Tide and Mambu team up for better small business lending

As competition in the small business banking market heats up, a new tech partnership could help Tide get an edge over rivals Starling, Monzo, and Revolut. Mambu, a cloud-banking platform, will be helping Tide scale and innovate their credit and overdraft facilities....

Top 5 Tips for SMEs with employees shifting to working from home

Adelle Gruber, Senior Underwriter, Cyber at Brit Insurance, looks at how the sudden uptick in remote working is exposing companies to greater cybersecurity threats.  Over the last month, the UK’s businesses, large and small, have been at the sharp end of adapting...

Businesses turn to SMS for customer and team comms

The number of business communications sent via SMS in the first few weeks of March increased by at least 32% compared to the same weeks of January. That's according to new data released by SMS.to of Intergo Telecom, which reveals that the COVID-19 pandemic has meant a...

Do you need an IT expert?

Dr John Yardley, Founder and MD of Threads Software, shares his opinion on the need for IT experts for small businesses. Read all of John’s articles here. Most specialists will tell you that you badly need their services, but “experts” can sometimes be the quickest...

Home working tech essentials for small businesses

Paul Routledge, Country Manager, D-Link, looks at the tech which can help small business teams keep up with work, at home. The complex and unforeseen events of the future have led to a situation where many of us are going to be working from home for the foreseeable...

Why content is king for small business SEO

Columnist Carol is on a mission to raise the “digital literacy” of businesswomen across the world, starting in the UK. With a BA Hons in ‘Visual Communications’ and a course in ‘Digital Excellence’ with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, she also runs We...

Digital tax: what’s next? Xero Q&A

Just under a year ago, the government launched it's Making Tax Digital program. The scheme meant that any businesses over the VAT threshold would have to give their finance systems a digital makeover, and submit their returns using approved software. With the new tax...

Making Tax Digital: Phase 2

Columnist Shishir Khadka, founder and CEO of Boost Accounting, is an author, international speaker, and financial transformational coach. Shishir helps entrepreneurs build financial confidence and successful financial stories, transforming client businesses from £150k...

How tech can help solve your unconscious hiring biases

Columnist Mathias Linnemann is a Co-founder and CCO of Worksome.co.uk, a leading UK-based marketplace for companies seeking to hire professional freelancers and contractors. He is an X-Googler, an international speaker, appointed member...

How small businesses can embrace innovation

Patrick Jelly, Commercial Director for Asset Finance at Aldermore Bank, discusses the importance of embracing technological innovation for SMEs in 2020 The UK is a country with a rich history of technological innovation. From the Bletchley Park code breakers during...

Making a business call? Here are the top bad habits you should avoid

While emails, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Slack, and even WhatsApp, have become par for the course when talking to team members and clients, many people still find picking up the phone to be one of the most effective ways to get business done. However, a study from...

Artificial Intelligence – what is it, and can it really help an SME?

Columnist Dr John Yardley, Founder and MD of Threads Software, shares his opinion on how small businesses can use Artificial Intelligence. Read all of John’s articles here. It was Alan Turing who first discussed “Machine Intelligence” in his seminal 1950 paper...

12 questions to ask before you start a business

 GoDaddy’s Sakshi Anand, Senior Director at GoDaddy EMEA, guides aspiring entrepreneurs through some of the key steps to starting your own business, from how to identify a target demographic to how to get online. At the start of the year, people are looking to make...

Best small business apps to automate your accounting

Columnist Shishir Khadka, founder and CEO of Boost Accounting, is an author, international speaker, and financial transformational coach. Shishir helps entrepreneurs build financial confidence and successful financial stories, transforming client businesses from £150k...

How small businesses can use local SEO

Columnist Carol is on a mission to raise the “digital literacy” of businesswomen across the world, starting in the UK. With a BA Hons in ‘Visual Communications’ and a course in ‘Digital Excellence’ with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, she also runs We...

5 Top Tips for Retailers on Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Kathryn Wright, CEO of money saving deals websiteDiscount Vouchers, shares her top tips for how retailers can make the most of sales opportunities during one of the biggest dates in retail. Find your Valentine’s Day USP One way...

