What British pound sterling’s current strength means for businesses

The strength of the pound is growing as the UK economy recovers

The strength of the pound is growing as the UK economy recovers

While it may seem favourable to have a strong and improving pound, Kantox CEO Philippe Gelis explains why it hits UK exporters’ wallets – but can be leveraged for gains.

Investors: Northern England best place for repossessed property

Repossession rates are on the increase, especially in the north

Strategic property purchases can help boost an investment business – and repossessions offer a great opportunity.

Business recovery – What help is available?

Here, we look at the procedures surrounding business recovery, such as liquidation and company voluntary agreements.

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

Uncertain times lead to a desire from workers to secure protectoin

Employer-sponsored protection is featuring highly when it comes to staff preferences, alongside other features such as pension packages.

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

While growing a company in new territories can be a baptism of fire, currency management need not hold back a business – as Halo Financial director David Johnson explains.

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?

Growth in Cuba has long been hindered by its trade embargo with the US

View from the dealing floor. Eduard van Nes works on IG’s dealing floor in London. He looks at the influx of investment arriving in Cuba and the entrepreneurial culture growing.

How will the bedroom tax affect houses sold with long term tenants?

The bedroom tax is having a big affect on the way in which landlords manage properties.

Less capital on hand for SMEs to invest

Business savings: Cash is needed by companies to reinvest for growth

A fall in the amount of cash SMEs have readily available to invest in the business has been noted by new research carried out by Bibby Financial Services.

Undesirable home features

Running a business is about hard work, determination and solving problems. But when it comes to buying a home, it’s often the things that we can’t fix which are uppermost in our minds.

The perils of filing abbreviated company accounts

Making the decision to file abbreviated company accounts could lead to the loss of contracts and trouble with financing, so explains Ewan Mitchell, senior mathematician at corporate finance risk analysis firm Company Watch.

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