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Report: SMEs are spending a tenth of their time chasing payments

Late payments: the scourge of many a small business or enterprise. But according to a new piece of research carried out by Liberis, an SME finance provider, the majority of the UK’s smaller firms are spending far too much of their precious time chasing up delinquent creditors.

According to new data collected under the title of “How Is Aged Debt Affecting UK Small Businesses?”, 72 per cent of SEMs are spending up to... Continue Reading


Top growth strategy tips from the technology industry

A recent report published by accountancy firm Deloitte – entitled “2018 Technology Industry Outlook” – has reviewed several of the ways that technology firms are planning for growth, with mergers and acquisitions (M&A) strategies at its heart.

It both takes pointers from within the technology industry, where market disruptors and lightning-quick research and development time mean changes can be quick, and... Continue Reading


Why it's time to simplify small business tax

Tax for small businesses is a complicated ordeal, particularly when you take into account the sheer number of man-hours required in relation to the small staff pool available. Often, owners or founders will find themselves trying to take on the work that an entire finance team would handle at a larger organisation.

But the Government may be considering a wide-ranging overhaul to tackle widespread confusion among entrepreneurs and ot... Continue Reading


Looking abroad to grow small businesses after Brexit

The potential impact of Brexit for the UK’s businesses, both large and small, has been written about and agonised over for some months now, despite a lack of clarity about what exactly leaving the European Union will look like when it comes to pass.

Will the UK remain in the customs union? How will EU citizens be permitted to travel to and from the UK? And how can the nation’s businesses maintain their strong links with ... Continue Reading


Why now is the perfect time to buy and grow a small business

Though it might not seem like now is a good time for small businesses - what with the potential impact of Brexit and wider economic worries on the UK’s High Streets - confidence among those running SMEs is running at a high, according to new data. Could it be that with a backdrop of lower inflation, progress on talks to leave the EU and a largely positive Spring Statement that this is the perfect time to grow a small business?

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Guide: how to plan your exit strategy

Many owner-managers put in a lifetime of hard work building their business only to throw away some of the rewards by failing to consider properly how they will exit from the business,­ both financially and as a manager.

It is vital to begin planning an exit at an early stage if it is to be a success. Below, we have included some steps to guide your thinking before you get there and ensure that you – and your business &ndas... Continue Reading


Is 2018 the right time to make a food and drink acquisition?

The view from the UK’s high streets at the moment is a cause for some concern. Names like the House of Fraser, Debenhams, New Look are all at least facing difficulties, with some closing several chains and others, like Toys R Us, falling into administration in a bid to rescue their business.

The news worsened over Easter, too, with poor weather keeping shoppers from venturing out and footfalls falling by 9.6 per cent on Good Fr... Continue Reading


Ten top tips for selling a business

Selling your own business is never a simple task. For one thing, it represents saying goodbye to an enterprise you have likely put a lot of time, effort and money into – not to mention the emotional investment made.

At the same time, your company needs to be in the best shape possible to attract the attentions of the best possible buyers and fetch the highest price. Getting everything ship-shape before it is time to sell shoul... Continue Reading


Buying a care home – the next steps

In the previous instalment of the blog, we looked at the first steps you might take in order to buy a care home business, focusing on working out whether it was the career for you and how to pick the right kind of business to fit your needs and capabilities.

With this in mind, it is time to start looking more closely at the potential businesses you mig... Continue Reading


Buying a care home – the first steps

Buying and running a care home can be a highly profitable business venture as well as a rewarding lifestyle choice and, according to recent statistics, the customer demand for them is only going to increase.

The British population is an ageing one and experts have predicted that the demand for a room at a Continue Reading


How to reply to potential buyers in 5 steps

After the small tasks of preparing your business for sale, listing it and advertising the listing for wider attention, you will hopefully be inundated with inquiries from interested buyers, whether over the phone, email or good old snail-mail.

Responding to these messages and requests can be one of the most crucial stages in securing a good sale for your business, for both finding a suitable purchaser and making sure the deal you ma... Continue Reading


How to succeed when taking over a distressed hotel

Thousands of us dream of a simpler life in the country or fantasise about running a small guest house in a vibrant town or city and buying up a distressed hotel can be a great way of achieving this. However, turning around the fortunes of a struggling hotel, once it’s in your ownership role, isn’t as easy as you may think.

Here are some fundamentals to bear in mind after you're at the helm of what was once a sinking... Continue Reading


Buying a Pub: Keeping it Running

For the third and final part of our series looking at how you might go about buying a pub, we will be exploring arguably the most crucial aspect of the whole process: making sure that your business keeps running and remains profitable.

Once you've found the business opportunity of your dreams and made sure that you will be operating somewhere where customers will keep coming to you, there are a few steps you should take to make ... Continue Reading


Buying a Pub: Finding the Right Business

In last week’s blog, we outlined the first few steps you might make before embarking on the journey of buying your very own pub. We highlighted the importance of being aware of the wider financial setting for the pubs industry presently and concluded that despite an overall downturn in the industry, the market conditions might be right for finding a niche opportunity and developing it fully.

This time, we are going to outline t... Continue Reading


Pub Buying Guide: Preparing yourself

So: you’re thinking of buying a pub. Maybe you’ve spent a lot of time in your local; maybe you’ve seen a beloved boozer with a “for sale” sign outside it; or maybe you’ve always wanted to be Peggy Mitchell in your own Queen Vic.

Whatever your motivation, be warned that buying and running a pub is not an easy process, let alone the extra obstacles of alcohol tax, competition from coffee shops and m... Continue Reading