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12 Jan

Choosing A Business Structure

An introduction to the most common types of businesses: sold traders, limited companies and partnerships.

After the start of a brand new year, changing something about the way you do business can make you feel like you've turned a new page.  This could be anything from launching a new product or service, redesigning your company logo to ordering new office stationery.

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06 Jul

Small Businesses Unprepared Against Digital Attacks

More than four in ten small and micro businesses have experienced digital crime, according to a survey by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

The survey of 1,000 business owners with less than 49 employees reveals that 42% have suffered online security issues.

Important figures:

-  23% have had business computers infected by viruses

-  22% have had personal or sensitive information stolen

-  12% have suffered from card fraud

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06 Jul

Business Planning Overlooked by SMEs

A third of small and medium-sized business owners are operating without a business plan, according to research by Close Brothers Asset Finance.

The survey found that 29% of SMEs do not have a business plan, with 43% of these claiming that they don't believe they need one.

Furthermore, a fifth say they prefer to memorise their business plan rather than writing it down, while 15% say that having a plan isn't a top priority.

Brian Dhenin, Managing Director of the Broker Division at Close Brothers Asset Finance, said:

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