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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.

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 during lockdown

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 2021, 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

Covid-19: Making Ethical Business Decisions

Covid-19: Making Ethical Business Decisions

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Covid-19: Making Ethical Business Decisions

Michelle Wright, Founder and CEO of one of the UK’s first B Corporations, discusses the importance of making ethical business decisions in times of hardship

4 Omnichannel Marketing Strategies for SMEs

4 Omnichannel Marketing Strategies for SMEs

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4 Omnichannel Marketing Strategies for SMEs

From creating buyer personas to implementing A/B testing, we explore four of the most effective ways to integrate omnichannel marketing strategies into your next campaign

Growing Your Family-Run Construction Business

Growing Your Family-Run Construction Business

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Growing Your Family-Run Construction Business

Katy Carter of B&A Group explores six strategies to successfully grow your family-run construction business, including a focus on team development and establishing a strong brand image

Mobile Marketing for Hospitality Businesses

Mobile Marketing for Hospitality Businesses

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Mobile Marketing for Hospitality Businesses

Mobile marketing is a fantastic way to connect with customers, especially during the pandemic. Here are four ways to leverage mobile marketing to help grow your hospitality business

A Guide to Agile People Management

A Guide to Agile People Management

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A Guide to Agile People Management

Agile management has become more popular amongst UK SMEs during the pandemic whilst teams work remotely. Here's a quick look at the basics