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.
Personal Data, Problem Pollution & Equal Pay

Personal Data, Problem Pollution & Equal Pay

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Personal Data, Problem Pollution & Equal Pay

How to protect your personal data on Facebook. The company aiming to solve London's pollution problem. Investigating why equal pay still doesn't exist.

Five Essential Steps to Exporting Success

Five Essential Steps to Exporting Success

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Five Essential Steps to Exporting Success

Exporting is an exciting prospect for any business, but it’s not without its challenges. Learn how to conquer overseas markets with this simple guide

How to Increase Profit With New Revenue Streams

How to Increase Profit With New Revenue Streams

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How to Increase Profit With New Revenue Streams

Introducing new revenue streams is a great way to reduce risk and boost profit. But how can a business find the best opportunities for additional income?

Ed Sheeran, Geordie Startups & P2P Shopping

Ed Sheeran, Geordie Startups & P2P Shopping

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Ed Sheeran, Geordie Startups & P2P Shopping

Why there's more to Suffolk than Ed Sheeran. The app that's connecting shoppers with travellers. What makes Newcastle a startup hub to be reckoned with?

Business Awards: 7 Steps to Getting Shortlisted

Business Awards: 7 Steps to Getting Shortlisted

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Business Awards: 7 Steps to Getting Shortlisted

With plenty of free awards available to businesses in the UK, it’s a great chance to generate some positive PR. Get yourself shortlisted with these top tips

Google Home, Gangsters & Gun Control

Google Home, Gangsters & Gun Control

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Google Home, Gangsters & Gun Control

The essential guide to the internet of things. Examining the scale of America’s growing gun problem. What makes the BBC crime thriller McMafia a must-see?

Simplifying HR: How to Make Work Less Complicated

Simplifying HR: How to Make Work Less Complicated

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Simplifying HR: How to Make Work Less Complicated

A complex HR function can impair company performance and weaken employee morale. Here’s how to simplify it for the good of your business

How to Download a Bank Statement

How to Download a Bank Statement

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How to Download a Bank Statement

A simple guide to downloading a bank statement from all of the major banks, including Lloyds, Barclays, NatWest, HSBC, Nationwide, Santander and RBS

Blockchain, Albanian Beaches & Tech Bro Slang

Blockchain, Albanian Beaches & Tech Bro Slang

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Blockchain, Albanian Beaches & Tech Bro Slang

Blockchain technology explained in cartoons. Why Albania is an underrated holiday destination. What is Uber founder Travis Kalanick talking about?

Sponsorship: Finding Your Brand's Perfect Match

Sponsorship: Finding Your Brand's Perfect Match

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Sponsorship: Finding Your Brand's Perfect Match

Sponsoring a sports team or TV show can be a cost-effective way for SMEs to reach their target audience. Here's how to use sponsorship to your advantage

Carillion Collapse: What Can Businesses Learn?

Carillion Collapse: What Can Businesses Learn?

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Carillion Collapse: What Can Businesses Learn?

The insolvency of Carillion will have far-reaching implications for its employees and contractors. But what lessons has it taught other businesses?

Card Surcharge Ban: How SMEs Can Offset the Cost

Card Surcharge Ban: How SMEs Can Offset the Cost

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Card Surcharge Ban: How SMEs Can Offset the Cost

It's now illegal for businesses to charge customers for debit and credit card payments. How can companies manage the impact of the card surcharge ban?

Social Good, Seaweed & Seamless Shopping

Social Good, Seaweed & Seamless Shopping

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Social Good, Seaweed & Seamless Shopping

The teenager developing an app for Alzheimer's sufferers. What the launch of Amazon Go means for retail. Could seaweed be the ideal replacement for plastic?

Brand Storytelling: Big Successes and Epic Fails

Brand Storytelling: Big Successes and Epic Fails

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Brand Storytelling: Big Successes and Epic Fails

Storytelling is a brilliant way of attracting and retaining customers. What can small businesses learn from the best and worst campaigns of recent years?

Open Banking: What Does it Mean for SMEs?

Open Banking: What Does it Mean for SMEs?

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Open Banking: What Does it Mean for SMEs?

The launch of Open Banking in the UK could end the banks' dominance of the financial services sector. But what benefits, if any, will this have for SMEs?

Discovering an Employee Has a Criminal Conviction

Discovering an Employee Has a Criminal Conviction

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Discovering an Employee Has a Criminal Conviction

What rights and responsibilities do employers have in respect of employees with undisclosed criminal records? Tackle this tricky issue with our handy guide

Slack, Sheds & Summer Holidays in Sicily

Slack, Sheds & Summer Holidays in Sicily

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Slack, Sheds & Summer Holidays in Sicily

The messaging app that will transform your business. Find out how somebody tricked TripAdvisor. Why there's far more to Sicily than the Mafia.

The ISDN Switch-Off: How to Prepare Your Business

The ISDN Switch-Off: How to Prepare Your Business

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The ISDN Switch-Off: How to Prepare Your Business

BT is switching off its ISDN and PSTN networks in 2025 and replacing them with voice-over-IP services. Here's how to prepare your business for the change

Why Employers Should Embrace Social Media

Why Employers Should Embrace Social Media

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Why Employers Should Embrace Social Media

Many employers regard social media as an unwelcome distraction and drain on company productivity. Used correctly, however, it could transform your workforce

How to Improve Staff Morale Cost-Effectively

How to Improve Staff Morale Cost-Effectively

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How to Improve Staff Morale Cost-Effectively

Evidence shows that happy employees are more productive and generate higher profits. But how can you improve staff morale on a small business budget?