Ben Lobel was the editor of SmallBusiness.co.uk from 2010 to 2018. He specialises in writing for start-up and scale-up companies in the areas of finance, marketing and HR.

Export & Import

The essential guide to commodity codes and HS categories

In this guide we’ll look at when and why commodity codes are used, what they look like, and how to find the right one for your needs.

International Business

EORI number: What it is and how to get or check one

Here, we go through all you need to know about EORI numbers, who should register, how to apply and where to go for more help

Office & home working

What to consider when choosing a commercial property

Here, we look at some of the main factors to consider when selecting the perfect commercial property for your business needs.

Finding and selling to customers

How to maximise sales through the art of listening

With a few simple techniques, you can hone your listening skills to maximise sales. In this piece, we look at how.


The importance of good copy in your marketing communications

Writer and marketer Jenni O'Connor shares her thoughts on why it's necessary to take extra care with copywriting.


A small business guide to going freelance

In this piece, we look at the main considerations when going freelance, from procedural advice to managing your work-life balance.

Business Loans

Business loans for starting up abroad

Here is brief overview on getting finance for an overseas business in the UK – can you do it and what do you need to know?

Business Loans

Getting small business loans with bad credit

Even a small business owner with bad credit may need to borrow unexpectedly for stock or a sudden car repair. Where can you turn to for a small business loan with bad credit?

Small Business Banking

Do you need a business bank account? Which one is right for you?

Do you need a business bank account and what are the right questions to ask when choosing one?

Funding your small business

Opening a business bank account – how-to and best accounts

In this piece, we'll look at how to go about opening a business account in the UK and what services are out there.

Small Business Insurance

Businesses breaking law over employers liability insurance

Nearly a million small businesses are unwittingly breaking the law by not having compulsory employers’ liability insurance cover in place – and penalties are severe

Small Business Insurance

Small business insurance: What to look for in a policy

In this piece, we look at the variety of business insurance cover you should consider in your small company.