Common Business Continuity (BC) misconceptions amongst SMEs

Mark Wass, Director, Sungard Availability Services looks at some of the key challenges facing small businesses when it comes to continuity planning. It’s no secret that today’s fast-paced world is driving demand for ‘always-on’ services amongst businesses and...

How small businesses can get ready for remote working

Remote working is transforming the digital economy, but small businesses face several challenges to keep up - whether that's funding the right technology, maintaining cybersecurity or keeping teams productive. UK businesses are being advised to ensure they are ready...

New digital tax systems leave businesses confused

New research from VATGlobal, has found that businesses are struggling to understand new systems such as Making Tax Digital, with the European tax landscape in the midst of a digital transformation. Governments across the region are taking Latin America’s lead and...

Cybersecurity: the small business guide

We spoke to experts from across the industry to put together Cybersecurity: the small business guide. According to UK government stats 31% of micro and small businesses in the UK identified breaches or attacks in 2019. 19% of these business lost files or network...

SMEs prioritise technology spending post-Brexit

With the UK's departure from the European Union becoming official last week, a survey of senior business decision makers has found that 32% of SMEs are planning to increase technology spending by 10% in the next three months. The survey was commissioned by Leonne...

How video communications can help small businesses manage projects

Phillip Perry, Head of UK/Ireland, Zoom Communications, looks at how small businesses can take advantage of technology to ensure success in projects and stay in budget. Behind every successful project manager is a strong communicator. A great project manager...

New Research Reveals SME Technology Priorities for 2020

A new report released today by IT services provider OGL Computer has revealed that the top three key technology priorities for the UK's small businesses include increasing cyber security provision 39%, moving towards a more proactive IT strategy 39%, and increasing...

Should you build an app for your small business in 2020?

Malcolm Carroll, Director at Bluefinity International, looks at how small businesses can use low code tools to keep up with the growing customer demand for apps. Increasingly, mobile business applications have become a necessary marketing tool for all companies,...

The Cloud – what is it, and why is it important to SMEs?

Columnist Dr John Yardley, Founder and MD of Threads Software, looks at how small businesses can use the cloud. Read all of John’s articles here. The Cloud is a term that has come to encompass software services provided over the Internet. However, there is still...

Managing the use of technology in the workplace

Jonathan Richards, CEO and co-founder of Breathe looks at how small business owners can manage the technology their team use in the workplace. Technology has an enormous presence in our everyday lives and its capabilities are undoubtedly reshaping life in the...

Choosing the right type of phone system for your SME

Todd Carothers, CRO, CounterPath looks at the factors to consider when picking a small business phone system Throughout your working day, how many business calls do you make and receive on your personal mobile? How many conference calls, video calls and webinars do...

How SMEs Can Master Customer Experience

Roberto Marzo, Head of Strategy and Business Development at MessageBird discusses the difficulty smaller businesses can face competing again bigger rivals, and how to leverage communications technology to bridge the gap. People are now using the term “digital clutter”...

How to boost your team’s digital skills in 2020

The majority of leaders of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the country have plans to brush up their skills in 2020, according to research from Hitachi Capital Business Finance. Top of the list of development areas was digital skills. Of the business leaders...

The Communication + Collaboration Productivity Equation

Nick Hedderman, Director, Modern Workplace Business Group, Microsoft UK looks at how technology can drive collaboration and productivity for small businesses. It’s no secret the UK is facing an ongoing productivity crisis. Multiple reports show we’re working harder...

What SMEs need to know about payments acceptance in 2020

Nick Corrigan, UK&I Managing Director & President, Global Payments looks at the changes in payments that small businesses need to prepare for over the next decade. The past decade has brought with it many changes that have impacted our way of living. Among...

5 Small Business Technology Trends for 2020

Keeping your business running smoothly, costs in line, and making sure your team is happy and working at their best is critical for small businesses. Thankfully, technology is on-hand to help small business owners meet these objectives, and 2020 is set to be a bumper...

Small business technology priorities for 2020 – columnist’s view

With people beginning to head back to work after Christmas and New Year, we asked each of our columnists to share their thoughts on the small business technology trends they think owners should be prioritizing in 2020. Mathias Linnemann  ‘The top priority for SMEs...

