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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.

An SME’s Guide to Data Protection and Brexit

An SME’s Guide to Data Protection and Brexit

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An SME’s Guide to Data Protection and Brexit

​Jonathan Smy of SMY IT Services talks us through the new data protection regulations that business owners need to be aware of as the UK leaves the European Union

How to Make a Success of Small Business Saturday

How to Make a Success of Small Business Saturday

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How to Make a Success of Small Business Saturday

The UK's eighth Small Business Saturday takes place on 5th December, and it's not too late to get involved. Here's how your business can make the most of it

2020 Small Business Christmas Gift Guide

2020 Small Business Christmas Gift Guide

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2020 Small Business Christmas Gift Guide

With Christmas just around the corner we share our favourite small businesses to shop with, including an interactive map of the small businesses local to you

A Guide to East Anglia's Christmas Food Producers

A Guide to East Anglia's Christmas Food Producers

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A Guide to East Anglia's Christmas Food Producers

To celebrate Small Business Saturday 2020, we've put together a list of food producers across Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, and Essex so that you can shop local this Christmas

Targeting Leads in the Run-up to Black Friday

Targeting Leads in the Run-up to Black Friday

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Targeting Leads in the Run-up to Black Friday

With this year's Black Friday being fully digital, Demi Edmunds of TextAnywhere outlines five strategies to help UK SMEs target high-quality leads

Using CRM Data to Build Marketing Campaigns

Using CRM Data to Build Marketing Campaigns

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Using CRM Data to Build Marketing Campaigns

Ella Patenall of Tech.co​ explores how SMEs can use CRM data to inform their long-term marketing strategy, including a look at data cleansing, segmentation and personalization

How to Avoid 'Greenwashing' as an SME

How to Avoid 'Greenwashing' as an SME

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How to Avoid 'Greenwashing' as an SME

Donald Moore, Chair of B Corporation Rowlinson Knitwear, discusses what organisations must do if they're to take the UK's goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 seriously

Talk Money Week: Support for Business Owners

Talk Money Week: Support for Business Owners

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Talk Money Week: Support for Business Owners

We take a look at how business owners can cultivate healthy conversations about money, along with outlining three steps to achieve stable cash flow

An SME's Guide to Trading Through Lockdown

An SME's Guide to Trading Through Lockdown

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An SME's Guide to Trading Through Lockdown

We take a look at some of the platforms small business owners can use in order to keep trading safely in the lead up to Christmas 2020

How to Understand Your Payslips as an Employee

How to Understand Your Payslips as an Employee

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How to Understand Your Payslips as an Employee

Stacey McIntosh of Sage Advice UK​ talks us through how to understand your payslips as an employee, including a look at key terminology

Managing Document Security in the Workplace

Managing Document Security in the Workplace

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Managing Document Security in the Workplace

Ben Liu of Kofax takes a look at why it's essential to invest time into protecting your business' paperwork and digital file infrastructure

10 Common Business Risks For Contractors

10 Common Business Risks For Contractors

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10 Common Business Risks For Contractors

Paul Monaco of Focus Oxford Risk Management explores the 10 most common business risks facing UK contractors and how to overcome them

Creating a Memorable Brand Image on Instagram

Creating a Memorable Brand Image on Instagram

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Creating a Memorable Brand Image on Instagram

Denise Langenegger of Instasize explores the power of a brand 'aesthetic' on social media and talks us through how to create impactful visual content on Instagram

Recent Changes to Corporate Tax Submissions

Recent Changes to Corporate Tax Submissions

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Recent Changes to Corporate Tax Submissions

Tim Pearce of BTCSoftware UK talks us through recent changes to Corporate Tax Submissions that will impact UK SMEs, such as the recently reduced VAT rate for hospitality businesses

How to Rebuild Business Reputation

How to Rebuild Business Reputation

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How to Rebuild Business Reputation

Angela Podmore, CEO and Founder of Kinetic Communications, discusses how SMEs can work to rebuild their reputation amid times of unrest

The 'Motherhood Penalty' & Parental Leave Pay

The 'Motherhood Penalty' & Parental Leave Pay

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The 'Motherhood Penalty' & Parental Leave Pay

Eliza Serna-Cochrane discusses how UK legislation and workplace discrimination makes it difficult for new mothers to return to full-time work and explores how business owners can change this

A Guide to Apprenticeships & The Kickstart Scheme

A Guide to Apprenticeships & The Kickstart Scheme

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A Guide to Apprenticeships & The Kickstart Scheme

Simon Thomas of Ridgefield Consulting​ covers everything employers need to know about taking on an apprentice in 2020, including the government's new Kickstart Scheme

Tackling Fleet Management Challenges with Tech

Tackling Fleet Management Challenges with Tech

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Tackling Fleet Management Challenges with Tech

Andreas Schneider of Vimcar explores how technology can be used to help tackle common fleet management challenges, such as preparing for the introduction of Clean Air Zones

How to Use the North Star Metric for Web Design

How to Use the North Star Metric for Web Design

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How to Use the North Star Metric for Web Design

Andy Woods of Rouge Media explores how the concept of the North Star Metric has helped Silicon Valley startups find success and how UK SMEs can apply the same concept to web design

Using Technology to Upskill Remote-Working Staff

Using Technology to Upskill Remote-Working Staff

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Using Technology to Upskill Remote-Working Staff

With many SMEs postponing employee training due to the pandemic, we explore why now is the time to focus on upskilling staff and how technology can help facilitate this