Fleximize (en-US) 2024-07-24T09:22:50+01:00 https://fleximize.com/feeds/atom https://fleximize.com/articles/236992/manage-ecommerce-inventory-2024 How SMEs Can Effectively Manage eCommerce Inventory In 2024 2024-06-17T00:00:00+01:00 2024-07-04T15:05:08+01:00 Brian Fajar Mauladhika eCommerce inventory management is key to preventing product waste, saving costs and time, and giving customers access to the products they want. Brian Fajar Mauladhika talks us through his top tips. https://fleximize.com/articles/269919/business-tax-year-dates-deadlines Tax deadlines and important key dates for UK businesses 2024-04-09T12:02:00+01:00 2024-07-04T12:56:56+01:00 Chloe Sexton A roundup of important tax year dates, payment deadlines, and legislation changes for 2024/25. Use our calendar to prepare for the new financial year with ease. https://fleximize.com/articles/238066/top-20-business-podcasts Top 20 Business Podcasts 2023-12-05T19:52:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:12:30+01:00 Chloe Sexton Discover the top 20 business podcasts for 2024 featuring innovative entrepreneurs, authoritative figures and inspirational leaders https://fleximize.com/articles/018166/black-friday-sale Is a Black Friday Sale Right for Your Business? 2023-11-15T00:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T13:18:29+01:00 Jessica Flinn Is a Black Friday sale right for your business? Fine jewellery purveyor Jessica Flinn explores tackling Black Friday as an SME in the luxury goods market https://fleximize.com/articles/016440/stress-small-business-owner Hidden Signs of Stress in Small Business Owners 2023-11-01T09:30:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:26:17+01:00 Henry Brookman Henry Brookman of Brookman Solicitors explores how to recognize the signs you might be feeling stressed in your role as a small business owner https://fleximize.com/articles/017053/understanding-cash-flow-analysis Understanding Cash Flow Analysis 2023-10-30T12:51:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:23:04+01:00 Jade Jordan Tracking cash flow is essential to the health of your business. Here's a guide to cash flow analysis and how to use this insight to manage your finances https://fleximize.com/articles/235840/presentation-design-trends Presentation Design Trends to Impress Investors 2023-10-27T15:26:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:06:19+01:00 Alina Midori Hernández Learn to make your presentation shine with these examples of truly eye-catching graphic design trends in 2023, according to Alina Hernández at Envato Elements. https://fleximize.com/articles/235402/employee-buyout Is an Employee Buyout Right for Your Business? 2023-10-20T12:08:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:20:21+01:00 The Fleximize Team This helpful guide covers the pros and cons of employee buyouts. Learn whether an employee buyout would be a good transition strategy for your business. https://fleximize.com/articles/234931/master-customer-feedback Master Customer Feedback: Learn, React, & Grow 2023-09-29T09:55:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:41:14+01:00 Scott Dodson Customer feedback is essential to business owners. Scott Dodson, Chief Growth Officer at PaleBlue, discusses measuring customer satisfaction in the world of tech. https://fleximize.com/articles/236697/targeting-leads-black-friday Targeting Leads in the Run-up to Black Friday 2023-09-26T15:15:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:23:57+01:00 Demi Edmunds With last year's Black Friday being fully digital, Demi Edmunds of TextAnywhere outlines five strategies to help UK SMEs target high-quality leads https://fleximize.com/articles/004237/best-ecommerce-platforms-for-small-retailers A Small Retailer's Guide to E-commerce Platforms 2023-09-26T10:30:00+01:00 2024-07-24T09:22:23+01:00 Rebecca Taylor Discover the top five best e-commerce platforms for small retailers with our handy guide. We explore the pros and cons, pricing, and overall best options for your business https://fleximize.com/articles/018162/crm-data-marketing Using CRM Data to Build Marketing Campaigns 2023-09-26T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:28:01+01:00 Ella Patenall Using CRM data correctly can lead to successful personalised marketing campaigns that aid business growth. Ella Patenall shares her outreach tips https://fleximize.com/articles/233340/business-budget-tips 10 Tips to Manage Business Budgets Like a Pro 2023-08-23T09:44:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:33:54+01:00 Ida Ohlsson Budgets are crucial for the success of any small or medium business. Use these ten tips to ensure that you manage your SME budget and are always prepared financially.  https://fleximize.com/articles/233248/creating-a-business-budget-that-works Creating a Business Budget That Really Works 2023-08-23T00:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:39:28+01:00 Simon Bacher Create a business budget that actually works for your company. Simon Bacher, CEO of ed tech app Ling, talks about the budgeting lessons he learnt to launch Ling into the app store - and keep it there https://fleximize.com/articles/232956/small-business-budget-allocation How to Craft & Manage a Small Business Budget 2023-08-22T00:00:00+01:00 2024-07-04T12:59:00+01:00 Lauren Wakeling Manage your small business budget with ease using this essential guide to budget allocation. Steal this handy budgeting blueprint for your own business https://fleximize.com/articles/233083/setting-prices-strategy Five Factors to Consider When Setting Your Prices 2023-08-21T00:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:10:02+01:00 Matthew Hayes Have you set your prices correctly? Learn how to create a pricing strategy with our in-depth look at the five things you need to analyse in your business to get your prices right. https://fleximize.com/articles/233111/sme-sales-summer-holidays How to Beat the School Holiday Sales Slump 2023-07-31T00:00:00+01:00 2024-05-30T09:49:54+01:00 Chris Price 75% of B2B businesses report a drop in sales during July and August. Learn how to beat the school summer holiday sales slump with advice from journalist Chris Price, writer at The Telegraph https://fleximize.com/articles/231067/flexible-working-school-holidays How Flexible Work Policies Ease School Holidays 2023-07-26T13:00:00+01:00 2024-06-04T15:36:40+01:00 The Fleximize Team Employees with school-age children can find the summer holidays a challenge. Here's how employers can make flexible working arrangements to ease the work-life balance. https://fleximize.com/articles/000814/business-ready-for-summer 8 Tips to Get Your Business Summer Ready 2023-07-25T08:00:00+01:00 2024-06-04T08:47:08+01:00 The Fleximize Team Level up your business by remaining agile to seasonal business trends. Our guide explains how to make the most of the school summer holidays. https://fleximize.com/articles/018587/recovery-loan-scheme A Guide to the Recovery Loan Scheme in 2023 2023-07-20T15:04:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:28:38+01:00 Catherine Oliver The recovery loan scheme is designed to support access to finance for UK businesses. However, there have been some key changes to the scheme since its launch in 2021. https://fleximize.com/articles/229767/lgbtqia-inclusive-workplaces How to Build LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Workplaces 2023-07-17T14:29:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:07:10+01:00 Joseph Williams A commitment to LGBTQI+ inclusion in the workplace can actually strengthen a business’s strategic position. https://fleximize.com/articles/229269/cultural-differences-business How to Handle Cultural Differences in Business 2023-07-14T14:09:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:17:35+01:00 Robin N. Hamilton Differences in communication styles don't have to be a problem in cross-cultural teams. Find out how to use cultural differences to benefit everyone in your SME https://fleximize.com/articles/227763/hr-crisis-management How to Create a HR Crisis Management Plan 2023-07-07T11:27:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:10:04+01:00 Jessica Fuhl This useful guide to crafting a strong HR crisis management strategy explains all you need to know to prevent a crisis turning into a disaster for your business. https://fleximize.com/articles/228152/business-strategy-guide A Guide to Pre-Recession Era Business Strategy 2023-07-05T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:26:25+01:00 Kesar Rana Six tips for adapting your business strategy in the pre-recession era. Learn how to navigate market trends, build resilience, and leverage technology to stay competitive https://fleximize.com/articles/228074/independent-retail-bucking-trends How Indie Retailers Can Buck Trends and Thrive 2023-06-30T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:39:30+01:00 Wizz Selvey Independent shops can thrive on the high street. Find out how independent retailers can buck trends to beat the big name stores. https://fleximize.com/articles/008967/payment-options-for-businesses Choosing the Best Payment Option for Your SME 2023-06-30T00:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:32:03+01:00 Rebecca Taylor The payment options you offer to customers can have a significant impact on sales. Here's a look at the pros and cons of cash, card, and mobile payments to help you decide https://fleximize.com/articles/226911/commercial-finance-broker How a Commercial Finance Broker Can Help SMEs 2023-06-12T12:35:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:27:30+01:00 Catherine Oliver Commercial finance brokers can help you understand your business financing options, and get you access to the right funding. https://fleximize.com/articles/015911/employee-burnout How to Spot Employee Burnout and Offer Support 2023-06-12T11:47:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:44:51+01:00 Carolyn Nevitte Discover seven early signs of employee burnout and what to do about it. Find out how preventing employee burnout can increase productivity and reduce workplace based stress https://fleximize.com/articles/226271/tiktok-marketing-guide The Ultimate TikTok Marketing Guide for SMEs 2023-06-05T16:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:04:01+01:00 Catherine Oliver Your complete Tiktok marketing guide, including a free 30 Day TikTok ideas PDF download. Use Tiktok's unique community to gain a competitive advantage for your business https://fleximize.com/articles/016443/build-successful-company-website How to Build a Successful Company Website 2023-06-02T10:27:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:05:59+01:00 Kris Jeary A well-designed website is important for brand experience and business growth. Kris Jeary offers five aspects to consider when building your website https://fleximize.com/articles/019389/sme-working-with-micro-influencers An SME's Guide to Working With Micro-Influencers 2023-06-02T00:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:04:15+01:00 Annabel Mulliner Influencer marketing is often too expensive for SMEs, but working with 'micro-influencers' could provide a healthy return on investment https://fleximize.com/articles/226168/marketing-on-a-budget Marketing on a Budget: Cost-Effective Strategies for SMEs 2023-05-12T15:21:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:40:03+01:00 Kesar Rana Develop marketing tactics on a budget for your small business with our tips for creating cost-effective strategies https://fleximize.com/articles/224881/small-business-tax-deductions Maximizing Small Business Tax Deductions for 2024/25 2023-04-24T15:41:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:45:12+01:00 The Fleximize Team The new tax year begins 6th April 2024. Learn what's changed and prepare your SME to take advantage of upcoming small business tax deductions https://fleximize.com/articles/223663/business-tax-year-dates-deadlines Key Tax Year Dates & Deadlines for UK Businesses 2023-04-05T00:00:00+01:00 2024-07-04T13:01:01+01:00 The Fleximize Team A roundup of important tax year dates, payment deadlines, and legislation changes for 2023/24. Use our calendar to prepare for the new financial year with ease. https://fleximize.com/articles/224123/reduce-business-energy-costs Energy-Efficient Technology To Reduce Business Energy Costs Explained 2023-03-31T00:00:00+01:00 2024-07-04T12:58:13+01:00 The Fleximize Team The Energy Bill Relief Scheme ended on 31 March. Manage rising energy costs with commercial energy-efficient technology with our free guide https://fleximize.com/articles/223459/13-tools-your-business-needs-2023 13 Free Tools Your Small Business Needs in 2023 2023-03-14T16:35:00+00:00 2024-07-22T16:29:13+01:00 The Fleximize Team Discover small business tools, productivity and accounting software to save you time and money. We round up the best free cash flow resources for UK SMEs. https://fleximize.com/articles/221037/innovative-recruitment-strategies Attract Skilled Workers with a Recruitment Strategy 2023-02-02T19:03:00+00:00 2024-05-31T14:31:03+01:00 Jill Bates Attract top talent with innovative recruitment strategies that demonstrate your company's value. Start today with our step-by-step recruitment strategy guide. https://fleximize.com/articles/209630/increasing-business-prices-guide A Guide to Increasing Your Business's Prices 2023-01-18T10:47:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:23:43+01:00 Nick Shaw Our guide takes you through the steps of increasing your business's prices without negatively affecting your customers. https://fleximize.com/articles/208926/ways-to-cut-business-costs 5 Effective Ways to Cut Business Costs in 2023 2023-01-10T16:07:00+00:00 2024-07-22T16:27:17+01:00 Liz Rosling Learn how to combat economic downturn with a well planned cost reduction strategy. We share the best ways to cut business costs without risking future growth. https://fleximize.com/articles/017562/retention-marketing-for-smes Why Retention Marketing is Crucial for SMEs 2022-12-01T15:21:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:54:06+01:00 Conor Cawley Here's our guide to retention marketing to help you foster loyalty amongst customers. Learn how to create a successful retention marketing strategy here https://fleximize.com/articles/198850/everything-about-quiet-quitting All You Need to Know About ‘Quiet Quitting’ 2022-10-20T09:54:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:56:32+01:00 Ashley Gurr As a business owner, you may have recently come across the term ’quiet quitting’ in the media and may not be sure exactly what it means, how to recognize it, or how to approach it. https://fleximize.com/articles/193769/social-listening Three Reasons You Should Use Social Listening 2022-09-30T11:37:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:06:34+01:00 Vicky Groombridge Social listening is an integral part of any business's marketing strategy. Vicky from REad Group shares her insights into the benefits of social listening and what the best tools are. https://fleximize.com/articles/192926/energy-bill-relief-scheme The Energy Bill Relief Scheme for Businesses 2022-09-23T08:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:45:32+01:00 Jade Isaac In this guide, we outline the support small businesses can expect from the Energy Bill Relief Scheme and steps you can take to save money on your energy bills. https://fleximize.com/articles/185741/social-media-and-the-law Understanding Social Media and the Law 2022-08-10T14:55:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:23:36+01:00 Dallia Appleton Knowing how to deal with any legal risks that come with posting on social media is essential to creating a safe online working environment. https://fleximize.com/articles/180373/transgender-rights-protection-in-the-workplace Transgender Rights & Protection in the Workplace 2022-06-13T18:46:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:20:00+01:00 Sasha Brine A trans-inclusive workplace is critical to building a safe, productive environment. Here's a legal guide to protecting transgender employees at work https://fleximize.com/articles/175005/overcoming-the-skills-shortage-in-the-uk Overcoming the Skills Shortage in the UK 2022-05-24T10:13:00+01:00 2024-07-22T16:26:46+01:00 Deepak Shukla The UK skills gap has made it increasingly difficult for small businesses to recruit in 2022. Founder Deepak Shukla shares his advice on hiring new talent https://fleximize.com/articles/174582/taking-legal-action-against-late-payments Taking Legal Action Against Late Payments 2022-04-26T00:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:20:22+01:00 Andrew Farrguia Late payments can be fatal for a small business. Discover LawBite's guide to the legal action you can take to resolve late payments and protect cash flow https://fleximize.com/articles/000596/submitting-vat-returns How to Submit a VAT Return 2022-03-31T01:00:00+01:00 2024-07-19T14:58:46+01:00 Rebecca Taylor Unsure how to submit a VAT return to HMRC? In this handy guide, Fleximize covers everything a business owner should know to calculate and pay their VAT bill https://fleximize.com/articles/019870/tax-changes-april-2022 Upcoming Tax Changes in April 2022 2022-03-28T00:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:26:25+01:00 Charlotte Nash Ahead of the new tax year, Crunch outlines key changes affecting businesses in April 2022, including increases in National Insurance rates and dividend tax https://fleximize.com/articles/019849/commercial-rent-leases-evictions Commercial Rent, Leases & Evictions for SMEs 2022-03-24T10:12:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:36:29+01:00 LawBite With the end of the commercial evictions ban in the UK, LawBite shares how small business owners can resolve the issue of rent arrears on a business lease https://fleximize.com/articles/019763/support-for-female-entrepreneurs Support for Female Entrepreneurs in 2022 2022-03-08T00:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:14:48+01:00 Rebecca Taylor If you're a female founder or woman in business looking for support, check out Fleximize's hub of online resources, network groups, and finance providers https://fleximize.com/articles/001739/a-positive-workplace-is-a-great-motivator Boosting Motivation with Employee Rewards 2022-03-04T00:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:21:15+01:00 Rebecca Taylor Fleximize shares different strategies for keeping the workforce motivated such as providing a positive environment, making employees feel valued, and more https://fleximize.com/articles/019738/the-art-of-demand-forecasting Mastering the Art of Demand Forecasting 2022-02-23T10:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:41:48+01:00 Nick Shaw Predicting consumer demand is key to good business decisions. Nick Shaw of Brightpearl reveals how you can accurately forecast demand to maximize sales https://fleximize.com/articles/019698/5-ways-manage-rising-costs 5 Ways for Small Businesses to Manage Inflation 2022-02-18T00:00:00+00:00 2024-07-22T16:25:38+01:00 Rebecca Taylor Rising business costs, from energy prices to salaries, pose a serious threat to businesses in the UK. Here are 5 ways to protect your SME against inflation https://fleximize.com/articles/019685/vaccines-guide-for-employers Covid-19 Vaccines: A Guide for Employers 2022-02-08T15:51:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:44:03+01:00 Kim Knox The Covid vaccine could aid employers looking to get back to normal, but there are legal issues to consider before approaching your staff. Lawbite explores https://fleximize.com/articles/019634/why-apprentices-crucial-sme-growth Why Apprentices are Crucial for SME Growth 2022-02-06T00:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:48:31+01:00 Rebecca Taylor Apprenticeships have always been helpful to businesses, but they could prove vital to post-pandemic recovery. Here are 4 top tips for managing an apprentice https://fleximize.com/articles/019598/7-ways-mental-health 7 Mental Health Tips for Small Business Owners 2022-01-16T13:29:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:02:26+01:00 Peter Tuvey Peter Tuvey, CEO of Fleximize, shares 7 easy steps for small business owners to improve their mental health, and how this can boost company performance https://fleximize.com/articles/019534/going-green-british-manufacturers Going Green: A Roadmap for British Manufacturers 2021-11-30T10:00:00+00:00 2024-07-16T16:22:18+01:00 John Pearce Adopting eco-friendly practices is difficult for SMEs, but in light of COP26, it's a must. Made in Britain reveals how manufacturers can go greener, faster https://fleximize.com/articles/019521/building-an-efficient-sales-funnel How to Build an Efficient Sales Funnel 2021-11-25T00:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:06:22+01:00 Rebecca Barnatt-Smith Optimizing your sales funnel is essential to ensuring your online followers are converted to loyal customers. Rebecca Barnatt-Smith shares her key tactics https://fleximize.com/articles/019468/post-brexit-movement-of-goods Brexit: An SME's Checklist for Trading with the EU 2021-10-13T16:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:23:30+01:00 Carla Caroli Brexit rules continue to disrupt small businesses trading abroad. Lawbite's Carla Caroli shares a practical checklist for importing and exporting to the EU https://fleximize.com/articles/019424/find-packaging-design-partner How to Find the Right Packaging Design Partner 2021-10-06T01:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:14:59+01:00 Rich Quelch Packaging can greatly impact your supply chain efficiency, so how can you improve your design? Rich Quelch explores hiring the right packaging partner https://fleximize.com/articles/019354/vat-changes-for-smes-2021 Upcoming VAT Changes for SMEs in 2021/22 2021-09-10T00:00:00+01:00 2024-07-22T16:25:01+01:00 Ross Bramble VAT is changing for UK businesses, and it's vital to be prepared for updates like Making Tax Digital. Read Crunch's quick summary to learn the key deadlines https://fleximize.com/articles/019369/restaurant-upselling-techniques-boost-profits 10 Restaurant Sales Techniques to Boost Profits 2021-09-09T16:24:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:33:15+01:00 Laura-Andreea Voicu Encouraging your staff to upsell to customers can play a big role in boosting your restaurant profits. Here are 10 upselling techniques proven to work. https://fleximize.com/articles/019335/guide-to-intellectual-property-smes A Legal Guide to Intellectual Property for SMEs 2021-09-06T16:32:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:29:26+01:00 Kevin Hanson Intellectual Property can be a business' most valuable asset, so it's vital to secure the right legal protection. Lawbite's Kevin Hanson explores in detail https://fleximize.com/articles/019270/starting-a-wholesale-business 8 Steps to Starting a Wholesale Business 2021-08-27T09:09:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:04:31+01:00 Rebecca Taylor If you're looking to start a wholesale distribution business in the UK, here are 8 easy steps to launch your brand, identify suppliers, and win new clients https://fleximize.com/articles/019231/how-manufacturers-can-leverage-ai How Manufacturers can Leverage AI 2021-08-18T01:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:39:55+01:00 Jinender Jain The emergence of artificial intelligence and augmented reality gives manufacturers a great opportunity to streamline processes and grow efficiently. Here's how https://fleximize.com/articles/002211/what-is-supply-and-demand An SME's Guide to Supply and Demand 2021-08-16T03:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:02:12+01:00 Rebecca Taylor Supply and demand laws are key to understanding your market, increasing sales, and turning a healthy profit. Read Fleximize's guide for SME's to learn more https://fleximize.com/articles/000724/choose-online-inventory-management-system How to Choose an Inventory Management System 2021-08-06T14:00:00+01:00 2024-07-01T08:43:14+01:00 Rebecca Taylor Discover how picking the best inventory management system for your small business can improve purchase decisions, shorten lead times, and boost profits https://fleximize.com/articles/001027/10-steps-to-attracting-customers-away-from-your-competitors 10 Ways to Win Your Competitors' Customers 2021-07-15T11:00:00+01:00 2024-06-28T10:33:57+01:00 Rebecca Taylor Winning customers from the competition is the fastest way to increase your market share and sales. Follow these 10 steps to attract and retain new customers https://fleximize.com/articles/001983/boost-footfall-in-retail 9 Ways to Boost Footfall for your Retail Business 2021-07-09T01:00:00+01:00 2024-06-28T10:33:10+01:00 Rebecca Taylor If you're a retail business owner struggling to drive traffic to your store, follow our 10 easy steps to boost your retail footfall and increase shop sales https://fleximize.com/articles/018825/boost-patient-engagement Medical Practices: Boosting Patient Engagement 2021-07-02T02:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:45:39+01:00 Sam O’Brien With more and more patients expecting digital-first services, we take a look at four strategies you can use as a medical practice to better serve your customers and improve engagement https://fleximize.com/articles/018831/new-eu-vat-e-commerce-rules A Guide to the New EU VAT E-Commerce Rules 2021-07-01T12:02:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:27:54+01:00 Andrew Diver ​From the 1st of July, the new EU VAT e-commerce rules will introduce significant changes for UK businesses selling to EU consumers. Here's everything you need to know https://fleximize.com/articles/018823/an-smes-guide-to-the-end-of-furlough An SME's Guide to The End of Furlough 2021-06-30T12:27:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:02:39+01:00 Simon Thomas As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme comes to a close on 30th September 2021, Simon Thomas explores everything UK SMEs need to know in order to prepare their business and employees https://fleximize.com/articles/015814/uk-fashion-startups The UK Start-ups Disrupting the Fashion Industry 2021-06-11T02:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:01:22+01:00 Jyoti Patel As London Fashion Week gets underway, we're showcasing five UK startups making a name for themselves in the British fashion industry beyond the pandemic https://fleximize.com/articles/018771/guide-to-office-clearance A Step-by-Step Guide to Office Clearance 2021-06-10T15:52:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:38:19+01:00 Rebecca Sheeres If you want to downsize your office, here's a step-by-step guide to office clearance by the experts at AnyJunk, covering everything from choosing a clearance firm to documentation https://fleximize.com/articles/018729/starting-a-hospitality-business 5 Tips for Starting a Hospitality Business in 2021 2021-05-19T16:12:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:52:46+01:00 Stacey McIntosh Here's everything you need to know about starting a hospitality business in 2021, from writing a post-lockdown business plan to embracing technology https://fleximize.com/articles/018723/tax-deadlines-limited-company A Guide to Limited Company Tax Deadlines 2021-05-18T11:31:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:25:11+01:00 Simon Thomas Limited company owners need to adhere to several tax deadlines for Companies House and HMRC. Here's a breakdown of all the tax deadlines you need to be aware of as a limited company business owner. https://fleximize.com/articles/018717/get-more-restaurant-reviews 5 Ways to Get More Restaurant Reviews 2021-05-17T16:38:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:57:28+01:00 Rebecca Taylor Online reviews can make or break a restaurant, particularly as hospitality recovers from the pandemic. Here are 5 ways to build credibility and get more customer reviews for your business https://fleximize.com/articles/018713/hotels-tech-drive-revenue How Hotels Can Use Tech to Drive Revenue 2021-05-11T15:41:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:38:38+01:00 Peter King Technology such as cloud communication and contactless payments can help keep your hotel trading during the pandemic. Here's how to use technology to keep your hotel running. https://fleximize.com/articles/018578/vat-reverse-charge-construction What Is the New VAT Reverse Charge? 2021-04-06T15:22:00+01:00 2024-07-22T16:24:04+01:00 ​Craig Farmer The new 2021 VAT reverse charge impacts how VAT-registered businesses operating under CIS process their invoices. Here's everything you need to know https://fleximize.com/articles/018585/end-of-2020-21-tax-year How to Prepare for the End of the 2020/21 Tax Year 2021-03-31T17:25:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:35:48+01:00 Ross Bramble A guide exploring how to prepare for the end of the 2020/21 tax year as a sole trader or director of a limited company, brought to you by the experts at Crunch https://fleximize.com/articles/010737/open-banking-what-it-means-for-businesses Open Banking: What Does it Mean for SMEs? 2021-03-26T09:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:59:11+01:00 Rebecca Taylor 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? https://fleximize.com/articles/004002/the-rise-of-the-startups The Rise of the Tech Start-up 2021-03-24T11:00:00+00:00 2024-07-19T15:03:30+01:00 Rebecca Taylor The swell in UK startups and digital businesses has been remarkable helping to grow the UK economy, but what are the stats behind this rise? https://fleximize.com/articles/018351/consumer-trust-ecommerce-2021 Creating Consumer Trust for Ecommerce in 2021 2021-01-26T12:20:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:41:43+01:00 Jon Higham Creating consumer trust for your eCommerce business is vital to continue trading during the Covid-19 pandemic. Jon Higgins explores building trust online https://fleximize.com/articles/018321/covid-19-marketing-your-business Covid-19: Marketing Your Business in 2021 2021-01-21T14:53:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:50:08+01:00 Dean Standing When it comes to communicating with customers during the pandemic, marketing can help small businesses get back on their feet that bit quicker. Here’s how https://fleximize.com/articles/018315/build-your-brand-recession Five Ways to Build Your Brand Out of a Recession 2021-01-19T14:47:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:11:38+01:00 Charlotte Nichols Recessions are a challenge for SMEs but they also bring opportunity. Charlotte Nichols of Harvey & Hugo shares 5 ways PR and marketing can help in a crisis https://fleximize.com/articles/018298/pr-maximize-reach-2021 How to Use PR to Maximize Reach in 2021 2021-01-14T12:43:00+00:00 2024-05-28T12:58:12+01:00 Ellen Widdup It's vital for SMEs to alter their PR strategies in 2021 so that they can continue to reach customers during the pandemic. Ellen Widdup explores https://fleximize.com/articles/018292/why-customer-personas-matter 3 Reasons Why Customer Personas Really Matter 2021-01-13T10:55:00+00:00 2024-07-16T15:53:24+01:00 Rebecca Taylor Customer personas can attract high-value leads and loyal customers. Learn how to create them with our easy step-by-step guide https://fleximize.com/articles/018284/entering-introduction-agreements 8 Tips For Entering into Introduction Agreements 2021-01-12T12:20:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:05:02+01:00 Patrick McCallum Patrick McCallum of Wright Hassall LLP explores eight steps business owners should take when entering into an introduction agreement https://fleximize.com/articles/018255/check-business-hmrc-position How to Check Your Business' HMRC Position 2020-12-23T15:27:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:08:04+01:00 The Fleximize Team Here's our handy guide covering how UK business owners can check their company's HMRC position for PAYE and VAT online https://fleximize.com/articles/018250/covid19-accountant-support Covid-19: How Accountants Can Support SMEs 2020-12-22T12:11:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:48:00+01:00 Elizabeth Hughes Elizabeth Hughes of Pandle outlines the many ways an accountant can provide practical guidance to help business owners weather the Covid-19 storm https://fleximize.com/articles/018242/what-happens-to-vat-after-brexit What Happens to VAT After Brexit? 2020-12-21T12:23:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:32:51+01:00 Andrew Diver Andrew Diver, Head of Taxation at Beatons Group, debunks some common myths about VAT after Brexit & sheds some light on what may happen in the months ahead https://fleximize.com/articles/018237/commercial-contracts-duty-to-act-responsibly Commercial Contracts & Acting Responsibly 2020-12-18T13:10:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:36:13+01:00 Evie Clemance Evie Clemance of Backhouse Solicitors talks us through government guidance on acting responsibly when enforcing contractual arrangements during the pandemic https://fleximize.com/articles/018204/ecommerce-strategy-2021 Optimising Your Ecommerce Strategy for 2021 2020-12-15T16:08:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:00:23+01:00 Maura Monaghan As the pandemic pushes consumer spending further online, many SMEs may benefit from revisiting their ecommerce strategy. Maura Monaghan shares her top tips https://fleximize.com/articles/018198/community-based-marketing Community Based Marketing for B2B SMEs 2020-12-09T15:06:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:37:55+01:00 Ashley Friedlein Ashley Friedlein explores the concept of community based marketing and shares tips on how to create your own community as a B2B SME https://fleximize.com/articles/018177/seasonal-marketing-campaigns-b2b How to Create B2B Seasonal Marketing Campaigns 2020-12-01T14:51:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:10:40+01:00 Andy Woods Annual holidays and events are a lucrative business. Rouge Media's Andy Woods shares nine tips for creating a successful B2B seasonal marketing campaign https://fleximize.com/articles/018173/sme-guide-data-protection-brexit An SME’s Guide to Data Protection and Brexit 2020-11-26T14:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:04:37+01:00 ​Jonathan Smy Jonathan Smy of SMY IT Services explores the new data protection regulations that business owners need to be aware of as the UK leaves the European Union https://fleximize.com/articles/013580/small-business-christmas-gift-guide 2020 Small Business Christmas Gift Guide 2020-11-25T10:43:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:40:52+01:00 The Fleximize Team With Christmas just around the corner, we share our favourite small businesses to shop with, including an interactive map of the businesses local to you https://fleximize.com/articles/016613/east-anglian-christmas-food-producers A Guide to East Anglia's Christmas Food Producers 2020-11-25T10:00:00+00:00 2024-07-15T11:47:35+01:00 The Fleximize Team We've put together an extensive list of independent food producers across Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, and Essex to help you shop local this Christmas https://fleximize.com/articles/018157/smes-and-greenwashing How to Avoid 'Greenwashing' as an SME 2020-11-12T14:43:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:54:05+01:00 Donald Moore Greenwashing is common amongst UK SMEs and this needs to change. Donald Moore shares a number of steps SMEs can take to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 https://fleximize.com/articles/018127/talk-money-week-2022 Talk Money Week: Support for Business Owners 2020-11-10T15:46:00+00:00 2024-07-22T16:23:26+01:00 Jyoti Patel We take a look at how business owners can cultivate healthy conversations about money, along with outlining three steps to achieve stable cash flow https://fleximize.com/articles/018105/trading-through-lockdown An SME's Guide to Trading Through Lockdown 2020-11-06T11:47:00+00:00 2024-07-16T16:14:23+01:00 Jyoti Patel We take a look at some of the platforms small business owners can use in order to keep trading safely during Lockdown 3.0 https://fleximize.com/articles/018120/understand-your-payslip How to Understand Your Payslips as an Employee 2020-11-05T16:08:00+00:00 2024-05-28T12:55:15+01:00 Stacey McIntosh Stacey McIntosh of Sage Advice UK​ talks us through how to understand your payslips as an employee, including a look at key terminology https://fleximize.com/articles/018100/managing-document-security Managing Document Security in the Workplace 2020-11-02T16:03:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:36:24+01:00 Ben Liu Ben Liu of Kofax takes a look at why it's essential to invest time into protecting your business' paperwork and digital file infrastructure https://fleximize.com/articles/018096/business-risks-for-contractors 10 Common Business Risks For Contractors 2020-10-30T11:02:00+00:00 2024-07-22T16:23:01+01:00 Paul Monaco Paul Monaco of Focus Oxford Risk Management explores the 10 most common business risks facing UK contractors and how to overcome them https://fleximize.com/articles/018079/brand-image-instagram Creating a Memorable Brand Image on Instagram 2020-10-26T16:29:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:40:16+01:00 Denise Langenegger Denise Langenegger of Instasize explores the power of a brand 'aesthetic' on social media and six steps to creating impactful visual content on Instagram https://fleximize.com/articles/018022/2020-corporate-tax-submissions Recent Changes to Corporate Tax Submissions 2020-10-23T10:08:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:20:56+01:00 Tim Pearce Tim Pearce outlines the new changes to Corporate Tax Submissions that will impact UK SMEs, such as the recently reduced VAT rate in the hospitality sector https://fleximize.com/articles/018010/how-to-rebuild-business-reputation How to Rebuild Business Reputation 2020-10-21T10:44:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:40:17+01:00 Angela Podmore Angela Podmore, CEO and Founder of Kinetic Communications, discusses how SMEs can work to rebuild their reputation amid times of unrest https://fleximize.com/articles/017996/motherhood-penalty-parental-pay The 'Motherhood Penalty' & Parental Leave Pay 2020-10-19T12:07:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:26:25+01:00 Eliza Serna-Cochrane Eliza Serna-Cochrane reveals how UK legislation and workplace discrimination make it difficult for new mothers to return to work and steps to change this https://fleximize.com/articles/017948/apprenticeships-kickstart-scheme A Guide to Apprenticeships & The Kickstart Scheme 2020-10-14T15:59:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:09:31+01:00 Simon Thomas Simon Thomas of Ridgefield Consulting covers everything employers need to know about hiring apprentices in 2021, including the government Kickstart Scheme https://fleximize.com/articles/017934/fleet-management-challenges Tackling Fleet Management Challenges with Tech 2020-10-12T15:22:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:18:36+01:00 Andreas Schneider Andreas Schneider shares how to tackle common fleet management challenges by leveraging technology, like preparing for the introduction of Clean Air Zones https://fleximize.com/articles/017909/north-star-metric How to Use the North Star Metric for Web Design 2020-10-01T17:24:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:59:28+01:00 Andy Woods Andy Woods explores how the North Star Metric helped Silicon Valley startups find success and how UK SMEs can apply the same concept to their web design https://fleximize.com/articles/017905/technology-upskill-staff Using Technology to Upskill Remote-Working Staff 2020-09-30T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:28:58+01:00 Aldona Limani 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 https://fleximize.com/articles/017901/ethical-leadership Covid-19: Making Ethical Business Decisions 2020-09-28T16:28:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:49:17+01:00 Michelle Wright It's vital to make ethical business decisions in times of hardship. Michelle Wright, Founder and CEO of one of the UKs first B Corporations, explores https://fleximize.com/articles/017895/omnichannel-marketing-strategies 4 Omnichannel Marketing Strategies for SMEs 2020-09-25T14:13:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:48:27+01:00 Marouane El Baghati We explore 4 omnichannel marketing strategies to integrate into your next marketing campaign, including an overview of customer personas and A/B testing https://fleximize.com/articles/017874/grow-family-run-construction-business Growing Your Family-Run Construction Business 2020-09-24T14:21:00+01:00 2024-07-22T16:22:18+01:00 Katy Carter Being a family-run firm in construction has many benefits, including brand image and company culture. Katy Carter of B&A Group shares six growth strategies https://fleximize.com/articles/017867/mobile-marketing-hospitality Mobile Marketing for Hospitality Businesses 2020-09-23T14:50:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:49:47+01:00 Yulia Yakunina Mobile marketing has been a lifeline for hospitality businesses trying to reach customers during the pandemic. Here are four ways to use mobile marketing https://fleximize.com/articles/017847/agile-people-management A Guide to Agile People Management 2020-09-15T12:12:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:08:55+01:00 Jenn Brown Agile management has become more popular amongst UK SMEs during the pandemic whilst teams work remotely. Here's a quick look at the basics https://fleximize.com/articles/017844/promoting-neurodiversity-workplace Promoting Neurodiversity in the Workplace 2020-09-14T14:27:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:09:51+01:00 Thomas Owen Neurodiversity has multiple benefits for the workplace. Thomas Owen explores, with a particular focus on employing and supporting autistic employees https://fleximize.com/articles/017840/make-better-business-decisions How to Make Better Business Decisions 2020-09-11T16:03:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:21:40+01:00 Ben Harper Making big decisions for your business can be daunting, especially in times of economic crisis. Here's our guide to decision making for business owners https://fleximize.com/articles/017836/covid-19-professional-networking Covid-19: New Ways of Professional Networking 2020-09-10T13:41:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:50:28+01:00 Ashley Friedlein Professional networking and connecting with colleagues have both become much more difficult during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some alternatives https://fleximize.com/articles/017831/finding-it-service-provider How to Find the Right IT Service Provider 