Four key takeaways for small businesses from 2019

With 2020, and the start of a new decade, just days away, we wanted to reflect on what 2019 meant for small businesses. From Brexit dominating the business landscape to Making Tax Digital finally being implemented, it’s been a challenging year for small businesses. In...

Why growing SMEs are choosing new digital asset management software

Mike Paxton, digital asset management expert at Canto discusses why a technology previously reserved for enterprise companies is now powering SME productivity. SMEs are full of busy people. And regardless of your industry, the more productive everyone in your...

9 free and paid for brand monitoring tools

Fiona Broomfield, Head of Content at Igniyte looks at the free options for brands to monitor their reputations online. What people see when they ‘Google’ your brand + how they perceive what they see = your brand’s reputation. In business it’s crucial to know and...

How to Think like a Search Engine – SEO Explained in Brief

Columnist Carol is on a mission to raise the “digital literacy” of businesswomen across the world, starting in the UK. With a BA Hons in ‘Visual Communications’ and a course in ‘Digital Excellence’ with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, she also runs We...

5 ways using cloud technology can help your small business

Donna Torres, Director of Small Business at Xero discusses how cloud technology can help small businesses save time, money and resources. Cloud technology is the tool that is saving small businesses time and resources across the globe. It gives SMEs access to data and...

How to manage your flexible workforce?

Columnist Mathias Linnemann is a Co-founder and CCO of Worksome.co.uk, a leading UK-based marketplace for companies seeking to hire professional freelancers and contractors. He is an X-Googler, an international speaker, appointed member...

Using technology to help fight climate change

Daniel Creigh from Zoom Communications looks at how technology can help small businesses reduce their environmental impact. Technology is fundamentally changing the way we live, work, relate to one another and to the external world. But we are only now coming to the...

How to use technology to improve cash flow in your business in 2020

Columnist Shishir Khadka, founder and CEO of Boost Accounting, is an author, international speaker, and financial transformational coach. Shishir helps entrepreneurs build financial confidence and successful financial stories, transforming client businesses from...

5 ways e-commerce businesses can save time in peak season

Jon White, MD InXpress, discusses how e-commerce businesses can use technology to maximise their time. Many have the dream to be their own boss, with 64% of Britain’s workforce wanting to set up their own business. But free time is like gold dust, with another recent...

Why SMEs need to invest in the Internet of Things

Tim Stone, Partner of Breed Reply, Europe’s leading active operational investor in early stage IoT businesses. When a business is facing major disruption, having an edge is crucial. This is especially the case if you are among the UK’s small and medium-sized business...

How small businesses can improve productivity with technology

Paul Clark, SVP & Managing Director for EMEA at Poly discusses how small businesses can avoid office distractions with technology. The attractions of the open office are well known — opportunities for spontaneous collaboration, improved performance, and greater...

How technology is helping SME retailers to thrive

Tejas Dave, Founder and CEO of wholesale platform www.avasam.com, discusses how small retailers can make the most of technology. The complexities of Brexit combined with rent difficulties and a move by consumers to online shopping has led the media to claim that...

Is email dead?

Columnist Dr John Yardley, Founder and MD of Threads Software, shares his opinion on the future of email Read all of John’s articles here. For almost as long as email has been in existence, its imminent demise has been predicted. And to be honest, although it was a...

Q&A – managing your team and their schedules with technology

Managing your team rotas can be a challenge for many small businesses - whether you try and use a calendar app, a spreadsheet like Excel, or another combination of apps and software which aren't designed for the job. We spoke to Essex based Animal Ark about how they...

It’s a culture thing

Columnist Mathias Linnemann is a Co-founder and CCO of Worksome.co.uk, a leading UK-based marketplace for companies seeking to hire professional freelancers and contractors. He is an X-Googler, an international speaker, appointed member of the...

How pubs are using streaming technology to cut subscription costs

Hospitality venues, such as pubs, that rely on showing live sports to draw in the crowds now have access to a new streaming service which could help them cut subscription costs and reduce long contract commitments. Screach has launched the first streaming service...

What talent shortage?

