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Spring Statement 2022: How will it impact businesses and households?

Amid the huge economic implications of the war in Ukraine and with inflation at its highest in three decades, Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Spring Statement included a number of new measures designed to support homes and businesses. Find out what’s new:

23 Mar 2022

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The National Minimum Wage is increasing from April 1st

The National Minimum and the National Living Wage increase on April 1st 2022. It's a statutory legal requirement to raise pay rates, and if you're an employer, you need to be aware of the rise and the bands relating to age and employee status. <br><br> There are two important dates employers need to be aware of in April relating to pay. On April 1st, the national minimum wage rises in the UK, and on April 11th, statutory rate payments will also increase.

18 Mar 2022

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Love your pet? Here are some pet business ideas to explore

February 20th is *love your pet day* in USA. But why celebrate your love of animals for just 24 hours when you can do it all year round? If you’ve been considering starting a pet business, you’ve come to the right place. Kick off your new venture with one of these business ideas…

17 Feb 2022

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Funding Options partners with Greenr to become a climate positive business

We have offset our entire carbon emissions for 2020 and 2021 as well as our employees’ personal carbon footprint, and are now measuring our emissions for 2022.

24 Jan 2022

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Autumn Budget 2021: What it means for SMEs

On 27 October 2021, Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed the contents of his budget in the House of Commons, laying out the Government’s tax and spending strategy for the year ahead. So, what can SMEs expect in the coming months?

26 Oct 2021

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Funding Options’ 2021 Women in Finance Charter update

In 2019, Funding Options signed the Women in Finance Charter as part of our commitment to creating an inclusive and equitable workplace. We were recently required to share an annual update on our progress in meeting our targets and objectives.

11 Oct 2021

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How to support your mental health at work

Whether you’re an employee or a business owner, supporting your mental health at work is vital for many reasons such as productivity and your general wellbeing at work. We explore some of the best ways in which business owners and employees can support mental health at work.

6 Oct 2021

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Why alternative finance is not so alternative anymore

At Funding Options, we think it’s time for the industry to drop the ‘alternative’ from alternative finance. Funding Circle delivered almost a quarter of all CBILS loans, and Starling Bank expects to own 18% of SME business banking accounts within the next five years. Fintech lenders have entered the mainstream - we need to give them the recognition they deserve.

21 Sept 2021

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How have GBEA alumni used funding to grow their businesses?

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards (GBEA) is a thriving ecosystem of 50,000 UK entrepreneurs and their supporters. As well as celebrating businesses through an annual awards ceremony, the GBEA provides year-round opportunities for winners and finalists. We caught up with some alumni business owners to find out more about their funding journey.

5 Sept 2021

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