Adam was Editor of SmallBusiness.co.uk from 2006 to 2008 and prior to that was staff writer on sister publication BusinessXL Magazine.


UK tax issues when setting up a business overseas

When it comes to relocating and setting up a business overseas, there are a multitude of issues that have to be considered. Getting your tax position in order pre-departure should be high on your list of priorities.

Business management

Managing your time effectively to help organise your workflow

Ask any business owner and they'll tell you time management is absolutely key. It's a fact of business life that there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done, so it's vital to make every second count. Here are some tricks to help organise your workflow and find clever ways to save time and be more productive.

Employing & managing staff

Paying for prescription glasses as an employer

Employees who spend a lot of their day in front of computer screens can experience eyesight problems and it is the employer's responsibility, to a certain extent, to pay for eye tests and, if necessary, the spectacles themselves. This guide will explain in more detail your obligations.

Legal advice

Need to know: Age discrimination laws

Getting to grips with the minefield that is age discrimination is a perennial problem for small sized businesses, but owners ignore these issues at their peril.


Tax for part-time businesses

When starting up for the first time, many people opt to retain their full-time job and set up their own business part-time. But what does this mean for their tax situation? Will the tax be deducted from the day job wage? Or is it only taken from what is earned from the business? Are they separate?

Small Business Banking

Credit history issues: A way around?

I have opened a retail shop in a busy area, I am seeking a business bank account to enable credit/debit card payments. I currently have a very poor credit history but until 5 months ago it was very good. I have a partner with a good credit rating. Will she be able to apply if I make her a shareholder as I have chosen to make the company limited?

Employing & managing staff

Employing disabled staff

Finding skilled staff is one of the biggest problems a small business has to face, but by not making allowances for disabled applicants you could be missing out on a large number of talented candidates, not to mention running the risk of legal action.


Small recyclers to win awards

Small businesses that have made an extra effort to improve recycling rates and reduce waste are being invited to enter the National Recycling Awards 2006, widely recognised a stamp of 'green' excellence.

Office & home working

Working from home

Deciding where to physically carry out your work is something which needs careful consideration. The nature of your business may dictate your location or premises choice.


Christmas cards cause chaos

Government-backed environmental group Envirowise is asking businesses to avoid sending traditional Christmas cards this year and has developed its own e-card to help reduce the 20,000 tonnes of waste that will end up in landfills in the new year.


Internet marketing: Search engine optimisation

Online marketing is becoming increasingly important to UK business, as recent research from the World Advertising Research Center (WARC) suggests.