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A modern business needs to accept card transactions to remain competitive

Are small businesses missing out on credit?

Here, we look at the advent of Point of Sale technology for growing businesses. 

The consultation is looking at putting more power in the hands of target firms

Takeover Panel consultation on Post Offer Undertakings and Intentions Statements

Simon Staples, partner at law firm Ashfords, examines how new rules could be put in place making it easier to hold bidders to account for the promises made during the heat of a merger battle.

The LSE bell has rang for many new listed companies during 2014

Record year for IPOs hints at future market conservatism

James Lyons, partner at Ashfords, looks back on recent London flotations and explains what kind of impact this may have for future listings.

Investment firm Sferiq sponsored the first award for digital art innovation

Instagram for art business bringing discovery tools to users

With a mission to surface the best art for the most people, whether for sale or not, ArtStack has experienced rapid uptake and built a global community of art appreciators.

Make sure your business is burglar proof

Deflect crime on your business premises

Here, we look at some anti-burglar measures to take for your business. 

Alex Macpherson was on hand to pick up VCT of the Year at Investor Allstars

How VCTs are funding the growth of British start-ups

Once traditionally the finance of choice for lower mid-market buy-out businesses, Alex Macpherson, head of the ventures team at Octopus Investments, explains how his funds are now backing enterprising and dynamic younger firms.

Being a director is a great way to influence business, but comes with responsibility

The legal implications of company directorships

Fiona Beal, professional support lawyer at Brodies, explains the legal framework and responsibilities associated with becoming the director of a business.

Designers from around the world are brought together on the Boticca platform

The reasons and approach behind a business rebrand

When independent designer e-commerce company Boticca decided it needed a rebrand the approach was to imagine the business was a country – then work out its characteristics, iconography and folklore.

Sara Murray picks up her award and flashes the buddi tracking device

From price comparison to personal tracking wearables for entrepreneur Sara Murray

It was a moment that most parents have experienced, when they turn around and their child has disappeared out of eyeshot. While Sara Murray was just as worried as the next mother, she also used the incident as inspiration for a new business.

Innovation need not be new or different, says Sean Blanks, just a better way

The importance of innovation for business leaders

Sean Blanks, marketing director of, explains why innovating with practices such as Google Adwords has helped the business stay ahead.

Patent Box was introduced in April 2013 to encourage high-value growth in the UK

The Patent Box and tax relief incentives for research and development

Jason Stevens, patent attorney at Dehns, gives an outline of how the Patent Box and R&D tax reliefs work as well as explaining why both may be available to businesses that don’t even realise it.

It pays to know the specifics of just what investors are looking for from deals

Five habits of effective business fundraising 

In the latest of his advice-based pieces for business owners, Fergal O’Mullane, director at retail tech accelerator Eccomplished, looks at what goes into a successful approach to equity fundraising.

M&A future: Imprima's Tom Horsman says that new tools are emerging

The 21st century virtual data room: A how-to guide

In an era of fast deals and big money, Tom Horsman, head of technology at Imprima, explains how a virtual data room aids the process.

Esteemed alumni: Last year's winner was online property service Zoopla

Trailblazing entrepreneurs: Europe's Allstar Company of the Year

As the five companies making up the shortlist for Europe's Allstar Company, GrowthBusiness profiles Achica, BlaBlaCar, Farfetch, NewVoiceMedia and Zound Industries to find out what goes into creating and growing a leading technology company.

Newer entrants to the job market have a different perspective on what is required

From the sharing economy to radical generosity: A shift from transacting to gifting

As the baby boomers and millennials line up in the workplace, Watershed director Simon Middleton examines how the new concept of 'radical generosity' could lead to a generation of entrepreneurs paying it forward.

Tech City has grown out from the roundabout located at London's Old Street

Top six hiring trends in London’s Tech City 

Alex Dover and Stacey McCarthy, director and office manager at Tech City recruitment consultancy Prism Digital, reveal how networking, shared spaces and overseas workers are dominating Silicon Roundabout recruitment.

Office layout can be an integral part of an organisation's success

Redesigning your office space: Five useful tips

Here, we look at some strategies for bringing out the full potential of your office. 

Businesses can unlock assets such as unpaid invoices to secure capital

Untapped strength: How SMEs can unlock balance sheets to finance growth 

Adrian Sainsbury, CEO of the commercial division of Close Brothers, explores asset-based finance route and explains how the approach can be flexible for businesses.

Fergal O’Mullane is well versed in knowing what investors look for

Top five reasons why investors don't invest

Fergal O’Mullane, director at retail tech accelerator Eccomplished, looks at the key issues that prevent investors from backing companies.

Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling have gone head-to-head in televised debates

What Scottish independence would mean for business leaders and SMEs

As the battle lines are draw between the Yes camp of Alex Salmond and the No camp of Alistair Darling, GrowthBusiness asks the question of what a lone Scotland would do for business.

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Cash Shells Directory 2015

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