easy to get stuck in a creative rut. Here's what you can do:

2 May 2022

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What is the easiest type of business loan to get?

How easy a business loan is to obtain depends on your business' circumstances and requirements and the lender and type of finance you want. You might find getting an unsecured business loan easier if you don't have business assets.

2 May 2022

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How to avoid cash flow problems

Read here for 14 tried and tested tips and tricks to improve cash flow and avoid potential budget problems. Funding Options, we know business finance.

25 Apr 2022

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What is the best way to build business credit?

Credit is the lifeblood of business, the oil that keeps the cogs turning, without which the economy would grind to a halt. Here, we'll discuss how to build a credit rating and put your business in the best position to secure finance.

11 Apr 2022

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Top reasons to apply for business credit cards

Understand the benefits of getting a business credit card, such as streamlining your business spending or managing cash flow while earning rewards.

7 Apr 2022

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Is it better to operate as a sole trader or limited company?

One of the first decisions you'll have to make when deciding to go into business is the legal status of your enterprise. Will you operate as a sole trader or limited company? These are the two most popular methods to run a business in the UK and will have profound implications on every aspect of your business. Tax, regulations, and employment are just three issues pivoting from your chosen status. Here we'll discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each to leave you better informed, no matter what choice you make.

14 Mar 2022

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Low-cost social media marketing ideas when you have a tight budget

Nowadays, Social Media isn’t so much a choice to promote your business as it is a necessity, and if you’re an SME, you can put together a very cost-effective campaign quickly and effectively. Social media platforms are uniquely positioned and structured for novices to market their brand and promote their message from day one. Facebook (Meta), LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube and Snapchat can deliver results and get your business exposure that would have proved impossible to achieve in the past using more conventional methods, like placing ads in local newspapers. You don’t require unique skills or deep pockets to create a comprehensive social media strategy. Imagination, flair and persistence can rapidly reap the rewards. So, let’s consider some of the leading social media platforms and identify five initiatives you can promote across the spectrum with minimum effort.

3 Mar 2022

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