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Barclays business growth seminars for entrepreneurs

Around half of the UK's small businesses are poised to expand over the next year and Barclays is laying on a raft of free seminars to help them, backed by ACCA and support service Business Link.

With more than 600 events lined up under the Let's Talk banner, the financial services giant is targeting anyone thinking about starting a business, as well as existing owners of small firms.

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EEDA helps arrange small business loans

Entrepreneurs and small business owners have been finding it tricky raising finance lately, that's no secret.

But the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) is putting its money where its mouth is and shelling out loans of up to £200,000 to give such individuals a foot up the business ladder.

Even if you've already been refused cash by your bank, you're still eligible – in fact, if that's the ca... Continue Reading


Surge in corporate insolvencies on the horizon?

Aspiring entrepreneurs take note: Britain faces a surge in corporate insolvencies as businesses' "time to pay" arrangements with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) begin to expire, the trade association for insolvency practitioners has claimed.

R3 says more than 200,000 companies signed up to the programme when it was introduced in last year's pre-Budget report, delaying payments totalling around £3.6 billion.

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Avoid common pitfalls when selling a business

Resolving any outstanding legal or environmental issues before selling a business will reassure interested parties they are making a sound investment, it has been suggested.

Associated Content's Richard Smith points out that potential buyers generally carry out background checks on businesses for sale, deeming their scepticism "only natural".

"Talk to your lawyer or other professional advisers to see what can be don... Continue Reading