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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.
Business Name Fails: How Not to Name a Business

Business Name Fails: How Not to Name a Business

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Business Name Fails: How Not to Name a Business

Picking the wrong name for your business can set you up for failure. So make sure you avoid these common mistakes when naming your company

Setting Up an Energy Contract for Your Business

Setting Up an Energy Contract for Your Business

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Setting Up an Energy Contract for Your Business

Finding the right energy supplier can be a headache for small business owners. Here's a simple guide to getting your business utilities up and running

25 Years of Web Design

25 Years of Web Design

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25 Years of Web Design

How has web design evolved since Tim Berners-Lee launched the world wide web? We chart its history from Mosaic to the emergence of responsive design

Excel Tips for Business

Excel Tips for Business

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Excel Tips for Business

Microsoft Excel is the world's most important piece of business software. Business owners won't need an accountant with these handy little spreadsheet hacks

Currency Risk: How Businesses Can Manage It

Currency Risk: How Businesses Can Manage It

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Currency Risk: How Businesses Can Manage It

Exchange rate fluctuations can have a significant impact on any business. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways for SMEs to manage their currency risk

How to Make a Good Video for Your Business

How to Make a Good Video for Your Business

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How to Make a Good Video for Your Business

Video marketing has become a 'must-do' for small businesses that want to stand out from the crowd. So what makes a good video? Check out these top tips

Rebranding a Company: Lessons from AOL

Rebranding a Company: Lessons from AOL

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Rebranding a Company: Lessons from AOL

AOL's rebrand may have divided opinion, but it taught businesses a number of lessons about rebranding. Here are the most important ones

How What3Words Revolutionized Addresses

How What3Words Revolutionized Addresses

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How What3Words Revolutionized Addresses

What3Words, the London-based startup founded in 2013, has transformed the lives of billions by giving them something they've never had – an address

Going Global: the Secrets of International Expansion

Going Global: the Secrets of International Expansion

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Going Global: the Secrets of International Expansion

Expanding overseas can be a daunting prospect for any small business, but a plethora of online tools is enabling companies to compete from the outset

The Impact of the Uber Ruling on the Gig Economy

The Impact of the Uber Ruling on the Gig Economy

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The Impact of the Uber Ruling on the Gig Economy

Uber's defeat in a recent employment tribunal will have a huge impact on the company, but what are the wider implications for the gig economy as a whole?

The Five Best Crowdfunding Sites for Your Business

The Five Best Crowdfunding Sites for Your Business

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The Five Best Crowdfunding Sites for Your Business

Crowdfunding has given startups and SMEs an exciting new route to investment, but what are the five best crowdfunding sites for UK businesses?

History of E-Commerce

History of E-Commerce

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History of E-Commerce

Think of the history of e-commerce, and you'd probably think of the 1990s. But you'd be wrong. Here's our short guide, from ARPANET to Google algorithms

Facebook Workplace: a Useful Tool for SMEs?

Facebook Workplace: a Useful Tool for SMEs?

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Facebook Workplace: a Useful Tool for SMEs?

With the launch of Workplace, Facebook will be competing with the likes of Slack and Yammer. We weigh up the pros and cons of the company's enterprise tool

Tackling Changes to Reporting Lines

Tackling Changes to Reporting Lines

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Tackling Changes to Reporting Lines

With more and more businesses changing their reporting lines, how can you avoid employee conflict when you change your business structure?

The New £5 Note and the Future of Cash

The New £5 Note and the Future of Cash

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The New £5 Note and the Future of Cash

The new polymer £5 note was recently introduced by The Bank of England. But what does it mean for money and can it withstand the growth of digital payments?

How to Improve Cash Flow

How to Improve Cash Flow

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How to Improve Cash Flow

Poor cash flow is the biggest cause of small business failure, but there are plenty of ways that business owners can overcome this barrier to growth

Angel Investors: an Introduction

Angel Investors: an Introduction

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Angel Investors: an Introduction

Angel investors are an important part of the business funding landscape in the UK. But what is an angel investor, and how could they benefit your business?

Starting a Business

Starting a Business

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Starting a Business

Have you ever considered starting a business? Our step-by-step guide should be all you need to turn your startup dream into reality

Choosing a Domain Name

Choosing a Domain Name

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Choosing a Domain Name

Domain names are a key part of a company's online identity. So how do you go about choosing a domain name for your business, and how can you protect it?

How Does Crowdfunding Differ to P2P Lending?

How Does Crowdfunding Differ to P2P Lending?

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How Does Crowdfunding Differ to P2P Lending?

Crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending are often lumped together, but there's an important distinction between these two types of business finance

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