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All accountants are NOT the same

18th January 2018

Don't you sometimes wish business could be about something more than money?
I do too and now I think I've found a way to change the way we do business together.

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Here we grow

1st February 2018

“You grow or you die.” And when it comes to business growth most businesses only consider 3 of the 7 growth drivers. Are you considering the other four?

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The Uncomfortable Truth

13th February 2018

Uncertainty, change and more tax for less. That is what businesses now face.
You can choose to whinge about it or you can do something about it.

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Not your average accountant

27th February 2018

I believe that an accountant can be a powerful ally in taking a business to the next level. I also want to make a difference in the wider world.That is why I am taking Grant-Jones in a different direction in 2018.

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Gifts to the Grandchildren

10th April 2018

We all love to give gifts! Especially to help out the younger generations at those pivotal times in their life – starting college, buying a first house, getting married or a new arrival. But beware – your generosity may come with strings attached in the shape of a demand from HMRC. Do you know the rules around giving?

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Don't take no for an answer

8th May 2018

Any small business owner will tell you that getting to a sale is tough. Interest is relatively easy to generate but actually getting someone to say "Yes" is the tricky part. Recent research has suggested that 73% of customers say “No” at least five times before they will actually buy from you. Make sure you don't give up too soon!

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Are you a supplier? Or an employee?

22nd May 2018

There is a 'murky grey area' in the world of business, when you sub-contract a part of your business to someone who is self-employed. Depending on how much they behave like an employee may determine whether you need to run payroll for them.

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Standing Out from the Crowd

7th June 2018

As a small business, cashflow is king. As you grow, getting enough income to cover the costs of expansion is vital, and that means more sales. So what can you do to increase sales without having to cut your prices (and therefore your income) to beat the competition?

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Be your own boss

19th July 2018

15% of the UK population is self-employed and many others dream of being their own boss. This four-part blog series will take you through the main 'get-rights' for starting your own business

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Be your own boss - part 2

1st August 2018

For most new businesses, Tax can seem like a confusing maze of different things to remember. There are a range of considerations for what tax you pay and when, many of which will be new to you if you have always been employed before.

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Be your own boss - part 3

14th August 2018

Your business has been set up, so now we come to the actual business of being in business. This is where we have an exciting opportunity to plan, implement and grow your idea.

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Be your own boss - part 4

28th August 2018

Starting your own business can be exciting and rewarding even if there is a lot to organise. In this, the final part of this short series, we bring everything together.

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Give a man a fish....

12th September 2018

A while ago, small business owners were surveyed and asked what they most wanted from their accountant. The most commonly used word was ‘proactive.’
Not long after this, every accountant’s website started describing themselves as proactive, knowing it was what their target audience wanted to see. But that’s just the copy on the website. What should you expect from your accountant, over and above the basics, for them to deserve to describe themselves as proactive?

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Gazing into your future

10th October 2018

Your business is likely to be built around an idea that you have an affinity with. By learning, knowing and running your business effectively you’ve established something your proud of. You’ve created and scrutinised all processes, you know the nitty gritty of every operation and now you want to think about growth. And who better to help you with that than your accountant.

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The Lucky 7s of Goal Setting

6th November 2018

Whether you are an established company or a start-up, setting both long- and short-term goals gives your business a clear vision for you, your colleagues and your accountant.

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The Lucky 7s - Talking to your team

5th December 2018

Setting goals yourself as the business owner is the best way to gain focus on your vision. Involving the people who are doing the work on a day-to-day basis not only gives you a working knowledge of whether your goals are realistic, but it can also mean that your team feel they have an important role to play in your business.

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Are you taking care of your customers?

15th January 2019

Taking care of the relationship you have with your clients is the first step in encouraging your business to thrive.
You might know all about what you are selling, but are you paying attention to who are you selling to?

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Do you find it all a bit taxing?

29th January 2019

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Yet, in all the uncertainty of running a business, the most certain aspect of it, taxation, often gets ignored, forgotten, or left to the last minute.

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Are you taking care of the numbers?