2020-09-08T12:12:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:14:48+01:00 Vikki Durden When switching IT service providers, there are a number of pros and cons to consider. Vikki Durden of UK IT Services shares how SMEs can find the right fit https://fleximize.com/articles/017825/unexpected-costs-employee Costs Associated With Hiring Your First Employee 2020-09-07T14:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:42:45+01:00 Simon Thomas There can be many unexpected costs associated with hiring your first employee, from pension contributions to purchasing new equipment. Learn more here https://fleximize.com/articles/017821/combatting-loneliness-isolation-staff Combatting Loneliness & Isolation Amongst Staff 2020-09-04T15:26:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:35:48+01:00 The Fleximize Team Here are five ways that employers can support their home-working staff to help tackle social isolation and loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic https://fleximize.com/articles/017815/covid-19-wrongful-trading-rules Wrongful Trading Rules During Covid-19 2020-09-02T12:16:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:01:01+01:00 Jon Munnery We take a look at the temporary suspension of wrongful trading rules for businesses experiencing financial struggles due to the global coronavirus pandemic https://fleximize.com/articles/017792/management-training-for-smes Why Management Training is Crucial for SMEs 2020-08-26T09:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:52:09+01:00 Sally-Ann Hall-Jones Implementing quality management training will make employees feel more integrated as a team and increase motivation levels. We explore how to get it right https://fleximize.com/articles/017789/ensure-your-marketing-is-responsible How to Ensure Your Marketing Is Responsible 2020-08-21T12:04:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:13:16+01:00 Scott Logie Customers who trust a business are more likely to share better quality data with them. Scott Logie of REaD Group explores how to use this data responsibly https://fleximize.com/articles/017780/modern-leadership-todays-workplace Modern Leadership in Today's Workplace 2020-08-19T12:38:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:50:15+01:00 Robert Ordever Robert Ordever, Managing Director of O.C Tanner Europe, discusses what being a modern leader means and why it's crucial for success in today's workplace https://fleximize.com/articles/017775/smes-guide-press-release-distribution An SME's Guide to Press Release Distribution 2020-08-17T14:28:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:01:39+01:00 Graeme Patfield Press release distribution is essential for SMEs to increase brand awareness and credibility. Here are 5 ways to get a release in front of the right people https://fleximize.com/articles/017767/covid-19-commercial-leases Covid-19: Managing Commercial Leases 2020-08-14T10:47:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:49:45+01:00 Philippa Cobb LawBite's Philippa Cobb explores the impact of lockdown on commercial leases, including government's temporary legal protection for commercial tenants https://fleximize.com/articles/017736/footfall-hospitality-business Encouraging Footfall to Your Hospitality Business 2020-08-13T12:14:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:00:09+01:00 Craig Pannozzo We explore three ways that hospitality businesses can encourage footfall during the coronavirus pandemic and continue to serve customers safely and legally https://fleximize.com/articles/017610/restaurants-tech-serve-customers How Restaurants Can Use Tech to Serve Customers 2020-08-03T12:57:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:46:02+01:00 Georgie Peru With the hospitality trade reopening as lockdown eases, we look at how hospitality businesses can leverage technology to safely serve their customers https://fleximize.com/articles/017606/protecting-sme-disasters Protecting Your SME from Future Disasters 2020-07-31T16:50:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:18:08+01:00 Doug Kelley Many SMEs lack the correct business insurance to cover them in a disaster. Doug Kelley shares his advice for protecting your business from future disasters https://fleximize.com/articles/017601/communication-crisis Getting Communication Right During a Crisis 2020-07-30T09:42:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:18:48+01:00 ​Darren Hockley There are many benefits to communicating effectively during a crisis. Darren Hockley of DeltaNet International shares his practical tips for communication https://fleximize.com/articles/017565/covid19-stories-ten-green-bottles Covid-19 Business Stories: Ten Green Bottles 2020-07-27T17:04:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:43:37+01:00 The Fleximize Team Simon Broad of Brighton-based Ten Green Bottles talks us through how he pivoted his business offering to continue serving customers during lockdown https://fleximize.com/articles/017590/sme-guide-excellent-customer-service An SME's Guide to Excellent Customer Service 2020-07-24T15:45:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:00:23+01:00 Natasha Deaves Discover our tips on delivering excellent customer service, and how this can improve customer retention as well as attract new prospects to your business https://fleximize.com/articles/017585/5-steps-long-term-virtual-office 5 Steps to Creating a Long-Term Virtual Office 2020-07-22T15:51:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:51:20+01:00 Mike Castle With many small businesses considering a permanent shift to remote working, Mike Castle of ITRM shares 5 steps to creating a long-term virtual office https://fleximize.com/articles/017577/covid-19-future-of-the-workplace Covid-19: The Future of The Workplace 2020-07-20T15:07:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:51:18+01:00 John Flanagan The future of the UK's workplace is uncertain, with many considering whether a return to the office is necessary. John Flanagan of Cartridge People explores https://fleximize.com/articles/017556/smes-avoid-redundancies 7 Ways for SMEs to Avoid Redundancies 2020-07-13T16:10:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:04:03+01:00 Daniel Barnett Daniel Barnett of Getting Redundancy Right explores seven alternative options for SME owners who may be considering staff redundancies https://fleximize.com/articles/017530/covid-19-staff-returning-to-work Covid-19: How to Support Staff Returning to Work 2020-07-06T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:48:21+01:00 Brendan Street Nuffield Health's Brendan Street shares his guide on how to effectively communicate with and support employees returning to work after the UK lockdown https://fleximize.com/articles/017524/covid-19-customer-engagement-strategies Covid-19: Customer Engagement Strategies 2020-07-01T16:35:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:47:19+01:00 Amy Robinson Customer engagement is challenging for many businesses recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. Here are five key ways to re-engage your customer base https://fleximize.com/articles/017509/bespoke-software-as-a-service-smes How Bespoke Software as a Service Benefits SMEs 2020-06-30T15:54:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:29:37+01:00 James Ansell Bespoke software as a service has many advantages over off-the-shelf options. Code23's James Ansell explains the benefits of SaaS tailored to your business https://fleximize.com/articles/017504/office-space-covid-secure How to Make Your Office Space Covid-Secure 2020-06-29T13:08:00+01:00 2024-07-12T12:57:40+01:00 Mark Wiggins As SMEs in the UK prepare for staff to return to work, it's crucial for employers to ensure workplaces are Covid-secure. Here are six ways to get started https://fleximize.com/articles/017483/covid-19-rd-tax-credits Covid-19: The Impact on R&D Tax Credits 2020-06-23T16:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:51:50+01:00 Alistair Aird Alistair Aird of Easy R&D explores the impact of the UK Government's coronavirus support loans on the SME R&D Tax Credit Scheme https://fleximize.com/articles/017464/balancing-business-with-fatherhood How to Balance Business with Fatherhood 2020-06-19T05:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:03:31+01:00 Alex Fisher To mark Father’s Day, six leading businessmen from across the UK share their advice and opinions on juggling family life with their careers https://fleximize.com/articles/017458/disengagement-construction-team Preventing Disengagement in Construction Teams 2020-06-16T15:21:00+01:00 2024-07-22T16:21:24+01:00 Paddy O’Hagen As construction work tends to be field-based, preventing employee disengagement is critical for your business. Here are the steps to avoid reduced morale https://fleximize.com/articles/017454/business-shareholders-agreement Do I Need A Shareholders' Agreement? 2020-06-15T15:52:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:50:16+01:00 Chris Brightling A shareholders agreement is vital to any small business. Chris Brightling of Girlings Solicitors explains why businesses need a legal agreement in place https://fleximize.com/articles/017445/impact-covid-19-recruitment The Impact of Covid-19 on UK Recruitment 2020-06-10T09:17:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:40:10+01:00 Ann Swain In this exclusive from the Association of Staffing Professionals, Chief Executive Ann Swain explores the impact of Covid-19 on the UK recruitment sector https://fleximize.com/articles/017438/promoting-diversity-workplace Three Ways to Promote Diversity in the Workplace 2020-06-04T12:06:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:06:59+01:00 Suki Sandhu It's important to foster an inclusive and diverse culture within your SME. Suki Sandhu of Audeliss reviews three ways to promote diversity in the workplace https://fleximize.com/articles/017434/covid19-adapting-business-offering Covid-19: Adapting Your Business Offering 2020-06-03T16:06:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:45:45+01:00 Charlotte Holmes-Darby Here's a look at how small business owners can adapt their offering during the pandemic in order to continue engaging with customers and the wider community https://fleximize.com/articles/017426/motivating-todays-employees What Really Motivates Today's Employees? 2020-06-02T11:32:00+01:00 2024-07-01T13:05:29+01:00 Richard Shotton Richard Shotton, one of the countrys top behavioural scientists, gives business leaders insight into the science behind getting employee motivation right https://fleximize.com/articles/017414/covid-19-tips-for-managing-cash-flow Covid-19: Tips for Managing Cash Flow 2020-05-29T05:00:00+01:00 2024-07-22T16:15:49+01:00 Patrick Hogan Patrick Hogan of Handle.com shares three tips on how small business owners across the UK can manage their cash flow through the coronavirus pandemic https://fleximize.com/articles/017421/maintaining-company-culture-lockdown Maintaining Company Culture Through Lockdown 2020-05-28T13:47:00+01:00 2024-07-03T09:06:38+01:00 Dave Wrightson With most UK businesses working remotely during the pandemic, it can be difficult to maintain company culture. Dave Wrightson of Engage shares his tips https://fleximize.com/articles/017377/covid19-showing-appreciation-employees Covid-19: Showing Appreciation to Employees 2020-05-22T10:15:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:50:50+01:00 Robert Ordever Making your employees feel valued and appreciated is especially crucial in the current climate. Here's how to show appreciation to staff during the pandemic https://fleximize.com/articles/017373/covid19-vat-obligations Covid-19: Changes to VAT Obligations 2020-05-21T15:32:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:46:38+01:00 Tamara Habberley VAT People's Tamara Habberley outlines new changes to VAT payments affecting UK business owners. Find out what options are available during the pandemic https://fleximize.com/articles/017284/a-guide-to-bounce-back-loans A Guide to The Bounce Back Loans Scheme (BBLS) 2020-05-15T16:15:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:27:16+01:00 Jyoti Patel Here's a quick look at the UK Government's Bounce Back Loans Scheme, including key features, eligibility criteria and how to apply https://fleximize.com/articles/017294/remote-workers-cyber-attacks Protecting Remote Workers from Cyber Attacks 2020-05-15T14:29:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:13:39+01:00 Paul Callaghan With remote working at a record high, it's vital to ensure your business is protected from cyber-attacks. Paul Callaghan of CyberInsurer shares his advice https://fleximize.com/articles/017286/build-trust-remote-workplace How to Build Trust in the Remote Workplace 2020-05-14T15:22:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:07:28+01:00 Darren Hockley With remote working increasing due to the coronavirus pandemic, trust-based company culture is crucial. Here's how to build trust amongst your workforce https://fleximize.com/articles/017280/data-driven-business-development A Guide to Data Driven Business Development 2020-05-13T14:42:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:19:56+01:00 Scott Wallingford A data-driven approach to business development can be highly successful for SMEs that may have previously relied on face-to-face interactions. Here's how https://fleximize.com/articles/017264/supporting-local-businesses-during-pandemic Supporting Local Businesses During the Pandemic 2020-05-07T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:15:48+01:00 The Fleximize Team Supporting local & independent businesses can make a big difference to your local economy. Here's a list of businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk to shop with https://fleximize.com/articles/017259/covid-19-leveraging-social-media-campaigns Covid-19: Leveraging Social Media Campaigns 2020-05-06T15:59:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:48:59+01:00 Dan Timcke Dan Timcke of The Sole Supplier shares his key insights into how SMEs can leverage social media campaigns to build their brand during the pandemic https://fleximize.com/articles/017247/digital-marketing-during-lockdown A Guide to Digital Marketing During Lockdown 2020-05-05T10:20:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:21:19+01:00 Mark Wright Mark Wright of The Apprentice shares his expert guide covering how to implement an effective digital marketing strategy during the coronavirus pandemic https://fleximize.com/articles/017243/self-care-remote-working Employee Self-Care Whilst Remote Working 2020-05-04T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:56:50+01:00 Tina Frost Here's a guide to help remote working staff with self-care during the pandemic so they can stay healthy, happy and focused https://fleximize.com/articles/017200/keyword-research A Step-by-Step Guide to Keyword Research 2020-04-30T16:02:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:37:48+01:00 Kerry Sheahan Marketing expert Kerry Sheahan shares her step-by-step guide to conducting keyword research using free and accessible tools https://fleximize.com/articles/017198/online-campaigns-lockdown Covid-19: Leveraging Online Campaigns 2020-04-27T16:51:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:48:40+01:00 Sam Carr Ecommerce has been an essential way for businesses to survive the UK lockdown. Here are three approaches to online campaigns to keep your business trading https://fleximize.com/articles/017193/how-to-survive-coronavirus-startup How to Survive Coronavirus as a Startup 2020-04-24T10:18:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:50:22+01:00 Nic Redfern The Covid-19 pandemic poses a threat to all businesses, but many startups are feeling particularly vulnerable. Nic Redfern outlines five steps for survival https://fleximize.com/articles/017190/legal-responsibilities-remote-workers Legal Responsibilities for Remote Workers’ Safety 2020-04-23T14:51:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:31:51+01:00 Chris Salmon With the uptake in remote working, it's important for employers to understand the legal responsibilities to those working from home. Chris Salmon explores https://fleximize.com/articles/017179/move-your-fitness-business-online How to Move Your Fitness Business Online 2020-04-20T16:25:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:31:27+01:00 Sarig Reichert The fitness industry has been severely affected by restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Sarig Reichert from Wix offers advice for business owners https://fleximize.com/articles/017168/everything-you-need-to-know-about-cbils Everything You Need to Know About CBILS 2020-04-17T13:08:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:02:35+01:00 Jyoti Patel We explore the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and how it can help small and medium-sized businesses affected by Covid-19 https://fleximize.com/articles/017163/fleet-van-insurance-smes The Benefits of Fleet Van Insurance for SMEs 2020-04-16T12:07:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:30:07+01:00 Mark McKenna Mark McKenna of specialist insurance brokers Bluedrop Services talks us through the key benefits of fleet van insurance for growing businesses in the UK https://fleximize.com/articles/017139/voip-remote-workers What Is VoIP & How Can It Help Remote Workers? 2020-04-14T15:51:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:39:44+01:00 Robert Seymour As UK businesses adapt operations to the coronavirus pandemic, we take a look at how VoIP technology can help maintain effective business communications https://fleximize.com/articles/017125/ir35-minor-status-tests A Guide to IR35 Minor Status Tests 2020-04-09T15:38:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:24:41+01:00 Alice Hickling Alice Hickling of Larsen Howie talks us through the minor status tests that assessors look at when evaluating a company's IR35 status https://fleximize.com/articles/017099/efficient-business-fleet 6 Steps to Building an Efficient Business Fleet 2020-04-06T16:05:00+01:00 2024-07-16T15:58:52+01:00 Simon Fitton A savvy fleet strategy can help bring down costs and improve profits. Crown Oil's Simon Fitton shares 6 ways to reduce overheads when managing your fleet https://fleximize.com/articles/017095/covid-19-hospitality-sector Covid-19: Advice for Hospitality Businesses 2020-04-03T16:05:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:46:15+01:00 Barbara Jamieson LawBite's Barbara Jamieson outlines five steps hospitality business owners can take to protect themselves against the impact of the coronavirus pandemic https://fleximize.com/articles/017091/ir35-changes-construction-industry IR35 Changes & The Construction Industry 2020-04-03T14:09:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:17:31+01:00 Barbara Jamieson Barbara Jamieson of LawBite shares the impact of the delayed IR35 reform on the construction industry, and how businesses can prepare in the meantime https://fleximize.com/articles/017086/covid-19-financial-aid-for-pscs Covid-19: Financial Aid for UK PSCs 2020-04-02T11:32:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:47:39+01:00 Andy Vessey Andy Vessey, Head of Tax at Larsen Howie, talks us through the government support currently available to Personal Service Companies in the UK https://fleximize.com/articles/017079/contract-reviews-retailers Covid-19: Contract Reviews for Retailers 2020-03-30T16:17:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:46:59+01:00 Barbara Jamieson LawBite's Barbara Jamieson takes a look at how contract reviews can help retail businesses protect themselves from the implications of coronavirus https://fleximize.com/articles/017075/5-technologies-to-help-run-your-sme-2020 5 Technologies to Help Run Your SME in 2020 2020-03-30T14:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:52:06+01:00 The Fleximize Team From cloud computing to HR management software, there's a wide range of tech available to help run your business. We take a look at five examples https://fleximize.com/articles/017064/pivoting-business-models-covid-19 Covid-19: 5 SMEs Pivoting Their Business Models 2020-03-25T17:08:00+00:00 2024-07-01T08:37:33+01:00 Matt Evans We take a look at five SMEs who have changed their business models to continue trading during the coronavirus pandemic, such as shifting to ecommerce https://fleximize.com/articles/017059/what-is-a-furloughed-worker What Is a Furloughed Worker? 2020-03-25T15:39:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:34:01+01:00 The Fleximize Team We take a look at the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the process to follow if UK business owners find that they must furlough their employees https://fleximize.com/articles/017044/tools-business-events-online 5 Tools to Move Your Business Events Online 2020-03-25T11:57:00+00:00 2024-07-12T12:55:35+01:00 Jessica Smith We've curated a list of five virtual event tools and platforms to help you adapt your business events calendar during the coronavirus lockdown https://fleximize.com/articles/017036/covid19-six-key-areas-for-business-owners-to-consider Covid-19: 6 Key Business Areas to Assess 2020-03-24T15:40:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:44:45+01:00 Joe Hinton Here are six key areas business owners should turn their attention to in order to help minimise disruption to trade caused by the coronavirus pandemic https://fleximize.com/articles/001838/frontline-employee-key-worker What is a Frontline Employee or Key Worker? 2020-03-23T11:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:33:38+01:00 Jyoti Patel In the wake of the UK Government announcing new measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, we take a quick look at the definition of key workers and frontline staff in the UK https://fleximize.com/articles/016973/coronavirus-business-support-guide Covid-19: A Guide to Supporting Your Business 2020-03-20T16:00:00+00:00 2024-06-28T16:41:30+01:00 The Fleximize Team In uncertain times, businesses need clarity and knowledge. Here's an extensive guide to accessing financial support to help keep your business trading https://fleximize.com/articles/017010/remote-working-mental-health Protecting Remote Working Staff’s Mental Health 2020-03-20T11:35:00+00:00 2024-07-02T16:21:52+01:00 Brendan Street Remote working for prolonged periods during the pandemic can have a negative impact on mental health. Here are three steps to help your employees cope https://fleximize.com/articles/016984/supporting-staff-with-coronavirus-anxiety Supporting Your Staff with Coronavirus Anxiety 2020-03-19T15:22:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:16:13+01:00 Brendan Street Employees across the UK are suffering from high levels of anxiety due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Here's how you can support your staff https://fleximize.com/articles/016968/support-local-businesses-coronavirus How to Support Local SMEs During Coronavirus 2020-03-19T12:39:00+00:00 2024-05-28T12:49:17+01:00 Jessica Smith With the coronavirus pandemic impeding normal business activity, it's vital to support small businesses that rely on local custom. Here's how you can help https://fleximize.com/articles/016952/ir35-delayed-to-2021 IR35 Delayed to 2021: What It Means for Business 2020-03-19T11:26:00+00:00 2024-05-28T13:17:55+01:00 Hannah Robinson The IR35 reform has been delayed to 2021, giving the private sector extra time to prepare. The Larsen Howie Team explore what this means for your business https://fleximize.com/articles/016936/support-remote-working-staff How to Support Your Remote Working Staff 2020-03-16T14:46:00+00:00 2024-05-28T12:49:47+01:00 Mark Wiggins As remote-working becomes increasingly common across UK businesses, it's important for employers to consider how to support staff while working from home https://fleximize.com/articles/016929/construction-equipment-leasing-vs-financing Construction Equipment Leasing vs Financing 2020-03-16T13:10:00+00:00 2024-07-22T16:14:52+01:00 Patrick Hogan Knowing whether to lease or purchase equipment for your construction business can be tricky. Patrick Hogan, CEO of Handle, explores the pros and cons https://fleximize.com/articles/016903/top-20-business-blogs-2020 Top 20 Business Blogs 2020 2020-03-09T19:52:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:12:01+01:00 The Fleximize Team Discover the 20 best business blogs for entrepreneurs and business owners interested in the latest business news, best practices, and industry trends https://fleximize.com/articles/016898/top-10-business-youtube-channels-2020 Top 10 YouTube Channels for Businesses in 2020 2020-03-06T15:04:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:11:34+01:00 The Fleximize Team We've compiled a list of the top ten YouTube channels for entrepreneurs and small business owners in 2020, including Crunch Accounting and The Startup Van https://fleximize.com/articles/016893/2020-restaurant-marketing-mix Strategies for Your 2020 Restaurant Marketing Mix 2020-03-05T14:31:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:12:29+01:00 Hannah Hambleton Hannah Hambleton shares six essential strategies every restaurant should consider for 2020, from leveraging user-generated content to providing guest Wi-Fi https://fleximize.com/articles/016886/how-to-prepare-2020-ir35-reform How to Prepare for the 2020 IR35 Reform 2020-03-02T12:30:00+00:00 2024-07-02T16:09:24+01:00 Hannah Robinson With the rollout of the private sector IR35 due in April 2020, Hannah Robinson of Larsen Howie delves into what this means for business owners in practice https://fleximize.com/articles/016882/improve-employee-engagement Strategies to Improve Employee Engagement 2020-02-27T14:56:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:12:55+01:00 Cassy Aite As a small business owner, it's important to cultivate a working environment that encourages your employees to feel motivated and engaged. Here's how. https://fleximize.com/articles/016877/shared-workspaces-for-smes The Benefits of Shared Workspaces for SMEs 2020-02-24T15:04:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:32:21+01:00 Harry Arnold Shared workspaces have grown significantly in the last decade. Harry Arnold explores the benefits of co-working spaces for SMEs, including cost and agility https://fleximize.com/articles/016869/10-best-business-apps-2020 10 Best Business Apps for Entrepreneurs in 2020 2020-02-19T16:32:00+00:00 2024-07-16T15:59:41+01:00 The Fleximize Team We take a look at 10 of the best business apps for entrepreneurs and small business owners in 2020, including the likes of Rocketbook, Flock and Bonjoro https://fleximize.com/articles/016842/employees-business-security Getting Employees to Buy into Business Security 2020-02-17T16:06:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:20:25+01:00 Izzy Schulman Izzy Schulman of Keys4U encourages employers to create a culture in which business security is every employee’s responsibility https://fleximize.com/articles/016837/attract-and-retain-talented-workers How to Attract and Retain Talented Workers 2020-02-14T11:19:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:53:47+01:00 Beau Peters There are many employee benefits that SMEs can provide to attract and retain talented workers. Beau Peters shares five ways to increase staff retention https://fleximize.com/articles/016832/supporting-female-led-startups-with-investment Supporting Female-Led Startu-ps with Investment 2020-02-13T11:42:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:15:19+01:00 The Fleximize Team We delve into how male startup owners in the UK receive a disproportionate amount of investment compared to females, and how this can be changed https://fleximize.com/articles/016819/top-10-podcasts-business-2020 Top 10 Podcasts for Business Owners in 2020 2020-02-07T11:34:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:10:29+01:00 The Fleximize Team We've compiled a list of the top ten podcasts for entrepreneurs and small business owners for 2020, including the Masters of Scale and Creative Rebels https://fleximize.com/articles/016813/prioritising-cybersecurity-in-2022 Why SMEs are Prioritising Cybersecurity in 2022 2020-02-06T10:51:00+00:00 2024-07-16T16:06:59+01:00 Adam Louca Research shows that UK businesses are prioritising investment in cybersecurity in 2022 to strengthen their defences. Adam Louca from Softcat explores. https://fleximize.com/articles/016803/guide-exhibiting-business-show An SME's Guide to Exhibiting at a Business Show 2020-02-03T11:47:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:01:02+01:00 Austin Rowlands Exhibiting at an event or trade show is an exciting opportunity to grow your business. Here are 4 tips for SMEs to help make the most of your first show https://fleximize.com/articles/016794/claims-management-software-for-smes Claims Management Software for SMEs 2020-01-30T15:27:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:34:29+01:00 Yaakov Smith Claims management software can speed up claims processing, reduce errors and enhance the customer experience. Here's a guide to how it can benefit your SME. https://fleximize.com/articles/016791/using-data-to-compete-big-businesses Using Data to Compete Against Big Businesses 2020-01-27T12:53:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:28:39+01:00 Cordy Bartlett For small business owners, it's vital to leverage data to better understand your target audience and compete against big business. Cordy Bartlett explores https://fleximize.com/articles/016786/stopping-counterfeits-construction Stopping Counterfeits in the Construction Sector 2020-01-20T11:24:00+00:00 2024-07-22T16:13:59+01:00 Stijn Kits Counterfeit building materials and tools are a significant cause for concern in the construction sector. Here's a look at how IP registration can help https://fleximize.com/articles/016780/vat-error-correction How to Deal with VAT Error Correction 2020-01-17T11:16:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:11:25+01:00 Alan Rolfe If you make a mistake on your VAT return, it's vital to correct it. Alan Rolfe of HWB Chartered Accountants outlines the process for VAT error correction https://fleximize.com/articles/016773/common-financial-pitfalls Common Financial Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them 2020-01-16T13:56:00+00:00 2024-07-22T16:12:28+01:00 Chris Woodard Chris Woodard, Co-Founder of Handle.com, explores some of the biggest financial mistakes that new business owners make and how to avoid them https://fleximize.com/articles/016764/increase-profits-without-increasing-sales How to Increase Profits Without Increasing Sales 2020-01-13T13:51:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:20:06+01:00 Mark Tighe Claiming tax relief that your business is eligible for is a great way to boost profits without relying on sales or cutbacks. Mark Tighe of Catax explores https://fleximize.com/articles/016751/marketing-trends-2020 2020 Marketing Trends for UK Businesses 2020-01-09T10:35:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:39:52+01:00 Stacey MacNaught Here are 3 marketing trends likely to affect your business in 2020, including the impact of changes in web tracking platforms and Amazon product searches https://fleximize.com/articles/016732/find-clients-construction-business How to Find Clients for Your Construction Business 2020-01-08T13:42:00+00:00 2024-07-22T16:10:53+01:00 Ross Bramble If you're struggling to find clients for your construction business, this guide explores three easy ways to promote your services and attract new customers https://fleximize.com/articles/016737/tories-podcasts-carbon-neutral-christmas Tories, Podcasts & A Carbon-Neutral Christmas 2019-12-31T09:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:17:10+01:00 The Fleximize Team We look at how the Tory majority impacts on your personal and business finances, the podcasts to accompany your drive home, and having a 'green' Christmas https://fleximize.com/articles/016728/eco-friendly-corporate-event How to Host an Eco-Friendly Corporate Event 2019-12-23T09:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:17:51+01:00 Matthew Payne Hosting an eco-friendly event can help brand visibility without damaging the environment. Matthew Payne of Made by Ooomph shares his event planning tips https://fleximize.com/articles/016725/guide-hiring-first-virtual-assistant A Guide to Hiring Your First Virtual Assistant 2019-12-17T08:55:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:23:22+01:00 Sam Wilson Here's a guide outlining how business owners can find and hire their first virtual assistant, covering how to define the role and delegate effectively https://fleximize.com/articles/016721/stress-free-digital-marketing Taking the Stress out of Digital Marketing 2019-12-13T11:36:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:21:33+01:00 Heather Baker Digital marketing can be stressful when you first get started, but it can also work wonders for your brand image and conversion. Heather Baker shares 5 tips https://fleximize.com/articles/016713/mistakes-upscaling-your-business Mistakes to Avoid When Upscaling Your Business 2019-12-11T14:33:00+00:00 2024-07-22T16:10:07+01:00 Huw Moxon When upscaling your business, it's crucial to preserve your customer experience, product quality, and brand values. Huw Moxon explores the common pitfalls https://fleximize.com/articles/016710/introduction-video-marketing-startups An Introduction to Video Marketing for Startups 2019-12-09T11:43:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:58:49+01:00 Victor Blasco Video content is now an essential part of digital marketing strategies. Take a look at how to get started with 5 types of videos that can benefit startups https://fleximize.com/articles/016681/early-repayment-charges-penalties A Review of Early Repayment Charges & Penalties 2019-12-06T15:23:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:32:54+01:00 Jyoti Patel We compare the early repayment fees and terms of the UK's top altfi providers, pairing their claims with what this means for business owners in practice https://fleximize.com/articles/016675/performance-first-approach-business Developing a Performance-First Approach 2019-12-04T11:46:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:47:46+01:00 Ben Hunt-Davis Shifting to a performance-first approach can help SMEs achieve their goals. Olympic medallist Ben Hunt-Davis shares his experience of analyzing success https://fleximize.com/articles/016670/benefits-digital-training-webinars The Benefits of Digital Training and Webinars 2019-12-02T11:33:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:29:14+01:00 Anthony Chadwick Anthony Chadwick of The Webinar Vet shares his knowledge of how to leverage the digital training market and the ways it can grow your small business https://fleximize.com/articles/016661/elections-spreadsheets-christmas-dinner Elections, Spreadsheets & Christmas Dinner 2019-11-29T12:11:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:54:34+01:00 The Fleximize Team Here we look at how the general election results could impact your business, the spreadsheet of the future, and shopping local for your Christmas dinner https://fleximize.com/articles/016636/a-guide-to-chasing-late-payments A Guide To Chasing Late Payments 2019-11-28T10:00:00+00:00 2024-07-22T16:09:21+01:00 Stacey McIntosh Explore Sage's expert guide on how businesses should approach chasing late payments, with seven clear steps outlining how to manage late-paying customers https://fleximize.com/articles/016628/startup-data-protection-gdpr A Startup's Guide to Data Protection & GDPR 2019-11-22T12:16:00+00:00 2024-07-12T10:18:03+01:00 Stuart Cooke A guide to data protection and GDPR for startups, including managing personal data and compliance, written by data protection services expert Stuart Cook https://fleximize.com/articles/016555/improve-visitor-to-buyer-ratio How To Improve Your Visitor To Buyer Ratio 2019-11-20T13:18:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:19:34+01:00 Roberto Garvin A successful website is designed to encourage a high level of conversion. Roberto Garvin of Mofluid outlines steps to increase your visitor to buyer ratio https://fleximize.com/articles/016435/content-development-tips Content Development Tips for SMEs 2019-11-13T13:40:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:39:38+01:00 Amos Onwukwe Here are five tips for developing customer-focused content for your SME, including a look at how to conduct competitor research and keyword planning https://fleximize.com/articles/016415/sole-traders-guide-alternative-finance A Sole Trader’s Guide to Alternative Finance 2019-11-11T13:34:00+00:00 2024-07-22T16:07:50+01:00 Jyoti Patel We explore 5 alternative finance options for sole traders operating in the UK, such as crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance and unsecured business loans https://fleximize.com/articles/016423/sustainable-business-growth How to Achieve Sustainable Business Growth 2019-11-08T10:00:00+00:00 2024-07-22T16:08:21+01:00 Mark Tighe The majority of SMEs struggle to grow beyond five years. Mark Tighe of Catax shares four ways to achieve sustainable growth, including protecting cash flow https://fleximize.com/articles/016417/preparing-remote-working Preparing Your Business for Remote Working 2019-11-06T12:04:00+00:00 2024-07-12T11:59:35+01:00 Maria Espie Vidal The transition to remote working should be as smooth as possible for both your employees and clients. Maria Espie Vidal shares the steps SMEs need to take https://fleximize.com/articles/016409/managers-guide-to-reviews A Manager's Guide to One-to-One Reviews 2019-11-05T11:34:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:31:58+01:00 Stuart Hearn One-to-one performance reviews can help your team feel more confident in their roles and promote a healthy channel of communication. Here's how to hold 1-1s https://fleximize.com/articles/016404/motherhood-running-a-business Balancing Motherhood and Running a Business 2019-11-04T10:55:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:17:11+01:00 Rebecca Newenham Rebecca Newenham, Founder of GetAhead VA, shares her tips and advice on how to balance motherhood with steering a growing business towards success https://fleximize.com/articles/016052/brexit-freelancers-diversity-tech Brexit, Freelancers & Diversity in Tech 2019-10-31T14:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:23:11+01:00 The Fleximize Team We look at the family-run SME taking over Thomas Cook, preparing your business for Brexit, and diversifying the tech industry to be more accessible https://fleximize.com/articles/016048/professional-indemnity-insurance A Guide to Professional Indemnity Insurance 2019-10-30T10:58:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:26:52+01:00 Kerri-Ann Hockley Kerri-Ann Hockley, Head of Customer Service at professional insurance broker PolicyBee, shares her guide to professional indemnity insurance for UK SMEs https://fleximize.com/articles/016013/smes-guide-brexit-trading An SME's Guide to Trading in the Lead up to Brexit 2019-10-28T09:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:03:17+01:00 Paul Beard As uncertainty around Brexit continues, Paul Beard of Creditsafe shares his expertise on how UK SMEs should approach international trade ahead of 2021 https://fleximize.com/articles/015941/event-planning-small-business Event Planning Tips for Small Businesses 2019-10-25T10:51:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:02:09+01:00 Toby Heelis Toby Heelis, CEO of events management company Eventopedia, shares his top five tips on how to plan and run a successful event as a small business https://fleximize.com/articles/015935/pros-cons-limited-company-contracts Pros and Cons of Limited Company Contracts 2019-10-23T14:05:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:12:20+01:00 Hannah Robinson Hannah Robinson, Digital Marketing Manager of Larsen Howie, talks us through IR35 liability and the pros and cons of limited company contracts https://fleximize.com/articles/015922/digital-marketing-ecommerce Digital Marketing Tactics for E-commerce Websites 2019-10-21T10:42:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:48:51+01:00 Marc Swann Marc Swann, Search Director at SEO agency Glass Digital, shares five digital marketing tactics to make your e-commerce website stand out from the crowd https://fleximize.com/articles/015917/2020-employment-law-changes A Guide to April 2020 Employment Law Changes 2019-10-18T10:26:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:10:07+01:00 Paula Fisher Employment law specialist Paula Fisher provides insight into the 2020 Employment Law Changes and what this means for UK SMEs https://fleximize.com/articles/015904/elearning-employee-training Why E-Learning Is the Future of Employee Training 2019-10-14T11:12:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:51:06+01:00 Kaine Shutler If you're looking for cost-effective and time-efficient development opportunities for your employees, it may be worth looking into e-learning. Here's why https://fleximize.com/articles/015898/basics-of-seo Getting to Grips with the Basics of SEO 2019-10-11T11:28:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:21:17+01:00 Adam Chard Adam Chard, from online retailer Victoria Plum, shares five tips on how small business owners can get to grips with the basic elements of SEO https://fleximize.com/articles/015887/merge-workplace-cultures How to Merge Cultures Following an Acquisition 2019-10-09T13:19:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:30:31+01:00 Mark Tighe Bringing together two company cultures after an acquisition can cause tension. Mark Tighe of Catax outlines three steps to take for a smooth transition https://fleximize.com/articles/015879/offline-vs-online-marketing Offline vs Online Marketing - Which Is Better For Your Business? 