Small businesses struggling with GDPR registration

Unless you’ve been living “off net” or on a different planet you’ll be familiar with GDPR by now. The legislation designed to help people gain greater control over their personal data with web giants such as Facebook, Google and Apple is causing problems with small businesses in the UK as they scramble to comply. For …

6 Tips for Maximising Your Chances of Securing Funding For Your Business

All but a select few business startups will rely heavily on loans to get their enterprises off the ground. Those lucky enough to self-fund their new ventures are few and far between, so you will need to convince those willing to lend of the viability of you and your business. But what are your funding …

Can your customers always contact you?

Some industry research suggests that having an 0800 number for your business can get you up to 185% more phone calls from customers. The logic behind this is simple; if you make it free for people to call you there is no reason for them not to pick up the phone. Getting customers to call …

VOIP Systems for Startups and Small Businesses

Phone systems may not be the first thing that you think about when starting a new business but they can be important to the success of your company. When you first start-up every sale matters and being able to contact customers and allowing them to contact you is essential. If you start-up on your own …

Business Telephone Number Jargon Buster

We have recently started to sell business telephone numbers, specifically we are selling 0800, 0843 and 0872 numbers, or as they are collectively known Non Geographic Numbers (NGNs). There is a lot of jargon surrounding telecoms and business telephone numbers. In this article we will try to explain what the most common terms mean and …

Business Start-Up Myths – It takes years to start a business

Often, people assume that it takes years to start a new business. In truth it can take just a matter of months. Most businesses start-up within around 6 months and are trading nicely around that time. This doesn’t mean that you should rush things. The first few years of business are risky enough, without rushing …

Business Start-Up Myths – “I don’t need a business plan”

There are several myths floating around the internet and around the business world surrounding starting a new business and the importance (or not) of the business plan. Whoever you speak to will give you different information. Some say a business plan is the difference between the life and death of a business, while others say …

HMRC Scathed By Watchdog

HM Revenue & Customs recently found themselves being brutally scathed by the BBC’s Watchdog programme. People have complained about the excuses offered to them by HMRC in terms of “backlogs” and “computer glitches”, one person was even told that his files had been “lost”. HM Revenue & Customs have strict policies when it comes to …

What is a partnership?

Partnership occurs where two or more people go into business together with the intention of making a profit. Establishing their business and registering as self-employed they share the decision making, any profits the business makes and also any debt the business accrues. The partnership business itself, has no separate legal structure and entirely rests on …

40% of calls to HMRC Remain Unanswered

Recent research by the BBC shows that as many as 40% of calls placed to HMRC remain unanswered. People trying to contact Revenue and Customs for help and support are being left out in the cold. This is especially surprising and no doubt frustrating, considering the recent drive by HMRC to encourage more people to …