12th February 2019

Owning a business can be slog, but it can also be joyful. Seeing money coming in is one of the rewards of your hard work. But it’s not only about the 'cash in the bank' column in a ledger. Taking care of your numbers means having a reliable book keeping system to record all your financial transactions.

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Are you getting the bills paid?

26th February 2019

Managing your payment process, from invoicing to getting paid, ensures you have cash in the bank. Here are some steps for a simple process to help you ensure that you are paid in full and on time.

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Tools for Growth

26th March 2019

Moving your business on to the next level, can feel a little overwhelming. All those ‘helpful’ systems, tools, tips and tricks out there, are enough to make your head spin!
Confucius once said, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”, and the same can often be said for how business growth is approached.
The great news is, you don’t have to do it all - good business growth comes from doing just a few things but doing them well.

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Dealing with Uncertainty

9th April 2019

The only thing that is certain is that every business faces uncertainty!
The real challenge with uncertainty is to not throw in the towel at the first hurdle, and keep on going and believing in your business, even when you can’t see the immediate way ahead.

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Putting systems and processes in place so you can grow

23rd April 2019

When you decided to start out in business, did you dream of what it would be like to be your own boss?
You eagerly get your business underway and then one day reality hits! There is a LOT of work to do.
So, put the systems in place that allow you to delegate.

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Leading People Through Change

7th May 2019

If you want to grow your business, you need to ensure that your team are on board and ready, willing and able to grow with you. But none of us like being told what to do - so how do you get support from your team as you grow?

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The Four Grand Challenges for Business

4th June 2019

BEIS has launched a policy paper about the ‘Four Grand Challenges’ to secure a prosperous future for Britain. As a growing business, there is action you can take now to be read when these challenges come - and put yourself ahead of the competition today.

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Harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution

18th June 2019

If you are like me, terms like ‘ artificial intelligence’ and ‘ the data revolution’ make you think science fiction. While the data revolution might not see any of us in space, it does give a small business some real opportunities and some significant challenges.

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Leading in changes to the future of mobility

2nd July 2019

Everything we do today revolves around the idea of work locations. We 'go to work' - in an office, a shop, a factory.... But technology and the needs of business have moved on. There is massive potential for small businesses to break the mould as they grow and to really make the most of work mobility.

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Meeting the challenges of our ageing society

16th July 2019

Modern healthcare is amazing - we are living longer and, for many, we don't feel the aging effect in the same way as our grandparents. In the media, it is most common to consider the social 'problems' of ageing but, are you considering the impact on your business of this increasingly mature market?

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Driving ahead the revolution in clean growth

30th July 2019

The environmental agenda creates a curious dichotomy in the business world. As individuals we, of course, care about the future of the planet and the legacy we are leaving our children. As business owners, there is already so much to do so how can we be sure that ‘going green’ doesn't slip down the priority list.

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Are You A Responsible Business Owner?

13th August 2019

A small business is a passion and a joy - we live and breathe it and, more often than not, it occupies our minds long after the working day is over.

Running the business isn’t just in our thoughts, either. We work long hours - often 7 days a week - and the hours we work are far longer than if we’d been an employee - and far far less money much of the time.
There are some practical considerations that need addressing, as you give yourself to your business.

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What if..?

10th September 2019

Have you ever played a game of ‘What if..?’
What if I won £20m? What if the TARDIS was real?
Harmless, innocent fun – and something to while away a summer afternoon in a beer garden.But have you also given proper thought to What if..? within your business?

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Are you living the life of your dreams?

23rd September 2019

One of the joys of owning your own business is that you love what you do. You started the business because you are passionate about it. You give it everything you’ve got. But do you want to be doing it for the rest of your life?

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Whatever the outcome you can be ready for Brexit

23rd October 2019

Whatever the outcome of the next few days, weeks and months - whether we leave the EU on 31 October or there is a further delay - the impact of Brexit on small business owners has been significant and is likely to continue.
Take a look at our handy checklist to be sure you are ready for anything.

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Is the Electric Car the future of company cars?

5th November 2019

There is no doubt that Electric cars are growing in popularity.
The appeal of zero emissions, zero road tax and a quieter driving experience plus improved technology all make low emission cars a viable option as a company car.

