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The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) tracks inflation – i.e. how much prices rise over time – on everyday products. In December 2021, the headline rate of inflation in the UK rose to 5.1%: the highest rate in a decade. What does this mean for businesses?
12 Jan 2022
Small Businesses are the lifeblood of many high streets. Our towns and cities would be ghost towns without our much-loved newsagents, salons and barbers, grocers, cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs. And on industrial estates dotted around the country, many services and small manufacturing firms provide the backbone for the country’s business community to thrive. Raising capital if you’re such a business owner can represent a challenge, but there are a few different ways you can access the funding you need.
5 Jan 2022
Gone are the days of having to go to your business bank for small business loans. As well as the usual high street institutions, there are many newer, more flexible lenders out there today who may be able to better facilitate your business finance needs.
4 Jan 2022
As we approach 2022, it's worth reflecting on the highs and lows of 2021 so we can begin making plans to start the New Year with our best foot forward. It’s been a long year, so to make the planning process a little easier we've put together a list of financial resolutions to consider for 2022.
16 Dec 2021
Before you begin your search for an SME loan for a specific project and commit to an application, you need to create a detailed project plan covering every crucial aspect of your business.
9 Dec 2021
After what can only be described as a whirlwind of a year, we’re finally waving farewell to 2021. If you’re lucky enough to be able to snatch a bit of downtime before the year’s out, why not spend some time planning and preparing for 2022? After all, as the famous racer Bobby Unser once said, “success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”
8 Dec 2021
Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and marketing strategies don’t have to be expensive or complicated; paper flyers, sandwich boards, vouchers, loyalty offers, gift cards, writing on your shop window, and broadcasts can work well for high street businesses. It’s worth noting that many purchases made on the day or days surrounding Black Friday and Cyber Monday are impulsive, and it’s all about price; can you offer deals that competitors can’t?
23 Nov 2021
It’s not just consumers that can take advantage of Black Friday sales. Small to medium-sized businesses are in the perfect position to grab some bargains during the preceding week and on the day itself, and the offers might be more widely available than you think.
23 Nov 2021
Merchant Cash Advances can be an excellent funding option for your business. Discover 7 benefits of an MCA for your business and how they work.
9 Nov 2021
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