2019-10-04T10:00:00+01:00 2024-07-02T10:43:54+01:00 Dmitrii Kustov Dmitrii Kustov evaluates the pros and cons of offline and online marketing, including how traditional offline marketing can be leveraged by modern SMEs https://fleximize.com/articles/015872/bookkeeping-tips-for-smes Smart Bookkeeping Tips for Small Businesses 2019-10-02T14:40:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:01:46+01:00 Hasan Ekici If you run a small business, keeping on top of your accounting and financial transactions is vital. Here are five tips to improve your bookkeeping. https://fleximize.com/articles/015850/electric-vans-productivity-fashion Electric Vans, Productivity & Fashion Startups 2019-09-30T16:18:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:54:55+01:00 The Fleximize Team We take a look at electric delivery vans, how microbreaks can increase productivity, and innovative fashion startups stepping away from the status quo https://fleximize.com/articles/015841/pci-level-1 Making Your Business Compliant with PCI Level 1 2019-09-27T10:34:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:35:34+01:00 Anita Spenceley If your business processes card payments, being PCI compliant will be vital for building consumer trust. Here's our guide to protecting customer card data https://fleximize.com/articles/015823/guide-to-checking-contracts A Small Business' Guide to Checking Contracts 2019-09-23T09:46:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:34:32+01:00 Diane Pearce LawBite's Diane Pearce talks us through how to check legal contracts as a small business owner, along with exploring the commercial implications of Brexit https://fleximize.com/articles/015809/robust-cybersecurity-strategy How to Build a Robust Cybersecurity Strategy 2019-09-19T13:40:00+01:00 2024-07-02T09:39:00+01:00 Dean Moulden Having a robust cybersecurity strategy is crucial to protecting your business. Dean Moulden of SRM shares his expertise on preventing a breach or attack https://fleximize.com/articles/015802/avoiding-burnout Avoiding Burnout as a Small Business Owner 2019-09-18T11:08:00+01:00 2024-07-16T16:28:24+01:00 Donna Torres Xero's Donna Torres highlights the importance of 'switching off' from work as a small business owner, along with six ways to help you avoid burn out https://fleximize.com/articles/015794/adapting-product-new-customers Adapting Your Product to Reach New Customers 2019-09-17T12:07:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:41:00+01:00 Matt Deighton Matt Deighton, Managing Director of Sofas By Saxon, shares his tips for tapping into a new market following their recently launched vegan sofa range https://fleximize.com/articles/015780/getting-the-most-out-of-your-sales-team Getting the Most out of Your Sales Team 2019-09-16T13:21:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:20:43+01:00 Ian Clark Optimising your sales team can positively impact your business as a whole. Ian Clark of Frank Recruitment Group shares four ways to improve your results https://fleximize.com/articles/015756/charity-limited-company How to Donate to Charity as a Limited Company 2019-09-10T14:13:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:11:56+01:00 Hannah Robinson Donating to charity through your limited company can have many benefits, such as lowering your corporation tax bill. Find out more about how to donate https://fleximize.com/articles/015725/a-guide-to-certified-b-corporations A Guide to Certified B Corporations 2019-09-06T12:23:00+01:00 2024-07-02T09:38:21+01:00 Jyoti Patel Explore what a B Corp Certification could do for your business if you're interested in long-term benefits for your customers, employees and the planet https://fleximize.com/articles/015714/keeping-your-company-safe-online Five Tips for Keeping Your Company Safe Online 2019-09-05T13:42:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:10:20+01:00 Phil Upton Here's a quick guide from Phil Upton covering five ways to keep your small business and its data safe from malware and security breaches https://fleximize.com/articles/015701/credit-control-checklist-small-businesses ​Credit Control Checklist for Small Businesses 2019-09-03T11:42:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:42:49+01:00 John Baird If you offer your products or services on credit, it's vital that this is carried out in a controlled manner and a strict collection procedure is in place https://fleximize.com/articles/015695/website-crawlable-googlebot A Guide to Fixing Google Site Crawl Errors 2019-09-02T10:11:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:22:56+01:00 Crispin Boden-Tebbutt In this detailed guide, Crispin Boden-Tebbutt covers how to fix Google crawl errors so that your website can be easily found and navigated by customers https://fleximize.com/articles/015682/google-phone-boxes-plant-pots Google, Iconic Phone Boxes & Origami Plant Pots 2019-08-30T14:20:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:23:51+01:00 The Fleximize Team We explore how many Google searches result in zero clicks, the SMEs repurposing the iconic red telephone box, and the startup creating mailable plant pots https://fleximize.com/articles/015653/how-to-create-video-content How to Create Engaging Video Content 2019-08-29T11:43:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:10:57+01:00 Sam Shepler Video content can be highly effective in generating new leads and improving user experience. Sam Shepler shares 7 steps to create engaging video content https://fleximize.com/articles/015582/coaching-better-leader How Coaching Can Make You a Better Leader 2019-08-27T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:32:56+01:00 Susy Roberts Having the right people in leadership positions is vital to the success of every SME. Susy Roberts explains how coaching can make you a better leader https://fleximize.com/articles/015560/services-free-up-time Services That Can Free up Time for SME Owners 2019-08-22T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:50:41+01:00 Lisa Appleby If you're an SME owner who's upscaling, it may be worth freeing up bandwidth by outsourcing some business functions to a third party. Lisa Appleby explores https://fleximize.com/articles/015575/seo-business-benefits How SEO Can Benefit a Business 2019-08-20T10:00:00+01:00 2024-06-28T12:53:33+01:00 Alice Mansley Here's our guide to SEO for your small business, explaining how search engine optimisation works and what to focus on if you're starting from scratch https://fleximize.com/articles/015572/building-an-inclusive-workforce How to Build an Inclusive Workforce 2019-08-16T11:09:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:06:53+01:00 Darren Hockley Equality, diversity & inclusion are essential in today's workplace. Darren Hockley of DeltaNet International explores how to build a culture of inclusivity https://fleximize.com/articles/015529/due-diligence-on-suppliers How to Complete Due Diligence on Suppliers 2019-08-14T10:57:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:09:01+01:00 Mark Halstead Mark Halstead of Red Flag Alert shares his thoughts on the most effective approach for finding efficient and reliable suppliers for your business https://fleximize.com/articles/015457/tailoring-employee-benefits Tailoring Employee Benefits to Your Workforce 2019-08-12T10:29:00+01:00 2024-07-16T16:24:21+01:00 Wojciech Dochan Employee benefits should be a central part of your strategy to attract and retain talent. Here's how to create benefit packages tailored to your employees https://fleximize.com/articles/015437/prioritizing-investment How to Prioritize Investment Within Your Company 2019-08-07T09:41:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:36:37+01:00 Lewis Miller Knowing which parts of your business need to be prioritized for investment can be highly beneficial for growth. Lewis Miller of Nelson Frank explores how https://fleximize.com/articles/015428/tax-relief-salary-sacrifice-pensions Claiming Tax Relief with Salary Sacrifice Pensions 2019-08-05T12:05:00+01:00 2024-06-04T13:22:41+01:00 James Alesbury Salary sacrifice is a tax-efficient way to boost your employees’ pensions. James Alesbury of HWB Chartered Accountants talks us through the details. https://fleximize.com/articles/015414/claiming-limited-company-expenses A Guide to Claiming Limited Company Expenses 2019-08-02T10:55:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:19:25+01:00 Keith Tully Operating as a limited company means you have access to incentivised schemes and tax relief. Here's a look at some of the expenses you could be claiming https://fleximize.com/articles/015358/uk-festivals-stats-sustainability-smes UK Festivals: Stats, Sustainability & SMEs 2019-07-31T11:29:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:21:35+01:00 The Fleximize Team In this month's Business Bookmarks, we review the latest news stories about summer festivals and share two helpful guides on how UK SMEs can get involved https://fleximize.com/articles/015342/data-loss-from-business-devices Dealing with Data Loss from Business Devices 2019-07-29T10:40:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:45:13+01:00 Andrew Magee Andrew Magee, Development Manager at software specialist Enigma Recovery, explains what to do if you've lost data from one of your business devices https://fleximize.com/articles/015306/guide-to-trading-at-festivals A Small Business’ Guide to Trading at Festivals 2019-07-24T16:08:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:35:16+01:00 Jyoti Patel Here's an extensive guide for small business owners who want to get involved in supplying to music festivals, food markets and outdoor events across the UK https://fleximize.com/articles/015116/mental-health-breaks-employees The Benefits of Employee Mental Health Breaks 2019-07-22T11:54:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:29:44+01:00 Dr Zubair Ahmed Employers have a responsibility to support their staff by addressing mental health issues. Dr Zubair Ahmed explores the benefits of mental health breaks https://fleximize.com/articles/015302/pitch-deck-investor-funding Creating a Pitch Deck To Secure Investor Funding 2019-07-18T11:52:00+01:00 2024-07-22T16:06:55+01:00 Mike Sims Pitching to investors for the first time can be daunting. Mike Sims of ThinkLions shares three tips for securing investment with the perfect pitch deck https://fleximize.com/articles/015299/phone-system-sme How to Choose a Phone System for Your SME 2019-07-17T11:38:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:08:20+01:00 Dan Baker Here's a quick guide to the pros and cons of cloud-based and on-premises telephone systems to help you decide which system best suits your business needs https://fleximize.com/articles/015285/branding-your-sme-festival Tips for Branding Your SME at a Festival 2019-07-15T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:07:44+01:00 Richard Cutmore Richard Cutmore of TFH Gazebos shares five tips on how to brand your SME at festivals this year to draw in customers and increase engagement https://fleximize.com/articles/015270/transition-to-remote-working How to Transition to Remote Working 2019-07-11T08:37:00+01:00 2024-07-01T12:51:31+01:00 ​Darren Hockley Remote working is becoming increasingly popular among UK SMEs. Here are 10 considerations to ensure your workforce remains happy and productive at home https://fleximize.com/articles/015264/sme-carbon-neutral 6 Ways Your SME Can Become Carbon Neutral 2019-07-09T10:40:00+01:00 2024-07-12T12:49:23+01:00 Matt Greensmith If you're concerned about your business' carbon emissions, here are six ways to help your business become more environmentally-conscious. https://fleximize.com/articles/015257/benefits-incorporating-your-business The Benefits of Incorporating Your Business 2019-07-08T11:43:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:31:44+01:00 Nicola Clothier Incorporating your business can offer many important legal and tax benefits. Here's a quick look at whether incorporation is right for your small business https://fleximize.com/articles/015250/talk-mental-health-work How to Talk About Mental Health at Work 2019-07-03T09:48:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:51:17+01:00 Brendan Street Nuffield Health’s Brendan Street suggests how businesses can encourage dialogue about mental health and nurture a culture of openness in the workplace. https://fleximize.com/articles/015237/guide-to-risks-of-sitting An Employer's Guide to the Risks of Sitting 2019-07-01T10:22:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:57:45+01:00 Mark Wiggins The long-term health effects of sitting at an office desk have been widely researched. Here's a quick look at how employers can protect their workers https://fleximize.com/articles/015219/plastic-free-tech-brand-writing Plastic-Free Shopping, Tech Teams & Brand Writing 2019-06-28T15:21:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:04:20+01:00 The Fleximize Team Fleximize takes a look at one of the UK's first packaging-free supermarkets trials, how to be a great tech manager, and ways to create a strong brand voice https://fleximize.com/articles/015208/user-experience-seo How User Experience Impacts SEO 2019-06-27T07:15:00+01:00 2024-06-28T16:24:42+01:00 Marc Woodhead User experience is now an integral factor in SEO. Marc Woodhead of Holograph explores how user-friendly web design can help your site rank higher in SERPs https://fleximize.com/articles/015203/lead-successful-tech-team How to Lead a Successful Tech Team 2019-06-26T10:10:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:20:49+01:00 Mark Hill Mark Hill of FRG Technology Consulting shares three ways to cement your status as a great manager, even if you’re new to the leadership game https://fleximize.com/articles/015181/marketing-trends-2019 2019's Top Marketing Trends for UK SMEs 2019-06-24T14:11:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:39:17+01:00 Peter Watson Peter Watson, Managing Director of Distract, shares his thoughts on the digital marketing trends that UK SMEs should be aware of in 2019 https://fleximize.com/articles/015126/international-franchising A Guide to International Franchising 2019-06-18T11:14:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:24:13+01:00 Mike Ryan Mike Ryan, CEO of PACK & SEND​, explains how UK businesses thinking of going international with their brand can seize the opportunities on offer https://fleximize.com/articles/015119/approach-diversity-sme How to Approach Diversity Within Your SME 2019-06-17T10:44:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:53:29+01:00 Siân Goodson Diversity has huge benefits for SME business owners and their employees. Sin Goodson of Goodson Thomas shares six strategies for a more diverse workforce https://fleximize.com/articles/015103/expanding-to-a-second-location Tips on Expanding to a Second Location 2019-06-12T10:38:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:08:41+01:00 Zoe Morris Expanding to a second location can seem daunting, but it's key for growth. Zoe Morris shares five insightful tips on how to approach expansion as a UK SME https://fleximize.com/articles/015088/producing-first-explainer-video Tips for Producing Your First Explainer Video 2019-06-10T13:59:00+01:00 2024-06-28T16:43:21+01:00 Jamie Field Explainer videos are a great way to engage customers and boost brand awareness. Jamie Field shares his tips on how to produce your first explainer video https://fleximize.com/articles/015081/balancing-digital-transformation-with-privacy Balancing Digital Transformation with Privacy 2019-06-07T15:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:16:49+01:00 Sophie Chase-Borthwick Sophie Chase-Borthwick at Calligo discusses how to include data privacy in digital transformation projects to avoid compromising security and compliance https://fleximize.com/articles/015061/smes-workplace-cultures 6 UK SMEs with Incredible Workplace Cultures 2019-06-06T10:04:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:59:53+01:00 Carolyn Nevitte Carolyn Nevitte of People Insight takes a closer look at seven SMEs in the UK who have taken the time to cultivate incredible workplace cultures https://fleximize.com/articles/015047/boost-wellbeing-productivity Five Ways to Boost Staff Wellbeing & Productivity 2019-06-03T10:29:00+01:00 2024-07-12T10:19:46+01:00 Sam Cropper Sam Cropper of Viking reveals how providing the right office environment can boost the overall wellbeing and productivity of your workforce https://fleximize.com/articles/015033/may-retail-pride The End of May, Reinventing Retail & Pride Prep 2019-05-31T10:45:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:45:08+01:00 The Fleximize Team In this Business Bookmarks, we review the top news stories from the last four weeks and explore how UK businesses can take part in London Pride Month https://fleximize.com/articles/014986/how-to-master-the-art-of-delegation How to Master the Art of Delegation 2019-05-30T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:28:33+01:00 Marianne Page SME owners can struggle with delegation, but sharing tasks can be vital for business growth. Here's Marianne Page's guide on how to delegate successfully. https://fleximize.com/articles/014946/maintaining-branding-across-multiple-channels Maintaining Branding Across Multiple Channels 2019-05-28T15:17:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:33:58+01:00 Owen Simpson Consistent branding across marketing channels is crucial for maintaining trust and authority. Owen Simpson explains how to keep your brand message intact https://fleximize.com/articles/014916/selecting-business-vehicles-sme Selecting the Right Business Vehicles for Your SME 2019-05-22T14:40:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:42:46+01:00 Mark McKenna Whether leasing, renting or purchasing, picking the right business vehicle for your SME can seem a complex choice. Here are six considerations to review https://fleximize.com/articles/014912/private-healthcare-for-smes Is Private Healthcare Worthwhile for SMEs? 2019-05-20T11:12:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:20:39+01:00 Dr Zubair Ahmed Dr Zubair Ahmed, Co-founder and CEO of Medicspot, explains why small businesses should be thinking differently about employee healthcare https://fleximize.com/articles/014905/build-an-inclusive-culture-sme How to Build an Inclusive Culture Within Your SME 2019-05-16T13:05:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:06:35+01:00 Zoe Morris While businesses are focusing more on inclusivity, the gender gap in technology continues. Zoe Morris of Jefferson Frank explores promoting women in tech https://fleximize.com/articles/014856/creating-a-productive-office-environment Creating a Productive Office Environment 2019-05-13T11:12:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:41:03+01:00 The Fleximize Team If you're looking for ways to give your workspace a boost, here's a quick look at six simple changes you can make to encourage productivity https://fleximize.com/articles/014850/sme-guide-fair-trade-principles An SME’s Guide to Fair Trade Principles 2019-05-10T15:12:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:05:13+01:00 Jyoti Patel Here's our guide on how UK SMEs can get involved with the fair trade movement, including a quick look at some of the UK businesses championing fair trade https://fleximize.com/articles/014841/5-sales-podcasts-2019 5 Sales Podcasts You Should Listen to in 2019 2019-05-09T14:05:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:50:51+01:00 Charlotte Powell Looking for ways to motivate your sales team? We have the perfect fix - a list of the best sales podcasts available to you in 2019. https://fleximize.com/articles/014828/ucc-platform-for-smes Choosing the Right UCC Platform for Your SME 2019-05-07T14:08:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:32:55+01:00 ​Todd Carothers Unified Communications and Collaboration platforms can transform the working practices of your SME. Here's our guide to choosing the perfect UCC platform https://fleximize.com/articles/014812/google-data-studio-smes The Benefits of Google Data Studio to SMEs 2019-05-03T11:02:00+01:00 2024-07-01T08:35:11+01:00 Edgars Boitmanis Switching to Google Data Studio could save SMEs a significant amount of time, effort, and money. Edgars Boitmanis discusses its benefits for data reporting https://fleximize.com/articles/014731/hiring-your-first-cloud-developer Expert Tips on Hiring Your First Cloud Developer 2019-05-01T11:31:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:06:11+01:00 James McDonagh Hiring your first cloud developer can prove challenging for busy SME owners. Here are some tips from a technology recruitment specialist to help you along https://fleximize.com/articles/014723/talent-pools-apps-animations Talent Pools, Secret Apps & Hypnotic Animations 2019-04-30T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:22:01+01:00 The Fleximize Team In this Business Bookmarks, we look at the narrowing talent pool in Finance, the app which keeps film scripts secret, and hypnotic Instagram animations https://fleximize.com/articles/014661/save-money-business-utility-bills How to Save Money on Your Business’ Utility Bills 2019-04-25T09:28:00+01:00 2024-07-12T12:53:34+01:00 Kelly Ivison Overheads can become an obstacle to your business growth. Kelly Ivison outlines how SMEs can save money and cut costs on their business utility bills https://fleximize.com/articles/014643/uk-smes-written-word The UK SMEs Harnessing the Written Word 2019-04-23T09:21:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:00:47+01:00 Jyoti Patel For UN English Language Day, we're celebrating the UK SMEs, charities, and enterprises that have built campaigns and products based on the written word https://fleximize.com/articles/014664/data-for-hyper-personalized-marketing Collecting Data for Hyper-Personalised Marketing 2019-04-18T10:38:00+01:00 2024-07-02T16:12:06+01:00 Jason Lark Jason Lark of Celerity shares his tips on how to collect the right types of data to inform your SME's hyper-personalised marketing campaigns https://fleximize.com/articles/014650/business-interruption-insurance The Importance of Business Interruption Insurance 2019-04-17T10:55:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:41:41+01:00 Doug Kelley Business interruption insurance is often overlooked, but could make a huge difference to SMEs in the case of a disaster. Doug Kelley explains how it works https://fleximize.com/articles/014596/vehicle-tracking-benefit-smes How Can Vehicle Tracking Benefit SMEs? 2019-04-15T11:16:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:32:05+01:00 The Fleximize Team Commercial fleets are an expensive but necessary expense for many SMEs in the transport space. Here's how vehicle tracking could benefit your business https://fleximize.com/articles/014613/best-youtube-business-channels-2019 The Best YouTube Business Channels of 2019 2019-04-12T10:26:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:34:12+01:00 The Fleximize Team We've picked out the best Youtube channels for business owners in 2019. Whether you're seeking marketing tips or motivation, there's something for everyone https://fleximize.com/articles/014604/sme-guide-optimising-transparency The SME Guide to Optimising Transparency 2019-04-11T11:33:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:58:52+01:00 KJ Dearie In this detailed guide, KJ Dearie of Termly explores how SMEs can promote transparency through their data collection and marketing practices https://fleximize.com/articles/014589/uk-smes-accepting-card-payments Accepting Card Payments: A Guide for UK SMEs 2019-04-10T11:05:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:39:24+01:00 Nick Healy A guide to accepting card payments in the UK, covering fees, payment providers, compliance and charging structures. Everything you need to know about accepting card payments as a UK SME https://fleximize.com/articles/014582/european-cities-uk-smes-relocating Which European Cities Are UK SMEs Relocating To? 2019-04-08T11:08:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:47:28+01:00 ​Matthew Pitt Matthew Pitt of Wilbury Stratton shares his knowledge on why a record number of UK businesses are relocating to Europe in the lead up to Brexit https://fleximize.com/articles/014574/recruit-retain-generation-z How to Recruit & Retain Generation Z 2019-04-04T11:07:00+01:00 2024-07-16T16:20:43+01:00 Howard Wiley Howard Wiley of global technical recruitment consultancy VHR explores how SMEs can tailor recruitment drives to attract and retain Generation Z https://fleximize.com/articles/014566/renting-vs-purchasing-commercial-property Renting Versus Purchasing a Commercial Property 2019-04-03T10:21:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:25:11+01:00 Jamie Costello If you're considering your next office space, here's a summary of the pros and cons of renting versus purchasing a commercial property to help you decide https://fleximize.com/articles/014559/save-energy-costs-business-fleet Saving Energy Costs Across Your Business Fleet 2019-04-02T10:09:00+01:00 2024-07-16T15:47:51+01:00 Tom Preston Tom Preston of Hippo Leasing explores the many ways SME leaders can save energy while running a more productive and efficient business fleet https://fleximize.com/articles/014539/women-fintech-leaders-diversity Women in Fintech, Inspiring Leaders & Diversity 2019-03-28T10:23:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:58:46+01:00 The Fleximize Team We take a look at the 100 top women in fintech, the female business leaders who inspire us, and how to promote diversity in your workplace going ahead https://fleximize.com/articles/014534/streamlining-financial-processes Streamlining Financial Processes for Growth 2019-03-27T10:11:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:13:23+01:00 Neil Robertson Neil Robertson of Compleat Software shares his thoughts on how streamlining financial processes can facilitate sustainable business growth https://fleximize.com/articles/014527/guide-to-google-ad-extensions A Complete Guide to Google Ad Extensions 2019-03-25T10:49:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:07:47+01:00 Mathew Porter Mathew Porter of Kumo Digital shares his guide to everything you could need to know about using Google Ad Extensions https://fleximize.com/articles/014513/marketing-niche-product-new-locations Marketing Your Niche Product in New Locations 2019-03-21T11:05:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:40:32+01:00 Kashif Naqshbandi Kashif Naqshbandi of Anderson Frank shares how he successfully marketed a niche product in different locations https://fleximize.com/articles/014499/family-business-brand-image How to Build a Brand Image for a Family Business 2019-03-20T14:05:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:04:54+01:00 Jyoti Patel Strengthening your brand image can do wonders for your family business. We talk you through the four key areas to invest in when building your brand. https://fleximize.com/articles/014466/reinvention-through-relocation Business Reinvention Through Relocation 2019-03-19T09:56:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:26:28+01:00 Andrew Mawson Andrew Mawson of Advanced Workplace Associates shares his thoughts on how business relocation can be a rare opportunity for reinvention and agile working https://fleximize.com/articles/014442/ensure-your-supply-chain-is-ethical How to Ensure Your Supply Chain Is Ethical 2019-03-15T09:06:00+00:00 2024-07-02T16:06:12+01:00 Darren Hockley SMEs must ensure their supply chain is ethical & lawful. Darren Hockley of DeltaNet International identifies the red flags to look out for in supply chains https://fleximize.com/articles/014430/the-best-business-podcasts-of-2019 The Best Business Podcasts of 2019 2019-03-14T10:43:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:32:43+01:00 The Fleximize Team We’ve curated a list of the best business podcasts currently available, with quick summaries of each so that you can pick out those most suited to you https://fleximize.com/articles/014392/startup-guide-to-business-funding The Start-up Guide to Business Funding 2019-03-13T08:51:00+00:00 2024-07-01T12:45:04+01:00 Jyoti Patel Heres our guide to the main funding options available to startups in the UK, including bank funding, crowdfunding, angel investment, and government grants https://fleximize.com/articles/014421/big-pieces-of-coverage-on-a-budget Landing Big Pieces of Coverage on a Budget 2019-03-11T11:44:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:28:10+01:00 Stacey MacNaught Press coverage can lead to increased client exposure, inbound links to your site and credibility building. Here's how SMEs can secure coverage on a budget https://fleximize.com/articles/014384/womens-day-2020 Women’s Day 2020: The Women Who Inspire Us 2019-03-07T14:31:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:59:05+01:00 The Fleximize Team For International Womens Day, we're highlighting our favourite female entrepreneurs, business women, books and podcasts to inspire the girl boss in you https://fleximize.com/articles/014394/best-business-apps-2019 Best Business Apps 2019 2019-03-07T09:43:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:19:24+01:00 Andy Mitchell From collaboration through to accounting, here's a quick run down of the most useful business apps of 2019 https://fleximize.com/articles/014379/pr-contribute-to-bottom-line How PR Can Contribute to Your Bottom Line 2019-03-06T10:16:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:45:25+01:00 Andy Barr Andy Barr of 10 Yetis Digital explores how PR campaigns can influence conversions by increasing authority and attracting customers https://fleximize.com/articles/014374/stand-out-in-crowded-marketplace How to Stand out in a Crowded Marketplace 2019-03-05T10:36:00+00:00 2024-05-28T12:45:31+01:00 Matt Stevens Differentiating your business from competitors isn't always a simple task. Matt Stevens explains how to make your SME stand out from your competitors https://fleximize.com/articles/014365/choosing-web-host-provider A Guide to Choosing a Web Host Provider  2019-03-04T10:23:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:13:34+01:00 Kerry Leigh Harrison Kerry Leigh Harrison of UK Web Host Review outlines the different types of website hosting available and how to choose a web host provider for your SME https://fleximize.com/articles/014344/goodbye-honda-hello-taxes-welcome-parents Goodbye Honda, Hello Taxes & Welcome Parents 2019-02-28T11:21:00+00:00 2024-07-22T16:06:16+01:00 The Fleximize Team In this Business Bookmarks, we share the latest on the Honda Swindon closure, a potential retailer tax, and the London coworking space with onsite childcare https://fleximize.com/articles/014305/promote-your-business-offline How to Promote Your Business Offline 2019-02-22T09:31:00+00:00 2024-05-28T12:37:17+01:00 Andrew Dark Traditional offline marketing remains important for building customer relationships and loyalty. Andrew Dark weighs up the benefits of offline versus online https://fleximize.com/articles/014297/employee-retention-strategies-smes Employee Retention Strategies for SMEs 2019-02-20T14:08:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:56:21+01:00 Jade Jordan Having robust employee retention strategies can result in higher morale and increased productivity amongst staff. Jade Jordan of Maxmillion explores https://fleximize.com/articles/014286/smes-records-management The SME Guide to Better Records Management 2019-02-18T13:35:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:58:22+01:00 Paul Ravey Paul Ravey of Access Records Management shares tips on how businesses can refine their records management practices https://fleximize.com/articles/014230/flat-structure-smes Is a Flat Structure Right for Your SME? 2019-02-14T10:04:00+00:00 2024-05-28T13:18:56+01:00 Jyoti Patel Management hierarchies often emerge organically, but can slow down growth. We explore the pros and cons of flat-structures for SMEs and how to implement one https://fleximize.com/articles/014221/complete-guide-making-tax-digital A Complete Guide to Making Tax Digital 2019-02-13T10:52:00+00:00 2024-06-28T12:43:50+01:00 Keir Thomas-Bryant Here's a guide to everything you need to know about the Making Tax Digital scheme, including a useful checklist to prepare your business for the deadline https://fleximize.com/articles/014204/effective-mobile-workforce How to Create an Effective Mobile Workforce 2019-02-12T09:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:10:22+01:00 Paul Fisher Paul Fisher of Parallels talks us through how to create a mobile workforce so that your team can access everything they need from any location https://fleximize.com/articles/014200/employee-health-assessments-smes Employee Health Assessments for SMEs 2019-02-11T09:06:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:55:26+01:00 ​Marcus Herbert Marcus Herbert, Corporate Operations Specialist at Nuffield Health, explores the value of intelligent personal health assessments for SMEs https://fleximize.com/articles/014191/phishing-threats-to-smes-2019 The Biggest Phishing Threats to SMEs in 2019 2019-02-07T11:10:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:35:10+01:00 Danielle Skinner It’s imperative that SME owners and employees know exactly how to detect and react to potential phishing threats. Here's what to look out for in 2019. https://fleximize.com/articles/014185/virtual-offices-for-smes How Virtual Offices Can Benefit SMEs 2019-02-06T10:32:00+00:00 2024-05-28T13:02:59+01:00 Christina Attrah Many business owners consider renting a virtual office in the early growth stage. Christina Attrah of Virtual HQ explores the benefits of virtual offices https://fleximize.com/articles/014178/why-entrepreneurs-should-mentor Why More Entrepreneurs Should Become Mentors 2019-02-05T09:55:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:52:56+01:00 Ed Johnson Ed Johnson, CEO & Co-Founder of PushFar, shares five reasons why every entrepreneur should consider becoming a mentor https://fleximize.com/articles/014144/eggs-freelancers-making-tax-digital Famous Eggs, Freelancer Hubs & Making Tax Digital 2019-01-31T09:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:07:06+01:00 The Fleximize Team We take a look at how an egg broke world records, the freelancer hub making a difference to Brooklyn's gig workers, and the impact of Making Tax Digital https://fleximize.com/articles/014137/making-tax-digital-common-misconceptions Making Tax Digital: Common Misconceptions 2019-01-30T09:19:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:35:08+01:00 Tony Mills The new Making Tax Digital scheme has caused some confusion among UK businesses. Tony Mills of Online Tax Rebates clarifies the most common misconceptions https://fleximize.com/articles/014113/business-rates-guide A Guide to UK Business Rates 2019-01-29T09:19:00+00:00 2024-06-18T09:14:06+01:00 The Fleximize Team Here's our guide to paying business rates bills in the UK, including a look at how business rates are calculated, exemptions and small business rates relief https://fleximize.com/articles/014117/cybersecurity-training-smes Why Cybersecurity Training is Crucial for SMEs 2019-01-28T11:38:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:49:59+01:00 Melanie Jones Melanie Jones looks at how investing in cybersecurity training can positively impact both your business and your wider workforce https://fleximize.com/articles/014039/sme-guide-government-contracts SME Guide to Bidding for Government Contracts 2019-01-23T10:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:02:13+01:00 Jyoti Patel Government contracts can provide lucrative business opportunities for SMEs to build brand reputation. Here's a guide to bidding for public sector contracts https://fleximize.com/articles/014064/workspace-productivity Designing a Workspace to Increase Productivity 2019-01-22T11:10:00+00:00 2024-07-16T16:05:46+01:00 The Fleximize Team We explore how to organise, lay-out and decorate your office workspace so that it increases productivity within your SME https://fleximize.com/articles/014042/brexit-preparing-your-business Brexit Uncertainty: Preparing Your Business 2019-01-21T11:17:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:22:18+01:00 Gianluca Bisceglie With more uncertainty around Brexit dominating headlines, here's how to keep your business prepared in the face of the unexpected. https://fleximize.com/articles/002314/selling-your-business Selling an Online Business 2019-01-16T11:20:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:43:29+01:00 Sean Mallon When selling an online business, being prepared ahead of the transition will ultimately bring financial gains. CEO Sean Mallon provides an extensive guide https://fleximize.com/articles/013972/what-is-fintech What is Fintech? 2019-01-14T10:25:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:37:08+01:00 Jyoti Patel If you're wondering how fintech works and the impact it may have on your small business, read our guide covering everything you need to know about fintech https://fleximize.com/articles/013938/mastering-the-art-project-management Mastering the Art of Project Management 2019-01-11T09:44:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:42:16+01:00 Jonathon Kofler Successful project management requires an array of skills. Jonathon Kofler of Access Self Storage reveals his 8 steps to getting project management right https://fleximize.com/articles/013918/20-business-blogs-2019 20 Business Blogs to Follow in 2019 2019-01-10T09:51:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:37:47+01:00 The Fleximize Team If you're looking for some inspiration in 2019, we've curated a list of the 20 best blogs, magazines and websites that every business owner should bookmark. https://fleximize.com/articles/013910/write-and-deliver-perfect-pitch How to Write & Deliver the Perfect Business Pitch 2019-01-09T10:09:00+00:00 2024-05-28T12:59:58+01:00 Alison Watson Writing and delivering a powerful business pitch can make all the difference when seeking investment. Alison Watson shares her tips for the perfect pitch https://fleximize.com/articles/013871/branding-business-as-family-run Is It Worth Branding Your SME as 'Family-Run'? 2019-01-07T11:11:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:18:28+01:00 Louise Findlay-Wilson Marketing your SME as 'family-run' can have an impact on the perception of your brand. Energy PR's Louise Findlay-Wilson evaluates the risk and rewards https://fleximize.com/articles/013861/do-you-need-a-leadership-audit Could You Benefit from a Leadership Audit? 2019-01-03T13:44:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:43:12+01:00 Marianne Page Your performance as a manager directly impacts staff productivity, company morale and, ultimately, the success of your business. Here's a closer look at how https://fleximize.com/articles/013845/financial-resolutions-for-smes Financial New Year’s Resolutions for SME Owners 2019-01-02T12:33:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:07:37+01:00 Tony Mills The new year provides the ideal time for businesses to reflect on financial practices. Tony Mills of Online Tax Rebates shares 4 tips for money management https://fleximize.com/articles/013843/sme-lone-working-policy Does Your SME Need a Lone Working Policy? 2018-12-27T09:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:51:35+01:00 Jyoti Patel We explore why lone working policies are an important part of every SME's Health & Safety process and how to write one that is tailored to your employees https://fleximize.com/articles/013826/pay-gaps-disagreements-christmas-reading Pay Gaps, Disagreements & Christmas Reading 2018-12-24T09:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:01:19+01:00 The Fleximize Team The Fleximize Team run through key learnings from 2018, along with how to make 2019 a successful year for your business. https://fleximize.com/articles/013848/business-processes-impact-growth How Business Processes Impact Growth 2018-12-21T11:24:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:30:28+01:00 Alister Esam Many SMEs reach a state where growth plateaus as competition increases. Fleximize reveals the common obstacles to growth and tips for getting around them https://fleximize.com/articles/013818/four-pillars-brand-purpose The Four Pillars of Brand Purpose & Social Change 2018-12-19T10:43:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:39:36+01:00 Tony Wright Promoting brand purpose has become increasingly popular within marketing efforts. Tony Wright explores four key aspects to consider for your next campaign https://fleximize.com/articles/013811/psychology-behind-a-successful-team The Psychology Behind Leading a Successful Team 2018-12-17T11:10:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:49:29+01:00 Sara Lou-Ann Jones Having a workforce of engaged employees is crucial to the success of your SME. Here are ten actionable steps to cultivate an efficient and motivated team https://fleximize.com/articles/013790/developing-confidence-at-work A Guide to Developing Confidence at Work 2018-12-13T12:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:20:57+01:00 Paul Russell Managing Director of Luxury Academy Paul Russell explains how to develop your confidence and gain authority in the workplace. https://fleximize.com/articles/013637/guide-to-business-award-applications An SME's Guide to Business Award Applications 2018-12-12T09:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:59:33+01:00 Jyoti Patel 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. https://fleximize.com/articles/013739/capitalize-on-holiday-marketing-trends How to Capitalize on Holiday Marketing Trends 2018-12-11T11:12:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:07:51+01:00 Amanda Walls Holidays and celebrations are a great opportunity for SMEs to boost sales. Amanda Walls of Cedarwood Digital shares eight tips on holiday marketing plans https://fleximize.com/articles/013724/employment-law-changes-2019 Employment Law Changes to Look out for in 2019 2018-12-10T11:45:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:59:20+01:00 Alan Price Changes in employment law have been difficult to keep up with in 2019. Here are 10 key changes all SMEs should be aware of, including pay gaps and pensions https://fleximize.com/articles/013707/marketing-leads-arent-working Why Your Marketing Leads Aren't Working 2018-12-07T10:02:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:58:08+01:00 Bryony Thomas Here's a guide to common pitfalls SMEs face when executing their marketing strategy. We also look at the four pillars of marketing success for UK SMEs https://fleximize.com/articles/013625/fleximize-misspellings Fleximize Misspellings 2018-12-06T09:26:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:12:12+01:00 The Fleximize Team At Fleximize, were pretty used to people misspelling or mispronouncing our name. Here's a quick rundown of our favourite misspellings from over the years https://fleximize.com/articles/013698/password-management-cyber-stress Managing Password Protection & Cyber-Stress 2018-12-05T09:57:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:37:51+01:00 Ian Pitt Many SMEs struggle with password management and cyber-stress among employees. Ian Pitt explains how technology and staff training can relieve the burden https://fleximize.com/articles/013682/smes-corporate-social-responsibility Corporate Social Responsibility for SMEs 2018-12-04T11:14:00+00:00 2024-06-28T12:49:41+01:00 Jonathan Chapman Corporate social responsibility policies are highly valued by employees, investors and customers alike. But what can SMEs do to play their part? https://fleximize.com/articles/013669/social-media-policy-for-your-sme Establishing a Social Media Policy for Your SME 2018-12-03T11:30:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:01:39+01:00 Marie Dancer & Jayne Harrison The Richard Nelson LLP Team explain why SMEs need a watertight social media policy, along with sharing their guide on creating one for your employees https://fleximize.com/articles/013598/loss-aversion-thinking-spots-chimpanzees Loss Aversion, Thinking Spots & Chimpanzees 2018-11-29T09:08:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:33:27+01:00 The Fleximize Team Fleximize takes a look at how loss aversion can impact your decisions, along with where entrepreneurs go to think and David Attenborough's new documentary https://fleximize.com/articles/013591/gdpr-rectifying-non-compliance GDPR: How to Rectify Non-Compliance 2018-11-28T10:29:00+00:00 2024-07-01T12:57:18+01:00 Adam Prince Many SMEs are still unsure if they are fully compliant with GDPR. Adam Prince shares three changes for businesses to make if concerned about non-compliance https://fleximize.com/articles/013563/protecting-your-brands-intellectual-property Protecting Your Brand's Intellectual Property 2018-11-26T10:44:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:15:40+01:00 Peter Matthews Intellectual property and brand image are an SME's most valuable assets and require ongoing protection. Peter Matthews shares 4 tips for your IP strategy https://fleximize.com/articles/013548/vehicle-leasing-for-your-sme Is Vehicle Leasing the Right Option for Your SME? 2018-11-22T10:18:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:22:26+01:00 Tom Preston Many SMEs struggle to weigh the benefits of leasing a fleet of vehicles versus purchasing outright. Tom Preston talks us through the key points to consider https://fleximize.com/articles/013461/improve-your-company-credit-score How to Improve Your Company Credit Score 2018-11-21T09:14:00+00:00 2024-06-28T10:35:34+01:00 Jyoti Patel Credit scores are one of the most telling reflections of your business' financial health. We explore seven steps to take to improve your credit score https://fleximize.com/articles/013506/building-a-feedback-culture-that-works How to Build a Feedback Culture That Works 2018-11-19T15:50:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:05:23+01:00 Rob O’Donovan An effective feedback culture can transform working processes. Rob O'Donovan, CEO of CharlieHR, reveals the seven pillars of sharing constructive feedback https://fleximize.com/articles/013488/cloud-based-solutions-for-smes What Can Cloud-Based Solutions Do for SMEs? 2018-11-16T11:02:00+00:00 2024-07-01T12:38:59+01:00 Dean Gardner An increasing number of SMEs are harnessing the flexibility of cloud services to increase day-to-day efficiencies, support scalability and boost security https://fleximize.com/articles/013470/facial-recognition-technology-smes How Facial Recognition Technology Can Help SMEs 2018-11-14T09:33:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:37:31+01:00 Rhys David Identity verification is a vital part of many businesses' customer checks. Rhys David examines how facial recognition technology can help. https://fleximize.com/articles/013464/director-redundancy-guide A Guide to Director Redundancy 2018-11-12T11:15:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:21:53+01:00 Gary Addison Director redundancies can be a complicated process to navigate. Gary Addison talks us through how to check if directors are eligible for redundancy pay-outs https://fleximize.com/articles/013441/startups-benefit-from-mentor Can Startups Really Benefit From Having a Mentor? 