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.

Making Tax Digital

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.

Small Business Banking

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.


Five ways SMEs can prepare for the new pound coin

Here, we look at how small businesses can prepare for the new changes to the British pound coin.


How to avoid costly, common SME business mistakes

Here, Rachel Mainwaring, operations director at Creditsafe, gives her top tips for avoiding those big mistakes that can cost your business.


Cost of SME borrowing to soar above £50 billion in 2017

2017 borrowing from small businesses could see a 22 per cent year on year increase as confidence rises.


What is on the small business support wish list for 2017

The Small Business Taskforce was set up to fight for smaller companies as it feels like Whitehall may not have them as a priority any longer.


£34 billion opportunity waiting to be unlocked by SMEs

New research uncovers a £34 billion economic opportunity waiting to be unlocked from Britain’s SMEs by 2021.

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

Partner content

Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

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

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