Business

Hire purchase or lease rental: which is best for your business?

When setting up or growing your business, you’ll need access to new equipment, tools and vehicles. This usually means accessing finance to either buy or lease these new assets. It’s easy to get confused between hire purchase (HP) and lease rental (LR). The names lenders use aren’t always helpful, and the tax and VAT treatments are very different. ...

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5 quicks wins for a greener business

Consumers are driving the trend towards sustainable business practices, voting with their pounds to support greener companies.  The Global Sustainability Study 2021 found that: 63% of consumers have shifted their spending toward being more sustainable in the past five years, particularly younger consumers.Half of consumers rank sustainability as a top 5 value driver.34% of consumers are willing to pay more...

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Making it easier to get paid

Making sure you get paid on time is crucial to your success. The process of making sales and generating revenue lies at the heart of any business model. But you can’t manage your cashflow effectively or raise any profits if customers don’t actually pay their invoices. The easier you can make it for customers to pay you, the...

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Using forecasting to help your decision-making

Producing regular management information is one way to help improve your business decision-making. But looking at historical numbers can only tell you so much. In business, you want to know what the future holds. And to make truly informed decisions about your future strategy, it’s important to use forecasting tools to project your data forwards in time. By...

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Could your business survive without you?

Business Survival – Would your Portsmouth business still thrive, or would it suffer a catastrophic failure if you suddenly stepped away? It’s tough to remove yourself from the day-to-day operations when you’re passionate and busy. However sudden accidents, illnesses, or family emergencies can – and will – happen and you need to be able to step back knowing...

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The importance of a business bank account

When you start running a business, it’s important to be able to clearly separate your own personal money from the cash that’s been generated by the business. This is why you need a business bank account. One of the simplest ways to do this is to create a separate business bank account. Opening a specific business account gives...

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B2B tips for working with big clients 

Having big B2B clients can really boost your business, from extra credibility to enhanced cash-flow and economies of scale, but it can also strain resources and carry additional demands. Your size may actually work to your advantage when working with big clients. For example, being smaller means you are more likely to be responsive and nimble, or able...

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Scaling up your business and workforce

Scaling up your business isn't about steady growth over time. It's about having a clear strategy for quickly expanding the business to achieve full-scale hypergrowth. Most startups grow organically, adding customers here and there and gradually expanding over time. Scaling up aims to accelerate this process, pushing your growth to move beyond that slow, organic pace. To achieve...

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Your Q2 2022 deadlines for the diary

As ever, we want to keep you on the ball with the latest dates and deadlines for your business diary. Get your online calendar fired up and highlight some of the upcoming deadlines and cut-off points for Q2 of 2022. Q2 2022 DEADLINES NOTE: If your company’s accounting period is longer than 12 months, the first deadline is...

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