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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.

Creating Consumer Trust for Ecommerce in 2021

Creating Consumer Trust for Ecommerce in 2021

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Creating Consumer Trust for Ecommerce in 2021

Jon Higham of Medicine Direct outlines the importance of building consumer trust online so your business can keep trading during the Covid-19 pandemic

Covid-19: Marketing Your Business in 2021

Covid-19: Marketing Your Business in 2021

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Covid-19: Marketing Your Business in 2021

When it comes to communicating with customers during the pandemic, marketing can help small businesses get back on their feet that bit quicker. Here’s how

Five Ways to Build Your Brand Out of a Recession

Five Ways to Build Your Brand Out of a Recession

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Five Ways to Build Your Brand Out of a Recession

Charlotte Nichols of Harvey & Hugo talks us through five ways business owners can utilize PR and marketing to rebuild their brand after a recession

How to Use PR to Maximize Reach in 2021

How to Use PR to Maximize Reach in 2021

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How to Use PR to Maximize Reach in 2021

Ellen Widdup, ​Editorial Director of Prominent PR, explores how PR has fundamentally changed as a result of the pandemic and why SMEs should alter their approach for 2021

3 Reasons Why Customer Personas Really Matter

3 Reasons Why Customer Personas Really Matter

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3 Reasons Why Customer Personas Really Matter

Learn more about why customer personas are important when optimising your business strategy and how to create them using our easy step-by-step guide

8 Tips For Entering into Introduction Agreements

8 Tips For Entering into Introduction Agreements

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8 Tips For Entering into Introduction Agreements

Patrick McCallum of Wright Hassall LLP talks us through eight steps business owners should take when entering into an introduction agreement

How to Check Your Business' HMRC Position

How to Check Your Business' HMRC Position

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How to Check Your Business' HMRC Position

Here's our handy guide covering how UK business owners can check their company's HMRC position for PAYE and VAT online

Covid-19: How Accountants Can Support SMEs

Covid-19: How Accountants Can Support SMEs

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Covid-19: How Accountants Can Support SMEs

Elizabeth Hughes of Pandle outlines the many ways an accountant can provide practical guidance to help business owners weather the Covid-19 storm

What Happens to VAT After Brexit?

What Happens to VAT After Brexit?

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What Happens to VAT After Brexit?

Andrew Diver, Head of Taxation at Beatons Group, debunks some common myths about VAT after Brexit and sheds some light on what may happen in the months ahead

Commercial Contracts & Acting Responsibly

Commercial Contracts & Acting Responsibly

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Commercial Contracts & Acting Responsibly

Evie Clemance of Backhouse Solicitors talks us through government guidance on acting responsibly when enforcing contractual arrangements during the Covid-19 pandemic

Optimising Your Ecommerce Strategy for 2021

Optimising Your Ecommerce Strategy for 2021

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Optimising Your Ecommerce Strategy for 2021

The pandemic has fundamentally changed the way consumers spend their money. With this in mind, Maura Monaghan takes a look at how SMEs can adapt their ecommerce strategy

Community Based Marketing for B2B SMEs

Community Based Marketing for B2B SMEs

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Community Based Marketing for B2B SMEs

Ashley Friedlein explores the concept of community based marketing and shares tips on how to create your own community as a B2B SME

How to Create B2B Seasonal Marketing Campaigns

How to Create B2B Seasonal Marketing Campaigns

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How to Create B2B Seasonal Marketing Campaigns

Andy Woods, Design Director at web design and development agency Rouge Media, explores how B2B brands can add seasonal campaigns to their online marketing mix

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