Columnist Mathias Linnemann is a Co-founder and CCO of Worksome.co.uk, a leading UK-based marketplace for companies seeking to hire professional freelancers and contractors. He is an X-Googler, an international speaker, appointed member of the Danish Government’s...

Digifear: Technology scares the life out of me…

Columnist Carol is on a mission to raise the “digital literacy” of businesswomen across the world, starting in the UK. With a BA Hons in ‘Visual Communications’ and a course in ‘Digital Excellence’ with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, she also runs We Get...

CRMs – What Can They Do for an SME?

Columnist Dr John Yardley, Founder and MD of Threads Software, shares his advice on how SMEs can get the most from a customer relationship management system. Read all of John's articles here. The three letter acronym “CRM” seems to have entered the business world with...

Why is your WiFi signal dropping – and what are the solutions?

Paul Routledge, D-Link Country Manager, UK and Ireland, looks at why your small business might be experiencing Wi-Fi issues. There are many potential reasons you’ll notice Wi-Fi performance issues: signal congestion, router location, firmware issues, hardware...

Is the paradox of choice slowing SME technology adoption?

Stephen Woods, consultant at Deputy, the workforce management app that simplifies scheduling, timesheets, tasks and workplace communication explains how small businesses can make sure they don't get caught up looking for the next shiny technology. The UK is in the...

Why automation is essential for the future of SMEs

AUTTO co-founder, Ian Gosling looks at how even the smallest of businesses can harness automation within their business. You don’t have to look far to see an example of a company taking advantage of advanced technology within their business today. From Zara’s AI...

Why tracking absence can help SMEs improve employee wellbeing

Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ Absence, a cloud-based absence management solution, sickness administration and staff holiday planning, looks at how tech can help small business owners improve staff wellbeing. It’s International Stress Awareness Week from 4th...

How small businesses can beat Sharepoint sprawl

Peter Bradley founder of Torsion Information Security discusses how small business owners can regain control of their collaboration tools. While SharePoint and other collaboration tools such as Office 365 and Microsoft Teams are great for sharing files, folders and...

Q&A: Small business phone systems

Not sure which of the many small business phone system options is right for you, or where to get the most bang for your buck? We sat down with Mark Pearcy from 4Com to find out what you should be thinking about to find the right phone system for your business. Q. With...

Travel and expense technicalities that can complicate cash flow

Adam Bamford, Expedite Services Director at Selenity, discusses cash flow loopholes SMEs should be aware of. For many SME’s, keeping on top of expenditure needs a meticulous and well organised approach. Cash flow management can often be difficult to control and it’s...

What does ‘click and regret’ mean for small retailers?

A new report from Gekko has found that a huge £641 million is wasted online every year from consumers buying goods, regretting the purchase but failing to return the item. The survey of 2,000 UK adults found: 27% order goods online they regret buying but fail to...

Is the cloud creating opportunities for cybercriminals or businesses?

Peter Bradley founder of Torsion Information Security discusses how small business owners can mitigate the level of risk from cloud services. The cloud is revolutionising the way businesses operate but with it comes an increased IT security risk, notably a host...

Top HR platforms for small businesses

Managing a workforce is a top consideration for small business owners and managers across the UK, from finding talent to managing absence and keeping track of payroll and benefits information.  According to Moorepay’s recently launched The Engaged Employer...

How to get the best business phone and broadband deals

Nathan Hill-Haimes, the founder of Amvia, a privately-owned, voice, data and cloud application provider based in Sheffield, shares his view on the top things small business owners should think about when selecting phone and broadband deals. As your business grows and...

How small businesses are using digital investment platforms

Last week, Project Crowd, an AI recruitment platform, announced it had selected digital investment platform WeOwn to launch its Security Token Offering (STO), giving entry-level investors an opportunity to back the fast-growing recruitment technology company.  The...

HR tech: How to Get the Best from Tech (and avoid the worst)

Paula Fisher, author, owner of YourHR.space and HR consultancy Practical HR, discusses how small business owners can get the best from HR technology solutions. HR is about people, but there are a lots of ways technology can help SME owners manage HR more effectively...