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Have a fantastic Christmas!

18th November 2019

No, I haven’t lost my marbles – nor have I mislaid November. But if you are yet to complete your Self-Assessment Tax Return, don't let it ruin your Christmas break!

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Things every business needs to know

3rd December 2019

Keeping on top of everything as a small business can feel a bit like a game of ‘whack-a-mole’ sometimes. Just as you feel you’ve got on top of one topic, up pops another one that needs attention.
We feel it too, here at Grant-Jones Accountancy and that was what prompted me to write a series of blogs on things every business needs to know.

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Budgeting in an uncertain time

17th December 2019

When it comes to working to a budget, things don’t always go exactly to plan! There are so many variables involved that it’s nigh on impossible to predict everything, and in particular things like steady sales, or even steady expenses for that matter.
So why bother to even have a budget?!

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Budgeting in an uncertain time – part 2

12th January 2020

You’ve completed all of the essential preparation work for your 2020 budget, and now it’s time to put pen to paper with some facts and figures.
So, grab your notes and let’s get started...

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Budgeting in an uncertain time – Part 3

21st January 2020

The work you completed in the planning ahead phase created your ‘forward budget.' Do your figures give you a picture that you’re growing your business reserves? Are you paying enough dividends to yourself as well as others?
Often (almost always!) your first budget outline won’t give you the figures that you want.Here is where 'backward planning' helps.

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Systems, Services and Tools

6th February 2020

You’ve just started out in business. It’s just you (or maybe you and a business partner). There isn’t much going on. Everything is in your head and it all gets done.
But what about when it gets busy?

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Action planning for your business

17th March 2020

In these uncertain times we wanted to reach out to all our followers with some support and guidance to help you.
This article is to support a strategy meeting (which can be held online as well as face to face) designed to help a team agree on a short-term tactical plan to support the UK government's objective to minimise and slow down the spread of Coronavirus to reduce pressure on the NHS.

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A Checklist for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

31st March 2020

Last week’s announcement from the Chancellor set out a raft of measures to assist businesses which could make a vast difference to many other businesses. There are a number of actions that can be undertaken to prepare for speedy applications and to prioritise what is most time-critical.

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We Know What it Takes to Support You

14th April 2020

At Grant Jones we know what it takes to support your business through the current economic climate. In 2008, just 2 years after Grant Jones was formed, the UK hit one of its most turbulent times in its economic history. At a time when many well-established accountants went under, we rode the wave and came out even stronger. How did we do that? Adaptability!

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The Self-Employed Income Support Grant - How to see if you are eligible

12th May 2020

In the current situation, there are a range of different grants, loans and support for businesses. HMRC have updated their guidance outlining the process for applying for SEISS. This grant is aimed at the Self-employed, and is available for people who filed a self-assessment tax return for 2018/19 with profits of less than £50k - are you eligible?

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Support for Fast Growing Technology Start-up Businesses

26th May 2020

Even though the lockdown is lifting, the impact of this period of disruption continues to impact businesses. No one can deny that the Government has provided a lot of help and aid to keep the economy afloat but, as always, not every type of business is assisted by every type of initiative.

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Re-energise Your Business

9th June 2020

As we begin to emerge from COVID, are you ready to get back in the game and re-energise your business?
It’s been an interesting time for businesses across the UK and without doubt across the whole business landscape there have been winners and losers. We’ve seen it very clearly in the technology, comms and software development companies, a sector we specialise in. With restrictions lifting, regardless of your circumstances, there are things you can do to re-energise your business, make the most of any gains or ensure your income wheels start turning once more.

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Revisit your plans to Re-energise Your Business

22nd June 2020

It’s always helpful to revisit your plans because, in reality, nothing ever really goes exactly the way we expect it to - 2020 has been unusually extreme for this! The question is – how are you going to fight back in 2020 and what does it mean for 2021 and how you look further ahead?

