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Many of us will be enjoying an extra bank holiday day off on Friday, 3 June, to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The end of May bank holiday has been moved to Thursday 2 June so that people can enjoy a four-day weekend. But is everyone entitled to the day off? It depends on your employee contract.
27 May 2022
If you're considering taking out a business loan, you're probably thinking about the logistics of paying it back. Whether you're using finance to fund growth or keep things moving, you must stick to your business loan's repayment schedule.
25 May 2022
A bridge loan is designed - as the name suggests - to bridge a gap in funding and is often used to facilitate the purchase of a property. This article runs through some of the primary uses and when it might be appropriate to get a bridge loan for a property.
23 May 2022
You’ve got ambition, a vision and a solid business plan, and now you need some funding to get your venture off the ground. There are many ways to fund a new business - from bootstrapping to getting a government-backed startup loan. But is it also possible to use a personal loan to start a business? Let’s find out.
20 May 2022
Research by the media agency Essense reveals that shopping on social media is becoming increasingly popular with consumers. Social media e-commerce presents a massive opportunity for SMEs in the UK, but many still aren't leveraging its potential. Here's how to make it work for your business.
17 May 2022
If you're a UK business owner who runs a payroll, you must report to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on the previous tax year, ending 5 April. You also need to provide your employees with a P60 by 31 May at the latest and take several steps to prepare for the tax year ahead. Read on to find out what you need to do.
13 May 2022
The cost of living crisis in the UK is affecting businesses and households. Here, we look at how companies are coping and run through what business owners can do to help ease the burden of rising prices across supply chains, energy and goods.
10 May 2022
Social media is one of the most powerful marketing channels out there, and it can drive brand awareness and help you turn curious followers into paying customers. But with so much going on, it's easy to get stuck in a creative rut. Here's what you can do:
2 May 2022
How easy a business loan is to obtain depends on your business' circumstances and requirements and the lender and type of finance you want. You might find getting an unsecured business loan easier if you don't have business assets.
2 May 2022
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