Economies of scale

Economies of scale for small businesses

You may have heard the term ‘economies of scale’ when talking about advantages enjoyed by larger business. But economies of scale can take different forms, and contrary to what you might think, it’s not just the big players that can benefit: small businesses can reap the rewards too. Here’s how you can get the most […]

Cash flow

A guide to cash flow

It’s an old business adage that cash flow is king. The lifeblood of any business, healthy cash flow allows things to run smoothly. Suppliers and staff are paid, contracts are delivered, stock is replenished, profits are earned. Its importance is backed up by stats too. Poor understanding and management of cash flow contributes to 82% […]

USP

How to win more customers with a USP

A USP is a Unique Selling Point – it’s what makes you stand out from your competition. It can be anything from higher quality, lower price, better customer service or locally sourced ingredients. All successful companies will possess a unique selling point and use it to attract and keep their customers. A clearly defined USP […]

Growing your business

Growing your business with finance

After taking the leap and going it alone, you’re now the master of an established business. Progressing through the business lifecycle, you have successfully negotiated the “survive” and “break even” stages. Now it’s time to look ahead. Growing your business is next on the list. As well as careful planning, it requires an investment of […]

Refer a friend to share £100 in Gift Cards

Enjoy lending through Funding Circle? Tell your friends about us to gain a little extra! Simply share your unique sign up link, and for every friend who goes on to lend £2,000 or more we’ll send you both a £50 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card. How it works Once your friend clicks the link they’ll be taken […]

Small businesses prefer to remain in the EU

Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy. To make your voices heard, we ask your views on key topics each quarter, and share your answers with journalists and policy makers. As negotiations between the UK and the EU reach a critical point, we asked small business owners how you would vote if the […]

Networking

Networking – how to get the most out of events

Building a network of contacts will open up doors for your business. Whether you’re looking to recruit, find new suppliers or win more business, networking events can be fantastic for making new connections. To help you get the most from your next event, we’ve put together our top tips below. Plan beforehand Attending countless events […]

Communication

Communication – how to talk with employees, clients and suppliers

Few skills are as necessary and influential as communication. Communicate well and your business can operate smoothly, with everyone clear on their roles and what they need to achieve. Do it badly and you’ll hit problem after problem, costing you time, money and a good deal of stress. Whether you’re talking to an employee, a […]

Diversity in the workplace

Value of diversity in the workplace

When running a business, it’s easy to focus on things that are easy to put a number on. Cash flow, sales and expenses are easy to track, but what about the other things that make up your business? Your employees are your most important resource, they’re the ones who will help you drive your business […]

increase profits

How to increase profits this summer

Seasonality affects businesses of all shapes and sizes. Depending on your cycle, you might be about to hit your busiest period sales or be six months into your Christmas planning. However, whether summer is your peak or off season, there are opportunities to help you increase profits year round. Read on to find tips for […]