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Review your Forecasts to Re-energise Your Business

3rd July 2020

Forecasting for 2020/21 now is crucial for re-energising your business post COVID. You’ll need to revisit your budget, sales forecasts and cash flow to ensure you have a rock-solid plan to help you move forward again. Here are some things to consider…

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Know your costs as you re-energise your business

3rd August 2020

Looking at your costs for the year needs to be a priority if the landscape of your business has changed. In order to manage your business effectively, you need to have a good grip of all your numbers - especially your costs.

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Systematic Growth for Your Re-Energised Business

14th August 2020

For some, COVID-19 has generated a big jump in their business, which may have been unexpected and felt like a bit of a whirlwind. If this was your experience, that’s great news! The question now is – can you sustain this growth?

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How Metrics Help a Business

14th September 2020

When it comes to metrics, I could easily reel off a long list with definitions for you, but in reality that’s not actually very helpful. Why? Well, because it doesn’t answer the pressing question most business owners have which is, “How do these help me?” So, instead I’d like to share a client case study with you...

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How Metrics Help Your Sales and Marketing

28th September 2020

There are a variety of ways that metrics can help drive decisions for your business. Of course, being in touch with your finances will be something you think of when you talk to your accountant. That’s not the only way they can help though...

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Make Your Metrics Crystal Clear

12th October 2020

We all know that when it comes to business, one of the key things you need to have a handle on are your numbers. However, there’s no point having numbers for numbers sake! You need to understand what the numbers your tracking actually mean.

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Creating Flow with Metrics

26th October 2020

When your business already has tried and tested systems and processes in place, it can sometimes be hard to take an objective step back and see how they can be improved. But, there are always tweaks that can be made; here's a great example...

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Metrics for Merging Teams

9th November 2020

When your teams don’t understand and collaborate well it can be incredibly frustrating – and costly! All too often departments adopt a mindset that they only need to be concerned with how their own team is performing, without considering the overall goals of the business. But how do you overcome this?

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Get Clear on What You Want

23rd November 2020

Sitting down and getting really clear on what you want for your business and why you want it is really important. So, whether you're just starting out or your business is more established, if you’re not sure what really matters to you then it’s time to get clear...

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What Makes you Unique?

3rd December 2020

All too often one of the first things people focus on when they’re starting their business is designing their logo and nailing a catchy tagline. But before you invest time and money in that direction, you first need to put your energy into getting clear on what makes your business different...

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Planning Your Business

4th January 2021

Planning is a key element to running a successful business, yet you’d be surprised how many businesses don’t have a plan in place! To reach your goals, you really need to have an effective business plan. It doesn't need to be complicated - here's a simple structure...

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Happy Customers, Happy Business

18th January 2021

The aim for every business is to have an abundance of happy customers who continue to come back and who regularly recommend you. Having lots of repeat business tells you you’re getting plenty right, but when it comes to understanding your weaknesses and identifying new opportunities, your customers are often the best people to support you. So how do you go about enlisting their help...

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The 80/20 Rule to Focus on Your Best Customers

1st February 2021

Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? Also known as the Pareto Principle, the 80/20 rule states that 20% of your activities generate 80% of your results. Let's take a look at how we can apply this rule with our customers and income...

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What’s Your Value Proposition?

15th February 2021

In the business world it’s almost unheard of not to have any competitors, which is why it’s so important to know why and how you’re different from other businesses. Done correctly, an effective value proposition can give you a huge advantage over your competitors. Let's have a look at how you can make sure your customers know you offer what they need...

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Building a Happy Team

2nd March 2021

Your business might provide the best product or service in the world, but if your team isn’t happy it will impact massively on the success of your business. A big step in building a happy team is making sure your people are able to contribute to the growth of your business and feel they are being listened to. But how do make this possible for them?

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Referrals – The Best Way to Get New Customers

15th March 2021

There’s no better way for any business to get new customers and build sales than by referrals. They are the lifeblood of a successful business. Not only are referrals the number one source of new business; they are the leading source of the best new business. So how do you go about getting them...

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Manage Your Contacts in a Systematic Way

29th March 2021

In the business world, you need to collect and manage a lot of information about your customers, prospects and referral sources. To do this effectively and efficiently it’s important to have a robust contact management system in place. But how do you choose the right one for your business...