2018-11-08T12:02:00+00:00 2024-07-02T16:02:50+01:00 John Stapleton New Covent Garden Soup's John Stapleton shares his thoughts on the value of mentorship to a startup and how to choose the right mentor for your business https://fleximize.com/articles/013434/secure-remote-working-policy Why SMEs Need a Secure Remote Working Policy 2018-11-07T09:45:00+00:00 2024-06-28T12:46:27+01:00 Nik Williams Secure remote working policies are crucial for all businesses, especially with staff working remotely during the pandemic. Here's our guide to creating one https://fleximize.com/articles/013400/securing-tools-construction-companies The Construction SME's Guide to Securing Tools 2018-11-01T10:24:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:42:19+01:00 Simon Williams Tool theft can cause crippling losses to construction SMEs. Storage Giant's Simon Williams shares nine ways to secure your tools, such as forensic marking https://fleximize.com/articles/013379/how-to-go-green-without-impacting-profit-margins How to Go Green Without Impacting Profit Margins 2018-10-31T10:32:00+00:00 2024-06-28T12:50:46+01:00 The Fleximize Team Many business owners avoid eco-friendly policies fearing it will impact profits. We explore steps you can take to go green without hurting your bottom line https://fleximize.com/articles/013355/job-descriptions-attracting-wrong-candidates Are You Attracting the Wrong Job Applicants? 2018-10-29T10:42:00+00:00 2024-07-16T15:54:28+01:00 Charlie Johnson Recruiting the right candidate can be stressful and time-consuming. BrighterBox's Charlie Johnson shares his tips on how to attract worthwhile applicants https://fleximize.com/articles/013335/plastic-fifties-storm-idris-homemade-wi-fi Plastic Fifties, Storm Idris & Homemade Wi-Fi 2018-10-25T15:12:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:03:50+01:00 The Fleximize Team Fleximize looks at the new plastic fifty-pound notes entering circulation in 2020, along with how storms are named and the Wi-Fi solution helping refugees https://fleximize.com/articles/013283/choosing-the-perfect-business-premises A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Business Premises 2018-10-24T11:54:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:19:00+01:00 Mike Patterson Finding the perfect business premises can be complex. Mike Patterson of We Buy Any House offers his expert advice on how to find premises for your SME https://fleximize.com/articles/013241/how-to-overcome-financial-restraint How SMEs Can Overcome Financial Restraint 2018-10-22T01:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:51:16+01:00 Keith Tully SME owners face numerous financial challenges, such as poor cash flow and access to funding. Real Business Rescues Keith Tully explores how to resolve this https://fleximize.com/articles/013206/launch-business-from-kitchen-table How to Launch a Business From Your Kitchen Table 2018-10-18T11:00:00+01:00 2024-07-16T15:53:50+01:00 Merje Shaw Launching a new business from scratch can seem daunting. Merje Shaw reveals the common pitfalls for startups to avoid and three key areas to make savings https://fleximize.com/articles/013196/gig-economy-benefits-for-smes How SMEs Can Benefit From the Gig Economy 2018-10-16T09:35:00+01:00 2024-07-02T08:52:14+01:00 Michelle Wright SMEs are increasingly turning to the gig economy for workforce solutions over the long-term. Cause4's Michelle Wright explores the benefits of gig workers https://fleximize.com/articles/013175/capitalising-on-business-micro-moments Capitalising on Business 'Micro-Moments' 2018-10-11T16:00:00+01:00 2024-07-16T16:11:11+01:00 Ian Blackburn With the growth of online shopping, particularly on mobile devices, capitalising on 'micro-moments' in your customer journey could be the key to success https://fleximize.com/articles/013134/small-business-guide-to-biophilic-design The Small Business Guide to Biophilic Design 2018-10-09T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:54:51+01:00 Dale Stone Biophilic office design is one approach to counteracting the busy and stressful qualities of modern working life, particularly for SMEs. Dale Stone reviews https://fleximize.com/articles/013117/blockchain-solutions-to-supply-chain-problems Blockchain Solutions to Supply Chain Problems 2018-10-05T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:20:14+01:00 Adrian Clarke The modern supply chain is under strain from increased demand. We look at how blockchain technology could be a unique solution for supply chain management https://fleximize.com/articles/013093/ai-automation-technology-small-business AI and Automation Technology for SMEs 2018-10-03T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:55:18+01:00 Stacey McIntosh Find out how artificial intelligence and automation are not only transforming large businesses but also offering huge opportunities for small businesses https://fleximize.com/articles/013053/leading-with-honesty-and-transparency Leading With Honesty and Transparency 2018-09-28T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:30:26+01:00 Evan Wienburg Maintaining transparency within the leadership of a small business isn't always easy. Former serviceman Evan Weinburg shares his own experiences and advice https://fleximize.com/articles/013021/uk-exports-exporting-asia UK Exports: Why you should start exporting to Asia 2018-09-25T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:21:06+01:00 Siddharth Shankar Exporting to Asia is becoming an increasingly profitable and attractive market as Brexit looms. Siddharth Shankar looks at how UK SMEs can get started https://fleximize.com/articles/012999/influencer-marketing-artificial-intelligence Taking the Guesswork out of Influencer Marketing 2018-09-21T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:20:56+01:00 Joel Davis Influencer marketing brings huge results when done right, and artificial intelligence could be the key to maximizing your efforts. Joel Davis explores https://fleximize.com/articles/012987/the-changing-tide-of-women-in-finance The Changing Tide of Women in Finance 2018-09-19T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:38:29+01:00 Aanisah Begg The shortage of women in the UK financial space has been prevalent for many years, but the gender gap is slowly closing. Aanisah Begg of Midven explores https://fleximize.com/articles/001051/high-street-survive-online-retail Can High Street Stores Win Against E-commerce? 2018-08-31T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:28:36+01:00 David Kiriakidis The survival of the high street relies on retailers understanding their customers, with a focus on catering to millennials and generation Z. Here's how https://fleximize.com/articles/012906/small-business-online-learning-resources Small Business Toolkit: Online Learning Resources 2018-08-24T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:01:16+01:00 David Howell Using online learning and staff training services to enhance your employee's skills – How on-going training is the key to commercial success https://fleximize.com/articles/012885/agile-scrum-project-management-guide What is Agile? A Guide for Non-Developers 2018-08-22T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:36:12+01:00 Jug Babic The Agile project management methodology, and the Scrum framework in particular, has revolutionized team collaboration and development. Here's an SME guide https://fleximize.com/articles/012868/ai-automation-future-workplace How SMEs Can Prepare for the Future of Work 2018-08-16T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:51:34+01:00 Stephen Quinn With the use of AI and automation increasing in the workplace, how can SMEs prepare for the future of work? Founder of Jobbio Stephen Quinn takes a look https://fleximize.com/articles/012841/how-to-start-a-photography-business How to Start a Photography Business 2018-08-13T20:00:00+01:00 2024-07-22T16:05:25+01:00 Sarah Adams Starting a photography business is about more than taking photos. Sarah Adams of PolicyBee shares an in-depth guide to setting up your photography business https://fleximize.com/articles/012828/small-business-trademark-guide What is a Trade Mark? A Guide for Businesses 2018-08-10T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:35:09+01:00 Rachael Ward A trade mark is an easily-recognizable design or word that differentiates your business from others. Here's our guide to choosing a trade mark for your SME https://fleximize.com/articles/012800/top-tips-working-with-freelancers Five Top Tips for Working With Freelancers 2018-08-06T09:32:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:10:36+01:00 Warren Hill With the number of freelance workers on the rise, Warren Hill of Dream Digital offers five tips for collaborating effectively with independent contractors https://fleximize.com/articles/012618/tech-companies-tackling-food-waste The Companies Using Tech to Tackle Food Waste 2018-07-30T15:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:41:36+01:00 Jessie Leong The sustainability issue around food waste has captured public attention recently. The founders of app-based services OLIO and Karma discuss their approach https://fleximize.com/articles/012727/the-importance-of-product-packaging The Importance of Product Packaging & Branding 2018-07-25T10:00:00+01:00 2024-07-04T14:15:42+01:00 Konrad Kwiatkowski Product packaging, once regarded as just a basic necessity, is now seen as pivotal to the success of the selling process. Here are our top four design tips https://fleximize.com/articles/012652/protecting-your-business-data-breach Protecting Your Business from a Data Breach 2018-07-23T14:00:00+01:00 2024-07-12T12:52:57+01:00 Rahul Powar From educating your staff about phishing emails to protecting your local network, here are some important cyber security measures for small businesses https://fleximize.com/articles/012627/geovation-the-shining-light-of-government-funded-innovation The Accelerator Helping to Build Future Britain 2018-07-20T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:28:00+01:00 Will Darbyshire By nurturing some of the UKs very best startups, accelerator Geovation is supplying much-needed support to the UK tech industry to fuel future innovation https://fleximize.com/articles/012588/small-business-online-accounting-software Small Business Online Accounting Software 2018-07-17T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:00:01+01:00 Elizabeth Page When it comes to online accounting and bookkeeping software, there's a great deal of choice for SMEs. Here's a guide to finding the right platform for you https://fleximize.com/articles/012520/business-benefits-of-an-ageing-workforce The Business Benefits of an Ageing Workforce 2018-07-13T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:35:55+01:00 Lindsay Long Research shows that older employees bring many benefits to a business including experience and morale. Here's how to attract and retain an ageing workforce https://fleximize.com/articles/012461/small-business-tackling-late-payments How SMEs can use Tech to Tackle Late Payments 2018-07-10T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:51:48+01:00 Nikki Th’ng Late payments are highly damaging for SMEs and their owners. ClassForKids cofounder, Nikki Thng, looks at options for entrepreneurs facing late payments https://fleximize.com/articles/012377/small-business-tax-guide The Small Business Guide to Tax 2018-07-02T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:56:45+01:00 Elizabeth Page Understanding tax law can be tricky, whether you're a sole trader or a limited company. In this guide for small businesses, we cover all you need to know https://fleximize.com/articles/011866/how-to-organise-an-event-on-a-budget How to Organize an Event on a Budget 2018-06-25T14:15:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:34:11+01:00 Amy Stroud A corporate event can be an excellent way to gain brand exposure but can be costly for SMEs. Here's a guide to organising a business event on a budget https://fleximize.com/articles/011844/landing-page-best-practices How to Use Landing Pages to Grow Your Business 2018-06-19T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:57:11+01:00 Jessie Leong A successful landing page strategy can be pivotal for maximising return-on-investment, supporting wider marketing efforts, and meeting business goals https://fleximize.com/articles/011818/business-give-to-charity Why Your Business Should Give Back to Charity 2018-06-15T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:57:43+01:00 David Kiriakidis Giving back to charity and the local community through your business is a great way to grow your brand reputation, whilst helping those in need. Here's how https://fleximize.com/articles/011784/power-of-referral-marketing The Power of Referral Marketing 2018-06-13T10:00:00+01:00 2024-07-16T15:46:24+01:00 Caz Blaxcell Referral marketing is one of the most powerful ways to grow your business. Here’s how to implement a successful referral campaign for your business https://fleximize.com/articles/011751/how-to-avoid-early-repayment-charges How to Avoid Early Repayment Charges 2018-06-04T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:54:20+01:00 Adam Pescod If you’re taking out a business loan, you may wish to repay it early. But how can you avoid early repayment charges? Find out in Fleximize’s handy guide https://fleximize.com/articles/011710/death-startups Death Isn't the End for These Startups 2018-05-22T10:01:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:46:01+01:00 Jessie Leong The funeral industry has a reputation for over-charging and under-serving. Two startups explain how they're challenging the status quo through innovation https://fleximize.com/articles/011622/late-starters-guide-to-gdpr The Late Starters’ Guide to GDPR for SMEs 2018-05-14T15:32:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:45:19+01:00 Mark Taylor With changes to GDPR due in May, some firms are concerned about their readiness. Here's our guide to preparing your business for the new regulations https://fleximize.com/articles/011609/subscription-startups-e-commerce-experience The Revolutionary Subscription Start-ups 2018-05-11T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:50:46+01:00 David Kiriakidis Vinyl Me, Please and uOpen explain how subscription box services are challenging the status quo in e-commerce with personalised and delivered treats https://fleximize.com/articles/011588/buying-a-uk-franchise Buying a UK Franchise: 6 Things You Need to Know 2018-05-09T14:02:00+01:00 2024-07-16T16:00:54+01:00 Carl Reader Franchising is a great alternative to a brand new business concept offering stability, fixed startup costs and an established business plan https://fleximize.com/articles/011565/how-cloud-technology-helps-hr How Cloud Technology can Help Your HR Process 2018-05-03T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:32:37+01:00 Alex Tebbs In a world with rapidly-advancing technology and an ever-changing business environment, could cloud technology be the answer to HR woes? https://fleximize.com/articles/011529/unpaid-internships-risks-and-rewards The Risks and Rewards of Unpaid Internships 2018-04-30T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:52:18+01:00 Michelle Last There are risks and rewards for employers when it comes to unpaid internships. We review the recent controversy and employment laws regarding internships https://fleximize.com/articles/011508/top-tips-doing-your-own-publicity Top 10 Tips for Doing Your Own Publicity 2018-04-26T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:11:08+01:00 Lucy Werner Getting effective press coverage for your new business can be tricky on a budget. This guide covers the basics of PR so you can promote your own business https://fleximize.com/articles/011468/top-10-business-blogs-2018 10 Business Blogs to Follow in 2018 2018-04-19T09:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:28:52+01:00 Adam Pescod Here are 10 of the best business blogs for SME owners to follow in 2018, covering topics such as SEO, ecommerce, digital marketing and entrepreneurship https://fleximize.com/articles/011427/save-time-on-social-media-marketing How to Save Time on Social Media Marketing 2018-04-17T09:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:44:08+01:00 Alex Packham With social media marketing becoming increasingly time-consuming, Alex Packham shares 11 ways to create and share quality content without wasting time https://fleximize.com/articles/011372/choosing-the-right-accountant-for-your-business Choosing the Right Accountant for Your SME 2018-04-10T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:32:28+01:00 Carl Reader With budgets tight, many entrepreneurs choose to handle their accounts on their own. However, the benefits of an accountant can far outweigh the cost. https://fleximize.com/articles/011328/hr-sme-lessons-fedex FedEx’s HR Approach: What Can Businesses Learn? 2018-04-05T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:07:21+01:00 Jonathan Richards HR is a function often overlooked in a business, particularly SMEs. Jonathan Richards of breatheHR explores what we can learn from FedEx's approach to HR https://fleximize.com/articles/011295/key-employment-law-developments-2018-q2 Six Key Employment Law Developments in Q2 2018-03-29T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:56:22+01:00 Alan Price Alan Price outlines the key employment law developments business owners need to be aware of in the coming months, including reporting on gender pay gaps https://fleximize.com/articles/011275/cyber-threats-facing-smes The Biggest Cyber Threats Facing SMEs in 2018 2018-03-26T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:34:38+01:00 Ben Rose With massive cyber-attacks increasing in regularity, what are the main cyber threats that businesses should be aware of? And how can they tackle them? https://fleximize.com/articles/011252/personal-data-problem-pollution-equal-pay Personal Data, Problem Pollution & Equal Pay 2018-03-23T09:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:02:58+01:00 The Fleximize Team 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. https://fleximize.com/articles/011222/five-essential-steps-to-exporting-success Five Essential Steps to Exporting Success 2018-03-20T08:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:09:40+01:00 Ian McCarthy 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 https://fleximize.com/articles/011191/how-to-increase-profit-with-new-revenue-streams How to Increase Profit With New Revenue Streams 2018-03-13T11:43:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:19:48+01:00 Jason Smith 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? https://fleximize.com/articles/011160/ed-sheeran-newcastle-startups-p2p-shopping Ed Sheeran, Geordie Startups & P2P Shopping 2018-03-09T11:56:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:52:59+01:00 The Fleximize Team 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? https://fleximize.com/articles/011097/business-awards-getting-shortlisted Business Awards: 7 Steps to Getting Shortlisted 2018-03-01T08:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:23:47+01:00 Adam Pescod With plenty of free awards available to UK businesses, its a great chance to generate some positive PR. Get yourself shortlisted with these top tips https://fleximize.com/articles/011055/google-home-gangsters-gun-control Google Home, Gangsters & Gun Control 2018-02-23T10:52:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:23:29+01:00 The Fleximize Team 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? https://fleximize.com/articles/011017/how-to-simplify-hr Simplifying HR: How to Make Work Less Complicated 2018-02-20T00:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:55:41+01:00 Stuart Hearn A complex HR function can impair company performance and weaken employee morale. Here’s how to simplify it for the good of your business https://fleximize.com/articles/010984/how-to-download-a-bank-statement How to Download a Bank Statement 2018-02-13T00:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:12:14+01:00 Elizabeth Page A simple guide to downloading a bank statement from all of the major UK banks, including Lloyds, Barclays, NatWest, HSBC, Nationwide, Santander and RBS https://fleximize.com/articles/010888/blockchain-albanian-beaches-tech-bro-slang Blockchain, Albanian Beaches & Tech Bro Slang 2018-02-09T15:40:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:20:29+01:00 The Fleximize Team Blockchain technology explained in cartoons. Why Albania is an underrated holiday destination. What is Uber founder Travis Kalanick talking about? https://fleximize.com/articles/010879/benefits-of-sponsorship Sponsorship: Finding Your Brand's Perfect Match 2018-02-06T14:36:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:07:24+01:00 Lauren Muxworthy 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 https://fleximize.com/articles/010802/carillion-collapse-business-lessons Carillion Collapse: What Can Businesses Learn? 2018-01-30T10:15:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:30:56+01:00 Mike Smith The insolvency of Carillion will have far-reaching implications for its employees and contractors. But what lessons has it taught other businesses? https://fleximize.com/articles/010792/card-surcharge-ban Card Surcharge Ban: How SMEs Can Offset the Cost 2018-01-29T09:22:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:30:28+01:00 Nicky Hirst 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? https://fleximize.com/articles/010774/social-good-seaweed-seamless-shopping Social Good, Seaweed & Seamless Shopping 2018-01-26T10:35:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:04:06+01:00 The Fleximize Team 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? https://fleximize.com/articles/010742/brand-storytelling Brand Storytelling: Big Successes and Epic Fails 2018-01-16T12:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:21:40+01:00 Claire Wilson Storytelling is a brilliant way of attracting and retaining customers. What can small businesses learn from the best and worst campaigns of recent years? https://fleximize.com/articles/010696/discovering-employee-has-criminal-conviction Discovering an Employee Has a Criminal Conviction 2018-01-09T09:33:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:49:23+01:00 Michelle Last What rights and responsibilities do employers have in respect of employees with undisclosed criminal records? Tackle this tricky issue with our handy guide https://fleximize.com/articles/010716/slack-sheds-sicily Slack, Sheds & Summer Holidays in Sicily 2018-01-08T10:16:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:56:51+01:00 The Fleximize Team The messaging app that will transform your business. Find out how somebody tricked TripAdvisor. Why there's far more to Sicily than the Mafia. https://fleximize.com/articles/010684/isdn-switch-off-how-businesses-can-prepare The ISDN Switch-Off: How to Prepare Your Business 2018-01-03T09:26:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:44:31+01:00 Damian Hanson 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 https://fleximize.com/articles/010668/why-employers-should-embrace-social-media Why Employers Should Embrace Social Media 2017-12-21T11:38:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:51:28+01:00 Sukh Ryatt Many employers regard social media as an unwelcome distraction and drain on company productivity. Used correctly, however, it could transform your workforce https://fleximize.com/articles/010654/how-to-improve-staff-morale-cost-effectively How to Improve Staff Morale Cost-Effectively 2017-12-18T11:40:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:18:42+01:00 Richard Walton Evidence shows that happy employees are more productive and generate higher profits. But how can you improve staff morale on a small business budget? https://fleximize.com/articles/010598/late-trains-reddit-true-crime-podcasts Late Trains, Reddit & True Crime Podcasts 2017-12-12T08:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:28:39+01:00 The Fleximize Team Why businesses shouldn't be afraid of Reddit. The podcast that's going in pursuit of justice. Are Britain's trains the least punctual in the world? https://fleximize.com/articles/010623/performance-management-annual-appraisals What Could Replace Annual Appraisals? 2017-12-11T16:14:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:32:34+01:00 Stuart Hearn Companies are beginning to move away from annual appraisals towards continuous performance management. But what does this mean for employee pay and bonuses? https://fleximize.com/articles/010592/business-structures-for-startups Business Structures: a Simple Guide for Startups 2017-12-07T10:36:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:26:46+01:00 Victoria Cimaz Choosing the wrong business structure can cause serious problems for a startup. Avoid making the same mistake with this short guide to business structures https://fleximize.com/articles/010585/employer-brand The Importance of Employer Brand 2017-12-01T16:09:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:42:32+01:00 Laura Haynes A strong employer brand is essential for any business in this day and age. But what does it mean, and how do you build one for your company? https://fleximize.com/articles/010557/finland-farmers-caffeinated-buses Finland, Farmers & Caffeinated Buses 2017-11-30T09:48:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:08:47+01:00 The Fleximize Team Why farmers are already feeling the backlash of Brexit. How your used coffee grounds could be used to fuel a bus. Why is it time to say hello to Helsinki? https://fleximize.com/articles/010342/why-its-time-to-stop-fearing-ai Why It’s Time to Stop Fearing AI 2017-11-15T12:32:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:51:49+01:00 Sebastian Lewis Far from being a threat, artificial intelligence presents a huge opportunity for businesses and customers alike. How could robots transform your company? https://fleximize.com/articles/010319/bad-reviews-how-to-take-advantage Bad Reviews: How to Use Them to Your Advantage 2017-11-07T15:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:16:22+01:00 Joy Zarine It's never nice to receive a negative review from a customer. However, there are plenty of ways that business owners can benefit from bad reviews https://fleximize.com/articles/010330/stranger-things-stress-prevention-seo-tips Stranger Things, Stress Prevention & SEO Tips 2017-11-05T08:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:12:06+01:00 The Fleximize Team The triumphant return of a Netflix favourite. How to tackle the pressures of business ownership. What's the secret to outranking your rivals on Google? https://fleximize.com/articles/010305/future-of-cryptocurrency Cryptocurrencies: What Does the Future Hold? 2017-11-03T12:18:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:43:19+01:00 Sacha Bright With more people buying and trading in cryptocurrencies, some have suggested they could eventually replace traditional currency. But how likely is that? https://fleximize.com/articles/010293/r-d-tax-credits R&D Tax Credits: a Guide for Small Businesses 2017-11-01T09:17:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:19:13+01:00 Alex Boothman What are R&D tax credits, and how can your company claim them? We answer these questions, and more, in this definitive guide to R&D tax relief https://fleximize.com/articles/010214/9-ways-to-cut-your-cart-abandonment-rate 9 Ways to Cut Your Basket Abandonment Rate 2017-10-17T14:33:00+01:00 2024-07-16T15:45:52+01:00 Dave Howell Cart abandonment is a common problem for e-commerce businesses. What practical steps can they take to improve their checkout process and boost conversions? https://fleximize.com/articles/010263/blue-planet-black-mirror-balkans Blue Planet, Black Mirror & the Beautiful Balkans 2017-10-16T11:13:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:20:56+01:00 The Fleximize Team Sir David Attenborough is back with Blue Planet II. How Charlie Brooker foresaw China's latest controversy. Why is Dubrovnik worth discovering? https://fleximize.com/articles/015469/virgin-bank-business-loans Virgin Bank Business Loans 2017-10-10T18:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:29:20+01:00 The Fleximize Team Virgin Bank are a Start Up Loans Delivery Partner, offering UK entrepreneurs personal loans of up to £25k. Here are the key details you need to know. https://fleximize.com/articles/010170/annual-leave-lessons-from-the-ryanair-debacle Annual Leave: Lessons From the Ryanair Debacle 2017-10-06T11:44:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:05:51+01:00 Michelle Last With Ryanair blaming flight cancellations on a change to its holiday year, what has it taught other employers about managing their employees' annual leave? https://fleximize.com/articles/010110/employment-tribunal-fees Employment Tribunal Fees: The Impact of Abolition 2017-09-26T10:04:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:59:36+01:00 Nicola Mullineux Four years after their introduction, the Supreme Court has abolished employment tribunal fees, ruling them unlawful. But what does it mean for employers? https://fleximize.com/articles/010199/augmented-reality-apple-autumn-in-austria Augmented Reality, Apple & Autumn in Austria 2017-09-25T14:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:13:55+01:00 The Fleximize Team How to deliver a revolutionary buying experience. The wonders of a weekend waltz in Vienna. Could it be the beginning of the end for Apple? https://fleximize.com/articles/015465/co-operative-bank-business-loans The Co-operative Bank Business Loans 2017-09-12T20:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:41:11+01:00 The Fleximize Team If you're considering applying for a Co-operative Bank business loan, we've put together a quick guide to their key products https://fleximize.com/articles/009534/web-design-best-practices A Small Business Guide to Web Design 2017-08-31T12:24:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:33:59+01:00 Chris Hardy Designing a website for your business is a complex but essential task. These handy web design tips should be all you need to help your company shine online https://fleximize.com/articles/009433/casper-and-eve-mattress-innovation How Casper and Eve Are Driving Innovation in the Mattress Industry 2017-08-24T15:23:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:32:24+01:00 David Kiriakidis Startups Casper and Eve have revolutionized the experience of buying a mattress. We discover how the two companies have successfully disrupted the industry https://fleximize.com/articles/010155/theme-parks-telly-addicts-tax-problems Theme Parks, Telly Addicts & Tax Problems 2017-08-23T22:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:05:08+01:00 The Fleximize Team What are the secrets of Disney's success? What is it that makes Channel 4's Gogglebox so special? Who does Amazon owe €250m in unpaid tax? https://fleximize.com/articles/009434/flexible-working The Business Case for Flexible Working 2017-08-17T08:39:00+01:00 2024-07-16T16:03:35+01:00 Jason Downes Many employers are wary of flexible working, but it presents far more opportunities than threats. So, why and how should you implement it in your business? https://fleximize.com/articles/009346/7-ways-to-up-your-ppc-game 7 Simple Ways to Up Your PPC Game 2017-08-03T11:12:00+01:00 2024-07-12T11:58:16+01:00 Jessie Leong PPC ads not converting? Paid search not paying the bills? Check out this simple guide to maximising the returns from your pay-per-click campaigns https://fleximize.com/articles/009334/why-business-owners-should-love-failure Why Business Owners Should Learn to Love Failure 2017-07-31T12:42:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:49:05+01:00 Flick Hardingham Building a successful business depends on embracing failure from the start, not fearing it. Here's how to create a fail-friendly culture in your company https://fleximize.com/articles/010123/cybersecurity-czech-charm-commuter-congestion Cybersecurity, Czech Charm & Commuter Congestion 2017-07-29T02:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:44:48+01:00 Jessie Leong Why passwords still carry their weight in importance. The magic of medieval Prague. Will facial recognition take the pain out of rush hour? https://fleximize.com/articles/009322/trade-show-tips 10 Essential Tips for Trade Show Success 2017-07-27T10:48:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:30:56+01:00 Richard LeCount Trade shows and exhibitions are still a valuable marketing channel for businesses, but how can you make them to work to your advantage? https://fleximize.com/articles/009308/employee-wellbeing Employee Wellbeing: How to Keep Your Staff Healthy 2017-07-24T11:08:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:57:14+01:00 Emma Davidson Looking after the health of your employees can deliver tangible benefits to your business, but what steps can you take to improve employee wellbeing? https://fleximize.com/articles/009285/dissecting-aftermath-of-general-election-2017 Dissecting the Aftermath of General Election 2017 2017-07-19T14:18:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:49:41+01:00 Paul Anderson 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? https://fleximize.com/articles/010095/giant-pandas-doorbells-dystopian-futures Giant Pandas, Doorbells & Dystopian Futures 2017-07-18T12:11:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:21:41+01:00 The Fleximize Team 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? https://fleximize.com/articles/009267/what-is-a-sole-trader What Is a Sole Trader? 2017-07-11T10:20:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:34:44+01:00 Adam Pescod 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 https://fleximize.com/articles/009259/business-meeting-sos-holding-effective-meetings How to Make Meetings More Productive 2017-07-06T15:01:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:22:01+01:00 Dave Howell 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 https://fleximize.com/articles/009165/asset-based-finance Asset-Based Finance: a Guide for Small Businesses 2017-07-05T15:08:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:12:57+01:00 Craig Farmer 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 https://fleximize.com/articles/009232/shared-parental-leave Shared Parental Leave: a Guide for Employers 2017-06-29T08:33:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:53:03+01:00 Michelle Last The UK government introduced shared parental leave in 2015, offering parents a more flexible childcare arrangement. But what does it all mean for employers? https://fleximize.com/articles/010007/driverless-cars-blockchain-clowns Driverless Cars, Blockchain & Shapeshifting Clowns 2017-06-28T02:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:52:27+01:00 David Kiriakidis 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? https://fleximize.com/articles/009206/debentures Debentures: What Are They and How Do They Work? 2017-06-25T01:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:46:31+01:00 Adam Pescod 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 https://fleximize.com/articles/009213/work-life-balance How to Find and Maintain Work-Life Balance 2017-06-23T11:06:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:14:11+01:00 Richard Walton 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 https://fleximize.com/articles/009558/space-cofounders-amazon Space, Fake Co-Founders & the Future of Amazon 2017-06-22T09:20:00+01:00 2024-07-05T09:25:43+01:00 Jessie Leong 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? https://fleximize.com/articles/009096/hiring-a-virtual-assistant The Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant 2017-05-18T11:00:00+01:00 2024-07-02T16:01:54+01:00 Sarra Bejaoui 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 https://fleximize.com/articles/009083/secured-and-unsecured-loans Secured vs Unsecured Loans: Explained 2017-05-17T08:30:00+01:00 2024-07-22T16:04:55+01:00 Adam Pescod Compare secured vs unsecured loans for personal and business finance. Explore advantages and disadvantages of secured and unsecured borrowing features today. https://fleximize.com/articles/015565/clydesdale-bank-business-loans Clydesdale Bank Business Loans 2017-05-16T01:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:34:58+01:00 The Fleximize Team Here's our guide to Clydesdale Bank's business loan products, such as their term loan, flexible business loan and business investment loan https://fleximize.com/articles/009518/tapas-pay-gaps-secrets-of-netflix Tapas, Pay Gaps & the Secrets of Netflix 2017-05-15T11:48:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:23:26+01:00 The Fleximize Team 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? https://fleximize.com/articles/009072/business-energy-how-to-get-a-good-deal Business Energy: Getting the Best Deal for Your SME 2017-05-04T14:48:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:24:39+01:00 Nick Dwan 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 https://fleximize.com/articles/009039/small-business-pr Small Business PR: How to Do PR on a Budget 2017-04-28T11:30:00+01:00 2024-07-02T16:17:13+01:00 Alison Shadrack 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 https://fleximize.com/articles/008996/networking-advice How to Network Effectively 2017-04-11T09:05:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:33:25+01:00 Adam Pescod Networking events remain an important part of the modern business landscape. Learn how to network effectively with these top networking tips https://fleximize.com/articles/009484/spinach-pastries-ghosts-power-of-spotify Spinach Pastries, Ghosts & The Power of Spotify 2017-04-10T09:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:05:52+01:00 The Fleximize Team The gastronomic delights of the Greek capital. The little blue ghost keeping your data secure. Why is Spotify bigger than radio for some artists? https://fleximize.com/articles/008939/how-to-access-your-vat-returns A Simple Guide to Accessing Your VAT Returns 2017-03-28T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:33:22+01:00 Adam Pescod 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 https://fleximize.com/articles/008924/water-deregulation-what-it-means-for-businesses Water Deregulation: What Does it Mean for SMEs? 2017-03-22T16:37:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:31:03+01:00 Jason Smith The non-domestic water market in England was deregulated on 1 April 2017. Here's everything small businesses need to know about water deregulation https://fleximize.com/articles/009448/robots-detectives-sir-richard-branson Robots, Detectives & Sir Richard Branson 2017-03-20T07:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:26:50+01:00 Jessie Leong Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson reveals all in his new book. We reveal the gritty crime thriller of the summer. And will we soon be replaced by robots? https://fleximize.com/articles/008903/how-to-edit-a-website How to Edit a Website: Essential Proofreading Tools 2017-03-17T00:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:12:58+01:00 Gloria Kopp Errors on your website can put off customers and damage your brand's credibility. These proofreading tools will take the pain out of editing a website https://fleximize.com/articles/008882/how-to-be-a-successful-entrepreneur An Entrepreneur's Guide to Being an Entrepreneur 2017-03-15T14:51:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:58:23+01:00 Richard Walton Entrepreneurship is often depicted as a life of luxury, but making a success of it takes blood, sweat and tears. Here's how to be a successful entrepreneur https://fleximize.com/articles/008853/freelance-copywriters-for-smes How Freelance Copywriters Can Benefit SMEs 2017-03-09T15:56:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:38:19+01:00 Elma Glasgow Writing about your business online or in print can be challenging. By hiring a freelance copywriter, you can boost your brand without breaking the bank https://fleximize.com/articles/009387/brexit-balloons-breaking-bad Brexit, Balloons & the New Breaking Bad 2017-03-08T12:05:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:22:42+01:00 Adam Pescod Bristol hosts its 39th International Balloon Fiesta. Netflix subscribers go nuts over new show Ozark. Will Brexit actually ever happen? https://fleximize.com/articles/008674/business-name-fails Business Name Fails: How Not to Name a Business 2017-01-24T09:54:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:25:27+01:00 Dan Taylor Picking the wrong name for your business can set you up for failure. So make sure you avoid these common mistakes when naming your company https://fleximize.com/articles/008635/business-energy Setting Up an Energy Contract for Your Business 2017-01-11T15:01:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:51:25+01:00 Jason Smith 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 https://fleximize.com/articles/009358/unicorns-skeletons-bucket-headed-mps Unicorns, 82ft Skeletons & Bucket-Headed MPs 2017-01-05T12:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:25:24+01:00 David Kiriakidis Stripe founders tell their incredible story. Natural History Museum unveils Dippy's replacement. What the hell is going on in UK politics? https://fleximize.com/articles/008609/25-years-of-web-design 25 Years of Web Design 2016-12-22T11:31:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:41:13+01:00 Carl-Stéphan Parent How has web design evolved since Tim Berners-Lee launched the world wide web? We chart its history from Mosaic to the emergence of responsive design https://fleximize.com/articles/008462/excel-tips Excel Tips for Business 2016-12-16T11:59:00+00:00 2024-06-17T09:15:47+01:00 Elizabeth Page Microsoft Excel is the world's most important piece of business software. Business owners won't need an accountant with these handy little spreadsheet hacks https://fleximize.com/articles/008420/currency-risk Currency Risk: How Businesses Can Manage It 2016-12-07T11:54:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:43:45+01:00 Nat Davison Exchange rate fluctuations can have a significant impact on any business. