About

Tim Adler is group editor of Small Business, Growth Business and Information Age. He is a former commissioning editor at the Daily Telegraph, who has written for the Financial Times, The Times and the Daily Telegraph. He is the author of three nonfiction books, the most recent of which was reviewed by The Sunday Times as “compulsively readable” and by the Daily Mail as “dazzling”. Since becoming editor of Small Business in 2019, the website was named alongside the BBC, the Guardian and the Telegraph as a top live blog covering the coronavirus pandemic by journalist trade magazine Press Gazette.

Business Technology

10 card payment machines ideal for small business

Featuring the SumUp Air, Zettle 2, and Small Business Pro, we break down the fees and functions of the best card payment machines for UK small businesses

Government Grants

Business grants in Wales

If you are looking to start your own business in Wales or already run one, you could be eligible for a range of Welsh business grants

Business car leasing

Company car insurance rules

What is the difference between fleet car insurance and business car insurance? As an owner-director of a small business, which one is right for you and your employees?

Business Ideas & Planning

A small business guide to self employment

Being self-employed means, you are captain of your own ship. But there are key decisions to make before you quit full-time employment, unless you want your ship to run aground

Accounting

What is the VAT threshold?

At what point does your small business have to start paying VAT? Should you voluntarily pay VAT? And what are legitimate ways to stay under the VAT threshold?

Alternative finance

Is your business a good candidate for a merchant cash advance?

Merchant cash advance is the fastest-growing area of business funding, enabling businesses to raise working capital against till sales. It’s a new way of funding driven by technology.

Accounting

Best UK small business accounting software – review guide

It’s never been easier or more affordable to manage your tax and accounting using small business accounting software - find the best accounting package for your needs below

Business Loans

Personal guarantees for loans stifling growth, say business owners

Small business lobbyist calls out banks’ use of harsh personal guarantees, which can force small business owners to put their homes on the line

Getting Online

How can I promote my small business website?

We answer 5 common questions on how to grow and market your small business website, from understanding SEO to advertising on social media

Sole trader

6 examples of sole traders

What jobs are best if you want to go self-employed? We look at what it takes to become a personal trainer, a gardener, a hairdresser, a private chef, a photographer or a dog walker

Business Technology

Call for increased tax breaks for spending on digital services

Signatory Sage has said small businesses embracing technology could add £232 billion of value to the UK economy

Employing & managing staff

Can I monitor my staff while they are homeworking?

Some business owners want homeworking staff to keep laptop cameras and microphones switched on, so they can scrutinise whet they’re doing. But is this even legal, let alone intrusive?