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An Attitude of Gratitude Goes a Long Way

12th April 2021

Having an attitude of gratitude in every area of your life has been proven to be hugely beneficial. While thinking grateful thoughts is great, actually taking that next step and putting some action and expression behind your gratitude makes it even more powerful.

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The Sustainable Business

26th April 2021

Sustainability is a word that’s bandied around a lot at present, with talk of sustainable processes, fashion, food and lifestyles. At Grant Jones we also understand the importance of sustainable practices within the internal structure of a business. Let’s take a look at the areas this covers...

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Your Day-to-Day Work

10th May 2021

As business owners there’s always so many pressures on our time and getting the balance right between working on versus working in our business can be pretty challenging. It’s important to feel like you’re in control of your day and not the other way around! So, let’s have a look at a few things you can have in place to make sure that's the case.

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Your Standard Work Week

24th May 2021

In every business there’s a whole range of jobs that must be completed on a weekly basis. When you first start out the likelihood is that you’ll be juggling a lot of these jobs yourself. But as your business expands, how are you going to manage your time in an effective and sustainable way?

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Preparing for Bumps in the Road

8th June 2021

One thing’s for sure, there’s no certainty when it comes to business! There are always going to be bumps in the road to overcome. So how can we make sure we’re prepared for as many eventualities as possible if the worst happens...

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The People Dynamic

22nd June 2021

As a business owner, it stands to reason that you’re 100% committed to your business. However, your team might not have the same 100% commitment as you do. Let's look at the ways you can find and keep good people and help them cultivate a high level of dedication to your business and their work...

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Doing Good for the World

12th July 2021

Giving back through charitable deeds is one important step businesses can take to be ‘sustainable’. By practicing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), a company contributes money, time or expertise that enhance society and the environment. Are you ready to do good for the world...

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Is working from home working for you?

26th July 2021

The covid-19 pandemic saw unprecedented numbers of people either being furloughed or working from home. It has certainly given many pause for thought about our working lives. Or maybe you’ve been thinking about trading the office for a life of self-employment?

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Support for your new business venture

9th August 2021

Setting up a business can be both scary and exciting. Whether you are thinking of setting up on your own or with a partner, it’s vital you have support, and the right kind of support. So, what might your options look like...

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Reviewing your business before you sign on the dotted line

23rd August 2021

We’ve all heard the phrase “dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s” and never is this more important in business than when you have an idea and you start to draw up plans. There are so many aspects to a business that need to be considered, so here is a quick outline of things you need to think about before you make anything official...

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For the love of bookkeeping

20th September 2021

Unless you are an accountant, most people shudder at the thought of bookkeeping! Whether you're doing the books yourself, or you plan to outsource, here's why it’s really important to understand the importance of keeping an up-to-date record of your money...

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Welcome to the 21st Century – digitising your business

5th October 2021

No doubt there are companies in this country who still have a preference for paper bookkeeping. But, depending on what type of company you're setting up and what turnover you'll have, the move towards digital is inevitable. So what does that mean for your business...

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The Autumn Budget 2021

2nd November 2021

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak delivered his second Budget this calendar year with the Covid 19 virus continuing to have an impact, both emotionally and financially, on individuals, families, businesses and the UK economy as a whole. Here's your guide to the Autumn budget...

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Have a Fantastic Christmas!

16th November 2021

There's nothing worse than that sinking feeling you get at Christmas when you suddenly remember you still haven't done your self-assessment tax return. So, to help you out, here's your handy guide for all the things you need to have ready...

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Why it Matters to be Different

7th December 2021

Nothing is new in this world. Although we see more and more innovations to solve all our problems, most, if not all, have been done before in one iteration or another. But it doesn’t matter. What matters are the things that make you stand out from the crowd and show what is different about you.

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Ways to be different in business

10th January 2022

There are many ways to set up your business, and each way is individual to you and how you want to run your company. The same is true of your endeavours to stand out from the crowd. So, what does make you different? Why would customers buy from you rather than your competitors?

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How to work out your USP

25th January 2022

What is a USP and why is it important? These are two important questions all companies should ask themselves, and at different stages in their development. Let’s dive straight into how we can ask a series of questions to pinpoint your USP...

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