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  • Blog Post: Can spending help reduce business costs?

    Businesses which are prepared to invest in new solutions can actually reap cost benefits in the long term. As the old adage goes, you sometimes have to spend money to save it. Businesses around the country may have spent much of the last five years in trench mode, investing only in the essentials...
  • Blog Post: Money makes the world go round

    And don't we know it! Fuel seems to be going up approximately twice a week, and there is no end in sight. Today's hauliers' protest in London and Wales is hardly surprising when Small Business blog's own petrol consumption (which is not excessive by any means) is now well over £100 pcm. And then there...
  • Blog Post: Financial help for small businesses

    News today on the BBC business site : Lloyds TSB and HBOS, which are in the process of merging, have both announced packages to help small businesses. Lloyds has a new six point charter that includes promising to pass on future interest rate cuts to its customers with turnover below £1m a year. ...
  • Blog Post: The spirit of enterprise is still thriving

    Last month, Scarborough was named the enterprise capital of the UK for its ‘Waking Sleeping Beauty' project, transforming the seaside town into "a shining example of enterprise excellence". The Minister for Economic Competitiveness and Small Business, Shriti Vadera, said that the partnership had "established...
  • Blog Post: Lessons I didn’t learn until I ran my own business

    A big welcome to a new guest blogger: Glen Feechan is Chief Executive of Spreadsheets by Email and author of the Not Just Numbers blog ). He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and provides spreadsheet solutions, large and small, to a worldwide client base. He’ll be providing some great Excel...
  • Blog Post: 10 ways to save thousands of pounds

    MSN Money is claiming we can all save potentially thousands of pounds if we carry out a few changes in the way we live and work. The first one, which will probably cause a few groans, is to switch our electricity and gas supplier. Although it can be a bit of a pain it’s certainly a lot easier than it...
  • Blog Post: Mega Monday

    Today is apparently the busiest day for online shopping , when we've all been round the shops and failed to find that crucial present for husband/wife/Auntie Mavis. The forecast to be spent online is for somewhere in the region of £320 million - and that's just today! The internet trade body IMRG says...
  • Blog Post: Free financial advice for small businesses

    A useful survival tip for 2009 is to take advantage of any free resources offered to small businesses. One of these is the news feed on the Small Business Centre homepage, which is updated daily and has topical, relevant news that can help your business. If you take a look at the right-hand column...
  • Blog Post: SMEs and the General Election

    Microsoft hosted the latest quarterly SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) Advisory Panel a couple of weeks ago, and the topic was – not unnaturally – the possible implications of the election on small businesses. Panellists included: Robert Epstein, Head of Small Business, Microsoft SMB...
  • Blog Post: Free business guides and the death of saving

    Need some business advice? (Who doesn't!) MSN Money has some free guides available to order: Guide to beating the recession - 50 ways to save money Falling interest rates; an investor's action plan Guide to making sense of the markets Guide to wealth management in uncertain times Guide...