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Can’t Pay or Won’t Pay — Know Your Debtor

If someone owes you money that’s well overdue, you’ll want to take action to try and recover it. That’s quite right — but it’s important to go about it in the right way. In particular, it’s crucial to understand why the debtor isn’t paying. Two Types of Debtor Broadly speaking, people (whether individuals or business owners) fail to pay their bills for one of two reasons. Either they choose not to pay, or they simply
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Terms & Conditions — You Have Them But Do You Apply Them?

Let’s face it, none of us read the terms and conditions for the goods and services we buy. In fact, the Telegraph suggests that it would take most of us fifty years to read them all. So, does that mean you don’t have to read the Ts & Cs in the contracts you issue, either? Absolutely not. And, more to the point, it’s essential to apply them. What Are Your Terms & Conditions For? Your Ts & Cs don’t have to
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Summer’s here with a vengeance!

Depending on your circumstances you’re probably either enjoying yourself lying in the sun or suffering on an overheated, overcrowded Tube train. Because, there’s good and bad in most circumstances, even being owed money. The bad is obvious. The good is that you have the chance of ending up with more than you have now, but that means you have to go after it. Feel free to get in touch with SJ Collections if
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Protect Your Company Against Bad Debt

You can hardly have missed the major companies failing left, right and centre in recent months. Carillion, Palmer and Harvey, Maplin, Toys R Us — the list goes on. House of Fraser is in serious trouble, and that may well have gone further by the time you’re reading this. The problem goes all the way through business, from giants to SMEs. Corporate failures rose by 2.5% last year, and with two or three years of
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What Do You Need in an Application for Credit?

If you’re applying for credit, it’s important to make it easy for the person looking at your application. They’re only human, and if you catch them on a hard day with an application that’s difficult to follow, they may simply decide to reject it, rather than try to make sense of what you’ve sent. All About Your Business Whether your business is a company or a sole trader, remember to giv
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How Can Businesses and People Take Responsibility for Their Actions — and Do You?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines responsibility as “The state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or the state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something”, and action as “The fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim, or to act or do something official or concerted to achieve an aim or deal with a problem”. The question is, how can we take responsibility for our acti
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Prompt Payment Directory Has Harsh Words For New Regulation

  It seems like every week new data surfaces about the struggle U.K. small businesses endure when trying to get paid from their larger corporate customers. Small suppliers across the globe are struggling with cash flow as businesses turn to extending payment terms to extend their own capital. In the U.K., regulators have taken note of the issue and have gradually made efforts to ease the financial pain for SMEs.
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Duty to Report — Will It Have Any Effect?

SMEs that rely on large companies as clients have always suffered from a power imbalance when it comes to paying bills, and the situation seems to be getting worse. It’s been estimated £266bn is being withheld from SMEs through late payment, and there are signs this has been increasing since the Brexit vote. Duty to Report All political parties are promising action, and the Duty to Report measures were introduced in
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New Penalties for Residential Landlords and the New Tax Year

On the 6th April, new measures were introduced to penalise residential landlords who aren’t compliant with duties set out by housing legislation, notably the Housing Act 2004. Although no new obligations have been introduced, the consequences of neglecting existing ones have been significantly increased. Local authorities now have the power to impose direct financial penalties on landlords who breach the Act, rather
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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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