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.
As a small business owner, the chances are you already have enough on your plate without outside influences threatening the smooth-running of your company. Therefore the continued disruption caused by the London tube strike is no doubt a real headache for London-based small businesses. With business leaders warning that the continued action could cost London's economy £200 million, there is cause for concern for anyone based locally.
We are very pleased to announce that the Small Business Saturday UK site is now live! As you are no doubt aware, we wholeheartedly support this amazing initiative, and have been doing all we can to help you make the most out of this special day and beyond.
There is never a good time to realise you aren't sufficiently covered. However, if you were to pick one time of year that you could really do without the added stress and financial outlay, it is Christmas.
Ghost broking has been in the news a lot recently, with almost 30 people being arrested in the past month as part of a nationwide crackdown on the practice.
Reports also suggest that up to 20,000 people in the UK may've fallen foul of ghost broking. But what is it? And how can you avoid it? Don't worry, as always we have your back.