Managing Costs

Manage your business costs well means you protect the bottom line

Managing the cost of business overheads and other outgoings helps you balance the books, preventing over-spending and cushioning the impact on the bottom line. Keeping costs under control could also save your business during tough times. Understanding this area of finance is essential – whatever the economic climate.

How to Save Money on Your Business’ Utility Bills

How to Save Money on Your Business’ Utility Bills

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How to Save Money on Your Business’ Utility Bills

Kelly Ivison, Managing Director of Exchange Utility, outlines her top tips on how SMEs can save money on their business utility bills through smart plugs, solar power and more

The Importance of Business Interruption Insurance

The Importance of Business Interruption Insurance

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The Importance of Business Interruption Insurance

Business interruption insurance could mean the difference between survival and closure for many SMEs. Doug Kelley of specialist insurance brokers Bluedrop Services explains more

Saving Energy Costs Across Your Business Fleet

Saving Energy Costs Across Your Business Fleet

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Saving Energy Costs Across Your Business Fleet

Tom Preston of Hippo Leasing explores the many ways SME leaders can save energy while running a more productive and efficient business fleet

Is Vehicle Leasing the Right Option for Your SME?

Is Vehicle Leasing the Right Option for Your SME?

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Is Vehicle Leasing the Right Option for Your SME?

To buy or to lease? Many SMEs struggle to weigh the pros and cons of leasing a fleet of vehicles versus purchasing outright. Tom Preston talks us through the key points to consider

How to Launch a Business From Your Kitchen Table

How to Launch a Business From Your Kitchen Table

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How to Launch a Business From Your Kitchen Table

Many small businesses start life from the kitchen table, spare bedroom or garden shed. Merje Shaw, MD of Path59, shares her advice on getting your business off the ground

Small Business Online Accounting Software

Small Business Online Accounting Software

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Small Business Online Accounting Software

Finding the perfect online accounting software for your business can be tricky with so many providers available to choose from. Here's our guide.

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

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

Setting Up an Energy Contract for Your Business

Setting Up an Energy Contract for Your Business

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Setting Up an Energy Contract for Your Business

Finding the right energy supplier can be a headache for small business owners. Here's a simple guide to getting your business utilities up and running

Starting Your Own Consultancy Business

Starting Your Own Consultancy Business

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Starting Your Own Consultancy Business

​Starting a consulting business is like starting any other business, except most consultants have a head start because they already work in their field.

How to Begin Business Debt Consolidation

How to Begin Business Debt Consolidation

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How to Begin Business Debt Consolidation

​If your business is struggling financially, debt consolidation is an effective first step towards getting things back on track. Here's how you can start.

Why Offering a Free Trial Might Not Be Such A Great Idea

Why Offering a Free Trial Might Not Be Such A Great Idea

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Why Offering a Free Trial Might Not Be Such A Great Idea

Offering free products or trials can seem like a great idea for persuading people to use and talk about what you’re offering, but what are the implications?

Why Not to Get Into a Price War With a Competitor

Why Not to Get Into a Price War With a Competitor

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Why Not to Get Into a Price War With a Competitor

Sensible pricing is essential for business – but price wars can be disastrous, and usually mean that everybody loses.

How to Forecast Your Annual Profits

How to Forecast Your Annual Profits

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How to Forecast Your Annual Profits

Knowing how to forecast your profits is essential to small business. We share the basics of putting together an annual forecast.