Ben Lobel

The essential guide to small business marketing

In this guide, we look at how small business marketing can be made easy for new company owners.


Employing & managing staff

Incentives packages that help retain staff

It can be difficult for a small company to see incentive packages as a priority but the benefits don't have to be huge to make a difference.

Small Business Banking

Opening a business bank account in the UK: 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.

Government Grants

A complete list of Scottish business grants

Here, we provide information on the Scottish business grants that could help your company grow and flourish

Employing & managing staff

How to improve employee motivation in the workplace

In this guide, we chat to the business owners that managed to create a motivated and engaged workforce, and explore how you can recreate their success.

Sole trader

What is the definition of a sole trader and being self-employed

What does it mean to be a 'sole trader'? Is there any difference between a sole trader and being ‘self employed’?

International Business

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

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

Small Business Banking

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

Unless you’re a sole trader, you must have a separate business bank account. Even then, keeping your personal cash separate from your business makes sense

Accounts & Tax

VAT on taxi fares, vehicles, fuel and staff travel – what can I claim?

Can I claim VAT on Taxi fares? None of the receipts show VAT. What other small business expenses can I claim VAT on?

Export & Import

How will Brexit affect my imports and exports? Where to find customs help

Post-Brexit import and export paperwork is expected to cost UK businesses around £7bn a year. Where to find customs help for your small business


Starting a business in the wedding industry

Here, we give some step-by-step advice on preparing and starting up a wedding business.


Starting a business with your spouse: A small business guide

In this piece, we give some tips on how to make a success of going into business with your spouse.

Employing & managing staff

Statutory sick pay minimum payments for employees

What is the minimum I am legally required to pay in sick leave for part-time and full-time workers?

Accounts & Tax

9 accounting software platforms for Making Tax Digital

Here, Mariah Tompkins scrutinises accounting software options that small businesses can use for their digital tax returns.

Partner content

Funding options for the water supply, sewerage and waste management sector

The guys over at Funding Options explain what finance is available to firms in the water supply, sewerage and waste management sector

Partner content

Can businesses save money on CBILS repayment costs by refinancing for a RLS loan?

Your business could save money on CBILS repayments by refinancing for an RLS loan – Funding Options tells us how

Partner content

What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

Partner content

What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?