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What your business address says about you

In this day and age of online businesses, you might not think a business address matters that much. But where you’re registered can have a big impact on how people view your company.

When you talk about a company’s address the first thing that might pop into your mind is its web address. But in an age when anyone can set up a website and pretend to be a company or expert in a certain field, having a respectable business postal address is still important.
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Top 5 places to work from home

Aylesford Bridge at Sunset
As a survey reveals the most popular regions for remote workers, we take a look at why they’re so popular…

Thanks to advances in technology, it’s now easier than ever to work from home. A study by estate agent Purplebricks has revealed the most popular areas for homes with offices.

We consulted the UK Quality of Life Index 2015 to see why certain places are such a big draw for telecommuters.
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Creating your own Terms & Conditions

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Making sure you have legally-binding terms and conditions when signing up with a new customer or client is vital for a small business. Here are a few things to consider when creating them

Getting a client to sign on the dotted line can be a tricky business. And it might seem like the wrong time to be throwing pages of legal Terms & Conditions (T&Cs) at them.
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£37.5m investment pot available to SMEs in government drive


Innovative small to medium-sized enterprises are set to benefit from a new £37.5 million government-backed scheme.

Business secretary Vince Cable announced details of a new scheme yesterday (October 8th), which will support those who invest in high-growth small businesses

Mr Cable has said that he is “determined” to give SMEs the financial support needed in order to help them grow.

Episode 1 will use the funding to put between £250,000 and £2 million into around 20 to 30 technology firms in their early stages. 

Alongside the government’s £25 million, a further £12.5 million has been raised through private investment.

One of Episode 1’s partners is Dr Simon Murdoch, who has invested in companies including LoveFilm, Shazam and Zoopla over the last ten years.

He said: “I know from personal experience, it is hard to start and grow a business, even without the added difficulties of the current economic climate.”

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UK start-ups on schedule to hit target

VV 2 Dec

The number of new businesses set up in 2013 is poised to reach over half a million by the end of the year, according to the most recent figures.

Research – collected by the national enterprise campaign – shows that over 392,000 companies have been launched since January 1st, ensuring that the UK is on track to hit a previously-set target of 523,410 by December 31st.

The statistics have been revealed by StartUp Britain and it co-founder Emma Jones said: “At the beginning of the year the campaign pledged to do all it could to get the start-up figures up to 500,000 and it looks like we’re going to make it!”

She added that the figures are unaudited and “raw”, but they do indicate that there has been further growth in the rate that start-ups are appearing.

Small to medium-sized enterprises currently account for 95 per cent of all firms and also employ over seven million workers, according to StartUp Britain.

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Chancellor talks up SMEs at Conservative party conference


Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has declared the Conservatives as the party for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at its annual conference in Manchester.

Mr Osborne took to the stage in front of his peers yesterday (September 30th) to talk about what his own parents achieved in business, before saying he wanted to do what he could to help SMEs grow – which in turn would create jobs.

He told the conference that his party would “finish what it started” and help hardworking people start their own businesses, while adding that he was “hugely proud” of his parents and what they achieved when they set up their own manufacturing company. 

The chancellor also boasted that the Tories have cut a small business tax imposed by Labour, while exempting the smallest firms from paying rates. He also paid lip service to the Employment Allowance which is set to be introduced next year – which will effectively “take a third of all the businesses out of paying national insurance altogether”.

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