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Almost half of employees would take income protection over a pay rise 

Uncertain times lead to a desire from workers to secure protectoin

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What you need to know about online finance options

Despite the struggles for SMEs to secure finance, the number of options available continues to grow. Clive Lewis, head of SME issues at the ICAEW, provides a guide to what is out there.

The pragmatist’s guide to currency management for businesses expanding overseas

If new to the foreign exchange market, expertise and guidance are invaluable

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How to release finance from its administrative burden

Stuart Evans, chief technology officer at Invu, explains how using electronic and automated invoice processing can ease the strain on finance departments.

Time to invest in Cuba?

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