Stephanie Spicer

Business Ideas & Planning

Books for summer reading take a focus on the future

Some books for summer reading deal with making a business a success, selling that business and entering retirement and using the body's physical intelligence to live a stress free, happier life.

Government Grants

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme re-opens

The self-employed can apply for help with income lost due to covid 19 as the government opens up the second stage of its Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

Accounts & Tax

Making a tax return ahead of the end January deadline

The deadline for making a tax return is fast approaching so those needing to do so must act now before 31 January

Startup Funding and Grants

Tips on how to pitch to potential business investors

Funding can be key to the success of a business but securing the deal can be daunting. Mark Pearson of Fuel Ventures offers some tips when pitching to investors.

Running a Business

How to build a good small business reputation with public relations

Good public relations can make a small business look bigger. Louise Findlay-Wilson (pictured) of Energy PR advises on building a small business reputation with PR

Business management

Crisis control needed as incidents cost UK SMEs £8.8bn in 2018

Crisis control is essential to tackle incidents, such as cyber-attacks and extortion which are costing UK SMEs billions of pounds a year

Small Business Banking

Business challenges for UK small to medium sized companies

UK SMEs are facing many business challenges, not least Brexit, that could impact on their ability to keep going, as new research reveals.


Investment community to focus on inclusivity and support

A new initiative aims to create an inclusive and supportive investment community, teaching and advising investors how to help the businesses they invest in.

Small Business Banking

Regional business growth – investors called on to narrow the gap

High net worth investors being called on to support small, growing and regional businesses and business owners looking for investment are the focus of a campaign by business backers.

Accounts & Tax

MTD explained – what it all means and why there’s no need to panic

Despite much heralding as to its arrival Making Tax Digital is still confusing many small and growing businesses. Emily Coltman of FreeAgent offers an explanation of what it all means and what business owners need to do.

Accounts & Tax

Off-payroll reforms misunderstood by the self-employed

There are calls from contractor and freelancer representatives for the off-payroll (IR35) reforms, due to be applied to the private sector, to be stopped.

Business Technology

Digital transformation – a disruptive force for all sectors of the economy

Digital transformation is going mainstream. Today it has widespread application across different industries. Companies of all stripes are discussing technology investment and the opportunities available for investors and for businesses. Walter Price of Allianz Technology Trust explains.

Partner content

How to prepare for business growth in 2022

The team at Funding Options explain how to prepare for business growth in 2022

Partner content

Tide to empower small businesses to optimise cash flow with insights tool

Tide is introducing a Cashflow Insights tool to help small businesses mitigate delays in payment and improve their credit score

Partner content

Business Current Account Masterclass

Tune into the Masterclass from the Current Account Switch Service to find out why you should switch your business account pronto

Partner content

How should I select my business broadband provider?

As with any supplier, it’s important to do your research and ask important questions before you select a broadband provider for your business. But what are the must-have things you should take into consideration?