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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.
Dissecting the Aftermath of General Election 2017

Dissecting the Aftermath of General Election 2017

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Dissecting the Aftermath of General Election 2017

As parliament takes its summer recess and attention turns to Brexit, how does one make sense of the last three months in UK politics? And what's next?

Giant Pandas, Doorbells & Dystopian Futures

Giant Pandas, Doorbells & Dystopian Futures

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Giant Pandas, Doorbells & Dystopian Futures

The two biggest reasons to visit Edinburgh this winter. Why The Handmaid's Tale cleaned up at the Emmys. How is Nest making smart homes smarter?

What Is a Sole Trader?

What Is a Sole Trader?

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What Is a Sole Trader?

Thinking of setting up as a sole trader? Find out what it means, how to register, and the advantages and disadvantages of this type of business structure

How to Make Meetings More Productive

How to Make Meetings More Productive

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How to Make Meetings More Productive

Meetings can be a huge drain on company resources, but they don't need to be. Wave goodbye to the bored room with these essential business meeting tips

Shared Parental Leave: a Guide for Employers

Shared Parental Leave: a Guide for Employers

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Shared Parental Leave: a Guide for Employers

The UK government introduced shared parental leave in 2015, offering parents a more flexible childcare arrangement. But what does it all mean for employers?

Driverless Cars, Blockchain & Shapeshifting Clowns

Driverless Cars, Blockchain & Shapeshifting Clowns

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Driverless Cars, Blockchain & Shapeshifting Clowns

Discovering how driverless cars actually see. How a Finnish fintech startup is making life easier for refugees. Is It the horror movie of the year?

Debentures: What Are They and How Do They Work?

Debentures: What Are They and How Do They Work?

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Debentures: What Are They and How Do They Work?

If you're looking to apply for a business loan or overdraft, you might be asked to agree to a debenture. Here's everything you need to know about debentures

How to Find and Maintain Work-Life Balance

How to Find and Maintain Work-Life Balance

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How to Find and Maintain Work-Life Balance

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is notoriously difficult for entrepreneurs. But it's not impossible. Here's how you can find your perfect balance

Space, Fake Co-Founders & the Future of Amazon

Space, Fake Co-Founders & the Future of Amazon

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Space, Fake Co-Founders & the Future of Amazon

The expensive business of the space race. How a fake co-founder exposed sexism in the tech sector. What would a house controlled by Amazon look like?

Asset-Based Finance: a Guide for Small Businesses

Asset-Based Finance: a Guide for Small Businesses

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Asset-Based Finance: a Guide for Small Businesses

Is asset-based finance a good fit for your business? This guide examines the pros and cons of factoring, invoice discounting and asset-based lending

The Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant

The Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant

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The Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant

Hiring a virtual assistant can deliver numerous benefits to a business, but there are a few things to consider before bringing a virtual PA on board

Secured and Unsecured Loans Explained

Secured and Unsecured Loans Explained

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Secured and Unsecured Loans Explained

When applying for business funding, you might get quotes for secured and unsecured loans. What's the difference between these two types of business finance?

Tapas, Pay Gaps & the Secrets of Netflix

Tapas, Pay Gaps & the Secrets of Netflix

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Tapas, Pay Gaps & the Secrets of Netflix

Exploring the cheap eats of Seville. Tackling the super-sized salaries of corporate CEOs. How does Netflix know what you like and don't like?

Business Energy: Getting the Best Deal for Your SME

Business Energy: Getting the Best Deal for Your SME

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Business Energy: Getting the Best Deal for Your SME

As a small business owner, you'll want to pay as little as possible for your energy supply. Here's how to avoid the traps of the business energy market

Small Business PR: How to Do PR on a Budget

Small Business PR: How to Do PR on a Budget

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Small Business PR: How to Do PR on a Budget

Getting press coverage for your small business needn't be that tricky. Here's how to do your own small business PR on a budget, without using a PR agency

How to Network Effectively

How to Network Effectively

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How to Network Effectively

Networking events remain an important part of the modern business landscape. Learn how to network effectively with these top networking tips

Spinach Pastries, Ghosts & The Power of Spotify

Spinach Pastries, Ghosts & The Power of Spotify

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Spinach Pastries, Ghosts & The Power of Spotify

The gastronomic delights of the Greek capital. The little blue ghost keeping your data secure. Why is Spotify bigger than radio for some artists?

Choosing the Best Payment Options for Your Business

Choosing the Best Payment Options for Your Business

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Choosing the Best Payment Options for Your Business

All businesses need to offer the right payment options to their customers. With a plethora of choices available, what payment options should you consider?

A Simple Guide to Accessing Your VAT Returns

A Simple Guide to Accessing Your VAT Returns

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A Simple Guide to Accessing Your VAT Returns

When you apply for a business loan or other type of business funding, a lender might ask to see your VAT returns. Here's how you can access them online

Water Deregulation: What Does it Mean for SMEs?

Water Deregulation: What Does it Mean for SMEs?

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Water Deregulation: What Does it Mean for SMEs?

The non-domestic water market in England was deregulated on 1 April 2017. Here's everything small businesses need to know about water deregulation

 

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