4 lessons from Germany on how British SMEs can thrive post lockdown

Retail footfall in Germany has remained stubbornly low despite lockdown being lifted. Yet how German small businesses have adapted to COVID-19 offers valuable lessons

Productivity Zone

Upping productivity: how UK SMEs can rival Germany

New research reveals that UK SMEs generate less than half the output of SMEs in Germany. Here's how to improve productivity in your business.

Accounts & Tax

Why Making Tax Digital could make a large dent in the UK’s tax gap

Making Tax Digital is coming up fast and it could be the key to closing the tax gap. Brian Palmer of AAT explains why.


Poor onboarding continues to cost SMEs millions

Poor 'onboarding' practices are costing SMEs millions of pounds in reputation and recruitment, but getting the process right really pays off.

Employing & managing staff

The challenges SMEs face when sending employees abroad

Sending employees abroad can be challenging, but the benefits well outweigh the risks. Kevin Melton of AXA Global Healthcare takes us through the biggest potential hurdles.


NatWest pledges £1 billion in extra funding to SMEs

NatWest says that it will lend an extra £1 billion to small and medium sized enterprises over the next year.


Count pounds, not sheep: The issues keeping SME owners up at night

Lack of resources, government support and cashflow problems are some of the issues SMEs face today.


Public interest increasing in fair trade SMEs

Although it is still hard for small retailers selling fair trade and organic produce, public interest is increasing and the number of success stories is growing, according to a fair trade business expert.


SMEs growth down under Labour

The rate of growth of SMEs in the UK has deteriorated under Labour leadership, according to a report commissioned by the Conservative party.

Partner content

16 ways to improve your business cash flow

Read here for 16 tried and tested tips and tricks to improve potential cash flow problems

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Agility – the new rocket fuel for today’s SMBs

How Microsoft Teams is helping small businesses stay nimble

Partner content

Six ways to boost your small company’s culture with technology

Getting the most from Microsoft Teams to help build a common purpose and connection within your business

Partner content

Five ways to boost SMB cyber defence so you can focus on growth

Want to boost your cybersecurity? Check out these five ways to strengthen your defences against attacks