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Coronavirus Business Advice Hub

In uncertain times, businesses need clarity and information. We’ve created our Coronavirus Business Advice Hub to give small business owners the knowledge, resources and guides they need to help them keep their business trading.

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Welcome to the Fleximize Knowledge Hub. As pioneers at the centre of the alternative finance industry, we know what’s what when it comes to small business. So take a look at our advice, tips and expert guidance to help you launch and grow your own venture. We’ve cherry-picked topics that affect all SMEs – from law, finance, tax and employment, to creative strategy and marketing. Bookmark your favourite Knowledge Hub articles, and do visit regularly – we’re always adding useful content.

A Guide to Agile People Management

A Guide to Agile People Management

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A Guide to Agile People Management

Agile management has become more popular amongst UK SMEs during the pandemic whilst teams work remotely. Here's a quick look at the basics

Promoting Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Promoting Neurodiversity in the Workplace

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Promoting Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Thomas Owen of Viking Extrusions explores the many benefits of neurodiversity in the workplace, with a particular focus on how to employ and support autistic employees

How to Make Better Business Decisions

How to Make Better Business Decisions

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How to Make Better Business Decisions

Making big decisions for your business can seem daunting, especially in times of economic uncertainty. Here's our guide to approaching decision making as a business owner

Covid-19: New Ways of Professional Networking

Covid-19: New Ways of Professional Networking

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Covid-19: New Ways of Professional Networking

Social distancing measures have drastically changed the way we connect with each other, making professional networking much trickier. Here are some alternatives

How to Find the Right IT Service Provider

How to Find the Right IT Service Provider

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How to Find the Right IT Service Provider

Vikki Durden of UK IT Service shares her tips on how to know when it's time to switch IT Service providers as a small business owner and how to find the right one

Costs Associated With Hiring Your First Employee

Costs Associated With Hiring Your First Employee

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Costs Associated With Hiring Your First Employee

Simon Thomas, Founder and Managing Director of Ridgefield Consulting, talks us through the unexpected costs associated with hiring your first employee as a small business owner

Combatting Loneliness & Isolation Amongst Staff

Combatting Loneliness & Isolation Amongst Staff

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Combatting Loneliness & Isolation Amongst Staff

With unprecedented numbers of UK employees working from home, many have found themselves facing social isolation and loneliness. Here's what employers can do to help

Wrongful Trading Rules During Covid-19

Wrongful Trading Rules During Covid-19

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Wrongful Trading Rules During Covid-19

Jon Munnery of UK Liquidators talks us through the temporary suspension of wrongful trading rules for businesses experiencing financial struggles due to the coronavirus pandemic

Why Management Training is Crucial for SMEs

Why Management Training is Crucial for SMEs

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Why Management Training is Crucial for SMEs

Implementing quality management training will make employees feel more integrated as a team and increase motivation levels, resulting in happier staff and better performance. Here's how

How to Ensure Your Marketing Is Responsible

How to Ensure Your Marketing Is Responsible

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How to Ensure Your Marketing Is Responsible

When processing customer data for marketing purposes, small businesses need to implement responsible marketing practices and consider customer trust. Scott Logie of REaD Group explores

Modern Leadership in Today's Workplace

Modern Leadership in Today's Workplace

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Modern Leadership in Today's Workplace

Robert Ordever, Managing Director of O.C Tanner Europe, discusses what being a modern leader means and why it's crucial for success in today's workplace

An SME's Guide to Press Release Distribution

An SME's Guide to Press Release Distribution

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An SME's Guide to Press Release Distribution

Press release distribution is a fantastic way for SMEs to spread the word about their business, along with building brand awareness and credibility. Here's how to get it right

Covid-19: Managing Commercial Leases

Covid-19: Managing Commercial Leases

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Covid-19: Managing Commercial Leases

LawBite's Philippa Cobb explores the impact of lockdown on commercial leases, including government's temporary legal protection for commercial tenants

Encouraging Footfall to Your Hospitality Business

Encouraging Footfall to Your Hospitality Business

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Encouraging Footfall to Your Hospitality Business

With the hospitality industry taking a massive hit due to the coronavirus pandemic, we explore three strategies that hospitality businesses can implement to encourage footfall

How Restaurants Can Use Tech to Serve Customers

How Restaurants Can Use Tech to Serve Customers

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How Restaurants Can Use Tech to Serve Customers

With more and more restaurants, cafes, and pubs reopening, we take a look at how hospitality businesses can embrace tech to serve their customers in a covid-secure way

Protecting Your SME from Future Disasters

Protecting Your SME from Future Disasters

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Protecting Your SME from Future Disasters

Doug Kelley of specialist insurance brokers Bluedrop Services share his insights onto how UK SMEs can protect their business, employees and customers from future disasters

Getting Communication Right During a Crisis

Getting Communication Right During a Crisis

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Getting Communication Right During a Crisis

​Darren Hockley, Managing Director of DeltaNet International, shares insight into the importance of effective communication during a crisis and how it can help build lasting relationships

Covid-19 Business Stories: Ten Green Bottles

Covid-19 Business Stories: Ten Green Bottles

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Covid-19 Business Stories: Ten Green Bottles

We spoke to Simon Broad, Director of Brighton-based Ten Green Bottles, about how he was able to pivot his business offering to serve customers through lockdown

An SME's Guide to Excellent Customer Service

An SME's Guide to Excellent Customer Service

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An SME's Guide to Excellent Customer Service

Providing excellent customer service leads to higher retention rates as well as attracting new customers. Here are our top tips on how to deliver an exceptional customer experience

5 Steps to Creating a Long-Term Virtual Office

5 Steps to Creating a Long-Term Virtual Office

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5 Steps to Creating a Long-Term Virtual Office

With many small businesses considering a permanent shift to remote working, Mike Castle of ITRM shares five steps that will help you to create a long-term, highly efficient virtual office