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.
20 Business Blogs to Follow in 2019

20 Business Blogs to Follow in 2019

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20 Business Blogs to Follow in 2019

If you're looking for some inspiration in 2019, we've curated a list of the best 20 blogs, magazines and websites that every business owner should bookmark. Here's the cream of the crop

How to Write & Deliver the Perfect Business Pitch

How to Write & Deliver the Perfect Business Pitch

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How to Write & Deliver the Perfect Business Pitch

Arden University's Alison Watson reveals how small business owners can develop their presentation skills to capture the attention of investors when delivering a business pitch

Is It Worth Branding Your SME as 'Family-Run'?

Is It Worth Branding Your SME as 'Family-Run'?

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Is It Worth Branding Your SME as 'Family-Run'?

Energy PR's Louise Findlay-Wilson considers the impact of marketing an SME as 'family run', including consumer and employee perceptions, along with the impact it can have on sales

Could You Benefit from a Leadership Audit?

Could You Benefit from a Leadership Audit?

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Could You Benefit from a Leadership Audit?

It's important to consider how your performance as a manager impacts staff productivity, company morale and, ultimately, the success of your business

Financial New Year’s Resolutions for SME Owners

Financial New Year’s Resolutions for SME Owners

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Financial New Year’s Resolutions for SME Owners

The new year is the perfect time to regroup and revisit your company's financial practices. Here are four resolutions to keep your business in the green this year

Does Your SME Need a Lone Working Policy?

Does Your SME Need a Lone Working Policy?

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Does Your SME Need a Lone Working Policy?

We explore why lone working policies are an important component of every SME's Health & Safety process, and how to go about writing one that's tailored to your employees

Pay Gaps, Disagreements & Christmas Reading

Pay Gaps, Disagreements & Christmas Reading

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Pay Gaps, Disagreements & Christmas Reading

The Fleximize Team run through key learnings from 2018, along with how to make 2019 a successful year for your business.

How Business Processes Impact Growth

How Business Processes Impact Growth

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How Business Processes Impact Growth

Many SMEs reach a state where growth plateaus while competition increases. But how can keeping on top of processes give your business the kick-start it needs?

The Four Pillars of Brand Purpose & Social Change

The Four Pillars of Brand Purpose & Social Change

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The Four Pillars of Brand Purpose & Social Change

Promoting brand purpose is all the rage at the moment, but it can backfire if executed badly. Tony Wright explores four key aspects to bear in mind for your next big campaign

The Psychology Behind Leading a Successful Team

The Psychology Behind Leading a Successful Team

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The Psychology Behind Leading a Successful Team

Having reliable employees that work well together is crucial to the success of any SME. Here are ten actionable changes you can make to ensure your teams are efficient and motivated

A Guide to Developing Confidence at Work

A Guide to Developing Confidence at Work

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A Guide to Developing Confidence at Work

Paul Russell of Luxury Training Academy explains how to develop your confidence and gain authority in the workplace

An SME's Guide to Business Award Applications

An SME's Guide to Business Award Applications

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An SME's Guide to Business Award Applications

Once your business has been running for a few years it's good practice to consider applying for small business awards. Here's how to go about it

How to Capitalize on Holiday Marketing Trends

How to Capitalize on Holiday Marketing Trends

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How to Capitalize on Holiday Marketing Trends

Amanda Walls, Director at Cedarwood Digital, shares her tips for capitalizing on holiday trends, including how to create ads that stand out and how free delivery can impact sales figures

Employment Law Changes to Look out for in 2019

Employment Law Changes to Look out for in 2019

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Employment Law Changes to Look out for in 2019

From an increase in NMW rates to CEO pay gap reporting, there are a number of employment law changes to look out for in 2019. Here's a closer look at the top 10

Why Your Marketing Leads Aren't Working

Why Your Marketing Leads Aren't Working

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Why Your Marketing Leads Aren't Working

Bryony Thomas from Watertight Marketing takes a look at common pitfalls SMEs face when executing their marketing strategy, and the four pillars of marketing success

Fleximize Misspellings

Fleximize Misspellings

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Fleximize Misspellings

At Fleximize, we’re pretty used to people misspelling or mispronouncing our name. Here's a quick rundown of our favourite misspellings from over the years

Managing Password Protection & Cyber-Stress

Managing Password Protection & Cyber-Stress

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Managing Password Protection & Cyber-Stress

Many SMEs struggle with effective password management and cyber-stress. Ian Pitt of LogMeIn explains how technology can relieve the burden

Corporate Social Responsibility for SMEs

Corporate Social Responsibility for SMEs

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Corporate Social Responsibility for SMEs

Corporate social responsibility policies are highly valued by employees, investors and customers alike. But what can SMEs do to play their part?

Establishing a Social Media Policy for Your SME

Establishing a Social Media Policy for Your SME

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Establishing a Social Media Policy for Your SME

Here's why every SME should have a watertight social media policy, along with a four-step guide on how to create one that your employees will abide by

2018 Small Business Christmas Gift Guide

2018 Small Business Christmas Gift Guide

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2018 Small Business Christmas Gift Guide

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