Ben Lobel

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

International Business

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 & Logistics

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.


Five effective digital marketing tips for a small business

The digital world is a crowded place. Marketers are clamouring to have their voice heard. On top of this, the concentration span of customers is diminishing. How, as a start-up, can you get your voice heard? Here are some digital marketing tips.

Sole trader

What is the definition of a sole trader

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

Getting Online

The essential guide to starting and growing an online business

In this guide, in association with the UK Domain by Nominet, we provide key tips to get the most from your money when both starting and growing your online operation.

Finding and selling to customers

Small business essentials: The art of e-commerce

Whether you’ve done it before or it’s your first venture, there has never been a better time to explore the money-making potential of e-commerce, says Patrick Foster.

Office & home working

Co-working: The new trend in modern business

In this piece, we look at the rise of co-working, the sharing of a work environment between groups of people of different goals.


How market research can boost your marketing strategy

Here, we look at how businesses can use market research to make better business decisions that maintain their competitive edge.

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?

Partner content

Business insurance everything you need to know

Every small business may need to be insured at some level. But which policies are must-haves, and which are optional? Edward Murray guides you through the maze

Partner content

London & Partners Q&A — driving growth in the London startup ecosystem

In this Q&A, we explore how London & Partners' Business Growth Programme is driving economic growth and inclusion in the London startup scene