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways for SMEs to manage their currency risk https://fleximize.com/articles/015314/rbs-business-loans RBS Business Loans 2016-11-30T16:00:00+00:00 2024-07-22T17:00:03+01:00 The Fleximize Team Here's a quick look at the RBS business loans available to UK SMEs, including the RBS small business loan, business overdraft, and business credit card https://fleximize.com/articles/007125/how-to-make-a-good-video How to Make a Good Video for Your Business 2016-11-25T10:28:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:21:16+01:00 Kevin Conway Video marketing has become a 'must-do' for small businesses that want to stand out from the crowd. So what makes a good video? Check out these top tips https://fleximize.com/articles/007107/rebranding-a-company Rebranding a Company: Lessons from AOL 2016-11-23T09:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:20:34+01:00 David Kiriakidis AOL's rebrand may have divided opinion, but it taught businesses a number of lessons about rebranding. Here are the most important ones https://fleximize.com/articles/007065/what3words How What3Words Revolutionized Addresses 2016-11-18T15:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T13:05:08+01:00 Adam Pescod What3Words, the London-based startup founded in 2013, has transformed the lives of billions by giving them something they've never had – an address https://fleximize.com/articles/007039/going-global-expansion Going Global: the Secrets of International Expansion 2016-11-14T09:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:21:59+01:00 Gavin Fell Expanding overseas can be a daunting prospect for any small business, but a plethora of online tools is enabling companies to compete from the outset https://fleximize.com/articles/007021/uber-claim-gig-economy The Impact of the Uber Ruling on the Gig Economy 2016-11-09T09:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:40:59+01:00 Michelle Last Uber's defeat in a recent employment tribunal will have a huge impact on the company, but what are the wider implications for the gig economy as a whole? https://fleximize.com/articles/015446/tsb-business-loans TSB Business Loans 2016-11-02T00:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:20:34+01:00 The Fleximize Team TSB offers business funding options in the form of overdrafts, credit cards and business loans. Explore our TSB loan guide to UK business funding here https://fleximize.com/articles/006993/best-crowdfunding-sites The Five Best Crowdfunding Sites for Your Business 2016-10-31T11:38:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:37:39+01:00 Adam Pescod Crowdfunding has given startups and SMEs an exciting new route to investment, but what are the five best crowdfunding sites for UK businesses? https://fleximize.com/articles/006970/history-of-ecommerce History of E-Commerce 2016-10-24T10:00:00+01:00 2024-07-03T08:58:55+01:00 David Kiriakidis Think of the history of e-commerce, and you'd probably think of the 1990s. But you'd be wrong. Here's our short guide, from ARPANET to Google algorithms https://fleximize.com/articles/006947/facebook-workplace Facebook Workplace: a Useful Tool for SMEs? 2016-10-20T11:31:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:06:29+01:00 Anna Roberts With the launch of Workplace, Facebook will be competing with the likes of Slack and Yammer. We weigh up the pros and cons of the company's enterprise tool https://fleximize.com/articles/006866/reporting-lines Tackling Changes to Reporting Lines 2016-10-12T09:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:18:10+01:00 Michelle Last With more and more businesses changing their reporting lines, how can you avoid employee conflict when you change your business structure? https://fleximize.com/articles/006855/the-new-5-note-and-the-future-of-cash The New £5 Note and the Future of Cash 2016-10-11T09:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:47:24+01:00 Ewan Ogilvie The UK's first polymer 5 note was recently introduced as a cleaner and safer form of currency, prompting questions about the survival of cash payments https://fleximize.com/articles/006843/how-to-improve-cash-flow How to Improve Cash Flow 2016-10-07T14:00:00+01:00 2024-06-28T10:32:15+01:00 Laura Beatrix Green Poor cash flow is the biggest cause of small business failure, but there are plenty of ways that business owners can overcome this barrier to growth https://fleximize.com/articles/000973/angel-investors Angel Investors: an Introduction 2016-10-04T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:05:32+01:00 Adam Pescod Angel investors are an important part of the business funding landscape in the UK. But what is an angel investor, and how could they benefit your business? https://fleximize.com/articles/006796/starting-a-business How to Start a Business 2016-10-03T08:38:00+01:00 2024-06-28T12:47:23+01:00 Adam Pescod Have you ever considered starting a business? Our step-by-step guide should be all you need to turn your startup dream into reality https://fleximize.com/articles/006809/choosing-a-domain-name Choosing a Domain Name 2016-09-29T12:38:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:31:20+01:00 Hiren Parekh Domain names are a key part of a company's online identity. So how do you go about choosing a domain name for your business, and how can you protect it? https://fleximize.com/articles/006773/crowdfunding-and-peer-to-peer-lending How Does Crowdfunding Differ to P2P Lending? 2016-09-21T15:15:00+01:00 2024-07-17T14:13:01+01:00 Paul Marston Crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending are often lumped together, but there's an important distinction between these two types of business finance https://fleximize.com/articles/002271/communication-models Communication Models: a Guide for Small Businesses 2016-09-15T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:37:31+01:00 Adam Pescod There are numerous communication models in the modern workplace, but some can be more effective than others. Here are the pros and cons of each model https://fleximize.com/articles/001824/working-past-state-pension-age Working Past State Pension Age: What Are the Benefits? 2016-09-14T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:59:19+01:00 Adam Pescod More people in the UK are working past 65 than a decade ago. Fleximize examines the advantages of working beyond the state pension age https://fleximize.com/articles/000536/differences-between-creativity-and-innovation The Difference Between Creativity and Innovation 2016-09-13T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:42:44+01:00 Peter Tuvey Creativity and innovation rely on each other, and are easily confused. What's the difference between them and why should they be embraced by businesses? https://fleximize.com/articles/006702/financial-projections Financial Projections: Why They Matter to Investors 2016-09-07T11:53:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:07:55+01:00 Paul Clarke Many entrepreneurs have a brilliant business idea, but fail to back it up with solid financial projections. Why can this ruin their chances of investment? https://fleximize.com/articles/006687/probationary-periods Probationary Periods: What Employers Need to Know 2016-09-05T14:50:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:07:39+01:00 Michelle Last Probationary periods can protect employers when a new employee doesn’t make the grade. But how can an employer implement one effectively and responsibly? https://fleximize.com/articles/006663/chinese-super-app-changing-tech The Chinese ‘Super-App’ Changing the Face of Tech 2016-09-02T09:54:00+01:00 2024-07-03T10:11:51+01:00 David Kiriakidis Chinese apps have long been derided as 'copy-cat apps'. But, with WeChat, could we be seeing the emergence of the world's first super-app? https://fleximize.com/articles/006649/amazon-dash-internet-of-things Amazon Dash and the Internet of Things 2016-09-01T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:57:01+01:00 David Kiriakidis With Amazon's release of Dash Buttons in the UK, the internet of things has taken a sharp turn toward commerce and one-touch grocery ordering https://fleximize.com/articles/000943/difference-between-gross-and-net-profit The Difference Between Gross Profit and Net Profit 2016-08-26T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:43:14+01:00 Elizabeth Page What's the difference between gross profit and net profit? To help you get the financials right when securing finance, Fleximize has created a handy guide https://fleximize.com/articles/006601/safety-systems-for-commercial-vehicles Safety Systems for Commercial Vehicles 2016-08-25T13:45:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:27:16+01:00 Naomi Webb Its important to keep your staff safe when they get behind the wheel. These safety solutions should do the trick for any business with commercial vehicles https://fleximize.com/articles/006526/importance-of-business-insurance The Importance of Insurance to Business 2016-08-23T12:53:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:43:01+01:00 Chris Marsh 'Why do I need business insurance?' we hear you ask. That's one of the questions we answer in this super simple guide for startups and SMEs https://fleximize.com/articles/006450/famous-photos Eight Photographs that Changed the World 2016-08-19T14:35:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:53:45+01:00 Adam Pescod On World Photography Day, Fleximize threw the spotlight on the famous photos that stopped people in their tracks https://fleximize.com/articles/005171/myths-of-entrepreneurship The Five Myths of Entrepreneurship 2016-08-17T11:00:00+01:00 2024-07-22T15:58:45+01:00 David Kiriakidis There are a number of myths swirling around the startup space – and many entrepreneurs fall for them hook, line and sinker. We debunk five of the biggest https://fleximize.com/articles/006411/wordpress-ecommerce-plugins The Best WordPress Plugins for E-Commerce Startu-ps 2016-08-11T15:27:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:33:47+01:00 Naomi Webb There's a multitude of WordPress plugins that can help e-commerce startups offer customers a seamless shopping experience. Here are four of the best https://fleximize.com/articles/006365/compete-on-ppc How SMEs can Compete with Big Brands on PPC 2016-08-05T10:19:00+01:00 2024-07-12T12:01:33+01:00 Caz Blaxcell PPC offers a perfect, cost-effective platform for small businesses to position their brands among market leaders, and contend in the paid search arena https://fleximize.com/articles/006345/the-small-business-guide-to-kickstarter The Small Business Guide to Kickstarter 2016-08-03T10:00:00+01:00 2024-07-16T15:49:31+01:00 David Kiriakidis Launching your next product on Kickstarter could be the best and worst thing you ever do. Here's our guide to navigating the crowdfunding minefield https://fleximize.com/articles/006331/how-to-improve-your-productivity How to Improve Your Productivity 2016-08-01T09:30:00+01:00 2024-07-03T09:16:50+01:00 Richard Walton It seems we’ve hit an all-time low in productivity levels in the UK and, as a result, are more stressed. What’s holding us back and how do we escape it? https://fleximize.com/articles/000841/revenue-advance The Lowdown on Revenue Advance 2016-07-29T10:48:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:45:56+01:00 Adam Pescod Revenue Advance is one of the most flexible business loans available to SMEs. But how exactly does it work and what types of business does it suit best? https://fleximize.com/articles/006267/moving-office Moving Office Made Easy 2016-07-21T16:28:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:52:51+01:00 Adam Pescod Moving to a new office is a sign of business growth, but it can also be a stressful experience. So how can you take the pain out of the moving process? https://fleximize.com/articles/006215/the-small-business-guide-to-vr VR for Small Businesses 2016-07-19T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:29:50+01:00 David Kiriakidis Virtual reality isn't just a platform for gamers. It could provide your customers with the best shopping experience they've ever had https://fleximize.com/articles/006183/pokemon-go Pokémon Go: How Can Small Businesses Take Advantage? 2016-07-13T15:47:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:05:15+01:00 Adam Pescod With Pokémon Go taking the gaming world by storm, there are plenty of ways that SMEs can capitalize on the craze https://fleximize.com/articles/002180/creating-company-culture Why Company Culture is Key to Success 2016-07-07T17:00:00+01:00 2024-07-03T15:40:59+01:00 The Fleximize Team Company culture means something different to everyone but no business can afford to ignore it. So how can you build a great culture for your company? https://fleximize.com/articles/001787/sponsoring-employees-abroad-faqs Sponsoring Employees from Overseas - FAQs 2016-07-01T12:13:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:06:33+01:00 Adam Pescod When recruiting a worker from outside the EU, employers might need to apply for a Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 5 sponsor licence. Here's all you need to know https://fleximize.com/articles/006096/eu-referendum EU Referendum: Is Brexit or Bremain Best for Your Business? 2016-06-22T11:54:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:01:53+01:00 Adam Pescod With one day left to the EU referendum, we were on hand to help business owners who were still sitting on the fence https://fleximize.com/articles/005999/5-fast-hacks-to-improve-your-local-search-visibility 5 Free Hacks to Improve Your Local Search Visibility 2016-06-07T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:49:59+01:00 Caz Blaxcell 5 free SEO hacks to improve your local search visibility on Google by utilising Google My Business, Facebook, Reviews and more https://fleximize.com/articles/005965/managing-business-on-holiday 7 Handy Tools to Run Your Business on Holiday 2016-05-26T09:30:00+01:00 2024-06-04T08:47:43+01:00 The Fleximize Team How do you keep your business running smoothly whilst on holiday? These 7 handy online tools may help you focus more on the beach and less on spreadsheets https://fleximize.com/articles/005945/what-is-equipment-leasing What is Equipment Leasing? 2016-05-05T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:36:53+01:00 Stephen Jenkins Want to invest in new equipment for your small business without compromising cash flow? Equipment leasing could be the answer to your problems https://fleximize.com/articles/005929/15-image-resources-for-budget-businesses 15 Image Resources for Businesses on a Budget 2016-04-27T15:30:00+01:00 2024-07-03T10:09:46+01:00 David Kiriakidis Our run down of the best image resources, copyright free photography, design assets and WordPress themes for small businesses on a budget https://fleximize.com/articles/005859/small-business-hacks 4 Marketing Hacks for Every Small Business 2016-04-19T12:00:00+01:00 2024-07-16T15:48:49+01:00 David Kiriakidis Can't afford a marketing team? You still need to think like one. Here are four hacks that marketers use all the time to prove ROI https://fleximize.com/articles/005848/survival-rates-of-businesses Survival Rates of Businesses 2016-04-14T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:17:01+01:00 Fleximize's interactive visual debunks the myth that 80% of businesses fail in their first year. The picture is much more positive. Find out more now! https://fleximize.com/articles/005634/6-best-british-co-working-spaces 6 of the Best British Co-Working Spaces 2016-04-05T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:58:12+01:00 Elma Glasgow Want a co-working space with a difference? Check out some of the best – and coolest – co-working spaces for entrepreneurs from around Britain https://fleximize.com/articles/005617/who-spending-money-in-uk Who Likes to Spend Money in the UK? 2016-04-01T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:48:08+01:00 Brendan Cunningham Gift retailer, Buyagift, reveals research on regional spending habits and what it means for businesses around the UK https://fleximize.com/articles/005262/fastest-unicorns-in-the-world The Fastest Unicorns in the World 2016-03-15T10:00:00+00:00 2017-11-14T12:55:46+00:00 Today's billion-dollar companies: See who the world's fastest unicorns are, how quickly they got there, their industries and locations https://fleximize.com/articles/005465/5-employers-amazing-apprenticeships Five Employers Doing Amazing Things with Apprenticeships 2016-03-15T08:30:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:09:20+01:00 Sophie Hardwick Apprenticeship stories: five small businesses using apprenticeships in inspiring ways that benefit the business and the young employees https://fleximize.com/articles/005487/what-smes-learn-from-master-cooper Apprenticeships: Learn From England's Last Master Cooper 2016-03-15T08:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:07:01+01:00 Sophie Hardwick What your business can learn from this inspiring story of how a niche business found the perfect apprentice. https://fleximize.com/articles/005454/why-apprenticeships-are-great-news-for-small-businesses Why Apprenticeships are Great News for Small Businesses 2016-03-14T08:30:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:48:46+01:00 Sophie Hardwick Savvy SMEs know apprenticeships benefit their employees and business growth. From funded training to low employment costs, here's the lowdown. https://fleximize.com/articles/005363/ways-female-entrepreneurs-break-down-barriers Barriers That Stop Women Starting Up 2016-03-08T10:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:18:06+01:00 Annelie Carver This International Women's Day, business woman and lawyer Annelie Carver shares how other female business owners can break down barriers to achieve success https://fleximize.com/articles/005326/funding-circle Funding Circle: Leading Peer-to-Peer Lender 2016-03-07T11:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:18:02+01:00 Elma Glasgow Find out what the big deal is about Funding Circle, the $1 billion P2P lending platform that offers great business borrowing and investment opportunities https://fleximize.com/articles/005356/changing-face-trade-finance The Changing Face of Trade Finance 2016-03-03T10:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:38:07+01:00 James Sinclair Trade finance expert looks at the rise of UK exporting, business funding and the future of trade finance https://fleximize.com/articles/005264/5-ways-small-businesses-keep-employees-happy 5 Ways for Small Businesses to Keep Staff Happy 2016-02-24T08:30:00+00:00 2024-07-12T12:56:11+01:00 Jonathan Austin Employee engagement experts, Best Companies, provide advice on the ways SMEs can build a loyal workforce https://fleximize.com/articles/005257/the-paypal-mafia The Ventures of the PayPal Mafia 2016-02-23T08:00:00+00:00 2017-11-14T12:55:46+00:00 The Ventures of the PayPal Mafia: Awesome interactive graphic that lifts the veil on the 'Dons' running Silicon Valley https://fleximize.com/articles/005246/ebay-loans eBay Loans and Advice for eBay Seller Success 2016-02-22T08:30:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:52:44+01:00 Elma Glasgow Article offering great advice for eBay Sellers who want to boost business – from applying for eBay loans to strategic timing of auctions https://fleximize.com/articles/000825/how-revenue-based-financing-works How Revenue-Based Financing Works 2016-02-15T09:00:00+00:00 2024-07-19T16:22:45+01:00 Max Chmyshuk revenue-based financing agreement helps you tap into capital without leveraging equity or taking on debt. Learn how revenue funding could help your business. https://fleximize.com/articles/005158/how-deborah-meaden-made-her-fortune How Deborah Meaden Made Her Fortune 2016-02-08T10:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:33:10+01:00 Lucy Douglas The Dragons' Den businesswoman, Deborah Meaden, may be worth millions, but how did she achieve her high-flying status? Read her story here https://fleximize.com/articles/004923/millionaires-to-billionaires Millionaires to Billionaires 2016-02-04T11:00:00+00:00 2017-11-14T12:55:44+00:00 Millionaires to Billionaires: See how long it took 21 of the richest entrepreneurs to build their fortunes and who went from $1m to $1bn the fastest https://fleximize.com/articles/005130/airpnp-the-airbnb-for-toilets AirPnP – The Airbnb For Toilets 2016-02-04T09:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:55:41+01:00 Elma Glasgow AirPnP is the Airbnb for people renting our their bathrooms, and is one of the newest additions to the sharing economy https://fleximize.com/articles/005106/top-10-fintech-for-small-businesses Top 10 Fintech for Small Businesses 2016-02-03T09:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:10:03+01:00 Elma Glasgow We delve into the prestigious FinTech50 2015 list of the hottest European Fintech firms to find the top 10 offering valuable tools to SMEs including Klarna https://fleximize.com/articles/005055/the-top-10-business-blogs-to-follow-in-2016 10 Business Blogs to Follow in 2016 2016-01-29T11:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:28:02+01:00 David Kiriakidis Business blogs are becoming more mainstream, so we've hand-picked 10 of our favourites to give your bookmarks folder a spring clean https://fleximize.com/articles/004977/esif-how-can-your-business-benefit ESIF: How Can Your Business Benefit? 2016-01-27T08:30:00+00:00 2024-07-03T11:18:38+01:00 Richard Harrison New ESIF schemes are rolling out in 2016 and beyond. Our expert, Richard Harrison, explains how your business can benefit https://fleximize.com/articles/004958/is-a-side-business-right-for-you Starting a Side Business 2016-01-22T08:30:00+00:00 2024-07-16T16:15:47+01:00 Caz Blaxcell It’s become the latest career trend – more people are launching their own side business. It sounds exciting, but is it the right career move for you? https://fleximize.com/articles/004937/business-funding-advice-for-smes Where to Find Small Business Funding 2016-01-20T13:30:00+00:00 2024-07-12T12:54:44+01:00 Elma Glasgow Small business funding can be tricky to find, but this article tells you what's available, with more info in the FREE Ultimate Guide to Business Funding https://fleximize.com/articles/004921/the-fleximize-mission The Fleximize Mission 2016-01-20T09:30:00+00:00 2024-07-04T16:40:13+01:00 Take a look at The Fleximize Mission - an award-winning interactive experience for entrepreneurs which will help unleash the potential of your business https://fleximize.com/articles/003927/courts-help-with-personal-debt How the Courts Help with Personal Debt 2016-01-19T08:30:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:52:07+01:00 Emma Meakin Personal debt can seem like a problem that's impossible to resolve, but you don’t have to face your finances alone. Learn how the courts can help you repay https://fleximize.com/articles/004884/why-smes-need-apprentices Employing Apprentices: The Benefits to SMEs 2016-01-19T08:30:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:58:25+01:00 Tracy Ewen SME owner Tracy Ewen talks about the huge value apprentices bring to small businesses and shares advice like how to recruit an apprentice and salaries https://fleximize.com/articles/004891/career-of-steve-jobs The Career of Steve Jobs 2016-01-18T09:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:37:16+01:00 Lucy Douglas The story of Apple founder Steve Jobs' career and his mission to revolutionize how we use consumer electronics – from the Apple 1 computer to the iPhone 5 https://fleximize.com/articles/004847/morning-rituals-of-highly-successful-people Morning Rituals of Highly Successful People 2016-01-11T16:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:51:20+01:00 Is your morning ritual setting you up for success? See how some of the most successful people structure mornings to get the best start to the day https://fleximize.com/articles/004805/data-protection-act-1998 Understanding the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) 2016-01-11T08:30:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:24:02+01:00 Emma Meakin What is the Data Protection Act 1998, how should you deal with data access requests, and what other aspects of DPA are likely to affect your small business? https://fleximize.com/articles/004809/whats-an-sme What’s an SME? 2016-01-07T08:30:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:44:05+01:00 Elma Glasgow The definition of an SME can vary – we give you the micro, small and medium enterprise business criteria from HMRC, the EU, Companies House and others https://fleximize.com/articles/002301/motivating-employees-to-achieve-goals Motivating Employees to Achieve Business Goals 2016-01-04T08:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:51:39+01:00 Emma Meakin Inspiring a motivated workforce improves productivity, brand reputation and staff retention. Read our tips for enhancing your employee engagement strategy https://fleximize.com/articles/004780/5-new-years-resolutions-for-the-digital-entrepreneur 5 New Year's Resolutions for the Digital Entrepreneur 2015-12-28T12:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:50:23+01:00 David Kiriakidis New Year's resolutions for digital entrepreneurs: some awesome resolution ideas for 2016. We've given resolutions a digital spin https://fleximize.com/articles/004801/the-ultimate-list-of-christmas-distractions The Ultimate List of Christmas Distractions 2015-12-24T10:00:00+00:00 2024-07-03T10:02:30+01:00 David Kiriakidis Need some time away from screaming kids this Christmas? We went on an epic trawl across the internet to put together the ultimate list of 2015 distractions https://fleximize.com/articles/004760/why-do-smes-need-to-switch-energy-supplier Why do SMEs Need to Switch Energy Supplier? 2015-12-23T11:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:50:28+01:00 Phil Foster With scandals emerging of energy suppliers overcharging their customers, many SMEs are considering switching. Find out if you should be doing the same https://fleximize.com/articles/004741/is-your-website-putting-customers-off 8 UX Elements That You May Be Getting Badly Wrong 2015-12-22T12:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:06:09+01:00 Natalie O'Neill Mistakes in website design could cost you valuable leads and online sales. We list 8 common issues that ruin user experience so you can avoid the pitfalls https://fleximize.com/articles/004707/top-50-twitter-accounts Top 50 Twitter Accounts to Follow in 2016 2015-12-21T15:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:13:22+01:00 David Kiriakidis Want your Twitter timeline to be filled with great content? Check out our favourite Twitter accounts, full of influencers, entrepreneurs and innovators https://fleximize.com/articles/004671/employee-not-just-for-christmas An Employee's Not Just for Christmas 2015-12-18T12:00:00+00:00 2024-07-02T11:29:15+01:00 Perkbox Staff satisfaction and retention should be of concern for employers all year round. Perkbox shares why and how to reward your workforce to keep them happy https://fleximize.com/articles/004646/fleximizes-year-2015 Fleximize's Year 2015 2015-12-18T10:00:00+00:00 2024-07-02T11:42:44+01:00 Caz Blaxcell Star Wars, royal nippers, and a sexy new Fleximize — 2015 has been a year to remember. We round up the highlights of a busy year in fintech. https://fleximize.com/articles/004633/will-nlw-make-employees-victims Will NLW Make Employees the Victims? 2015-12-16T10:30:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:58:25+01:00 Phil Foster Phil Foster discusses how the new National Living Wage could cause SMEs to make low-skilled staff unemployed to save on costs. https://fleximize.com/articles/004608/the-story-of-colonel-sanders-kfc-founder The Story of Colonel Sanders, KFC Founder 2015-12-15T16:00:00+00:00 2024-07-16T16:22:55+01:00 Lucy Douglas KFC founder, Colonel Sanders, fought hard for success he triumphed after a lifetime of drama and bad luck. Read about his rollercoaster of a career here https://fleximize.com/articles/003921/how-to-file-for-bankruptcy How to File for Bankruptcy 2015-12-15T11:30:00+00:00 2024-07-02T10:40:17+01:00 Emma Meakin Filing for bankruptcy is often a last resort, but it's important to be prepared ahead of time. We cover the various stages involved in declaring bankruptcy https://fleximize.com/articles/004564/increase-customer-loyalty-in-2016 4 Steps to Better Customer Loyalty in 2016 2015-12-11T09:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:48:53+01:00 Phil Foster Increasing customer loyalty in 2016 – follow advice from successful business owner of Love Energy Savings, Phil Foster. https://fleximize.com/articles/004505/top-board-games-for-entrepreneurs Top 5 Board Games For Entrepreneurs 2015-12-09T09:06:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:12:53+01:00 Caz Blaxcell Our round up of the best board games for all entrepreneurs - from the cutthroat strategy of Monopoly to a game that requires total collaboration to succeed. https://fleximize.com/articles/004517/the-experts-view-closure-of-the-business-growth-service The Expert's View: Closure of Business Growth Service 2015-12-07T10:15:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:47:20+01:00 Richard Harrison Richard Harrison offers a candid view of the implications for providers and SMEs of the Business Growth Service closure, including GrowthAccelerator and MAS https://fleximize.com/articles/004469/choosing-your-office-christmas-tree Choosing Your Office Christmas Tree 2015-12-04T09:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:33:17+01:00 Elma Glasgow The Christmas tree sellers to the stars, Pines and Needles, offer great advice on finding the ideal Christmas tree for your office. https://fleximize.com/articles/004161/smes-gender-pay-gap How SMEs Can Help Close the Gender Pay Gap 2015-12-03T08:30:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:47:32+01:00 Emma Meakin Government want big firms to report pay for men and women, but SMEs can also take action to help close the gender pay gap. Here's how. https://fleximize.com/articles/004159/santa-master-burglar-or-house-guest Santa: Master Burglar or Innocent House Guest? 2015-12-01T08:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:28:17+01:00 Emma Meakin If you think Santa is above scrutiny, click away now. Otherwise, read our legal expertise on his annual antics in light of increased break ins at Christmas https://fleximize.com/articles/004418/small-business-interviews-small-business-saturday Small Business Advice From Small Business Owners 2015-11-30T13:00:00+00:00 2024-07-02T11:23:08+01:00 Elma Glasgow Get some small business advice – short audio interviews and advice from British micro-enterprise owners in the arts, tech and retail. https://fleximize.com/articles/003923/how-to-conquer-your-debt How to Conquer Your Debt 2015-11-30T11:30:00+00:00 2024-05-29T10:09:24+01:00 Emma Meakin Debt can be overwhelming, but there are steps you can take to get back on track. Read our guide to setting up a debt management plan and other alternatives https://fleximize.com/articles/004391/the-entrepreneurs-holiday-gift-guide The Entrepreneur's Holiday Gift Guide 2015-11-26T17:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:45:57+01:00 David Kiriakidis With Black Friday approaching, Christmas gift buying can be a challenge, especially for busy people. So we've trawled the web for you. Here's our top picks. https://fleximize.com/articles/004263/sme-stamps-down-christmas-postal-prices Family Firm Stamps Down Christmas Post Prices 2015-11-24T08:30:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:06:42+01:00 Elma Glasgow Want to save money this Christmas? This family business offers a cheaper alternative to Royal Mail at Christmas. One in a series on SMEs at Christmas. https://fleximize.com/articles/004273/indy-traders-love-easy-mobile-payment Indy Traders Love Easy Mobile Payment 2015-11-24T08:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T13:09:39+01:00 Elma Glasgow Droplet mobile payment app is fintech that's making Christmas trading easier and less costly for independent retailers and their customers. https://fleximize.com/articles/004071/5-tips-for-surviving-office-christmas-party 5 Tips for Surviving the Office Christmas Party 2015-11-23T08:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:53:11+01:00 Emma Meakin With the festive season upon us, we've got the ultimate guide to surviving the office Christmas party, and avoiding disciplinary or legal action. https://fleximize.com/articles/004302/top-tips-email-marketing-christmas Top Tips for Christmas Email Marketing 2015-11-20T16:22:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:15:34+01:00 David Kiriakidis Do you know how to optimize your email strategy to get the best results at Christmas and New Year? This infographic shows you how. https://fleximize.com/articles/003918/whats-an-individual-voluntary-arrangement What’s an Individual Voluntary Arrangement? 2015-11-19T10:30:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:43:51+01:00 Emma Meakin We explain the steps to finding an insolvency practitioner who'll help you get an Individual Voluntary Arrangement. https://fleximize.com/articles/004255/are-your-christmas-staff-workers-or-employees Are Your Christmas Staff Workers or Employees? 2015-11-19T09:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:08:04+01:00 Emma Meakin Recruiting temporary Christmas staff? Here's a guide to understanding the difference between who's a worker, and who's an employee. https://fleximize.com/articles/004233/how-to-maximize-on-christmas-mayhem How to Maximize on Christmas Mayhem 2015-11-17T12:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T12:29:41+01:00 Caz Blaxcell Independent toy store owner, Kirit Kumar, offers wise words on getting the most from the Christmas shopping season on the high street and online. https://fleximize.com/articles/004224/careers-of-the-founders The Careers of the Founders 2015-11-16T14:50:00+00:00 2017-11-14T12:55:36+00:00 From Heinz to Zuckerberg: explore the successes and failures of 33 inspirational founders in this visual, interactive infographic. https://fleximize.com/articles/004177/unwrap-secrets-online-retail-christmas Unwrap the Secrets to Online Retail at Christmas 2015-11-13T10:00:00+00:00 2024-07-03T09:01:47+01:00 Elma Glasgow Prezzybox owner, Zak Edwards, opens up about the secrets to a merry Christmas in online retail, and offers wise advice to smaller retailers. https://fleximize.com/articles/004165/guide-to-20-popular-startup-jargon-words Guide to 20 Popular Startup Terms 2015-11-12T09:00:00+00:00 2024-07-19T15:04:19+01:00 David Kiriakidis Read Fleximize's guide to 20 popular startup terms – ideal for entrepreneurs who are new to the buzzing startup and business funding scene. https://fleximize.com/articles/004076/the-top-10-apps-for-entrepreneurs The Top 10 Apps for Entrepreneurs 2015-11-10T09:00:00+00:00 2024-07-02T11:09:17+01:00 David Kiriakidis Mobile apps are important tools for modern entrepreneurs, increasing productivity and enabling them to do business, but what ones make our Top 10 Apps list? https://fleximize.com/articles/004061/google-amp-is-coming Google AMP is Coming – Are You Mobile-Ready? 2015-11-09T09:30:00+00:00 2024-07-02T16:04:29+01:00 Elma Glasgow Mobile search is set to outdo PC, so it's time to get your content mobile-ready before you start to lose customers to other sites. https://fleximize.com/articles/003966/5th-of-november-horrific-justice-system How Would Today's Courts Treat Guy Fawkes' Sentence? 2015-11-03T08:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T13:06:34+01:00 Emma Meakin Fleximize's legal eagle shares her thoughts on how today's courts would treat Guy Fawkes' gruesome sentencing for treason. https://fleximize.com/articles/003913/whats-a-creditors-voluntary-arrangement What's a Creditors' Voluntary Arrangement? 2015-10-29T09:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:41:45+01:00 Emma Meakin Fleximize's very own legal expert explains a Creditors' Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) and the steps you need to take. https://fleximize.com/articles/005562/hsbc-business-loans HSBC Business Loans 2015-10-29T08:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T13:08:16+01:00 The Fleximize Team Here's a quick look at the HSBC business loans currently available to UK SMEs, including their fees and eligibility requirements. https://fleximize.com/articles/002825/funding-for-the-gaming-industry The Expensive Video Game Problem 2015-10-19T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:46:44+01:00 David Kiriakidis Funding is an issue that plagues the gaming industry on a daily basis, so how can we overcome it, and how can developers find the finance they need? https://fleximize.com/articles/005565/natwest-business-loans NatWest Business Loans 2015-10-19T09:30:00+01:00 2024-07-22T16:59:22+01:00 The Fleximize Team NatWest business loans include startup funding and financing for growing SMEs. Here's our guide to decide if NatWest business finance is right for your SME https://fleximize.com/articles/001010/sole-trader-to-limited-company Registering Your Business as a Limited Company 2015-10-16T13:13:00+01:00 2024-07-16T16:13:45+01:00 Emma Meakin ​Being a sole trader may offer you the business structure you want, but it doesn’t give you the protection a limited company gives you. https://fleximize.com/articles/000808/unlock-business-potential-create-a-great-place-to-work Create a Great Place to Work and Unlock Business Potential 2015-10-15T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:39:13+01:00 Elma Glasgow How to unlock potential by creating a great place to work. Find out what makes a positive workplace and why it inspires people to work better. https://fleximize.com/articles/002887/our-views-on-the-apprentice Back of the Cab: Our View on The Apprentice 2015-10-15T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:15:28+01:00 David Kiriakidis Fan of BBC's The Apprentice? Fleximize is too! We reveal our thoughts on the new season and the next 18 candidates looking to prove their business know-how https://fleximize.com/articles/001429/the-small-business-guide-to-video-content The Small Business Guide to Video Content 2015-10-15T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:57:14+01:00 Daniel Kidd A quick look at viral content from recent years shows some common themes. Popular videos have content that people want to share with others. https://fleximize.com/articles/001080/tips-for-applying-for-a-business-loan Top Tips for Applying for a Business Loan 2015-10-08T13:30:00+01:00 2024-06-18T09:22:38+01:00 Caz Blaxcell Read our essential tips for applying for a business loan to give yourself the best possible chance of securing funding https://fleximize.com/articles/001467/how-to-use-infographics-to-get-your-message-across How to Use Infographics to Get Your Message Across 2015-10-08T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:56:40+01:00 Daniel Kidd ​Infographics, or information graphics, can be a very useful and effective medium for sharing or explaining concepts or data. Here's how. https://fleximize.com/articles/000869/social-media-marketing-on-a-tiny-budget How to Use Social Media Marketing on a Tiny Budget 2015-10-07T10:00:00+01:00 2024-07-01T13:07:32+01:00 David Kiriakidis So many companies have a small or non-existent marketing budget, so how can they still market effectively without tugging at the purse strings every day? https://fleximize.com/articles/001280/setting-up-or-altering-a-uk-partnership-business Setting Up or Altering a UK Partnership Business 2015-10-06T10:27:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:51:52+01:00 Carl Stanford Setting up or altering a UK partnership business requires some practical and legal knowledge; these FAQs should help you get your company up and running. https://fleximize.com/articles/000902/register-your-trademark Registering Your Trademark 2015-10-03T11:39:00+01:00 2024-07-01T12:36:57+01:00 Emma Meakin If you've got your small business set up, you need to safeguard it with a trademark. Here's everything you need to know to protect your business today. https://fleximize.com/articles/001415/five-useful-vat-schemes 5 Useful VAT Schemes for SMEs 2015-10-02T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:55:42+01:00 Marcia Smith We all like to save a bit of money here and there. It's especially important for small businesses. Here are our top 5 VAT schemes to save you a few pounds.. https://fleximize.com/articles/001533/ask-fleximize-content-marketing Ask Fleximize: Content Marketing 2015-10-01T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:09:13+01:00 Daniel Kidd The three burning questions on the lips of business owners. This time, we look at content marketing and how you can type your way to business success https://fleximize.com/articles/001283/four-faqs-for-freelancers 4 FAQs for Freelancers 2015-09-30T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:46:43+01:00 Carl Stanford From long-term freelancing, to non-compete agreements and working from home, these four FAQs should help you understand your rights as a freelancer. https://fleximize.com/articles/000714/how-can-i-revamp-my-email-lists How Can I Revamp My Email Lists? 