Saving money and getting more productive with Video Communications

Daniel Creigh, Head of UK & Ireland, Zoom Video Communications discusses the small business cost and productivity benefits of video conferencing. Extreme weather events – ranging from the chill that gripped that nation earlier this year, to the chaos often caused...

Making Tax Digital – a comprehensive guide for SMEs

Columnist Shishir Khadka, founder and CEO of Boost Accounting, is an author, international speaker, and financial transformational coach. Shishir helps entrepreneurs build financial confidence and successful financial stories, transforming client businesses from £150k...

Reputation management and social media for SMEs

Joanna Arnold, CEO of Access Intelligence, which recently acquired Pulsar, discusses how small businesses should approach reputation management. Reputation management is often on the agenda at large enterprises and public bodies, but it is also crucial to the success...

Identifying and preventing data security breaches for remote workers

Ed Thornbury, Cloud Hosting Specialist at The Access Group shares his advice on certain risks that should be considered by SMEs and the steps employers should be taking to ensure that they are educating employees on protecting company data from security threats. The...

Quarter of SME retailers missing the bill on consumer finance boom

Almost 42,000 SME retailers could be missing out by not capitalising on the rise in consumers spending on finance. That's according to new research from finance solutions provider Duologi.  16% of consumers now purchase on finance, rather than credit cards and bank...

Five ways poor internet connectivity can negatively impact SMEs

James Warner, MD of fibre broadband specialists Glide Business, discusses the impact that poor internet connections can have on the UK's small businesses. Having high-speed internet connectivity is crucial in the business world, but particularly for smaller or...

3 million SMEs risk losing data with bad backup practices

A quarter of UK small and medium-sized businesses are failing to backup company data according to new research from business ISP Beaming. The survey by Opinium found that some of the most common mistakes included keeping backups in the same location as the original...

RFID – The Forgotten Key

Quentyn Taylor, Director of Security at Canon EMEA, discusses how small businesses can use RFID, the technology behind key fobs, as part of their business security systems and for data protection. When starting a business, or running a SME, most people are aware of...

Make do and mend, don’t replace

David Elms, Customer Experience Director at StatementReader.com discusses how, amidst the number of technological innovations on the market today, SMEs in the financial sector should still spend time investing in their core product - Excel - to get their team up to...

How to get your small business cyber secure

According to the latest business population estimates released by the government earlier this month, there were almost 5.82 million small businesses in the UK at the start of 2019. Unfortunately, that means there are a lot of businesses for hackers to target with a...

HSBC boosts UK SME funding

HSBC UK has launched a £14 billion lending fund to support SMEs in the UK, as part of its commitment to help British businesses realise their ambitions for growth and navigate Brexit. Since launching its initial SME Fund in 2014, HSBC has committed more than £60...

Speed boost for 95,000 homes and businesses

Superfast South Yorkshire (SFSY) today celebrated the successful completion of their £27 million contract to deliver faster broadband to residents and businesses across South Yorkshire. Nearly 95,000 businesses and residents can now access superfast speeds as a result...

Connectus helps businesses fly high with 100 % Gigabit capability

Connectus Group, a leading connectivity, IP-voice and cyber specialist, has announced they have now achieved 100% gigabit coverage of their services across Doncaster Sheffield Airport business park.  Occupying more than half a million square feet of office,...

BRC calls for actions on card fees

The BRC has launched its latest Payment Survey which shows that credit card spending overtook cash spending in 2018. Debit cards remain the most popular method of payment, accounting for almost three-in-five transactions.  The use of cash payments has been...

Nationwide launches BankiFi

Nationwide has announced its investment in BankiFi, a business banking technology provider that uses open banking to provide a suite of business microservices which plug into banking infrastructure through APIs. The technology means that it can offer additional...

Square Terminal Arrives in the UK

Payments provider Square has launched Square Terminal, an all-in-one device that makes credit and debit card processing fair and accessible to more businesses across the UK. Businesses looking to accept card payments have typically faced a range of challenges,...

SMEs call for protection of free cashpoints

Fresh figures from the consumer group Which? indicate that one in 10 free UK cashpoints have either closed or started charging fees since January 2018, with deprived communities disproportionately impacted by the changes.   Anabel Hoult of Which? and Natalie...

