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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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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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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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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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Winter had a sting in the tail, but did your business get through it unscathed?

The end of the tax year is in sight, and it’s a time when many businesses suddenly find unpaid invoices making a hole in their profits. Hopefully you’re on top of your finances, but do get in touch with SJ Collections if you need any help chasing up debts. 2018 seems to be throwing up more challenges than usual for SMEs, from the government’s overhaul of the Corporate Governance Code to an unprecedented level of cybe
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Trouble Ahead for Small Businesses?

One the great successes that’s bucked the trend of recession and austerity over the past decade has been the small business sector. Apart from a brief dip after the Brexit vote, the FSB’s (Federation of Small Businesses) confidence has been positive for the last five years. All that seems to be changing, though. The Small Business Boom Since the crash of 2008, things haven’t been easy for business, or for their emplo
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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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You Might Be Surprised Who the Biggest Tax Dodgers Are

Tax evasion and avoidance are big news these days, and most of us associate them with the multinational corporations and super-rich celebrities we read about in the news. But HMRC recently revealed who the biggest culprits are — SMEs. SME Tax Evasion HMRC estimates that they’re owed a total of £5.2bn in evaded tax payments, and of course those are only the debts they know about. Tax evasion, unlike tax avoidance, is
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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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