2015-09-28T16:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:31:45+01:00 David Kiriakidis How to test, cleanse and segment your email lists to help you avoid the dreaded spam filter and increase the ROI from email marketing https://fleximize.com/articles/001479/3-simple-steps-to-revolutionizing-your-product-cycle 3 Steps to Revolutionizing Your Product Cycle 2015-09-25T14:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:43:46+01:00 Daniel Kidd How to work out what your customers actually want, how to deliver it (metaphorically and literally) and the effect it could have on your business https://fleximize.com/articles/001852/freelancing-vs-full-time-employment Freelancing vs Full-Time Employment 2015-09-25T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:17:43+01:00 Marcia Smith What would work best for you? The freedom of freelancing or the stability of employment work. Check out this article about the pros and cons of each. https://fleximize.com/articles/000933/patent-a-new-idea ​Should You Patent a New Idea? 2015-09-22T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:54:42+01:00 Emma Meakin Protecting a new idea, invention or design with a patent can give you a competitive edge in the market by preventing copies. We share how and when to apply https://fleximize.com/articles/001268/understanding-your-legal-rights-as-an-employee Understanding Your Legal Rights as an Employee 2015-09-21T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:24:53+01:00 Carl Stanford Your employer should (of course) abide by employment law, but a wise employee should always seek to understand his or her legal rights. https://fleximize.com/articles/001409/what-your-logo-and-font-say-about-your-business What Your Logo and Font Say About Your Business 2015-09-17T17:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:41:14+01:00 Daniel Kidd Getting your logo design right is hugely important for your business, principally because it establishes your brand and creates customer recognition. https://fleximize.com/articles/001750/how-to-market-your-niche-product Market Your Niche Product: The Hacker's Way 2015-09-15T15:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:39:29+01:00 David Kiriakidis Marketing a niche product can be difficult. Here's a super-quick and low-cost way of getting your niche product in front of the right crowd, however small. https://fleximize.com/articles/002016/whats-the-consumer-confidence-index What’s the Consumer Confidence Index? 2015-09-15T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:44:33+01:00 Marcia Smith What’s the Consumer Confidence Index, and why is it important in business? Fleximize explains in detail, including how to use this data to plan your budget https://fleximize.com/articles/000731/think-you-can-entrepreneur So You Think You Can Entrepreneur... 2015-09-14T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:02:39+01:00 Daniel Kidd Being an entrepreneur can seem very exciting, but what's entrepreneurship really about? Fleximize breaks down exactly what it takes to be an entrepreneur https://fleximize.com/articles/002070/how-to-combat-the-competition How to Combat the Competition 2015-09-11T12:30:00+01:00 2024-06-28T16:42:35+01:00 Marcia Smith Competition is fierce across all industries so it's vital to know how to deal with competitors. We evaluate strategies for staying ahead of the compeititon https://fleximize.com/articles/001808/how-to-find-your-perfect-marketing-agency How to Find Your Perfect Marketing Agency 2015-09-10T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:15:09+01:00 Daniel Kidd Taking on a marketing agency can be a daunting prospect for any small business, so here's what you should expect and how to find the one most suited to you. https://fleximize.com/articles/000929/what-is-trademark-infringement What is Trademark Infringement? 2015-09-08T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:39:25+01:00 Emma Meakin Trademark infringement: What is it? Have you seen someone with a similar or identical mark? Then you may need to take action... https://fleximize.com/articles/001549/3-examples-of-government-grants 3 Examples of Government Grants 2015-09-02T14:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:41:43+01:00 Marcia Smith Government offers a range of business grants, and while limited it can be a good starting point when seeking support. We list 3 types of government funding https://fleximize.com/articles/005572/ulster-bank-loans Ulster Bank Loans 2015-09-02T09:00:00+01:00 2024-07-22T16:59:38+01:00 Elma Glasgow Ulster Bank business loans are available in small and large amounts for SMEs, but is a traditional lender the suitable solution for your funding needs? https://fleximize.com/articles/002136/how-unique-are-you How Unique Are You? 2015-09-01T15:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:01:19+01:00 Marcia Smith Offering customers a unique product or serving a niche market can help you stand apart from your rivals. https://fleximize.com/articles/001812/how-to-avoid-the-dreaded-unsubscribe-button How to Avoid the Dreaded 'Unsubscribe' Button 2015-08-31T14:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:03:01+01:00 David Kiriakidis So you've jumped on the email marketing bandwagon. Now here's how to avoid high bounce and unsubscribe rates and keep your ROI high. https://fleximize.com/articles/001801/how-to-drive-sales-for-your-new-product How to Drive Sales For Your New Product 2015-08-29T16:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:12:39+01:00 Daniel Kidd When launching a new product there are two things you should consider before starting your marketing campaign; content & delivery. Here's why. https://fleximize.com/articles/001490/creating-your-first-content-strategy Creating Your First Content Strategy 2015-08-25T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:42:23+01:00 Daniel Kidd Everything you need to know to start putting together your first content strategy for your business from understanding your customers to implementing it. https://fleximize.com/articles/001449/content-the-most-profitable-revenue-channel-ever Content: The Most Profitable Revenue Channel Ever? 2015-08-21T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:39:54+01:00 Daniel Kidd How to mine your business and industry for interesting and engaging topics such as new products, technological developments and fashions. https://fleximize.com/articles/000931/defences-for-trademark-infringement ​Defences for Trademark Infringement 2015-08-20T14:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:47:06+01:00 Emma Meakin Have you been accused of trademark infringement? Are you facing a threat of proceedings? Don’t panic - there may be a defence. https://fleximize.com/articles/001443/the-small-business-guide-to-making-content-work The Small Business Guide to Making Content Work 2015-08-20T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:56:04+01:00 David Kiriakidis A strong piece of content shouldn't be limited. Making the most out of your content means thinking about different channels. https://fleximize.com/articles/001437/why-content-is-such-a-buzzword-in-21st-century-business Why Content is Such a Buzzword in Business 2015-08-19T18:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:49:36+01:00 Daniel Kidd In the age of ecommerce, the way in which companies and clients interact has changed in recent years, and posting adverts simply doesnt cut it anymore https://fleximize.com/articles/001419/how-to-turn-blogging-into-a-revenue-channel How to Turn Blogging Into a Revenue Channel 2015-08-17T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:54:01+01:00 Daniel Kidd A blog gives your company a personal face. It can be a simple way to convey complicated messages to your customers and can help you build a loyal following. https://fleximize.com/articles/001403/what-your-images-say-about-your-business What Your Images Say About Your Business 2015-08-15T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:40:59+01:00 Daniel Kidd A picture is worth a thousand words. Supporting imagery is essential to creating a great website, but it’s vital that you use those images legally. https://fleximize.com/articles/001321/launching-your-own-personal-training-business Launching Your Own Personal Training Business 2015-08-14T20:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:29:02+01:00 Daniel Kidd ​To launch your own personal training business you will need to make sure you can deliver a quality service yourself, or hire a partner. Here's how. https://fleximize.com/articles/000882/make-the-most-of-twitter-on-a-tiny-budget How to Make The Most of Twitter on a Tiny Budget 2015-08-13T14:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:22:33+01:00 David Kiriakidis If you have a small marketing budget, how do you use Twitter? How can you grow your presence for free? Here are our top tips.. https://fleximize.com/articles/002203/is-your-business-ready-to-go-global Is Your Business Ready to Go Global? 2015-08-12T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:23:40+01:00 Daniel Kidd It can be one of the most difficult decisions an entrepreneur will ever make - Can your business stand the test of time in a different country? https://fleximize.com/articles/000875/how-to-make-the-most-of-facebook-on-a-tiny-budget How to Make The Most of Facebook on a Tiny Budget 2015-08-12T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:22:17+01:00 David Kiriakidis ​It all used to be quite simple. You'd work out who you wanted to like your page, put together the right content and Bob's your uncle. And then... https://fleximize.com/articles/000708/why-you-should-focus-on-mail-marketing Why You Should Focus More on Email Marketing 2015-08-10T07:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:55:54+01:00 David Kiriakidis With other, more 'exciting' digital channels, email marketing is often a forgotten channel, but it could actually be your most effective. https://fleximize.com/articles/000906/how-to-use-linkedin-to-market-your-business-effectively How to Use LinkedIn to Market Your Business Effectively 2015-08-07T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:57:38+01:00 David Kiriakidis With over 313 million members in more than 200 new countries, if your business doesnt have a presence on LinkedIn, it should do. Here's our handy guide https://fleximize.com/articles/001290/declaring-your-second-income Declaring Your Second Income 2015-08-06T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:46:44+01:00 Daniel Kidd If you're lucky enough to have a second income, not declaring it could land you in a whole heap of trouble with HMRC, so here's how to declare it. https://fleximize.com/articles/001295/leaving-your-family-business Leaving Your Family Business 2015-08-05T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:30:48+01:00 Daniel Kidd Leaving your family business is always hard, after all you don't want to upset family members. Here's everything you need to know. https://fleximize.com/articles/001299/a-licence-to-kill A Licence to Kill 2015-08-04T14:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:31:24+01:00 Daniel Kidd If you’re operating solely within the UK, there's often no need to obtain a business licence. However, specific licences may be required in your sector. https://fleximize.com/articles/001303/dealing-with-sub-contractors Dealing With Sub-Contractors 2015-08-03T15:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:45:41+01:00 Daniel Kidd It's important to remember that a sub-contractor isn’t an employee, so you can’t treat them as one. So how do you deal with them when it all goes sour? https://fleximize.com/articles/001309/can-you-actually-save-money-on-business-tax Can You Actually Save Money on Business Tax? 2015-08-02T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:29:42+01:00 Daniel Kidd Tax in the UK is decided by the type of goods or services you’re providing, not the type of company that runs it, so can you use this to your advantage? https://fleximize.com/articles/001193/how-you-can-learn-to-be-creative How You Can Learn to be Creative 2015-08-01T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:07:00+01:00 Daniel Kidd You can’t teach someone to come up with great ideas, but creativity is something that can be nurtured and developed with the right kind of attitude. https://fleximize.com/articles/001137/the-small-business-owners-guide-to-protecting-your-ideas The Small Business Owners' Guide to Protecting Your Ideas 2015-07-30T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:57:51+01:00 David Kiriakidis In a technologically advanced age, businesses need to protect their products and ideas from plagiarism via a copyright, a trademark, a patent or a design. https://fleximize.com/articles/000492/grow-your-email-subscribers How to Grow Your Email Subscribers 2015-07-29T16:52:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:16:27+01:00 David Kiriakidis How do you go about growing your email subscribers without holding a gun to their head. Seriously, don't do that. https://fleximize.com/articles/001128/how-website-design-influences-your-customers How Website Design Influences Your Customers 2015-07-27T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:03:52+01:00 Daniel Kidd The importance of a strong online presence has never been clearer, and good website design can provide a great return on investment for your business https://fleximize.com/articles/001120/how-to-use-content-to-drive-sales How to Use Content to Drive Sales 2015-07-26T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:56:13+01:00 Daniel Kidd These days the line between marketing and sales is particularly thin. In this article we look how content can be used to build trust and drive acquisition https://fleximize.com/articles/001109/6-zero-cost-ways-to-win-business-from-your-competition 6 Zero-Cost Ways to Win Business From Your Competition 2015-07-25T16:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:00:54+01:00 Daniel Kidd There are many ways to win business from your competition. Some come at a cost. Some are completely free apart from in time and effort. Just like these. https://fleximize.com/articles/001086/6-steps-to-finding-an-investor-for-your-business 6 Steps to Finding an Investor For Your Business 2015-07-23T14:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:59:22+01:00 Daniel Kidd We take a good look at how to attract great investors, and how to work with them to grow you company. https://fleximize.com/articles/001327/franchisees-and-the-law Franchisees and The Law 2015-07-21T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:17:32+01:00 Daniel Kidd What separates business owners and franchisees when things start to turn sour and where do you stand? https://fleximize.com/articles/001333/starting-your-own-consultancy-business Starting Your Own Consultancy Business 2015-07-20T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:09:00+01:00 Daniel Kidd ​Starting a consulting business is like starting any other business, except most consultants have a head start because they already work in their field. https://fleximize.com/articles/001344/ask-fleximize-llc Ask Fleximize: LLC 2015-07-18T15:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:11:10+01:00 Daniel Kidd This week we're answering the pressing questions on the lips of everybody connected to a Limited Liability Company (LLC) https://fleximize.com/articles/001346/three-faqs-on-payroll-and-tax Three FAQ's on Payroll and Tax 2015-07-17T16:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:06:10+01:00 Daniel Kidd We take three of your pressing questions and get our team of small business experts at Fleximize to answer. https://fleximize.com/articles/000854/how-you-can-use-twitter-to-market-your-business How You Can Use Twitter to Market Your Business 2015-07-14T14:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:07:31+01:00 Daniel Kidd With 316 million monthly active users and 500 million Tweets sent globally each day, It’s surely a no-brainer for businesses to jump on Twitter. https://fleximize.com/articles/000953/the-most-effective-project-management-techniques The Most Effective Project Management Techniques 2015-07-13T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:46:44+01:00 Daniel Kidd Project management can sometimes seem very daunting. Luckily, there are several tried and tested project management techniques that can help you succeed https://fleximize.com/articles/000969/how-to-begin-business-debt-consolidation How to Begin Business Debt Consolidation 2015-07-11T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:04:25+01:00 Daniel Kidd ​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. https://fleximize.com/articles/000977/how-to-deal-with-difficult-customers How to Deal With Difficult Customers 2015-07-10T16:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:11:08+01:00 Daniel Kidd In every industry there will be times when you have to deal with difficult customers. Handle a situation well and most customers will do business with you. https://fleximize.com/articles/000983/why-offering-a-free-trial-might-not-be-such-a-great-idea Why Offering a Free Trial Might Not Be Such A Great Idea 2015-07-09T14:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:53:34+01:00 Daniel Kidd Offering free products or trials can seem like a great idea for persuading people to use and talk about what youre offering, but what are the implications? https://fleximize.com/articles/000988/how-to-break-into-a-new-demographic How to Break Into a New Demographic 2015-07-08T17:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:04:36+01:00 Daniel Kidd It’s obviously essential to exploit new avenues of growth in a business, but there are steps you should consider before pushing into a new demographic https://fleximize.com/articles/000991/is-the-customer-really-always-right Is The Customer Really Always Right? 2015-07-07T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:21:52+01:00 Daniel Kidd Customer complaints can have a huge impact on a business' reputation. Here's an article exploring how to deal with customer complaints effectively https://fleximize.com/articles/000995/how-to-turn-digital-media-into-increased-footfall How To Turn Digital Media Into Increased Footfall 2015-07-06T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:54:46+01:00 Daniel Kidd Traditional promotion is dead. Long live Digital Media. Here are some ways you can use technology to grow your business footfall https://fleximize.com/articles/001006/how-can-i-create-amazing-content-for-free How Can I Create Amazing Content For Free 2015-07-05T17:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:31:01+01:00 Daniel Kidd Be clear about how you want to come across as a business, it's your own content, not a marketing professionals. Think about the personality of your brand. https://fleximize.com/articles/000594/3-ways-to-market-on-a-tiny-budget 3 Ways To Market Your Business On A Tiny Budget 2015-07-02T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:45:19+01:00 David Kiriakidis There are many effective methods that both new and established companies can use to raise their profile without spending a small fortune https://fleximize.com/articles/001033/is-your-competitor-analysis-as-good-as-it-can-be Is Your Competitor Analysis as Good as it Can Be? 2015-07-01T17:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:25:06+01:00 Daniel Kidd Competitor analysis means working out who your competitors are, and assessing their strengths and weaknesses. Remember, knowledge is power. https://fleximize.com/articles/005214/bad-credit-business-loans Bad Credit Business Loans 2015-07-01T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:15:57+01:00 Elma Glasgow Do you have a bad credit score? Don't worry, there are still plenty of business funding options from alternative finance providers like Fleximize https://fleximize.com/articles/001039/the-basics-of-an-m-a-deal The Basics of an M&A Deal 2015-06-30T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:28:36+01:00 Tom Addleston-Towney M&A Deals involve the buying, selling, splitting up or coming together of companies, and can prove to be lucrative or disastrous to all involved. https://fleximize.com/articles/001044/why-not-to-get-into-a-price-war-with-a-competitor Why Not to Get Into a Price War With a Competitor 2015-06-29T15:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:53:10+01:00 Tom Addleston-Towney Sensible pricing is essential for business – but price wars can be disastrous, and usually mean that everybody loses. https://fleximize.com/articles/001065/how-to-grow-your-sales-without-all-the-leg-work How to Grow Your Sales Without all the Leg Work 2015-06-27T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:17:16+01:00 Daniel Kidd Our exclusive guide to finding relevant and strongly positioned resellers for your product, how to pitch them and key points you should know. https://fleximize.com/articles/001357/what-to-do-for-your-business-in-a-natural-disaster Protecting Your Business in a Natural Disaster 2015-06-26T20:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:17:36+01:00 Daniel Kidd We are lucky in the UK that natural disasters are a pretty rare occurrence, but Mother Nature can have devastating consequences on small businesses. https://fleximize.com/articles/001504/how-a-simple-piece-of-copy-can-boost-your-business How a Simple Piece of Copy Can Boost Your Business 2015-06-25T12:26:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:28:21+01:00 Daniel Kidd Good, effective marketing copy needs to combine a number of essential elements - a call to action, and a solution that invokes a reaction. https://fleximize.com/articles/001576/how-finding-a-reseller-could-revolutionize-your-sales How a Reseller Could Revolutionize Your Sales 2015-06-21T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:27:45+01:00 Daniel Kidd Many business don't even consider using a reseller to grow their sales, but it's a channel that could give your sales a huge boost, for a tiny cost. https://fleximize.com/articles/001582/marketing-to-high-end-low-end-customers How to Market to High-End & Low-End Customers 2015-06-20T15:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:23:08+01:00 Daniel Kidd Segmenting your customers based on their income may not be the most morally right thing to do, but it could totally reinvigorate your sales. https://fleximize.com/articles/001588/advertising-your-business-on-tv Advertising Your Business on TV 2015-06-19T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:44:28+01:00 Daniel Kidd TV advertising is something often overlooked by SMEs due to the expected high costs. The benefits can, however, outweigh the negatives https://fleximize.com/articles/001594/how-to-properly-introduce-your-business How to Properly Introduce Your Business 2015-06-18T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:37:57+01:00 Daniel Kidd Two steps to providing helpful communication, setting you apart from your competitors while also introducing and promoting your business. https://fleximize.com/articles/001601/ask-fleximize-sales-management Ask Fleximize: Sales Management 2015-06-17T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:12:06+01:00 Daniel Kidd This time, we've scoured the country for business owners with sales management issues and brought there questions to the Fleximize experts https://fleximize.com/articles/001609/how-bluetooth-marketing-could-give-you-the-edge How Bluetooth Marketing Could Give You The Edge 2015-06-16T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:29:55+01:00 Daniel Kidd Bluetooth Marketing is a still relatively untested channel but in terms of catching passing trade and winning business it can be incredibly effective. https://fleximize.com/articles/001616/a-brave-new-revenue-stream A Brave, New Revenue Stream 2015-06-15T13:45:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:07:19+01:00 Daniel Kidd There is often a debate around the quality of native web advertising but there is one thing for certain - it's effectiveness. https://fleximize.com/articles/001626/launching-your-trial-product Launching Your Trial Product 2015-06-14T15:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:29:24+01:00 Daniel Kidd You might be wondering if free trials are cost effective. The short answer is yes. The longer answer is yes, but only if they’re carefully planned out. https://fleximize.com/articles/001634/the-golden-oldies-of-marketing The 'Golden Oldies' of Marketing 2015-06-13T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:26:00+01:00 Daniel Kidd Do MySpace, The Phonebook and Flyer distribution still work as ways of promoting your small-medium business? We take a closer look... https://fleximize.com/articles/001641/promoting-your-business-on-zero-budget Promoting Your Business on Zero Budget 2015-06-12T15:18:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:10:32+01:00 Daniel Kidd It's a common gripe amongst marketers and business owners - not having enough money/time to do everything they want. Here's how you can get around that. https://fleximize.com/articles/001651/do-you-know-your-leads-from-your-weeds Do You Know Your Leads From Your Weeds? 2015-06-11T14:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:50:30+01:00 Daniel Kidd Are your sales figures stuck in a rut? In this article we look at one simple way you can revolutionize your lead management process and grow your numbers. https://fleximize.com/articles/002305/ask-fleximize-growth-part-2 Ask Fleximize: Growth (Part 2) 2015-06-10T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:10:51+01:00 Daniel Kidd The three burning questions on the lips of business owners. This time we look at some of the common growth challenges facing small business owners. https://fleximize.com/articles/005561/yorkshire-bank-loans Yorkshire Bank Loans 2015-06-10T08:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:01:33+01:00 The Fleximize Team Here's our guide to Yorkshire Bank business loans, covering investment loans, term loans and the Enterprise Finance Guarantee https://fleximize.com/articles/001663/how-affiliate-marketing-could-revolutionize-your-lead-flow How Affiliate Marketing Could Revolutionize Your Lead Flow 2015-06-09T14:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:28:37+01:00 Daniel Kidd For many small business owners, affiliate marketing can seem confusing and complicated, but it's actually incredibly simple. Here's how it works... https://fleximize.com/articles/002244/ask-fleximize-money-issues Ask Fleximize: Money Issues 2015-06-08T16:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:11:25+01:00 Daniel Kidd All your questions answered by the experts at Fleximize: These are real money issues facing real small business owners. https://fleximize.com/articles/001760/to-offer-discounts-or-not-to-offer-discounts Should I Offer Discounts to my Customers? 2015-06-08T14:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:53:48+01:00 Daniel Kidd Volume discounts are a proven way to increase sales and gain customer loyalty. But do they make financial sense for your business? https://fleximize.com/articles/002231/writing-business-plan Writing a Business Plan 2015-06-08T14:00:00+01:00 2024-07-01T13:04:00+01:00 Daniel Kidd If you want to start out in business, and you've got a great idea, you need to plan how your business will launch, grow and sustain itself. Here's how https://fleximize.com/articles/001777/how-to-market-your-product-to-a-foreign-country How to Market Your Product to a Foreign Country 2015-06-07T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:27:12+01:00 Daniel Kidd In order to market to your foreign audience as effectively as possible, you need to be prepared to really get to know your customers. Here's how. https://fleximize.com/articles/001783/how-to-write-a-press-release How to Write a Press Release For Your Business 2015-06-06T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:00:23+01:00 Daniel Kidd Writing an effective press release for a new business can be tricky if you're unsure, but there are steps you can take to get your press release noticed https://fleximize.com/articles/002259/ask-fleximize-growth Ask Fleximize: Growth 2015-06-04T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:10:21+01:00 Daniel Kidd All your questions answered by the experts at Fleximize: These are real growth issues facing real small business owners. https://fleximize.com/articles/002277/employing-externally-vs-promoting-internally Employing Externally vs. Promoting Internally 2015-06-03T17:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:58:39+01:00 Daniel Kidd When looking to fill a vacant position there are two common trains of thought - external or internal. But where is best to look? https://fleximize.com/articles/001538/ask-fleximize-video-marketing Ask Fleximize: Video Marketing 2015-06-02T15:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:12:25+01:00 Daniel Kidd The three burning questions on the lips of business owners. This time we look at video marketing and how you can shoot yourself to the top. https://fleximize.com/articles/002288/does-your-business-have-partner-problems Does Your Business Have 'Partner Problems'? 2015-06-01T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:51:16+01:00 Daniel Kidd With any business partnership there can be friction. If your business is being held back by a partner, here's what you can do it certain situations. https://fleximize.com/articles/002295/is-your-business-ready-to-rule-a-new-roost Is Your Business Ready to Rule a New Roost? 2015-05-31T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:24:13+01:00 Daniel Kidd Your business needs should dictate when you move from your home to a retail location. You’ll need to take into account plenty of costs. Here's how. https://fleximize.com/articles/001544/ask-fleximize-design-creative Ask Fleximize: Design & Creative 2015-05-19T14:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:09:52+01:00 Daniel Kidd The three burning questions on the lips of business owners. This time we look at the questions you have regarding design and everything creative https://fleximize.com/articles/002221/growing-your-small-business-online Growing Your Small Business Online 2015-05-14T21:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:24:24+01:00 Daniel Kidd Want to grow your small business online, but don't know where to start? Here are the basics before you get tweeting/posting/blogging. https://fleximize.com/articles/001973/interacting-with-your-clients Interacting With Your Clients Both New and Old 2015-05-14T15:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:11:31+01:00 Emma Meakin Should client interaction be based on their regular custom or should all customers be treated equally? https://fleximize.com/articles/005598/halifax-business-loans Halifax Business Loans 2015-05-13T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:25:35+01:00 The Fleximize Team Halifax business loans are operated by Lloyds Bank and RBS. We look at the the range of small business loans from Lloyds, RBS and other high street lenders. https://fleximize.com/articles/001551/ask-fleximize-creative-challenges Ask Fleximize: Creative Challenges 2015-05-07T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:09:32+01:00 Daniel Kidd The three burning questions on the lips of business owners. This time we look at some of the common creative challenges facing small business owners. https://fleximize.com/articles/001559/ask-fleximize-potential-clients Ask Fleximize: Potential Clients 2015-04-23T14:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:11:49+01:00 Daniel Kidd In this edition of Ask Fleximize we answer all your burning questions on reaching out to potential customers, converting and retaining them. https://fleximize.com/articles/001822/how-is-your-pension-calculated How is Your Pension Calculated? 2015-04-13T16:33:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:39:43+01:00 Marcia Smith Interested to know how your pension is calculated, or what you're entitled to? Fleximize offers a brief introduction to the state pension and when to claim https://fleximize.com/articles/002250/3-tips-for-starting-up 3 Tips for Starting Up 2015-04-08T14:37:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:44:42+01:00 Marcia Smith When starting up your business, there are many things to consider. But which 3 are most important? Knowledge Hub reveals the first three things to address.. https://fleximize.com/articles/002132/managing-staff-personalities Managing Staff Personalities 2015-04-08T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:38:18+01:00 Emma Meakin In every office environment, there are strong personalities. Do you understand fully how to manage them to benefit your business? https://fleximize.com/articles/002068/ensure-effective-team-management How do I Ensure Effective Team Management? 2015-04-06T10:49:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:33:22+01:00 Emma Meakin Good team management is based on trust, understanding and recognition. Read why it's necessary to get results, and our tips for being a successful manager https://fleximize.com/articles/001995/use-google-surveys-for-customer-data Use Google Surveys For Customer Data 2015-03-24T09:28:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:26:55+01:00 Marcia Smith Struggling to understand your customers? Here's how your business can utilise Google Surveys to get to know them, and what they want. https://fleximize.com/articles/001566/get-to-grips-with-ir35 Getting to Grips With IR35 - Quick Tips 2015-03-17T15:15:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:21:00+01:00 Marcia Smith IR35 is used by HMRC to stop companies using intermediaries to​ avoid paying the correct tax and National Insurance. https://fleximize.com/articles/001858/how-much-maternity-leave-do-you-give-staff How Much Maternity Leave Do You Give Staff? 2015-03-06T10:50:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:44:46+01:00 Marcia Smith It's vital that employers know how much maternity and paternity leave is legally required for employees. Learn more here about signing time off for a baby https://fleximize.com/articles/001277/terminating-executive-officers-after-tarp-funds Terminating an Executive Officer After TARP Funding 2015-03-03T00:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:25:37+01:00 Carl Stanford What are the consequences for terminating an executive officer in a US firm that has accepted Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) government funding? https://fleximize.com/articles/005557/metro-bank-business-loans Metro Bank Business Loans 2015-02-26T08:00:00+00:00 2024-07-22T16:01:30+01:00 The Fleximize Team Metro Bank business accounts and loans challenge the services offered by traditional banks. Here's how to decide if they're right for your growing business https://fleximize.com/articles/001459/what-is-the-actual-seo-value-of-content What is the Actual SEO Value of Content? 2015-02-24T10:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:38:18+01:00 Daniel Kidd ​For SEO purposes, content is more important than ever. Google has just released an important algorithm update and here's what it means for businesses. https://fleximize.com/articles/000663/the-one-with-p2p-finance-funding-circle Peer-to-Peer Finance (P2P) and Funding Circle 2015-02-23T17:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:02:11+01:00 Michael Bridgman We explore why alternative finance and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms like Funding Circle are getting businesses and the government so excited https://fleximize.com/articles/000671/the-one-with-all-the-crowdsourcing The One With All the Crowdsourcing... 2015-02-09T11:30:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:47:46+01:00 Michael Bridgman How you can use crowdfunding to successfully grow your business and establish buzz around your brand https://fleximize.com/articles/005563/barclays-bank-loans Barclays Bank Loans 2015-01-15T08:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:17:41+01:00 The Fleximize Team Is a Barclays business loan right for your small business? Find out how much you can borrow and what you need to do to prepare for the lending application. https://fleximize.com/articles/000507/growth-hacking-101 Growth Hacking 101 2015-01-05T10:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:24:40+01:00 Vanessa Barlow Actionable tips on growing your small business or start up, and taking your business to the next level of growth. Hack your way to the top! https://fleximize.com/articles/000688/new-year-new-resolutions-and-new-resources New Year, New Resolutions and New Resources! 2014-12-31T10:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:54:14+01:00 Michael Bridgman These books and blogs, old and new, have helped us to grow and build our business, and will hopefully help you, too https://fleximize.com/articles/005559/lloyds-business-loans Lloyds Business Loans 2014-12-17T07:30:00+00:00 2024-07-22T16:58:30+01:00 The Fleximize Team Lloyds Bank business loans and Lloyds Bank commercial finance are available for SMEs. Read this article to figure out if they're right for your business. https://fleximize.com/articles/001271/intellectual-property-rights Intellectual Property Rights 2014-12-10T10:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T13:11:12+01:00 Carl Stanford Your frequently asked questions (FAQs) on trademark law, intellectual property, product manufacturing and your associated legal protection. https://fleximize.com/articles/001274/7-business-tax-basics 7 Business Tax Basics 2014-12-09T00:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:01:24+01:00 Carl Stanford 7 frequently asked questions (FAQs) on business tax, covering the basics of setting yourself as a new business, and staying on the right side of the law. https://fleximize.com/articles/002297/the-effect-of-promotion-on-your-leadership-style The Effect of Promotion on your Leadership Style 2014-12-02T15:08:00+00:00 2024-05-28T16:44:03+01:00 Emma Meakin When you're promoted, there is an inevitable change in your leadership style. But how can you ensure you don't alienate employees and keep them performing? https://fleximize.com/articles/000727/why-youre-doing-fx-payments-all-wrong Why You're Doing FX Payments All Wrong 2014-11-19T12:00:00+00:00 2024-07-02T10:30:43+01:00 Michael Bridgman For those who have to contend with the murky world of transferring money abroad, you know that there are large risks with dealing in foreign exchange. https://fleximize.com/articles/001668/whats-debt-to-equity-ratio What's Debt to Equity Ratio? 2014-11-06T15:32:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:42:43+01:00 Marcia Smith Debt to equity ratio is one important indicator of a company's financial stability. Learn how to calculate your score and what it means for your business https://fleximize.com/articles/001977/creating-a-buzz-about-your-business Creating a Buzz About Your Business 2014-10-27T12:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:39:51+01:00 Emma Meakin Word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool, so how can you encourage your customers to create a buzz about your brand? We look at building brand champions https://fleximize.com/articles/000850/whats-the-national-minimum-wage What's the Hourly National Minimum Wage? 2014-10-27T11:19:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:43:34+01:00 Marcia Smith With the hourly national minimum wage due to rise, it's important for employers to be prepared. Find out about the current regulations and planned changes https://fleximize.com/articles/001572/non-compete-clauses-for-freelancers-part-2 Non-Compete Clauses for Freelancers (Part 2) 2014-10-24T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:56:31+01:00 Emma Meakin Freelancers: find out what your options are for exiting a non-compete clause that could be blocking you moving on in your career. https://fleximize.com/articles/001570/non-compete-clauses-for-freelancers-part-1 Non-Compete Clauses for Freelance (Part 1) 2014-10-23T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:55:57+01:00 Emma Meakin Freelancers: always pay attention to the small print in non-compete clauses in supplier contracts. Read Part 1 of our article on this vital issue. https://fleximize.com/articles/000743/selling-your-products-globally Selling Products Globally 2014-10-22T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:44:04+01:00 Claire Taylor Are you aware that by selling goods to consumers in Europe – you are governed by the EU distance selling rules for VAT? What are these rules? https://fleximize.com/articles/000947/what-is-passing-off What is Passing Off? 2014-10-22T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:37:27+01:00 Emma Meakin Are you aware of the term 'passing off'? It may be worth knowing in case your business needs to defend itself against intellectual property infringement https://fleximize.com/articles/000750/why-mobile-banking-really-matters Why Mobile Banking Really Matters 2014-10-20T14:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:52:31+01:00 Daniel Kidd Mobile payments have become increasingly popular for a number of reasons. We explore how mobile banking works and the financial implications for consumers https://fleximize.com/articles/000762/your-small-business-on-mobile Your Small Business… On Mobile 2014-10-15T13:11:00+01:00 2024-07-02T10:32:05+01:00 Daniel Kidd Apple’s NFC offering – Apple Pay – has opened a new, broad consciousness to a future of card-less, cash-less payment. The space isn’t empty, though. https://fleximize.com/articles/000887/defence-for-copyright-claims Copyright Claims: Is There a Defence? 