Klarna and Mothercare expand partnership

Klarna and Mothercare have today announced an extension of their current payments partnership, which will see Klarna’s Pay later, Pay in 3, and Slice it (0% interest) products available online and in-store across the UK.  The partnership...

Starling launches online banking

Starling Bank is set to launch online banking, a web app enabling its 66,000 business and sole trader account customers to better manage their Starling account on their desktop or laptop as well as direct from their smartphone. The banking web app will give small...

TSB and Square Launch Partnerships to Boost Payments for SMEs

TSB and payments provider Square have announced a partnership to make card payments more accessible for TSB’s Business Banking customers across the country. The collaboration will equip TSB’s small business owners with fast, affordable and easy access to credit and...

Northern Ireland to benefit from full fibre broadband

Open Reach has announced investment to make full fibre available to 325,000 premises across Northern Ireland by the summer of 2021.  In addition to the Belfast Fibre City roll-out, engineers will be building to various cities, towns and rural communities across...

BT brings 5G to rural Wales for 100th Royal Welsh Show

The benefits of 5G are being highlighted by BT at the 100th Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, taking place in Llanelwedd in mid Wales. BT has installed 5G at the Showground, making it one of the first, permanent rural 5G networks in Europe. Visitors to the annual...

Retail footfall continues downwards trajectory

Footfall declined by 1.3% in August, compared to the same point last year when it declined by 1.6%. On a three-month basis, footfall decreased by 2.1%. The six and twelve–month average declines are 1.4% and 1.7% respectively. High Street footfall declined by 1.9%....

Rude Wines selects Brightpearl for retail operations

Wine retailer Rude Wines has selected Brightpearl to support its mission of providing quality wines to its customers in the UK. With Brightpearl, Rude Wines gains access to a specialist retail operations platform, which enables the business to focus on growth and its...

Get up-to-date with NCSC advice to mitigate against DoS attacks

Organisations worried about the threat of Denial of Service (DoS) attacks have been recommended to read guidance published by the National Cyber Security Centre. Wikipedia suffered a suspected DoS attack on Saturday September 7 that resulted in intermittent site...

Square Announces Integration with Goodtill

Payments company Square announced its new integration with Goodtill point of sale (POS) to give more businesses across the UK access to its tools and services. Goodtill serves a range of businesses from multi-location restaurants to retail stores to give them access...

Dolby and GoToRoom complete tech integration

Dolby’s audio and video capabilities now integrate fully with GoToRoom. The newest of its kind, the bundle combines GoToRoom’s fast, easy and reliable software with Dolby’s world-renowned hardware for an unparalleled meeting experience. The integration aims to bridge...

Revolut launches expenses management tool

Revolut has launched its new Expense Management tool to Revolut for Business. The tool aims to simplify the process of uploading, approving, and tracking expenses, all manageable from within the app. Business owners or finance admins can track expenses as they happen,...

Small firms suffer close to 10,000 cyber-attacks daily

Small businesses are collectively subject to almost 10,000 cyber-attacks a day, according to new findings from the UK’s largest business group. One in five (20%) small firms say a cyber-attack has been committed against their business in the two years to January 2019....

Spring sales fail to shine, says Bira

The overall picture from Bira’s exclusive Quarterly Sales Monitor (QSM) for the second quarter of 2019 is one of disappointment, with the vast majority of the figures showing a decline when compared to the previous quarter and Q2 2018. Only three out of the twelve...

Sheffield set to benefit from the UK’s fastest broadband speeds

Openreach, the UK’s digital infrastructure company, today announced Sheffield as one of 36 towns and cities that are set to benefit from Openreach’s rollout of some of the fastest broadband speeds in the UK. In Sheffield, new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP)...

Vacancy rate worsens

BRIC has announced worrying vacancy rate statistics for the four weeks 30 June – 27 July 2019. The national town centre vacancy rate was 10.3% in July, a slight increase on the previous quarters rate of 10.2% and the highest since January 2015.Footfall declined by...

One in four kids don’t know what a high street is

As the decline of the UK’s once-bustling high streets continues to be a concern, research* reveals a quarter of children (26%) don’t even know what one is. But the resounding message is clear – children value the experience of shopping locally, with 74 per cent...

