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New Technology and SMEs — Boosting Efficiency

Eighteen months after the last Covid restrictions were lifted, it might be expected that SMEs would be relying less on new technology, especially technology allowing their employees to work from home. However, a survey last month suggests this is far from the case. SMEs Are Still Relying on Technology A study in September by Novuna Business Finance shows that 67% of small business owners consider technology to be hav
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Are Supply-Chain Delays Killing Your Business?

Business owners generally focus most on the sales that bring in the income, rather than on their suppliers. That’s understandable, but it can also be short sighted. Recent research by retail bank Aldermore has found that well over half of SMEs have suffered supply-chain problems in the past year — and this has cost a total of £1.9 billion. Why Are There Supply Chain Delays? Disruptions to supply chains have been goin
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SMEs and Open Banking — A Booming Combination

One of the major financial innovations of the past decade has been the rise of open banking. This term describes the use of open APIs (application programming interfaces) to allow users more control over their banking. While uptake has been limited among consumers, it’s proved popular with SMEs. Recent research has shown more than 750,000 SMEs using it in the UK. What Is Open Banking? Open banking is the general term
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Cryptocurrency and Insolvency — What’s the Future?

Cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin and many others, have being growing in popularity for several years, but have posed a challenge in several legal areas. This has included insolvency laws. After all, how can you include as an asset something that’s not only non-physical, but also anonymous? However, English law has recently started trying to define cryptocurrencies as assets, so what does that mean for insolvency law? T
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Improving Financial Outcomes — The FCA’s Three-Year Strategy

Most people would agree that the financial sector has been in dire need of more targeted regulation — and, on the whole, those companies that have always operated ethically would also agree. In a sector tarnished by everything from the LIBOR scandal to consumer scams, tougher regulations should allow firms already meeting or exceeding those standards to get a head-start. What’s the Background to the Strategy? S
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LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPANY LETTERHEADS AND EMAIL FOOTERS

Did you know that your business email footer must contain specific pieces of information by law? The Companies Act (UK letterhead legal requirements) states that all business must display the following business details on their letterheads. The name of their business The part of the country that the business is registered The registered company number The address of the registered office Furthermore – if you’re a par
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Keep Safe from Cyber-Crime

Early this month, BA issued an apologetic warning that their booking website had been hacked. Describing the incident as a “sophisticated, malicious criminal attack”, they admitted that customers’ credit card details had been stolen — including the CVV codes, suggesting an interception rather than harvesting data. BA is just the latest in a long list of major organisations that have suffered recent
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Private Businesses in 2018 — Advice from PwC

Every year brings new challenges and opportunities for businesses, but 2018 seems set to be even more challenging than usual. And it’s not just me who thinks so. PwC (Pricewaterhouse Coopers), one of the Big Four auditors, has set out six things for private businesses to look out for in 2018. Corporate Governance for Private Businesses The FRC is planning a big shake-up of the Corporate Governance Code. They’re curre
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Keeping Your Business Out of Trouble

We’ve all read it over the past few months, banks, phone companies, and goodness how many other institutions have been hacked. Daily scams are becoming the norm; and every day seems to add to the problems small businesses are facing, myself included. I have written before about protecting your business with contingency planning and I make no apologies for repeating my concern. Remember to check this on a regular basi
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NUISANCE CALLS

Most of us would struggle to do without a phone, but the price of our dependence is being bombarded by nuisance calls and text messages. You may have been plagued by calls offering you everything from PPI compensation to double glazing — and those are the more benign ones. Many nuisance callers are trying to scam you. You’re not alone. Research by Which? suggests that between 2013 and 2016, 40% of all phone calls wer
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