2014-10-14T16:33:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:40:17+01:00 Emma Meakin Are you facing a claim issued against you for infringing someone’s copyright? If so, all is not lost - there may be a defence available to you. https://fleximize.com/articles/002150/poaching-employees Poaching Employees 2014-10-09T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:04:41+01:00 Marcia Smith How to avoid getting into legal hot water when headhunting competitor's staff, and preventing their own staff from being poached. https://fleximize.com/articles/000884/introduction-to-entrepreneurial-copyright Introduction to Entrepreneurial Copyright 2014-10-08T16:27:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:12:06+01:00 Emma Meakin Entrepreneurial ​rights offer protection to people who take the time to invest in creativity, but differ from literary, drama, music or art copyright. https://fleximize.com/articles/002020/make-key-decisions Business Owners: Be Ready to Make Key Decisions 2014-10-07T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:25:54+01:00 Emma Meakin Everyone knows that business owners have to make some tough decisions. But which are the most difficult? And how do you prepare for them? https://fleximize.com/articles/001356/minority-shareholder-rights ​Minority Shareholder Rights 2014-10-06T17:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:48:44+01:00 Emma Meakin A minority shareholder is the David to the majority's Goliath. Know your rights and how you can fight against the Majority Rule. https://fleximize.com/articles/001971/drafting-your-business-marketing-plan Drafting your Business Marketing Plan 2014-10-06T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:52:13+01:00 Emma Meakin How you can use your current or previous customers as a powerful marketing tool, and how to turn them into effective brand advocates. https://fleximize.com/articles/000945/how-to-draft-an-invoice How to Draft an Invoice 2014-10-06T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:12:27+01:00 Emma Meakin When drafting your first invoice, there are a few essential details you must include so you get paid properly. Read our guide to how to draft an invoice https://fleximize.com/articles/001014/how-to-add-a-new-shareholder ​How to Add a New Shareholder 2014-09-30T15:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:53:11+01:00 Emma Meakin Find out how to add a shareholder to your company and how to invest in a firm by buying shares. Before you do anything, read our guide. https://fleximize.com/articles/001830/acas-and-employment-disputes Acas and Employment Disputes 2014-09-30T15:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:38:53+01:00 Emma Meakin Acas is essential in bringing a dispute to an employment tribunal, but do you know what it is? We share an overview of the service, and when to use it https://fleximize.com/articles/001828/how-the-employment-appeal-tribunal-works How the Employment Appeal Tribunal Works 2014-09-30T14:00:00+01:00 2024-06-06T14:46:10+01:00 Emma Meakin If you think an employment tribunal has made a wrong decision, there may be steps you can take to appeal. We cover the appeal process from start to finish https://fleximize.com/articles/001826/the-employment-tribunal-timeline The Employment Tribunal Timeline 2014-09-30T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:44:45+01:00 Emma Meakin Planning to make a claim to the employment tribunal? Wondering how long the process will take? This step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know https://fleximize.com/articles/002072/business-is-never-too-big-to-fail Business is Never Too Big To Fail 2014-09-30T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:25:04+01:00 Marcia Smith Big business should never ignore their rivals, instead they should embrace the competition and keep up with developments. https://fleximize.com/articles/002322/tips-on-sustainable-growth Tips on Sustainable Growth 2014-09-30T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:09:37+01:00 Marcia Smith Being aware of the the key factors and challenges of sustainable growth can help your business succeed in the long term. https://fleximize.com/articles/001957/time-scales-for-handling-customer-complaints Time Scales for Handling Customer Complaints 2014-09-29T17:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:07:15+01:00 Emma Meakin No business owner wants complaints about their products or business, but when they happen, here's how you should respond to them. https://fleximize.com/articles/002088/why-you-need-a-digital-brand Why You Need a Digital Brand 2014-09-26T16:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:55:40+01:00 Marcia Smith Don't let competitors get ahead - you need to develop a digital strategy too. Beginning with your website. https://fleximize.com/articles/002324/how-to-build-a-client-base How to Build a Client Base 2014-09-26T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:05:03+01:00 Marcia Smith Landing your first client can be tough, particularly if don't already have a network in place. Explore our advice on developing a client base from scratch https://fleximize.com/articles/000935/non-compete-clause-the-ins-and-outs ​Non-Compete Clause: The Ins and Outs 2014-09-25T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:55:20+01:00 Emma Meakin Non-compete clauses are commonplace in the commercial world, so if you’ve signed one but you’re considering your options, here's all you need to know. https://fleximize.com/articles/000937/what-is-content-marketing What is Content Marketing? 2014-09-25T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:36:29+01:00 Marcia Smith Content marketing is now an essential part of any marketing strategy. Read our introduction to content marketing including blogs, videos and social posts https://fleximize.com/articles/002320/avoiding-the-pitfalls-of-expansion Avoiding the Pitfalls of Expansion 2014-09-25T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:14:57+01:00 Marcia Smith Discover the common pitfalls of business growth and how to avoid them. If you're targeting new markets or diversifying your services, here are our top tips https://fleximize.com/articles/000773/the-financial-revolution The Financial Revolution 2014-09-25T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:32:28+01:00 Michael Bridgman Get the key facts and figures about the rapid growth of fintech on a global scale to understand exactly why industry leaders are so excited for the future https://fleximize.com/articles/001471/peer-to-peer-lenders-in-the-uk Peer-to-Peer Lenders in the UK 2014-09-24T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:02:35+01:00 Marcia Smith With peer-to-peer lending growing in popularity among businesses seeking new investors for funding, we take a look at some of the top P2P lenders in the UK https://fleximize.com/articles/000900/trademarks-the-basics ​Trademarks: The Basics 2014-09-24T10:29:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:18:39+01:00 Emma Meakin A trademark is a distinguishing mark used to set your products and services aside from your competitors, and here's why it's important for your business. https://fleximize.com/articles/001370/security-on-a-loan-mortgages-and-fixed-and-floating-charges Security on a Loan: Mortgages, and Fixed and Floating Charges 2014-09-24T10:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:41:38+01:00 Emma Meakin Security against business loans comes in different forms, here we explain mortgages, and how fixed and floating charges work. https://fleximize.com/articles/002318/how-to-diversify-your-business How to Diversify Your Business 2014-09-23T13:30:00+01:00 2024-07-12T12:56:42+01:00 Marcia Smith Thinking of targeting new markets and innovating your products or services? We're offering some useful advice to help you advance your business. https://fleximize.com/articles/001348/shareholders-rights-unfair-prejudice Shareholders’ Rights and Unfair Prejudice 2014-09-22T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:53:28+01:00 Emma Meakin We explain unfair prejudice and how it can affect company shareholders. If you think you're a victim, read our guidance and examples. https://fleximize.com/articles/001969/monitoring-your-clients-happiness Monitoring your Clients' Happiness 2014-09-21T15:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:50:47+01:00 Emma Meakin Ensuring your clients are happy and content with your business is key to building lasting relationships and repeat custom. Here's why... https://fleximize.com/articles/002225/merging-with-another-company What to Consider Before Merging With Another Company 2014-09-19T17:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:40:19+01:00 Marcia Smith Merging with another business can be daunting prospect for everyone from employees to owners. Here's how to plan your merger to ensure success. https://fleximize.com/articles/002026/why-do-half-of-m-a-deals-fail Why Do Half of M&A Deals Fail? 2014-09-19T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:50:12+01:00 Marcia Smith It's a fact of reality that many M&A deals end up in failure. Here are the key reasons why, and what you can learn from experience. https://fleximize.com/articles/002217/why-your-business-location-is-key The Importance of Location to a Business 2014-09-19T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:43:24+01:00 Marcia Smith In an increasingly digital world, how does the location of a business impact its success? And what factors should you consider when locating your company? https://fleximize.com/articles/001390/introduction-to-non-disclosure-agreements ​Introduction to Non-Disclosure Agreements 2014-09-19T10:07:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:12:46+01:00 Emma Meakin What's a non-disclosure agreement, and do you need one? Read our introduction to NDAs to learn how they work and why you need one to protect your business https://fleximize.com/articles/000787/the-not-so-silent-revolution The (Not So) Silent Revolution... 2014-09-18T17:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:27:03+01:00 Michael Bridgman Entrepreneurs in the industry have taken lessons from Silicon Valley and are trying to disrupt a millennia old banking industry by focusing on customers. https://fleximize.com/articles/001744/employment-tribunals Employment Tribunals: Understanding the Basics 2014-09-18T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:59:47+01:00 Emma Meakin What is an employment tribunal, how does it work and what will it achieve? This simple guide from Fleximize covers the basics of employment tribunals https://fleximize.com/articles/001012/introduction-to-vat Introduction to VAT 2014-09-18T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:15:21+01:00 Marcia Smith Confused about VAT? Unsure how it's calculated, or what it applies to? These are just some of the questions we cover in our beginner's introduction to VAT https://fleximize.com/articles/002076/why-you-should-worry-about-indirect-competition Why You Should Worry About Indirect Competition 2014-09-16T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:56:46+01:00 Marcia Smith It's not just your direct competitors, you need to worry about. Be aware of the wider competition also vying for your customers' business. https://fleximize.com/articles/002213/key-marketing-metrics-to-assess-strategy Key Marketing Metrics To Assess Strategy 2014-09-16T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:26:29+01:00 Marcia Smith For any marketing strategy, it's vital you're able to measure its success. CPA and ROI are among the marketing metrics that help to assess your performance https://fleximize.com/articles/002092/no-frills-deals-and-freebies No-Frills Deals and Freebies 2014-09-14T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:54:42+01:00 Marcia Smith No frills deals and freebies can work incredibly well for some businesses and not at all for others. Here's how you can work out the potential benefits. https://fleximize.com/articles/002265/cut-costs-via-outsourcing-automation Cut Costs Via Outsourcing & Automation 2014-09-12T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:44:29+01:00 Marcia Smith Outsourcing or automating tasks may help save money for your business, but there are some drawbacks to consider such as quality control and upfront costs https://fleximize.com/articles/002074/reacting-to-a-more-successful-competitor Reacting to a More Successful Competitor 2014-09-12T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:20:08+01:00 Marcia Smith We suggest positive ways in dealing with a more successful competitor - there's no reason why you can't still thrive. https://fleximize.com/articles/001997/why-offer-live-chat-on-your-website Why Offer Live Chat on Your Website? 2014-09-11T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:53:20+01:00 Marcia Smith Live chat provides a unique way to communicate with customers instantaneously. Here are a few reasons why you should consider offering a live chat service https://fleximize.com/articles/001622/5-steps-to-protecting-your-credit-rating 5 Steps to Protecting Your Credit Rating 2014-09-11T12:30:00+01:00 2024-07-16T16:26:58+01:00 Emma Meakin Credit rating can have a huge effect on your ability to secure vital funding for your business. Here are five simple steps to improve your credit rating https://fleximize.com/articles/001620/how-to-look-after-your-credit-rating How to Look After Your Credit Rating 2014-09-10T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:21:00+01:00 Emma Meakin Your credit rating can be a major factor when it comes to getting business funding. We answer your questions on how a credit rating is looked at by lenders https://fleximize.com/articles/000904/trademark-registration-not-everlasting Trademark Registration Isn’t Everlasting 2014-09-10T01:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:18:09+01:00 Emma Meakin Just because you have registered your trademark, it doesn’t mean that it remains registered. Here's what you need to do to maintain its registered status. https://fleximize.com/articles/001921/dealing-with-hmrc-for-a-client Dealing with HMRC for a Client 2014-09-09T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:45:27+01:00 Emma Meakin If you're going to be dealing with HMRC on behalf of one of your clients, you need to obtain client authorisation. Here's how. https://fleximize.com/articles/002058/which-traits-shorten-your-leadership-career Which Traits Can Shorten Your Leadership Career? 2014-09-07T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:47:48+01:00 Emma Meakin Which leaderships traits will end your leadership role, and what can you do to counterbalance these. https://fleximize.com/articles/001927/top-tips-on-customer-care Top Tips on Customer Care 2014-09-05T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:16:10+01:00 Marcia Smith Knowing how to make and keep your customers happy is crucial to the success of any business, large or small. Here are our top tips... https://fleximize.com/articles/001965/tailoring-your-business-to-your-clients Tailoring Your Business to Your Clients 2014-09-03T16:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:19:24+01:00 Emma Meakin Everybody understands that customers are vital to the success of a business, so how can you tailor your business to suit your clients' needs? https://fleximize.com/articles/002186/the-businesses-that-listen-to-customers The Businesses That Listen to Customers 2014-09-03T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:36:50+01:00 Marcia Smith Follow the example of these major companies that keep customers loyal by responding to their feedback. https://fleximize.com/articles/001967/contacting-your-clients-via-email Contacting your Clients via Email 2014-09-03T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:39:09+01:00 Emma Meakin Contacting your customers via email can be very effective for many small businesses. Here are our top tips to get your message across, first time round... https://fleximize.com/articles/002148/developing-your-company-culture Developing your Company Culture 2014-09-03T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:48:02+01:00 Emma Meakin Fostering a productive but enjoyable company culture can be a mammoth task for any business owner. Here are the key things to watch out for... https://fleximize.com/articles/005564/santander-business-loans Santander Business Loans 2014-09-03T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:28:58+01:00 The Fleximize Team Here's our guide to Santander's business loans. Learn about the Santander finance products available to you, plus the pros and cons of bank business loans https://fleximize.com/articles/002124/the-scope-creep-monster The Scope Creep Monster 2014-09-02T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:53:55+01:00 Emma Meakin If you're a freelance or use a freelancer for your business, you'll probably know what Scope Creep is. Here's how you can eliminate it from your business. https://fleximize.com/articles/001071/best-cloud-accounting-software-for-smes The Best Cloud Accounting Software for SMEs 2014-09-02T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:33:15+01:00 Marcia Smth We've picked our favourite cloud accounting software that's currently available for small businesses. https://fleximize.com/articles/002036/managing-difficult-employees Managing Difficult Employees 2014-09-02T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:35:58+01:00 Emma Meakin It's essential to address any disruptive behaviour in the workplace that could harm productivity. Read our top tips for how to manage a difficult employee https://fleximize.com/articles/000897/copyright-infringement ​Copyright Infringement: Is There a Claim? 2014-09-02T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:53:44+01:00 Emma Meakin Is someone utilising your work as their own or manufacturing it without your permission? Read our article to see if there may be an infringement claim. https://fleximize.com/articles/000939/how-to-forecast-your-annual-profits How to Forecast Your Annual Profits 2014-09-01T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:16:01+01:00 Marcia Smith Knowing how to forecast your profits is essential to small business. We share the basics of putting together an annual forecast. https://fleximize.com/articles/002326/finding-quality-leads-and-forecasting Sales Skills: Finding Quality Leads and Forecasting 2014-09-01T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:27:44+01:00 Marcia Smith Fleximize offers tips on generating sales leads that convert and projecting revenue. Discover how you can find high-quality leads and make a sales forecast https://fleximize.com/articles/002080/attracting-customers-with-your-good-looks Attracting Customers With Your Good Looks? 2014-08-29T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:13:37+01:00 Marcia Smith It's one thing attracting people with the look of your business, but make sure you follow it up with a quality service. https://fleximize.com/articles/001963/customer-reviews-key-for-attracting-new-business Customer Reviews Can Attract New Business 2014-08-28T17:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:44:19+01:00 Marcia Smith Eight in ten people trust online reviews as much as word of mouth recommendations - this is why reviews are key to attracting new business. https://fleximize.com/articles/001955/communicating-with-customers Methods of Communicating with Customers 2014-08-28T15:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:47:10+01:00 Emma Meakin Think you can get away with a customer newsletter once a month? Wrong. Here are our top tips for regularly communicating with your customers. https://fleximize.com/articles/002046/best-time-for-m-a-and-expert-advice Best Time for M&A and Expert Advice 2014-08-28T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:19:55+01:00 Marcia Smith Knowledge Hub looks at the optimum time to approach an M&A deal and the support you can get to see a successful deal completed. https://fleximize.com/articles/001676/accountants-outsourcing-vs-in-house Accountants: Outsourcing vs In-house 2014-08-28T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:39:50+01:00 Marcia Smith Looking for an accountant, but unsure whether to outsource or go in-house? We weigh up the pros and cons of both, and evaluate cloud solutions such as Xero https://fleximize.com/articles/001836/what-is-statutory-redundancy-pay What is Statutory Redundancy Pay? 2014-08-28T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:37:52+01:00 Marcia Smith If you're facing redundancy, it's vital to know what you're entitled to. Review our brief introduction to statutory redundancy pay and how it's calculated https://fleximize.com/articles/001834/introduction-to-redundancy-consultation Introduction to Redundancy Consultation 2014-08-27T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:14:00+01:00 Marcia Smith If you're being affected by possible redundancies, you need to know what redundancy consultation is and how long it lasts for... https://fleximize.com/articles/001890/advice-on-quitting-your-job Advice on Quitting Your Job 2014-08-26T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:53:47+01:00 Marcia Smith Quitting your job can often be one of the most stressful points in your career. Here are our top tips for smoothing the process just a little bit. https://fleximize.com/articles/001082/vat-registering-unregistering-and-useful-tools Registering and Unregistering for VAT 2014-08-26T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:21:38+01:00 The Fleximize Team Want to register your business for VAT? Fleximize's guide to registering for VAT covers everything you need to know, including useful digital tools and information about Making Tax Digital https://fleximize.com/articles/001530/how-to-find-and-apply-for-a-government-grant How to Find and Apply for a Government Grant 2014-08-25T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:13:56+01:00 Marcia Smith Searching for government grants for small business is a lengthy process, but the government's search tool and advice is easy to access. https://fleximize.com/articles/001991/relationships-are-key-to-customer-retention Relationships Are Key to Customer Retention 2014-08-22T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:24:32+01:00 Marcia Smith It's a big mistake to neglect your current customers in favour of new leads. Explore how to improve customer retention with great communication and service https://fleximize.com/articles/000587/whistleblowing-in-the-workplace Encouraging Whistleblowing in the Workplace 2014-08-22T01:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:00:21+01:00 Carl Stanford What is whistleblowing, and what are the pros and cons of encouraging it in your organisation? How do go about reaching the right balance for your company? https://fleximize.com/articles/002215/using-customer-service-to-win-business Using Customer Service to Win Business 2014-08-20T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:28:22+01:00 Marcia Smith Provide great customers service can attract new customers and help you stand apart from your competitors. https://fleximize.com/articles/001674/financial-manager-boost-business How Can a Financial Manager Boost your Business? 2014-08-20T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:30:47+01:00 Marcia Smith Find out how a financial manager can boost your business, and get advice on when to recruit someone. https://fleximize.com/articles/001925/advertising-your-business-to-potential-customers Advertising your Business to Potential Customers 2014-08-18T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:46:35+01:00 Emma Meakin There are many ways to reach out to potential customers, but there is one almost guaranteed way to reach more customers. Knowledge Hub investigates... https://fleximize.com/articles/001723/rewarding-staff How to Reward Staff 2014-08-14T14:09:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:41:55+01:00 Marcia Smith Rewarding your staff is a great way to recognise their achievements and motivate your entire workforce. Find out more about how to reward good performance https://fleximize.com/articles/001073/steps-to-business-insolvency Steps to Business Insolvency 2014-08-14T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:09:23+01:00 Marcia Smith When your business goes beyond the brink, it can lead to insolvency. But just what is insolvency? Hint: It's got nothing to do with Bankruptcy. https://fleximize.com/articles/002118/the-evolution-of-project-management The Evolution of Project Management 2014-08-14T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:46:13+01:00 Emma Meakin Knowledge Hub uncovers how project management has evolved and adapted to suit the changing nature of business as we know it today. https://fleximize.com/articles/002138/developing-your-leadership-skills Developing your Leadership Skills 2014-08-14T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:48:14+01:00 Emma Meakin How can you, as a leader, ensure you continue to develop and grow? Here are our top tips for business owners and entrepreneurs leading a team... https://fleximize.com/articles/001860/7-common-terms-of-an-employment-contract Seven Common Terms of an Employment Contract 2014-08-13T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:52:25+01:00 Marcia Smith There are some common terms that you need to include in employment contracts. We share 7 of these terms including basic wage, working hours and holiday pay https://fleximize.com/articles/002004/customer-attraction-and-retention Customer Attraction and Retention 2014-08-13T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:44:00+01:00 Emma Meakin Customer attraction and retention both require attention if you want to maintain sales in the long run. But which takes more effort? We compare strategies https://fleximize.com/articles/002239/introduction-to-not-for-profits Introduction to Not-For-Profits 2014-08-12T15:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:13:32+01:00 Marcia Smith Top tips for starting and operating a not-for profit organisation, and turning a profit-making business into a not-for-profit https://fleximize.com/articles/001912/where-to-start-as-a-sole-trader Where to Start as a Sole Trader? 2014-08-12T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:47:03+01:00 Emma Meakin So you want to start your own business. Be your own boss. Here's all the key legislation you need to protect yourself as a sole traders. https://fleximize.com/articles/002078/creating-healthy-competition-in-teams Creating Healthy Competition in Teams 2014-08-12T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:41:59+01:00 Emma Meakin Creating healthy competition can have huge benefits for team performance. Get our tips on how to inspire competitiveness with targets, rewards and praise https://fleximize.com/articles/002032/regulatory-tax-considerations-for-m-as Regulatory & Tax Considerations for M&As 2014-08-11T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:23:17+01:00 Marcia Smith We explain the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers and tax issues involved in mergers and acquisitions. https://fleximize.com/articles/001388/investors-rights-in-a-company ​Investors’ Rights in a Company 2014-08-11T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:15:47+01:00 Emma Meakin As an investor in a company you're classed as a shareholder - make sure you know your rights, what you can do and the restrictions. https://fleximize.com/articles/001413/separating-personal-and-business-finances Separating Personal and Business Finances 2014-08-11T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:44:38+01:00 Marcia Smith Keeping personal and business finances separate is essential - or you may end up in trouble with the tax man (or woman). https://fleximize.com/articles/002082/addition-of-staff-to-the-business Addition of Staff to the Business 2014-08-11T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:43:43+01:00 Emma Meakin New staff members or department reshuffles can cause disruption, so what’s the best way to manage internal changes to personnel? Fleximize shares its tips https://fleximize.com/articles/002311/operating-a-franchise-faqs Operating a Franchise FAQs 2014-08-10T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:59:52+01:00 Marcia Smith Franchises are great opportunities, but preparation is essential. In this article, we answer your pressing questions on how to run a successful franchise. https://fleximize.com/articles/000575/faux-hawk-hairstyles-at-work Working the Faux Hawk 2014-08-10T01:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:59:41+01:00 Carl Stanford The faux hawk soars above the city, swooping down on fashion like a hipster bird of prey, but is it an appropriate hairstyle for a professional workplace? https://fleximize.com/articles/001975/customer-service-questions What to Spend on Customer Service & Other Questions 2014-08-08T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:40:46+01:00 Marcia Smith How much should you spend on customer service, and should you be training your staff on it? Fleximize covers questions and answers about customer service https://fleximize.com/articles/001264/how-markets-and-trade-relations-affect-business How Markets and Trade Relations Affect Business 2014-08-07T01:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:44:34+01:00 Carl Stanford Learn how changes in business markets and trade relations (as a result of both domestic and international politics) can significantly affect a business. https://fleximize.com/articles/002126/why-care-about-project-management Why Should I Care About Project Management? 2014-08-06T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:54:28+01:00 Emma Meakin Most business owners have so many things on their mind, managing individual projects often gets delegated down. But here's why you should think otherwise... https://fleximize.com/articles/002176/synergistic-communication-and-business Synergistic Communication and your Business 2014-08-06T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:17:21+01:00 Emma Meakin How opening your mind to new possibilities and opportunities can improve you as an entrepreneur, and your business as a whole. https://fleximize.com/articles/001961/structuring-your-customer-services-department Structuring Your Customer Services Department 2014-08-06T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:14:22+01:00 Emma Meakin Your customers are vital to your business, therefore it is crucial to ensure that your customer services team are managed and performing well. https://fleximize.com/articles/002316/restarting-your-business Restarting Your Business 2014-08-06T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:25:57+01:00 Marcia Smith Thinking of relaunching your business after a period of dormancy or dip in income? We have a few tips that could help you be successful this time round. https://fleximize.com/articles/000794/5-ways-to-grow-your-small-business Five Ways to Grow Your Small Business 2014-08-05T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:11:54+01:00 Daniel Kidd ​By their very definition SMEs have the scope to grow. So want to go large? Here are some top ways to grow your SME.​ https://fleximize.com/articles/002038/managing-your-companys-culture Managing Your Company's Culture 2014-08-05T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:38:36+01:00 Emma Meakin When it looks like your company culture is failing to meet the objectives for which it was made, how can you manage, or limit the effect on productivity? https://fleximize.com/articles/002144/why-dont-people-listen Why Don't People Listen? 2014-08-05T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:50:48+01:00 Emma Meakin Communication is a two-way street, yet most people don't listen to others. What's the most common reason for people tuning out, and how can you solve this? https://fleximize.com/articles/001456/finding-small-business-loans Finding Small Business Loans 2014-08-04T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:08:27+01:00 Marcia Smith Getting a small business loan is a common way of funding a startup or growing your business. But you need to do the groundwork first. https://fleximize.com/articles/001680/limited-company-with-a-foreign-partner Limited Company With a Foreign Partner 2014-08-04T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:32:12+01:00 Marcia Smith Some business owners have concerns about working with a foreign business partner. Review our advice on what to consider before entering into a partnership https://fleximize.com/articles/001935/the-personal-touch-is-key The Personal Touch is Key 2014-08-04T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:48:08+01:00 Emma Meakin Finding new customers is important for any business, but just as vital, is retaining them. How can you use personal touches to make sure they stay with you? https://fleximize.com/articles/002034/how-can-i-inspire-my-employees How Can I Inspire my Employees? 2014-08-04T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:31:30+01:00 Emma Meakin How, as a leader, you can inspire all of your employees to work productively, creatively and keep your business moving forward. https://fleximize.com/articles/002028/4-essential-resources-for-m-a-transactions 4 Essential Resources for M&A Transactions 2014-08-03T16:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:46:02+01:00 Marcia Smithm Any M&A deal can be stressful for all business stakeholders, so here are the top 4 resources needed to negotiate a successful M&A deal. https://fleximize.com/articles/002269/finding-a-manufacturer Finding a Manufacturer 2014-08-01T16:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:08:05+01:00 Marcia Smith Finding the right manufacturer to deliver your product is key to your business' success. We discuss the key considerations when sourcing a new manufacturer https://fleximize.com/articles/002283/communicating-core-values Communicating Core Values 2014-08-01T15:43:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:37:07+01:00 Emma Meakin Marketing your business, products and services is important. But how do you get the core values of your business across easily and effectively? https://fleximize.com/articles/000549/providing-finance-to-customers Providing Finance to Customers 2014-08-01T01:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:18:32+01:00 The Fleximize Team How do I offer financing to my customers? If you're considering this question, its important to first understand a little about consumer credit practices https://fleximize.com/articles/002084/analysis-behind-the-marketing The Analysis Behind the Marketing 2014-07-31T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:28:16+01:00 Marcia Smith Launching a new marketing campaign to overcome the competition requires forethought. Read our advice on competitor analysis for your marketing strategy https://fleximize.com/articles/002053/effective-communication-in-business The Importance of Effective Communication in Business 2014-07-31T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:42:06+01:00 Emma Meakin Effective communication with employees and customers is the backbone of any successful business. But what's the secret to communicating with clarity? https://fleximize.com/articles/002172/train-staff-to-identify-competition Train Staff To Identify Competition - Quick Tips 2014-07-31T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:19:08+01:00 Marcia Smith Competition can be tough, so make sure your staff are on the ball, that they're engaging customers and they're aware of what your rivals are doing. https://fleximize.com/articles/002281/improve-my-public-speaking-skills How do I Improve my Public Speaking Skills? 2014-07-30T15:38:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:33:33+01:00 David Kiriakidis Public speaking can be challenging for many people, causing many to flat out refuse. Here's how you can overcome your nerves to deliver the perfect speech. https://fleximize.com/articles/001069/employment-supply-contracts Employment and Supply Contracts 2014-07-30T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:58:58+01:00 Emma Meakin Terms and conditions are a key part of an employment contract but can be overlooked. We explain the common terms and issues to consider before signing https://fleximize.com/articles/001993/asking-for-customer-feedback Asking For Customer Feedback 2014-07-30T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:12:38+01:00 Emma Meakin Just how useful are questionnaires and surveys for retaining customers? Fleximize reveals how to ask for customer feedback that will improve your business https://fleximize.com/articles/000543/public-and-private-debt The Difference Between Public and Private Debt 2014-07-25T01:00:00+01:00 2024-07-19T14:57:24+01:00 Emma Meakin What's the difference between public and private debt? Emma Meakin defines each in simple, non-technical terms. https://fleximize.com/articles/002022/mergers-and-acquisitions-faqs-part-2 Mergers and Acquisitions FAQs - Part 2 2014-07-24T15:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:46:52+01:00 Marcia Smith A merger or acquisition can be a confusing time for any business owner. Here we answer more of your questions on M&A deals and what it means for you. https://fleximize.com/articles/001888/4-common-reasons-for-dismissal 4 Common Reasons for Dismissal 2014-07-24T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:45:41+01:00 Marcia Smith Have to sack an employee is a sad reality of running a business, whatever the reason. But what are the most common reasons employees are let go? https://fleximize.com/articles/002164/development-of-new-products Involving Staff in Product Development 2014-07-23T14:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:16:58+01:00 Emma Meakin As a leader, is it important to communicate with all levels of employees about the development of a product? https://fleximize.com/articles/001931/social-media-and-customer-retention Social Media and Customer Retention 2014-07-23T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:04:29+01:00 Emma Meakin When it comes to retaining customers or clients, Social Media can be incredibly important, and could be the crucial factor in someones purchasing decision. https://fleximize.com/articles/001846/think-youre-ready-to-hire-your-first-employee Think You're Ready to Hire Your First Employee? 2014-07-22T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:05:32+01:00 Marcia Smith Are you sure you're ready to recruit your first employee? Read this article before drafting that all-important ad. https://fleximize.com/articles/001929/prices-v-customer-service Prices v Customer Service 2014-07-22T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:07:03+01:00 Emma Meakin For your customers, there are two main factors to focus on in their decision making cycle - price and customer service. But which is the most important? https://fleximize.com/articles/001528/not-sure-what-to-pay-staff Not Sure What to Pay Staff? 2014-07-21T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:56:56+01:00 Marcia Smith Read our rundown of all the things you need to consider when calculating the cost of hiring a new employee. It could impact salary levels. https://fleximize.com/articles/001647/busting-myths-about-administrators-or-insolvency-practitioners Busting Myths About Administrators (or Insolvency Practitioners) 2014-07-21T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:27:10+01:00 Emma Meakin Putting right the myth that administrators are the bad buys. Read how they always try to salvage your business, not destroy. https://fleximize.com/articles/002178/choosing-and-protecting-your-business-name Choosing and Protecting Your Business Name 2014-07-21T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:31:43+01:00 Marcia Smith The name of your business is one of the most important factors in establishing a strong brand. Here's how you can choose and protect your business name https://fleximize.com/articles/000965/what-is-a-venture-capitalist What is a Venture Capitalist? 2014-07-21T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:35:29+01:00 Marcia Smith Spotify, Skype and Zoopla have benefited from venture capitalist funding. We tell you what VCs do and where you can find the right one for your business. https://fleximize.com/articles/000604/how-government-type-affects-business How Does Government Type Affect My Business? 2014-07-19T01:00:00+01:00 2024-07-02T10:29:42+01:00 Carl Stanford Government type (dictatorship, democracy, monarchy, etc) can have many significant affects on the way you manage and operate your business. https://fleximize.com/articles/002191/is-your-business-ready-for-the-next-step Is Your Business Ready For The Next Step? 2014-07-15T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:23:13+01:00 Daniel Kidd Every entrepreneur, at some stage, comes to a point where their small business needs an office. If this is you, how do you find the right one? https://fleximize.com/articles/002170/introduction-to-the-cma Introduction to the CMA 2014-07-15T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:14:31+01:00 Marcia Smith Take a look at what the The Competition and Markets Authority ​(CMA) does and what areas are covered by its regulations. https://fleximize.com/articles/001832/key-criteria-for-making-redundancies Key Criteria for Making Redundancies 2014-07-14T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:25:56+01:00 Marcia Smith Selecting which staff members to make redundant is never easy, but here's some guidance on the criteria you can use to help make this difficult decision https://fleximize.com/articles/001953/corresponding-with-clients Corresponding with Clients 2014-07-13T16:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:42:22+01:00 Emma Meakin Contacting customers is the first step to gaining repeat custom. But when and how should you get in touch? Knowledge Hub investigates... https://fleximize.com/articles/001425/business-debt-and-insolvency-and-tax Business ​Debt and Insolvency, and Tax 2014-07-11T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:24:05+01:00 Marcia Smith There are agreements you can sort with HMRC in the event of insolvency, debt, or unpaid invoices. We review some of these options including bad debt relief https://fleximize.com/articles/001693/does-my-company-need-an-employee-handbook Does my Company Need an Employee Handbook? 