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The Knowledge Hub

Business advice and articles for small business owners

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.

Overcoming the Skills Shortage in the UK

Overcoming the Skills Shortage in the UK

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Overcoming the Skills Shortage in the UK

Businesses have found it harder to recruit due to a widening skills gap in the UK. Founder Deepak Shukla shares his insight into hiring people in a difficult job market

Taking Legal Action Against Late Payments

Taking Legal Action Against Late Payments

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Taking Legal Action Against Late Payments

If a customer or business is late paying, you may need to act quickly to protect your cash flow. In this handy guide, LawBite explains the legal action you can take to resolve late payments

How to Submit a VAT Return

How to Submit a VAT Return

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How to Submit a VAT Return

Find out how and when UK businesses need to submit VAT returns to HMRC in compliance with Making Tax Digital, including how to make payments or get a VAT refund

Upcoming Tax Changes in April 2022

Upcoming Tax Changes in April 2022

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Upcoming Tax Changes in April 2022

As we approach the start of a new tax year, Charlotte Nash of Crunch outlines the changes small businesses can expect and how to minimize their impact on cash flow

Commercial Rent, Leases & Evictions for SMEs

Commercial Rent, Leases & Evictions for SMEs

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Commercial Rent, Leases & Evictions for SMEs

LawBite's property lawyers explore the legal challenges of business leases for commercial landlords and their tenants, including how to resolve the issue of rent arrears

Support for Female Entrepreneurs in 2022

Support for Female Entrepreneurs in 2022

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Support for Female Entrepreneurs in 2022

In light of the long-term impact of the pandemic on female entrepreneurs, we've compiled a collection of online resources, networking groups, and finance providers for women in business

Boosting Motivation with Employee Rewards

Boosting Motivation with Employee Rewards

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Boosting Motivation with Employee Rewards

Ahead of Employee Appreciation Day 2022, we spoke to the Fleximize team to reveal how staff rewards create a positive and productive workplace

Mastering the Art of Demand Forecasting

Mastering the Art of Demand Forecasting

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Mastering the Art of Demand Forecasting

Predicting buying habits is key to making better business decisions. Nick Shaw of Brightpearl reveals how businesses can accurately forecast future demand to maximize sales

5 Ways for Small Businesses to Manage Inflation

5 Ways for Small Businesses to Manage Inflation

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5 Ways for Small Businesses to Manage Inflation

From energy prices to wages, spiralling costs pose a serious threat to business recovery and profitability. Here are 5 strategies to protect your SME from the impact of inflation

Covid-19 Vaccines: A Guide for Employers

Covid-19 Vaccines: A Guide for Employers

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Covid-19 Vaccines: A Guide for Employers

As the UK Government revokes the mandatory vaccination policy for health and social care workers in England, questions are raised over the position of employers. Kim Knox of Lawbite explores

Why Apprentices are Crucial for SME Growth

Why Apprentices are Crucial for SME Growth

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Why Apprentices are Crucial for SME Growth

In recognition of National Apprenticeship Week 2022, we spoke to our staff to find out what it's like to be an apprentice at Fleximize and how it benefits the business as a whole

7 Mental Health Tips for Small Business Owners

7 Mental Health Tips for Small Business Owners

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7 Mental Health Tips for Small Business Owners

To mark this year's Blue Monday, CEO Peter Tuvey has put together his top seven tips for small business owners to improve their mental health and support their employees

Going Green: A Roadmap for British Manufacturers

Going Green: A Roadmap for British Manufacturers

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Going Green: A Roadmap for British Manufacturers

It's not easy being green, but now it's a must. John Pearce of Made in Britain talks us through how British manufacturers are helping each other to go greener, faster

How to Build an Efficient Sales Funnel

How to Build an Efficient Sales Funnel

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How to Build an Efficient Sales Funnel

A big online following doesn’t necessarily mean more sales for your business. Rebecca Barnatt-Smith explains how optimizing your sales funnel is crucial to lead conversion

Brexit: An SME's Checklist for Trading with the EU

Brexit: An SME's Checklist for Trading with the EU

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Brexit: An SME's Checklist for Trading with the EU

To help small businesses feeling uncertain about trading with the EU after Brexit, Carla Caroli from Lawbite shares a step-by-step guide to the cross-border movement of goods

How to Find the Right Packaging Design Partner

How to Find the Right Packaging Design Partner

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How to Find the Right Packaging Design Partner

Packaging can greatly impact your supply chain efficiency, so how can you improve your design? Rich Quelch of DiD talks us through hiring the right packaging partner

An SME's Guide to Working With Micro-Influencers

An SME's Guide to Working With Micro-Influencers

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An SME's Guide to Working With Micro-Influencers

Annabel Mulliner of Little Seed Group looks at how SMEs can work with micro-influencers to grow their brand and sales online

Upcoming VAT Changes for SMEs in 2021/22

Upcoming VAT Changes for SMEs in 2021/22

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Upcoming VAT Changes for SMEs in 2021/22

Ross Bramble of Crunch reveals how small businesses can prepare for the upcoming changes to VAT rates and processes in the UK, including the delayed Making Tax Digital scheme

10 Restaurant Sales Techniques to Boost Profits

10 Restaurant Sales Techniques to Boost Profits

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10 Restaurant Sales Techniques to Boost Profits

Encouraging your staff to upsell to customers can play a big role in boosting your restaurant profits. Here are 10 upselling techniques proven to work.

A Legal Guide to Intellectual Property for SMEs

A Legal Guide to Intellectual Property for SMEs

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A Legal Guide to Intellectual Property for SMEs

Intellectual Property can be a small business' most valuable asset, so it's vital to secure the right legal protection. Here's an essential guide from Lawbite's expert legal team