FAQs

Coronavirus update – How we’re supporting small businesses

With the impact of coronavirus being felt by businesses across the UK, we know that many of you are concerned about how your business and staff will be affected. During these uncertain times, we are here to support small businesses and help you through this difficult period. To help you find key information for your […]

Top 7 myths about getting a small business loan

We speak with thousands of business owners considering their finance options, and there’s some common misconceptions that crop up time and time again. With that in mind, we took a look at some of the myths surrounding small business loans to separate the fact from the fiction. 1. You need to have a perfect credit […]

Best ways to incentivise your staff

Having a highly motivated team can bring a range of benefits to your business. Increased productivity and efficiency, as well as increased revenue, make it a top priority for employers. But how do you go about nurturing your team to their fullest potential? We took a look at the best ways you can incentivise your […]

5 tips to improve your leadership skills

Being a good leader is crucial in helping you unlock your staff’s potential and increasing productivity. But it just doesn’t happen overnight — it comes from a dedication to your staff and a desire to see them succeed. So, what can you do to develop your leadership skills and keep your team learning and growing? […]

Top 7 ways to lower your overheads

From keeping the lights on to paying your staff, overheads eat up a lot of revenue. Making even small gains in several areas can add up to a big difference to your bottom line. So, with that in mind, what’s the best way to keep on top of your costs? We took a look at […]

Best apps for small businesses in 2020

Apps have become a staple of modern living. With the ever-expanding range of suppliers and functionality, it’s now easier than ever to find the tool that could transform the way you do business. Whether you’re looking for innovation, ways to speed up your efficiency or a solution to your productivity woes, we’ve pulled together our […]

Equity finance vs debt finance — what’s best for your business?

When you’re looking to take your business to the next level, securing some outside money can be the simplest way to meet your goals. If so, you may be considering equity finance or debt finance. Which, though, is right for your business? To help you make the right choice, we take a look at what […]

How to have difficult conversations with staff

When you’re running a small business, there are some conversations that just need to be had. Though it may be uncomfortable in the short term, having these open and frank discussions can be the key to better business performance and efficiency. But how do you go about giving feedback in a way that’s well-received, and […]

How to do your small business budget

Whether you manage your business finances yourself or employ an accountant to do them for you, creating and understanding your business budget is key to making your business successful. An accurate budget will give you a clear picture of your business, and enable you to both make strategic business decisions and plan for the future. […]

7 Key trends for UK small business in 2020

Take a look at these seven trends that are likely to impact your small business in 2020.. 1. Mobile-first communication 2020 is the year that communications really go mobile-native. The UK workforce will be made up of 35% millennials, 35% Gen X-ers and only 6% baby boomers by 2020. This tech-savvy workforce expects primarily mobile […]