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Business electricity and gas standing charges explained

Comparing your energy standing charge to other suppliers should be part of your continual energy cost audit. If you know all the charging elements that make up your bill, you’re empowered to make informed decisions. In this article, we’ll cover all aspects of your standing charge, including what it stands for, how to interpret it and how to judge if it’s a fair rate levied on your monthly or quarterly bill.

25 Jan 2022

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Education

Setting up a business bank account

Setting up a business bank account isn’t a complicated process. Some banks might still insist that you present the necessary documents face-to-face before opening an account. However, opening a business account nowadays can generally be completed online. Over recent years, many new niche banks have arrived in the business banking space, and they exist to serve business only; they offer no personal banking services. Most of these modern fintech business banks can approve your account in minutes if you supply all the relevant documentation and further details. Once your business account gets approved, you can set up direct debits, standing orders, and apply for loans, business credit cards, and overdrafts or alternatives. You can apply for extra debit cards for your staff and manage all your business account affairs online.

25 Jan 2022

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Key tax dates and deadlines for 2022

For many, the beginning of a new year is a time for setting goals and getting organised. To help, we’ve put together a list of important tax-related dates to keep in mind throughout the year. Be sure to prepare for them in advance to avoid any unnecessary penalties.

24 Jan 2022

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Education

Understanding your business energy bills

Depending on the sector you work in, your business energy costs could be one of the highest cost variable overheads you pay. If you’re an energy-intensive business, you need to examine your current bill and begin to compare other suppliers to make sure you’re on the best tariffs and get the best value on the market. You can’t assume all suppliers are the same because the competition from suppliers and billing companies is vast. You should set aside time to investigate your options with your current supplier and then compare them with other suppliers. Business energy bills aren’t as simple as your domestic bill. There’s a lot more detail in a commercial invoice for energy so let’s examine the items and elements in your invoice to help you make informed decisions about your current deal.

20 Jan 2022

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Education

How can I reduce energy consumption at my workplace?

Reducing energy consumption and costs in the workplace are hot topics amongst business owners and colleagues. Not just because of our green credentials, bills are also set to rise this year due to energy prices rising on international finance markets. Energy use has come into sharp focus lately as we’ve realised even minor adjustments can have a massive impact on lowering energy waste. Turning down the heating by one degree, turning off lights, using low energy bulbs, using dimmer switches, opening windows rather than relying on air conditioning are just some of the minor adjustments we can make that cause significant reductions. Today would be the ideal time to begin an energy audit for your business or in your place of work to see what cash and energy savings are possible.

19 Jan 2022

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Education

How to raise funds to start a restaurant

Starting a restaurant business isn’t for the faint-hearted or uncommitted. On paper, it looks easy - find the premises, give the place a fresh lick of paint (you can roll your sleeves up too) and get new flooring. Then buy a new cooking range, plates, pots, pans, utensils, cutlery and uniforms. Hire a mix of permanent and part-time staff, place a few local ads, create a buzz on social media, and voila! You’re good to go. If only it were that easy.

18 Jan 2022

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Education

How can UK businesses mitigate rising inflation?

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

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Education

How can small businesses raise capital?

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

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Education

A guide to getting a small business loan

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

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