2014-07-10T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:50:55+01:00 Marcia Smith Many big companies produce an employee handbook to guide their staff in practices and procedures. Here's why you should consider one for your business... https://fleximize.com/articles/002292/being-the-best-leader-you-can-be Being the Best Leader You Can Be 2014-07-09T14:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:18:53+01:00 Emma Meakin What are the seven key characteristics of a great leader, and how can you apply them to yourself and your business? Knowledge Hub investigates... https://fleximize.com/articles/002303/motivating-your-staff-to-work-effectively Motivating your Staff to Work Effectively 2014-07-09T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:52:03+01:00 Emma Meakin Managing a workforce and keeping them performing effectively can be tricky. So just how can you keep your team working like a well oiled machine? https://fleximize.com/articles/002000/focus-on-repeat-new-business Focus on Both Repeat & New Business 2014-07-09T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:15:26+01:00 Marcia Smith New sales are important for growth, but your existing customer base is also essential in keeping your business going. But which should you focus on more? https://fleximize.com/articles/002060/difference-between-acquisitions-and-mergers Difference Between Acquisitions and Mergers 2014-07-08T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:48:30+01:00 Marcia Smith Acquisitions and mergers are an important moment in the lifecycle of many businesses. Here's all you need to know about your next big step in business. https://fleximize.com/articles/001987/obtaining-customer-feedback Obtaining Customer Feedback 2014-07-08T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:57:38+01:00 Emma Meakin Customer feedback can provide invaluable insight for improving your business. We review the different ways to request feedback including automated systems https://fleximize.com/articles/002006/the-effects-of-buyers-remorse The Effects of 'Buyer's Remorse' 2014-07-08T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:44:20+01:00 Emma Meakin Ever heard of buyer's remorse? We explain what causes this emotion and how it affects buying decisions, so you can put strategies in place to overcome it https://fleximize.com/articles/001951/should-you-drop-bad-customers Should You Drop Bad Customers? 2014-07-07T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:54:18+01:00 Marcia Smith Dealing with customers who waste your time can be frustrating for business owners. Do you ignore them? Do you embrace them? Knowledge Hub investigates... https://fleximize.com/articles/000571/transferring-business-assets How to Transfer Your Business Assets 2014-07-06T01:00:00+01:00 2024-06-04T13:23:28+01:00 The Fleximize Team We take a look at how to transfer business assets, and the reasons why you need to ensure you seek professional guidance when doing so https://fleximize.com/articles/000592/communication-styles Adapting Communication for Different Audiences 2014-07-05T01:00:00+01:00 2024-06-04T13:22:22+01:00 The Fleximize Team We take a look at how businesses should adapt communication depending on the audience, objectives and channels being used https://fleximize.com/articles/002010/conquering-hard-times-in-business Conquering Hard Times in Business 2014-07-03T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:38:13+01:00 Emma Meakin In hard times, is it essential to offer discounts to customers? Or maintain the price and value of the product? https://fleximize.com/articles/002647/project-management-qualifications Project Management Qualifications 2014-07-02T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:08:59+01:00 Emma Meakin Looking to excel in project management? Here are the top qualifications and accreditations you can receive... https://fleximize.com/articles/001862/is-direct-or-transferable-experience-best Is Direct or Transferable Experience Best? 2014-07-02T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:20:52+01:00 Marcia Smith Don't exclude potential applicants by ignoring transferable skills when you're recruiting new staff. https://fleximize.com/articles/001820/when-can-i-start-claiming-my-pension When Can I Start Claiming my Pension? 2014-07-01T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:44:50+01:00 Marcia Smith If you're about to reach state pension age, here is all you need to understand to start claiming your pension. https://fleximize.com/articles/001894/threat-of-disciplinary-action What to do Following Threat of Disciplinary Action 2014-07-01T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:40:29+01:00 Marcia Smith Receiving a warning of disciplinary action at work can be alarming. Follow these steps on what to do after you've been made aware of any kind of accusation https://fleximize.com/articles/001818/when-does-auto-enrolment-kick-in-for-smes When Does Auto-Enrolment Kick in for SMEs? 2014-06-30T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:45:26+01:00 Marcia Smith Auto-enrolment will soon become a legal requirement for employers. Find out the deadline for your business to be prepared for the workplace pension scheme https://fleximize.com/articles/001806/is-my-private-pension-taxable Is My Private Pension Taxable? 2014-06-27T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:19:47+01:00 Marcia Smith Do you understand all the tax implications of your pension? Here's everything you need to know in order for you to protect your nest egg for the future. https://fleximize.com/articles/001816/auto-enrolment-in-a-nutshell Auto-Enrolment in a Nutshell 2014-06-26T15:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:14:18+01:00 Marcia Smith New legislation requires that all qualifying employees are automatically enrolled in a workplace pension scheme. Read our summary on automatic enrolment https://fleximize.com/articles/001795/eligibility-requirements-for-pension-credits Eligibility Requirements for Pension Credits 2014-06-26T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:55:06+01:00 Marcia Smith Got questions about your eligibility for pension credits? Knowledge Hub takes a look at common concerns and answers your important questions. https://fleximize.com/articles/001790/the-2-types-of-workplace-pensions The 2 Types of Workplace Pensions 2014-06-26T13:00:00+01:00 2024-07-03T09:15:13+01:00 Marcia Smith You may have heard a lot about workplace pensions, but do you fully understand the two types? Here's our guide to protecting your future nest egg. https://fleximize.com/articles/002030/become-an-ace-leader How to Become an Ace Leader 2014-06-26T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:04:13+01:00 Emma Meakin Every entrepreneur should always ask the question "How can I improve myself?". We look at the ways in which you can grow and become a better leader. https://fleximize.com/articles/001789/workplace-pension-contributions Workplace Pension Contributions 2014-06-25T13:32:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:59:56+01:00 Marcia Smith Workplace pension contributions from you, your employer and government are rising until 2018. Make sure you stay on top of the changes. https://fleximize.com/articles/001799/protecting-a-workplace-pension Protecting a Workplace Pension 2014-06-25T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:13:05+01:00 Marcia Smith Your workplace pension is hugely valuable for the future. Discover how to protect and manage your pot, including which services to contact with concerns https://fleximize.com/articles/000599/appealing-a-vat-penalty Appealing a VAT Penalty 2014-06-25T01:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:06:08+01:00 Carl Stanford Appealing against a VAT penalty from HMRC means following the guidelines relating to an indirect tax appeal. This article outlines the appeals process. https://fleximize.com/articles/001793/transferring-pensions-to-new-jobs-and-abroad Transferring Pensions to New Jobs and Abroad 2014-06-23T15:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:19:32+01:00 Marcia Smith Taking a pension scheme to a new job or to a different country? We explain the procedures you need to follow. https://fleximize.com/articles/001916/claiming-start-up-expenses Claiming Startup Expenses 2014-06-19T15:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:33:38+01:00 Emma Meakin Got your startup up and running? Did you know that there are ways that you can reclaim the expenses of starting your business? Here's how... https://fleximize.com/articles/001741/is-success-the-secret-to-staff-motivation Is Success the Secret to Staff Motivation? 2014-06-19T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:21:20+01:00 Marcia Smith Discover why success is an important motivator for your employees and how you can avoid it demotivating the rest of your workforce. https://fleximize.com/articles/001880/what-is-a-fixed-term-employment-contract What is a Fixed-Term Employment Contract? 2014-06-18T16:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:33:22+01:00 Marcia Smith Fixed-term contracts are a great idea for temporary or seasonal workers. Fleximize provides an overview of FTCs, including how to renew and conclude them https://fleximize.com/articles/001630/signing-a-non-disclosure-agreement Signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement 2014-06-18T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:55:04+01:00 Emma Meakin Non-disclosure agreements (NDA) are common across industries. But do you know what you are signing and what happens if you breach the contract? https://fleximize.com/articles/001689/track-staff-time-on-social-media-and-calls Tracking Staff Time on Social Media and Calls 2014-06-17T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:17:46+01:00 Marcia Smith Find out what the best ways are to monitor personal time on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, personal phones, etc. https://fleximize.com/articles/001896/job-is-ending-what-pay-do-you-get So Your Job is Ending - What Pay do You Get? 2014-06-12T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:03:16+01:00 Marcia Smith Your employer's obligations for payments when employment ends - pay for severance, gardening leave and notice period. https://fleximize.com/articles/000561/a-linear-model-of-communication What is a Linear Model of Communication? 2014-06-12T01:00:00+01:00 2024-06-04T13:23:14+01:00 The Fleximize Team Linear models of communication have been largely superseded by transactional and mutual models, but they still have a number of advantages for businesses https://fleximize.com/articles/002299/leadership-mistakes-and-how-to-improve-your-style Leadership Mistakes and How to Improve your Style 2014-06-11T14:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:29:51+01:00 Emma Meakin Leadership comes with many pitfalls, but do you know what the most common mistake is? We reveal and share our top tips for improving your leadership style https://fleximize.com/articles/001485/hmrc-penalties-for-self-employed-workers HMRC Penalties for Self-Employed Workers 2014-06-11T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:27:11+01:00 Marcia Smith Tax rules on using self-employed workers have been tightened. Make sure you understand who's responsible for tax and NI if you have self-employed workers https://fleximize.com/articles/001721/can-i-reduce-employee-benefits Can I Reduce Employee Benefits? 2014-06-11T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:29:00+01:00 Marcia Smith If you're looking to cut costs, you may need to reduce employee benefits. Unpack Fleximize's advice on why it's best to approach with caution and negotiate https://fleximize.com/articles/001678/4-steps-to-debt-restructuring 4 Steps to Debt Restructuring 2014-06-11T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:49:11+01:00 Marcia Smith Most business owners have struggled at some point with finance, and debt restructuring can be an effective way to get your company in the black. Here's why. https://fleximize.com/articles/001898/employee-learning-and-development-faqs Employee Learning and Development - FAQs 2014-06-11T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:55:44+01:00 Marcia Smith Empowering and educating your employees is vital for an SME. Here, we answer your pressing questions about employee training and learning at SMEs. https://fleximize.com/articles/001496/heres-what-to-do-when-youre-not-making-a-profit Here’s What to do When You’re Not Making a Profit 2014-06-10T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:26:00+01:00 Marcia Smith Don't panic if you stop making a profit. It happens to every business at some point, and by following these simple steps you can quickly turn things around https://fleximize.com/articles/001500/bank-loan-to-hire-employees Why Using a Loan to Hire Employees is Risky 2014-06-10T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:55:23+01:00 Marcia Smith Taking out a loan to recruit new staff is okay if you're sure you can afford it. It's risky so consider these issues first. https://fleximize.com/articles/001695/employees-texting-at-work Employees Texting at Work 2014-06-10T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:57:27+01:00 Marcia Smith With the growth of modern technology, it's inevitable that some employees will get distracted. How can you counter this and keep your team productive? https://fleximize.com/articles/001882/advice-on-reducing-staff-hours-and-laying-off Advice on Reducing Staff Hours and Laying Off 2014-06-10T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:54:56+01:00 Marcia Smith If you need to cut costs, sometimes reducing staff hours is the only option. Find out what the legal obligations are before changing your employee's hours https://fleximize.com/articles/002197/the-board-of-directors The Board of Directors 2014-06-10T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:35:31+01:00 Emma Meakin Curious about what a company board of directors is, or what it does? We answer these burning questions and outline best practices for businesses to follow https://fleximize.com/articles/001735/taking-disciplinary-action-against-an-employee Taking Disciplinary Action Against an Employee? 2014-06-09T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:19:50+01:00 Marcia Smith Disciplinary action can be necessary to address issues with staff performance. Here are some questions to ask yourself before taking this course of action https://fleximize.com/articles/001854/is-it-legal-to-fill-a-new-role-without-advertising-it Is it Legal to Fill a New Role Without Advertising it? 2014-06-09T12:00:00+01:00 2024-06-04T13:21:27+01:00 Tina Chander Do employers need to advertise a role before appointing someone to complete it?​ Tina Chander, Head of Employment Law at Wright Hassall​ LLP, explores https://fleximize.com/articles/002014/should-you-add-a-customer-feedback-section Should You Add a Customer Feedback Section? 2014-06-06T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:54:03+01:00 Marcia Smith Getting customer feedback should be an ongoing effort. Find out how adding a customer feedback section to your website helps keep track of customer needs https://fleximize.com/articles/001886/firing-employees-faqs Firing Employees - FAQs 2014-06-05T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:09:06+01:00 Marcia Smith The process of firing an employee always leads to questions. Here are the most frequently asked questions, and how to cover your back as an employer. https://fleximize.com/articles/002227/how-important-is-first-draft-business-reports How Important is a First Draft for Business Reports? 2014-06-05T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:38:50+01:00 Emma Meakin When you're putting together any form of business report, it's vital that you do a first draft beforehand. Here are the reasons why... https://fleximize.com/articles/001892/how-to-raise-a-formal-grievance How to Raise a Formal Grievance 2014-06-04T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:39:04+01:00 Marcia Smith When issues arise at work, it's not always possible to fix them without external help. Here's what to do and who to involve when raising a formal grievance https://fleximize.com/articles/001714/3-steps-to-managing-a-difficult-employee 3 Steps to Managing a Difficult Employee 2014-06-04T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:43:06+01:00 Marcia Smith Managing a difficult employee can be tricky at the best of times, so here are our tips for talking to them and working with them to improve. https://fleximize.com/articles/001494/when-will-your-startup-start-making-a-profit When Will Your Start-up Start Making a Profit? 2014-06-04T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:45:45+01:00 Marcia Smith It can take years to be profitable, but it doesn't mean you're a failure. Looking for positive signs and planning certainly helps. https://fleximize.com/articles/002267/present-to-a-board-of-directors How Should I Present to a Board of Directors? 2014-06-03T15:02:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:46:52+01:00 Emma Meakin Presenting to a Board of Directors can be daunting, even for the most confident of business owners. Here are our top tips for making it go hitch-free. https://fleximize.com/articles/002128/what-is-line-management-system What are Line Management Systems? 2014-06-03T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:31:44+01:00 Emma Meakin How you can use line management efficiently to manage each employee and their productivity on a day to day basis. https://fleximize.com/articles/001706/maintaining-staff-motivation Importance of Maintaining Staff Motivation 2014-06-02T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:08:53+01:00 Marcia Smith Staff motivation is such an important factor for any business, of any size. We explore how you can motivate your employees and keep them that way. https://fleximize.com/articles/002142/how-to-protect-yourself-from-similar-businesses Protect Yourself From Similar Businesses 2014-06-01T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:12:41+01:00 Marcia Smith Launching a company based on a great idea? Then you must protect it and be strategic to stay ahead of competition. https://fleximize.com/articles/001989/discover-if-customers-are-satisfied How Can I Discover if My Customers Are Satisfied? 2014-05-30T16:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:31:17+01:00 Emma Meakin When running a business, your customers should always be your main priority. But how do you know if they are satisfied? Here are our top tips... https://fleximize.com/articles/002064/basics-of-competition Basics of Competition 2014-05-30T10:25:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:18:27+01:00 Marcia Smith You probably think you already know about your competitors. But do you understand the basics of competition and how you can beat them? https://fleximize.com/articles/001473/where-can-i-find-startup-funding Where Can I Find Start-up Funding? 2014-05-30T09:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:46:04+01:00 The Fleximize Team There are many funding options for startups beyond commercial banks, including crowdfunding and angel investment. We look at how startups can get support https://fleximize.com/articles/001878/recruitment-advice-on-candidate-screening Recruitment Advice on Candidate Screening 2014-05-29T14:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:21:16+01:00 Marcia Smith When holding job interviews, its important to screen out unsuitable candidates. That's obvious. But how do you go about making sure you're not missing out? https://fleximize.com/articles/001874/buying-a-business-and-keeping-staff Buying a Business and Keeping Staff 2014-05-29T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:27:28+01:00 Marcia Smith Buying a new business? Are you in the process of buying a business? Here's why maintaining the existing workforce is important to get the most value out of your new investment https://fleximize.com/articles/001509/how-to-keep-your-staff-when-money-is-tight How to Keep Your Staff When Money is Tight 2014-05-28T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:20:16+01:00 Marcia Smith Are you an SME and struggling to find finance to pay an employee? We have a few options so you can keep them on the payroll. https://fleximize.com/articles/001947/-training-my-customer-service-team How Much Training Should I Give My Customer Service Team? 2014-05-27T14:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:45:10+01:00 Emma Meakin Training of your customer services team seems like an obvious step to build a solid customer base, but are you doing enough? https://fleximize.com/articles/001731/what-is-a-workers-compensation-scheme What is a Workers’ Compensation Scheme? 2014-05-27T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:35:49+01:00 Marcia Smith A workplace injury can be devastating for employees and has repercussions for the company, so it's vital to have the right insurance or compensation scheme https://fleximize.com/articles/001475/tips-on-finance-for-sole-traders ​Tips on Finance for Sole Traders 2014-05-27T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:09:10+01:00 Marcia Smith Understanding small business finance is essential for sole traders who are just starting up. Read our tips before you order those trendy business cards! https://fleximize.com/articles/001876/want-to-stop-employees-leaving-or-want-someone-to-quit Want to Stop Employees Leaving or Want Someone to Quit? 2014-05-26T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:30:30+01:00 Marcia Smith Whether you're curious about staff interviewing for other jobs, or you want someone to quit, always follow legal lines. https://fleximize.com/articles/001697/how-behaviour-impacts-workplace How Behaviour Impacts the Workplace 2014-05-26T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:29:21+01:00 Marcia Smith Knowing how positive and negative behaviour can change your office's atmosphere is a key part to creating a productive working culture. Here's why... https://fleximize.com/articles/001959/understanding-your-customers Understanding Your Customers 2014-05-23T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:24:27+01:00 Marcia Smith Customers are one of the most important factors in the success of a business. Here's why understanding yours is essential. https://fleximize.com/articles/001498/how-much-profit-are-directors-entitled-to How Much Profit are Directors Entitled to? 2014-05-22T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:44:58+01:00 Marcia Smith Fleximize explains the way that directors are awarded company profits, and importantly how much they are entitled to. Read our brief guide to learn more https://fleximize.com/articles/001733/new-recruits-health-not-up-to-the-job New Recruits' Health Not up to the Job? 2014-05-22T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:53:49+01:00 Marcia Smith How to manage a new recruit who's too sick to work, and an employee who's given misleading health information. https://fleximize.com/articles/001710/staff-making-negative-comments-social-media Staff Making Negative Comments Social Media? 2014-05-21T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:07:42+01:00 Marcia Smith Social media can be a blessing and a curse for your business' reputation. Follow these steps on how to deal with employees making negative comments online https://fleximize.com/articles/001848/how-to-negotiate-salaries-with-staff How to Negotiate Salaries with Staff 2014-05-21T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:32:37+01:00 Marcia Smith Negotiating salaries correctly can make all the difference when securing talent for your workforce. Here's a short guide to tackling salary with your staff https://fleximize.com/articles/001923/relating-products-and-services-to-a-customers-spend Relating Products and Services to a Customer's Spend 2014-05-20T17:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:23:42+01:00 Emma Meakin A successful pricing strategy must consider your profit margin, but also your customer's budget. Get our advice on how to price your products or services https://fleximize.com/articles/001771/2-types-of-uk-working-visas 2 Types of UK Working Visas 2014-05-20T15:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:36:51+01:00 Marcia Smith Confused about working in the UK? Whether you're an employee looking for a job or employer looking for talent, these tips will help you smooth the process. https://fleximize.com/articles/001672/where-can-i-get-funding-to-buy-a-business Where Can I Get Funding to Buy a Business? 2014-05-20T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:46:23+01:00 Marcia Smith If you're looking to buy a business, there's a good chance you need access to funds. We share some of the options for sourcing business acquisition funding https://fleximize.com/articles/002108/planning-a-new-client-project Planning a New Client Project 2014-05-20T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:03:23+01:00 Emma Meakin Landing a new project for a client is exciting, but it also requires careful planning. We summarise the stages of project planning from brief to completion https://fleximize.com/articles/001856/whats-the-cost-of-hiring-a-new-employee What's the Cost of Hiring a New employee? 2014-05-19T14:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:43:07+01:00 Marcia Smith Planning recruitment? The process of hiring new staff can be costly. Check you've got all costs covered with our article. https://fleximize.com/articles/002018/mergers-and-acquisitions-faqs-part-1 Mergers and Acquisitions FAQs - Part 1 2014-05-17T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:46:21+01:00 Marcia Smith A merger or acquisition can be a confusing time for any business owner. Here we answer your questions on M&A deals and what it means for you. https://fleximize.com/articles/001870/paye-forms-explained PAYE Forms Explained: P45, P60 and P11D 2014-05-16T16:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:01:42+01:00 The Fleximize Team There are several PAYE forms which a business needs to complete on behalf of their employees. We explain the main 3 in our hand guide to P45, P60 and P11D https://fleximize.com/articles/001729/employee-privacy-at-work Employee Privacy at Work 2014-05-16T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:55:59+01:00 Marcia Gold Employees' privacy is protected by law - HR cannot ask about private conversations or days off for instance. https://fleximize.com/articles/002140/core-values-v-vision Core Values v. Vision 2014-05-15T15:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:41:46+01:00 Emma Meakin It's always important for a business to get its core values across to customers but is its vision arguably more important? Knowledge Hub investigates... https://fleximize.com/articles/001564/how-brokers-can-help-customers-find-financing How Brokers can Help Customers Find Financing 2014-05-15T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:30:08+01:00 Marcia Smith Brokers can set up partnerships with a range of finance providers to give customers choice in products. https://fleximize.com/articles/001850/legal-and-illegal-conditions-of-employment Legal and Illegal Conditions of Employment 2014-05-15T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:31:15+01:00 Marcia Smith As an employer, it's important to know that there are some terms and conditions of employment that are illegal to enforce, like babysitting your boss' kid https://fleximize.com/articles/001866/hiring-seasonal-staff-for-future-jobs Hiring Seasonal Staff for Future Jobs 2014-05-15T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:26:39+01:00 Marcia Smith Many businesses have peak seasons and have to take on extra seasonal staff for this period. Here's how you can navigate this tricky period. https://fleximize.com/articles/001691/2-tips-for-managing-sick-leave-and-gp-visits 2 Tips for Managing Sick Leave and GP Visits 2014-05-15T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:36:28+01:00 Marcia Smith Check whether you can force an employee to take sick leave and whether people need to clock-off for GP visits. https://fleximize.com/articles/002273/ins-and-outs-of-project-management Project Management - The Ins and Outs 2014-05-15T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:08:23+01:00 David Kiriakidis Successful project management requires attention to budget, deadlines, quality and much more. We explain agile project management and share our 3 top tips https://fleximize.com/articles/001764/are-pay-slips-compulsory Are Pay Slips Compulsory? 2014-05-15T10:25:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:07:24+01:00 Marcia Smith It's Pay Day, so where do you stand legally on your current processes? By not providing a pay slip are you breaking the law? Here are the facts... https://fleximize.com/articles/001868/hiring-a-copywriter-for-your-ecommerce-business Hiring a Copywriter for Your Ecommerce Business 2014-05-14T16:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:26:29+01:00 Marcia Smith As an ecommerce business, you need to hire a strong copywriter who knows how sell your products to your customers. https://fleximize.com/articles/001737/want-to-appeal-against-disciplinary-action Want to Appeal Against Disciplinary Action? 2014-05-14T14:00:00+01:00 2017-11-14T12:55:12+00:00 Marcia Smith If your employer is taking disciplinary action against you, they're legally obliged to let you appeal. Here's all you need to know to appeal successfully https://fleximize.com/articles/001719/challenging-work-is-great-for-staff-motivation Does Challenging Work Really Motivate Staff? 2014-05-14T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:50:42+01:00 Marcia Smith Challenging work is said to be a great motivator for staff, but it could end up having the reverse effect if they haven't got the correct tools to do it https://fleximize.com/articles/002134/advice-for-new-business-leaders Advice for New Business Leaders 2014-05-14T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:49:57+01:00 Emma Meakin Taking on a leadership role is a challenge that can be as intimidating as it is exciting. Fleximize summarises the best advice for any new business leader https://fleximize.com/articles/001670/basics-financial-management Mastering the Basics of Financial Management 2014-05-14T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:42:33+01:00 Marcia Smith There isn't one route to mastering financial management, so we share a few different avenues for expanding your financial know-how including online courses https://fleximize.com/articles/001743/the-basics-of-paye The Basics of PAYE 2014-05-13T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:28:51+01:00 Marcia Smith PAYE is compulsory for most UK businesses, so it's vital for employers to get it right. We cover the basics of PAYE, including who needs to use it and how https://fleximize.com/articles/001699/stress-and-fear-do-they-boost-or-kill-motivation Stress and Fear: Do They Boost or Kill Motivation? 2014-05-13T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:13:47+01:00 Marcia Smith There are many ways to motivate staff, and one of the most common tactics is by using stress and fear. But, psychologically, is this really a good idea? https://fleximize.com/articles/001842/what-is-the-construction-industry-scheme What is the Construction Industry Scheme? 2014-05-13T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:38:37+01:00 Marcia Smith Fleximize explains what the Construction Industry Scheme is, and what it means for self-employed workers in the construction industry. Find out more here https://fleximize.com/articles/001659/how-to-treat-customer-discounts-in-your-bookkeeping How to Treat Customer Discounts in Your Bookkeeping 2014-05-13T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T12:53:26+01:00 Marcia Smith Whether you're offering discounts to get rid of stock, attract new customers or launch a reward scheme, make sure you record the figures accurately. https://fleximize.com/articles/001684/handling-new-customer-credit-applications Handling New Customer Credit Applications 2014-05-12T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:25:49+01:00 Marcia Smith Correctly handling new customer credit applications across departments will ensure that the process is smooth and efficient. We offer our advice to lenders https://fleximize.com/articles/002062/whats-better-product-price-or-quality What's Better - Product Price or Quality? 2014-05-10T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:42:20+01:00 Marcia Smith Is product price or quality more important when overcoming the competition? We share how to gain a competitive edge on brand image and customer experience https://fleximize.com/articles/001727/managing-employee-medical-issues Managing Employee Medical Issues 2014-05-08T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:37:18+01:00 Marcia Smith Dealing with medical conditions in the workplace - when you can terminate contracts and handling personal data. https://fleximize.com/articles/001756/employee-salaries-standard-rates Employee Salaries: Standard Rates 2014-05-08T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:56:32+01:00 Marcia Smith Salaries are such an important factor in keeping your employees motivated. But just how should you work out what to pay your staff? https://fleximize.com/articles/001682/tax-payments-and-closing-a-company Tax Payments and Closing a Company - Quick Tips 2014-05-08T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:25:12+01:00 Marcia Smith Even when winding down a business, there are taxes you are still expected to pay. Get our top tips on handling taxes and HMRC when you're closing a company https://fleximize.com/articles/001844/written-statements-and-employment Written Statements and Employment 2014-05-08T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:00:42+01:00 Marcia Smith There are a few key differences between written statements and contracts of employment. Fleximize weighs up the pros and cons of both types of agreement https://fleximize.com/articles/001717/how-to-hush-a-loud-colleague How to Hush a Loud Colleague 2014-05-07T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T10:18:04+01:00 Marcia Smith A loud employee may need addressing if they're affecting the team performance but it's key to approach them with care. We share some possible solutions https://fleximize.com/articles/001840/what-are-collective-agreements What are Collective Agreements? 2014-05-07T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:31:22+01:00 Marcia Smith What are collective agreements with respect to employee representation? Fleximize explores collective bargaining and union ballots when negotiating at work https://fleximize.com/articles/001657/tangible-fixed-assets-vs-intangible-assets Tangible Fixed Assets vs Intangible Assets 2014-05-06T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:22:48+01:00 Marcia Smith Read our quick introductory guide to the differences between tangible fixed assets and intangible assets, and how this affects filing your annual accounts https://fleximize.com/articles/001463/whats-an-inventory-loan What's an Inventory Loan? 2014-05-05T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:42:02+01:00 Marcia Smith Inventory loans are the ideal form of financing for retailers. Useful at peak times of commerce like Christmas, but make you need one first. https://fleximize.com/articles/001872/is-age-an-issue-at-work Is Age an Issue at Work? 2014-05-02T17:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T13:19:29+01:00 Marcia Smith Age discrimination in the workplace is something we like to think of as a thing of the past. But is it actually still prevalent? https://fleximize.com/articles/002166/use-the-same-wholesaler Ask Fleximize: Can You and Your Rivals Use the Same Wholesaler? 2014-05-02T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:08:29+01:00 Marcia Smith In certain industries it's inevitable that some wholesalers will supply multiple competitors. Here's how you can make the most of your connections. https://fleximize.com/articles/001981/how-important-are-your-customers So, Just How Important Are Your Customers? 2014-04-30T12:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:03:38+01:00 Marcia Smith Everyone knows your customers are important. But are they always right? It's a common phrase but does it stand up? Knowledge Hub investigates... https://fleximize.com/articles/002146/doing-market-research Doing Market Research - Quick Tips 2014-04-29T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:51:54+01:00 Marcia Smith Conducting market research is vital to the strategic success of your business or organisation. Here's how you can really get to understand your sector... https://fleximize.com/articles/001725/do-deadlines-motivate-staff Do Deadlines Motivate Staff? 2014-04-17T13:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:49:57+01:00 Marcia Smith Setting deadlines can motivate staff but they need to align with business needs and avoid stressing people out. https://fleximize.com/articles/002122/representing-project-management-data Representing Project Management Data 2014-04-09T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:25:34+01:00 Emma Meakin Taking on any project can be daunting, but there are ways to hack your way to success, the humble graph, for example. Knowledge Hub takes a look... https://fleximize.com/articles/002156/key-components-of-written-communication Key Components of Written Communication 2014-04-07T13:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T14:25:31+01:00 Emma Meakin What are the key components of effective written communication and how can you ensure they come across in anything you write or produce. https://fleximize.com/articles/002152/biggest-challenge-for-a-business-leader The Single Biggest Challenge for a Business Leader? 2014-04-07T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-29T08:54:15+01:00 Emma Meakin What is the biggest challenge for the average business leader? Have a think. It's probably not what you would expect. Here's why... https://fleximize.com/articles/002120/stakeholder-involvement-in-projects Stakeholder Involvement in Projects 2014-04-03T11:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:08:04+01:00 Emma Meakin Every business has stakeholders, and if you can involve them in your next project effectively, it can be great for all parties. Here's how... https://fleximize.com/articles/000566/using-buffer-statements Using Buffer Statements 2014-04-03T11:00:00+01:00 2024-05-29T09:27:39+01:00 Carl Stanford Buffer statements are a form of neutral language, commonly used to soften the blow when communicating bad news in a business environment. https://fleximize.com/articles/002096/reviewing-staff-performance Reviewing Staff Performance 2014-04-02T12:00:00+01:00 2024-05-28T15:26:20+01:00 Emma Meakin Reviewing staff performance is a process undertaken by many companies of all sizes, but do you really know what you're looking for? https://fleximize.com/articles/002643/best-online-project-management-tools Best Online Project Management Tools 2014-04-02T10:30:00+01:00 2024-05-28T16:19:39+01:00 Emma Meakin We've picked out the top online project management tools, including Treollo, Asana and Basecamp, so you can find one that best meets the needs of your team https://fleximize.com/articles/000556/background-noise-affects-communication How Background Noise Impacts Communication 2014-03-27T11:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:29:05+01:00 The Fleximize Team Background noise in a work environment can have a profound impact on the effectiveness of communication in several different ways https://fleximize.com/articles/002154/use-plain-english Use Plain English in Business Communications 2014-03-25T14:30:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:27:16+01:00 Emma Meakin Effective communication is vital for the smooth running of your business, and there's one simple, obvious trick to improve it - use plain English. https://fleximize.com/articles/000583/observing-reactions-when-communicating Observing Reactions When Communicating 2014-03-17T00:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:57:15+01:00 Carl Stanford Is it important to observe people’s reactions when communicating? A short overview of the power of body language and nonverbal communication https://fleximize.com/articles/002086/creating-a-team Creating a Team 2014-03-11T14:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T08:41:22+01:00 Emma Meakin Everyone knows that teamwork is a crucial factor in any business, but how can you put together a team capable of carrying your company forwards? https://fleximize.com/articles/002257/traits-of-a-dynamic-versatile-organisation Key Traits of a Dynamic, Versatile Organisation 2014-03-11T13:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T14:27:40+01:00 Emma Meakin Running a dynamic, versatile operation can ensure success of a business or organisation, but it's easier said than done. Here's how you can do it. https://fleximize.com/articles/002174/halo-effect What is the Halo Effect? 2014-03-07T13:00:00+00:00 2024-05-29T09:38:49+01:00 Emma Meakin The Halo effect is an important theory in cognitive psychology, but how can you use it to your advantage in a business sense? https://fleximize.com/articles/002090/selecting-best-for-your-business Selecting the Best People for Your Business 2014-03-06T16:30:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:42:12+01:00 Emma Meakin How do you select the best team for your business? What to look for and techniques for hiring a new team member https://fleximize.com/articles/002162/pros-and-cons-of-a-business-report Pros and Cons of a Business Report 2014-03-06T11:00:00+00:00 2024-05-28T15:11:41+01:00 Emma Meakin What are the Pros and Cons of a Business Report? And is it the best way of communicating information?