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The small business blog for owner managers providing opinion & comment on all things related to small businesses

Preparing your business for the year ahead

With the Christmas period behind you it’s time to start looking at the year ahead, and how you will use your time to improve your business.

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Credit crunch: What does it mean for you?

In the current global economic climate, small business owners are likely to be concerned about the consequences of the credit crunch. Penny Proffit has teamed up with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants to bring you ten quick tips for survival.

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New obligations for employers that hire overseas workers

Radical new obligations for employers that hire overseas workers are set to come into effect next year that could have a major impact on small business owners.

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Problems affecting businesses in rural areas

Thinking about the recent spate of problems affecting businesses in rural areas, from the foot and mouth scare to the extreme weather, I want to touch on the issue of rural and urban enterprise and the apparent divide between them.

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How close is your business is to profitability?

In our survey this fortnight, we asked how close your business was to profitability. While 12 per cent of you sadly fear that you may never be profitable, the vast majority is positive about the future, with 68 per cent either already profitable or expecting to be so by next year.

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Small firms be aware – Bank of England rise in interest rates

With the news that the Bank of England may raise interest rates again by June, small firms need to be aware of the effect this may have on their business.

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Reducing the complexity of taxation regulations

Chancellor Gordon Brown made his Budget speech today to the House of Commons. During recent Budgets the Chancellor has announced initiatives to reduce the complexity of taxation regulations but progress has been limited.

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Small businesses reveal their toughest challenge

Opinion was divided among small business owners this fortnight. Of the 340 respondents to our poll, in which we asked you to reveal your toughest challenge, 39 per cent of you said that starting up in the first place posed the most problems.

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The funding landscape

This article from Tracc looks at the changing funding landscape and how business owners can improve their chance to secure funding themselves

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5 tools to help monetise your content in 2022

We explore five online tools that you can use to help you monetise your content in 2022

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Tooling up for hybrid

Equipping your people with the best technologies for the hybrid workplace

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Securing your business in the hybrid workplace

Ensure your business is prepared for the increasing threat of cybercrime