Entrepreneurs and small businesses

How to cut your business phone costs

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If you run a business, you need to make sure you’re not being ripped off by your mobile-phone company.

Five questions for: Imam Hoque, Quantexa

Imam Hoque of Quantexa

By bringing together disparate data sets and enriching internal data with external sources, Quantexa can produce insights to allow for better-informed decisions.

Money makers: a recipe for success in cosmetics

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Gregg Renfrew set out to shake up the personal care industry when she started Beautycounter. Chris Carter reports.

Five questions for: John Ramsay, CEO of Shift 8*

Care home with Shift8*'s Tovertafel

Shift 8* makes the Tovertafel, a series of award-winning games aimed at those living with mid-to-late-stage dementia.

HMRC: making tax taxing for small businesses

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The government is belatedly raising awareness of its new digital tax drive for small businesses.

Building a powerhouse beauty brand

Jamie O’Banion

Jamie O’Banion, a former Miss Teen Texas, developed a passion for chemistry at the age of 12, out of which she created a $100m cosmetics company.

Avoiding pensions auto-enrolment is costly for SMEs

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The Pensions Regulator is cracking down on companies that don’t meet their pensions auto-enrolment responsibilities.

Nappy ever after: turning a crisis into a £6m turnover

Guy Schanschieff

Guy Schanschieff had always wanted to start a business but was lacking a strong idea. But a conversation about dirty nappies spurred him into action.

How the Budget affects SMEs

Monday’s Budget, though not quite as dramatic as some expected, contained several measures that are relevant to small businesses.

Complaining to the Financial Ombudsman to be made easier for SMEs

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Over 200,000 more small businesses will soon be able to make use of the Financial Ombudsman Service, says David Prosser.

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