Articles, guides and advice on Accounting for UK small businesses. Topics covered include: accounting software, choosing accountancy services, preparing accounts, tax efficiency, financial regulations for SMEs and related subjects.


5 ways small businesses can keep on top of freelance payments

Freelancers have become increasingly important to even the smallest of businesses, says ETZ Payments CEO Nick Woodward. Here are 5 easy wins to ensure freelancers are paid


Profit and loss template

Use this template to build your own profit and loss account as a small business owner.


How can I set up payroll without an accountant?

I need to set up tax, PAYE and NI for my limited company in the UK. Can I achieve this without an accountant?


What manufacturing businesses need to know about accountancy

As manufacturing businesses create goods, they have extras to factor in when it comes to accounting. Angela Ashworth of Purple Lime explains more.


Accounting in foreign currencies: what small business owners need to know

We explore what you need to know about doing business in foreign currencies.


A small business guide to capital assets

Emily Coltman of FreeAgent discusses capital assets and gives her top tips for dealing with them in your business accounts.


Five things to remember when cash flow forecasting for your business

It's vitally important to have a good grasp of what cash is coming in and going out of your business. Here, Emily Coltman gives some top tips on managing your forecasts.


Purchase orders explained for a small business

When issued to a supplier for provision of goods or services, purchase orders are legally binding. This guide explains how they can help small businesses track orders and receive payment for work done.

Legal advice

The ‘holistic approach’ to professional advice: Why small businesses need it

In this piece, Richard Oury argues for the importance of SME clients demanding that their professional advisers take a more holistic view of their business challenges.


Retailers may struggle to comply with impending accountancy rules

An estimated 90 per cent of UK high street retailers have yet to capture all their accountancy data and are potentially living beyond their means.


Seven in ten contractors stressed by managing accounts

Seven in ten contractors are most stressed out by their financial accounts, with nearly three quarters doing all their own accounting.


SME owners urge their financial advisers to leave the ‘dark ages’

Despite only six per cent of SMEs thinking it’s not important that their financial advisor uses the latest accounting technology, a fifth of accountants are still using paper ledgers – a 13th century tool.

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

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Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

Employment benefits specialist, Drewberry, explain why you should base your benefits around a Total Reward Strategy

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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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