News & Market Deals

George Osborne urged to support family business through tax benefits

Business News

Manchester Metropolitan University releases report calling for greater help for family businesses

One in four small companies has no business plan for growth

Business News

More than half of small businesses have no formal plan on paper

Capita buys Constructionline from government for £35m

Mergers & Acquisitions

Construction industry supplier service passes into private hands

Not growing it alone: The power of collaboration for expanding businesses

Business Planning & Expansion A collaborative approach can work for businesses, especially in today's enterprise scene

Andrew Morris, CEO of the Academy for Chief Executives, on how small businesses can collaborate for growth.

10 steps to crowdfunding your business

Business Finance

Most businesses that attempt to crowdfund are either not accepted onto a platform or don’t reach their fundraising goal - mainly because they’re unprepared and don’t understand exactly what it takes to attract investors. Here are 10 steps that will help you get it right.

Growing a Business

Four seasons: Seasonal variance can lead to cashflow headaches

How to keep cash flowing through seasonal peaks and troughs

Business Finance

Seasonal imbalances are a particular problem for smaller companies without the financial muscle to absorb occasional losses: Aldermore Bank MD Damon Walford explains how to plan ahead and survive

Healthy income: Private practice can be a way to combine medical and financial rewards

A business worth billions: private medical practices

Marketing Strategies & Research

Medics can combine medical and financial nous when starting private practices. Read on to find out how...

Comment and Analysis

How businesses can use the cloud to connect with their customers

How can small businesses ensure cloud technology improves relations with their customers? By e commerce cloud specialists James and James Fulfilment 

Why high-growth companies struggle with customer experience

Mike Hughes, MD of customer management consultancy, PeopleTECH, on how high-growth businesses can avoid delivering a bad customer experience.

Planning your exit strategy: Why tech businesses need to think ahead

Planning an exit strategy is vital for any business; even if you are thinking it will be some time away. Chris Cairns, Partner at Alliotts Accountants, looks at some of the common exit options for businesses in the technology sector.

The Entrepreneur

6 sportsmen who started their own businesses

Find out which former footballer saved a well-known pasty retailer

Watch: Get inspired to grow a business in 2015

A group of nearly 100 top economists has predicted 2015 will be a year of further growth for the UK, so how will you be taking advantage over the next 12 months?

The striking similarities between Game of Thrones and your business (spoiler alert)

The events depicted in the fictional land of Westeros bear uncanny resemblance to many business environments.

Research

Report exposes lack of ROI insight from customer service

'28% of organisations do not measure the cost of customer service'

The gap in businesses’ measurement of customer experience means they don’t know what customers really want, research finds

What moves small-cap share prices?

Research report into the top-performing 100 companies below the FTSE 350 and on AIM.

Cash Shells Directory 2014

The annual Cash Shells Directory is an invaluable guide for companies and advisers considering joining the stock market by reversing into a shell, providing a list of potential candidates and a commentary on each of them.

M&A on AIM 2014

Mergers and acquisition activity by AIM companies hit a four-year high in 2013, bucking the general UK trend. So far, 2014 has shown a similar buoyancy.

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