Why dusting off dormant accounts is vital to safeguarding savings

Posted on Aug 17 2015 by

It’s a simple and straightforward process that could help safeguard life savings for years to come and ensure they continue to enjoy the protection offered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

What does Straight-Through-Processing mean to you?

Posted on Aug 14 2015 by

In the payments industry, efficiency is typically measured by assessing the level of Straight-Through-Processing, or STP.  That is, the percentage of transactions that are passed straight through the system from start to finish without manual intervention.

Experian launch 99 for £99 to help start-ups with late payment obstacles

Posted on Aug 14 2015 by

A record 50,000 companies are being created each month, with 587,000 being set up in the UK alone in 2014. Although the UK’s population of start-up companies is increasing at the fastest rate, there are a number of challenges which make it hard for them to survive beyond the two year mark. The numbers have more […]

Three ingredients to a healthy credit score

Posted on Aug 14 2015 by

There are three key ingredients to a healthy credit score: robust information, sound financial management and regular monitoring. Information Share it – The more data that is available about your company, the better. It means Credit Reference Agencies (CRAs) like Experian can validate this information and ensure your score accurately reflects your current situation. Update […]

Latest UK Labour Market Statistics – August 2015

Posted on Aug 14 2015 by

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest that the UK labour market continues to cool; with many indicators showing signs of settling at a more sustainable level following the very robust performance seen over the last 18 months.

Eight marketing tips for smes

Posted on Aug 14 2015 by

Know your strengths and weaknesses You should constantly be aware of these and review them on a regular basis, especially your weaknesses. Be honest with yourself, as this could be the reason why customers are going to your competitors instead. Make it an objective to work on these weaknesses to increase your competitive advantage. Conducting […]

Alternative finance: crowd funding, business angels and trade finance

Posted on Aug 14 2015 by

With increasing alternative finance options being made available to small to medium enterprises (SMEs), less and less are going to traditional lending methods. In this post, we look at three different alternative finance methods that are gaining popularity in the market today. According to The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the amount lent by alternative finance […]

SMEs and cyber attack

Posted on Aug 14 2015 by

Research shows that cyber attacks are an increasing problem for SMEs and it’s something that we think you should be paying more attention to. We explain why SMEs are a target, how attacks happen, what the potential risks are and how you can defend yourself. Why SMEs are an easy target? SMEs don’t normally think that […]

Innovation in retail – five innovative retail marketing strategies to consider

Posted on Aug 13 2015 by

Retail is a competitive environment and to stay top you have to keep the customer first – here are five innovative ideas on how to do exatly that from our retail expert Andy Saville

Over 95% of towns are too expensive for new families to move up property ladder

Posted on Aug 10 2015 by

The UK housing market is at risk of stalemate as growing families in most parts of the country face unaffordable hikes to their mortgage if they want to move up the property ladder. For many towns across the UK moving up the property ladder from a starter home to a larger family home, can be […]