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.

Business Ideas & Planning

Starting a subsidiary company

What are the advantages and disadvantages of setting up a new company compared to establishing a subsidiary of your existing company?

Business Ideas & Planning

Top five online businesses you can start today

Ground-breaking companies have been founded in garages, dorm rooms and home offices. Here are five online business ideas for inspiration


Top social media tips for small businesses

Achieving social media success as a small business requires knowledge of the right platforms, a comprehensive strategy, and persistence. Here, we reveal social media tips to help you succeed

Employing & managing staff

Tips for staying cool in the office

As the heat continues to leave the UK scorching, Londonoffices.com have compiled a list of ways to keep cool in the office

Getting Online

Choosing the right .co.uk domain name for your business

The right domain can help you attract potential customers and succeed online. And a .uk domain shows that you’re based in the UK and are a reputable business

International Business

Customs brokers: Everything you need to know

Should your business use a customs broker? Read on to learn more about what a customs broker can do for you, what they’ll charge, and the pros and cons of using one for your shipment.

Funding your small business

A complete list of Scottish business grants

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


A guide to claiming legitimate business expenses 

This handy guide to business expenses will tell you everything you need to know about making a claim and how much your employees could be entitled to

Business Ideas & Planning

Five business ideas that are bound to click

To help you make the right decision on what type of company to start, here are five business ideas to consider.

Getting Online

Six things to consider during e-commerce website development

Here are six important aspects to consider during website development.

Business Ideas & Planning

How to jump start your food truck business

If you've got a flair for cooking, opening your own food truck business can be a very rewarding and profitable experience, as we reveal in this piece.


A guide to marketing your small business on YouTube

Here, we look at how best to market your business on YouTube to maximise visibility for your company