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The business banking and business finance landscapes a...

Around ten years ago, if you needed a new pair of shoes, you’d make your way, perhaps begrudgingly, to the local shopping centre, peruse the shelves, find something that you liked and head on over to the till. If there wasn’t anything you liked, or in my case, there...

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How to develop a growth strategy for your business...

Is your SME ready to grow? Do you want to take your business up to the next level? For some of you, it may be simple how you can now expand your business; it may be a case of opening up your next retail branch or expanding your product...

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The Power of Data – Marketing intelligence is about tu...

This is the second in our series of videos produced with the drum. This time Colin Grieves tackles how to turn marketing insight into...

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Drop in County Court Judgements but what does this mea...

There has been encouraging statistics to show that the number and total value of County Court Judgements (CCJs) issued against businesses in England and Wales fell sharply during the first quarter of 2016. However the specific figures for SMEs within these statistics are still a cause for worry. Not...

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5 things that could be hampering your fight against fr...

Limiting the impact of fraud is vital for businesses which need to protect their revenues and their customers from the potentially devastating effects of fraud. The fraud landscape is ever changing and with an estimated £193billion* lost to fraud each year there are big rewards to come from fighting...

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Alternative finance challenging mainstream lending...

Before the concept of alternative finance or peer to peer lending was born, borrowing money off high street banks to start your first business or to grow it was just about one of the only options available. However with the rise in popularity of alternative finance, SMEs now have...

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Experian’s benign CPI forecast broadly unchanged as CP...

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 0.3% in the year to May, unchanged from April. Other than a spike in CPI in March, due largely to the timing of Easter, inflation has been at 0.3% for every month so far this...

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How do pension providers decrease costs and operate mo...

Changes to legislation created a storm in the pensions market last year with regulatory and operational costs driven up as new-found consumer freedoms encouraged customers to move money or otherwise swamp providers with requests for information on their accounts. Legacy The challenge mounting for pensions providers is fierce. The...

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Treat the cause of late payments, not the symptoms...

Late payments is a big problem for many organisations in the UK and its impact on those with fewer than 50 employees are typically twice as likely as large corporates. Many SMEs don’t manage or pay close enough attention to their payments until it’s too late and the payment...

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