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Small Business HR

Articles and guides on HR issues for UK small business owners with advice on HR software, controlling payroll and all aspects of employing and managing staff effectively.

Employing & managing staff

Outsourcing HR v inhouse HR management

HR has the power to shape an organisation’s culture and future. Whether that’s achieved through an in-house team or outsourcing depends on your business’s priorities

Employing & managing staff

Small business HR – everything you need to know

HR starts the moment you hire your first employee. There are plenty of resources and organisations out to help run your HR systems smoothly. But you should see HR as an opportunity, not a burden

Business Technology

HR support services for small business: What are the benefits?

You don't need to hire a whole human resources team for your small business – here's how HR support services could benefit your company.

Business Technology

7 HR software tools ideal for small business

Streamlining your HR functions is key to running an efficient business. Here are seven HR software tools that can help you do just that.

Employing & managing staff

The ten most common HR challenges for small businesses

Here, we look at the top ten most common small business HR challenges, and what you can do to overcome them

Employing & managing staff

Five reasons SMEs waste money on HR

Here, Kate Russell outlines the main ways HR consultancies can let you, as a small business owner, down

Employing & managing staff

Six HR mistakes start-ups make and how to avoid them

Making staffing mistakes as a small business on a tight budget can be fatal. Here are the common ones and how not to fall foul of them

Employing & managing staff

A guide to HR outsourcing for small business

Outsourcing HR makes sense for businesses that are too small to have their own inhouse manager. However you need to be clear about what you need from the outset to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach

Employing & managing staff

Employment law changes in 2023

Changes to holiday entitlement for zero-hours workers, higher Minimum Wage pay and a bonfire of EU regulation are all on the cards this year

Employing & managing staff

HR advice for small businesses – getting it right from day one

A sound HR policy is as important for the smallest business as it is for the largest and can save you a lot of headaches further down the line

Employing & managing staff

Small business HR checklist

HR can feel like a huge investment sometimes. Alongside all the money you're already spending on rent, wages and other expenses, it’s easy to see it as just another strain on your cash. And when you don’t have any HR expertise in-house either, it’s a challenge to even get started.

Employing & managing staff

How small businesses should approach outsourcing and finding the right freelancer

Using a freelancer can be a boon for any small business struggling with a specific skill, whether it’s web design, SEO or social media. And best of all, you’ve got a global talent pool to draw on

Partner content

5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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Partner content

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

Partner content

Benefits of switching to the right business bank account

We've teamed up with the Current Account Switch Service to explain the benefits of switching your business bank account.

Partner content

Business Companion: a reliable voice in the misinformation age

Business Companion is a one-stop-shop for accurate and up-to-date legal guidance, whatever sector you’re in — and it’s all completely free