Howes Percival Adopts Aderant Expert

Howes Percival, an award-winning commercial law firm with a global client list, has chosen Aderant Expert to support its growing team. The firm’s 230-year history of serving a variety of clients needed a modern law practice management software, and Aderant Expert was...

July Shop Price deflation steady at -0.1%

The BRC has announced its July Shop Price numbers, with July Shop Price deflation steady at -0.1%. July was the second consecutive month of deflation since October 2018. This is below the 12- and 6-month average price increases of 0.3% and 0.4%, respectively. ...

Gig economy “a springboard for entrepreneurs”

Workers in the gig economy are increasingly seeing their “side hustle” as a launchpad into longer-term entrepreneurship, according to the NatWest sponsored annual survey of UK entrepreneurs. Although often portrayed as a precarious option to supplement low pay, latest...

Businesses in 36 locations set for Openreach broadband

Openreach has announced 36 new locations for its Fibre First programme. Businesses and homes in these locations will be able to connect to Openreach's fast and reliable broadband within the next 12 months. The announcement comes just weeks after the organisation...

The Co-op launches free banking offer for SMEs

The Co-operative Bank has announced it will be extending its free introductory period for SME customers by a year. The Bank’s core three business current accounts are rated five stars by Moneyfacts. New Business Directplus customers will benefit from 30 months of free...

Daisy launches Daisy Hosted Voice

In partnership with Gamma, Daisy has announced the launch of its new hosted VoIP product; Daisy Hosted Voice. Suited to businesses with up to 250 employees, the product is fully hosted and managed while it will run over Gamma’s highly-resilient and secure network....

Help for Heroes picks Brightpearl to serve its trading arm

Brightpearl, a retail operations platform for retailers and wholesalers, has been chosen by Help for Heroes to support its products and merchandise operations. The platform will support ecommerce growth for the charity, providing a scalable operations backend for its...

Revolut launches free business accounts for freelancers

Leading challenger bank Revolut has announced new pricing structures on its business accounts, with monthly subscription costs removed on its account for freelancers or small businesses. The blog post announcing the changes outline three key principles that guided the...

New information about Slack’s 2015 security incident

In response to new information about its 2015 security incident (explained here at the time), Slack is resetting passwords for approximately 1% of Slack accounts. This announcement affects you if: created your account before March 2015,AND have not...

Quickline bringing 5G to Lincolnshire Caravan Parks

Internet provider Quickline is installing 5G technology to bring superfast broadband to holidaymakers in Lincolnshire. It’s all part of a multi-million-pound project partially-funded by the Government to connect poorly-served communities, paving the way for a future...

Independent retailers see disappointing figures for the quarter

Bira's latest sales figures show an average fall of -2.94% for independent retailers compared to the same three months last year. Scotland saw the sharpest fall in the UK compared to April, May and June in 2018. East Anglia was the only region reporting that sales had...

Finance sector backs British business women

Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest are amongst 13 major banks and venture capital firms who have signed up to the Investing in Women Code. Plans to increase the number of British female entrepreneurs by half have taken a leap forward, with major banks and venture...

£6.6bn in finance to support UK’s SMBs

In the past year, the British Business Bank has supported almost 90,000 businesses with £6.6bn worth of finance. The amounts to an increase of almost a third over the previous year. The figures were announced as part of the bank's Annual Report and Accounts. The bank...

Disconnect emerges between SME employers and leadership over technology

36% of respondents said their leadership team isn’t communicating with the rest of the workforce early enough when choosing new technologyA third (31%) of SME decision makers said their leadership team is not moving fast enough to keep up with employees’ changing...

Monzo announces Xero and FreeAgent for Business Accounts

Monzo, a leading UK challenger bank, has announced that business account holders will now be able to integrate their accounts with Xero and FreeAgent. The news, announced via blog post, is the latest move by Monzo to tap into the lucrative business banking market....

Latest: HMRC update Making Tax Digital guidelines

HMRC has updated its guidance on Making Tax Digital. The guidance has been updated to include additional information for those who pay by direct debit, and is the latest update since the guidance was first published in February 2019. 5 July 2019 - If you pay by Direct...