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Should You Act as a Personal Guarantor for a Business Loan?

Have you ever been asked to act as a personal guarantor on a business loan? Maybe you’ve been asked by a business owner you’re on good terms with, or maybe you’ve considered taking on the role for a limited company you’re a director of. Is it a good idea to accept the request — and what could the consequences be? What Is a Personal Guarantee? There are various ways of offering security to a lender for a business loan
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Is Your Business at Risk from Global Supply Chain Problems

There plenty of challenges at the moment to SMEs, but one the major dangers comes from the global problems in the supply chain. This is largely down to the war in Ukraine and the resulting sanctions against Russia, but it isn’t a simple issue. How might this affect your business? Challenges to the Global Supply Chain The supply chain into the UK has suffered a series of blows over the past couple of years. The afterm
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Commercial Rent Arrears — Six Months’ Moratorium

During the Covid lockdown, many businesses unable to trade or use their premises fell into arrears with their commercial rent. Although businesses are generally up and running again, many have found difficulties in catching up with these arrears. This has obviously also impacted on landlords’ finances, but the government’s Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022, which came into force on 24th March, has se
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You Could Be Disqualified as a Director for Failure to Keep Accounts

You have a lot on your plate as a business owner, and keeping your accounts up to date might seem like something that can be put off till you have more time. This is unwise, even if nothing goes wrong, but there are circumstances when getting caught with your accounts undone could lead to disqualification as a Director. The Case of Mitchell Smith The government has recently announced the disqualification of Mitchell
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Are You Ready for the Recession?

It’s obvious to everyone now that we’re heading into recession. Energy and fuel costs spiralling and food prices rising are going to affect everyone on a personal level, but they could also have a knock-on effect on your business. Are you in a position to get through this? What’s Happening to the Economy? A number of factors have combined to create shortages (and therefore rising prices) across the
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Why Do I Need a Formal Contract?

Contracts come in many different types. A contract can be a document to rival War and Peace in length and complexity, or it can be little more than a handshake. However, it’s a contract if it amounts to a provable agreement of how business is going to be conducted between two parties. So do you really need something formal, when an informal agreement serves the same purpose? What Is a Contract A contract is a l
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Why You Should Always Ask for Payment Up Front

If you’re offering services to clients, you have the choice of whether to request payment up front, allow them to pay after delivery or set up a payment plan. Many business owners shy away from asking for up-front payment, fearing it will make them less attractive to prospects. However, this can lead to situations of having to pursue the client through the courts for unpaid invoices — or even having to write th
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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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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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