The festival season is big business in the UK. With dozens of major events and more than a million people attending at least one festival every year, there are plenty of opportunities for traders to clean up.
Maybe you're in it for the money, maybe not - but no matter why you're in business, cash is the lifeblood of your company. In the worst scenario, poor cash flow management can spell the end of your venture. However even in less extreme cases, it can still be damaging, as finding yourself unable to pay your suppliers, landlords or employees even once can put a long-term strain on your business relationships.
For many people, Easter weekend is a bit like a scaled-down Christmas - a bit of time off work to spend with the family, with the added bonus that you might even see a bit of sunshine. While it doesn't have quite have the same epic build-up associated with Christmas, it's still a break that people look forward to - and that means any business should consider its marketing potential. Here are a few ways to get a bit more out of this seasonal celebration:
As of today, Microsoft has ceased support of its 12-year old operating system Windows XP. With latest stats showing that 20 per cent of computers still run this archaic operating system, this removal of support could be a huge problem for small businesses that still run it.
The chancellor George Osborne did indeed open his red briefcase today, as he revealed the 2014 Budget. With a section titled "a Budget for business", it is safe to say businesses of all sizes made up a significant chunk of Mr Osborne's Budget. Without further ado, let's take a quick look at the small business-related announcements made today.