Entrepreneurs and small businesses

Where small businesses can get help finding apprentices

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Many small businesses are keen to take on young apprentices. Here’s where to get help.

How to fund your firm

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Need to raise money? Look beyond the bank, says David Prosser.

Five questions for: Sabine VanderLinden, Rainmaking

Rainmaking is a corporate innovation and venture development firm.

Switching your business bank account made simple

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More small businesses than ever before are switching bank account, encouraged to change provider by increasing competition for their custom and moves to make the process simpler.

Freelance workers face IR35 tax trap

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New IR35 tax rules governing “disguised employment” will hit firms and freelance workers.

Small businesses: how to chase late payments

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For small businesses, customers in arrears are a big headache. Know your rights when chasing late payments.

SMEs shun cloud computing

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Nearly 60% of SMEs have yet to begin using cloud computing services. It’s important that they do.

The FCA falls short on small-business lending

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Small-business lending is still not within the FCA’s remit. So if you feel you have been mistreated by your bank, your ability to seek redress is limited.

How small businesses can tap the EIS

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Small businesses can benefit from the enterprise investment scheme (EIS), but they must tread carefully.

Small business: How to stay safe from cybercrime

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Small and medium-sized enterprises are tempting targets for cybercriminals. David Prosser explains how to keep your business safe.

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