Business And Industry UK
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Tips for start-ups: Accountancy software

Accounting and payroll are not, admittedly, the most exciting parts of a business. They are, unfortunately, absolutely critical to its success.      
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Passion is key to entrepreneurial success

Richard Branson created the global mega-brand Virgin in 1970 at the age of 20. Here he offers his best business advice and insight into how he achieved his success.
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The modern entrepreneur: Reaching international markets

The scope for exports and international market integration through the web is bigger than ever - now is the time to take your SME global.
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Peter Jones CBE on the virtues of new business

I believe that anyone has it within them to become a successful entrepreneur and it is never too early to get into business.
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New business overseas: The Chinese market

China is opening its doors to western brands and entrepreneurs looking to take their new business global.
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Your SME: Key things to remember

Duncan Cheatle, Founder of The Prelude Group and The Supper Club, goes through some of the key Q & A's that you need to be wary of when building your start-up.
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4 legal tips for entrepreneurs

Deb McGargle, Director of Particular Legal, shares her four best tips for getting to grips with your business' legal responsibilities.  
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Sir Richard Branson: The importance of digital skills for SMEs

Technology must be embraced by all small business owners and put at the heart of everything they do, regardless of the industry they operate in.
Why small businesses can push the UK forward

Why small businesses can push the UK forward

The majority of private sector companies are small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) providing millions of jobs. They are crucial to the UK’s economic recovery, says Tom Borthen, director of The Business Show.
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Follow the crowd to raise finance

Question: When the banks won’t lend you money where can you go for investment? Answer: One popular alternative funding option is crowdfunding which is growing at a rapid rate
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HMRC is here to help SME's

We recognise that, as a small business owner, you have a lot to think about in the day-to-day running of your business.
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Clever use of technology can make or break start-ups

Small firms that use technology effectively are more likely to survive and grow than others.

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Extended content - Commercial mortgages: Get off the High Street

It seems like you might be fighting a losing battle trying to acquire a commercial mortgage from a high street bank, but this doesn't mean that your business is not creditworthy.
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David Humpston Entrepreneur case study

At the age of 17, David Humpston gave up the prospect of a career in professional motorsport and decided to branch into business. This turned out to be a very good decision.
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Exporters reap the rewards, but more SMEs must take the leap

The contribution of SMEs to total exports is significant, but only a minority of firms account for the majority of export value.
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Why exporting is key to sustained economic growth

The great news is that the ONS figures show export is going well and has increased dramatically since 2013, going from £304bn to £387bn in 2014 - still to be adjusted - but a marked improvement.
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Branson's 4 top tips for growing your business

You’ve taken the leap and decided to build your own business. Your dream might be to become your own boss, or create products you’re really passionate about, but it doesn’t matter. You’ve decided to create your own path and that’s brilliant.
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Understanding auto-enrolment and how it affects your business

All employers must automatically enrol certain staff into a workplace pension scheme and make contributions into it.
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Peter Jones CBE talks funding for start-ups

Since the first episode of Dragons’ Den aired back in 2005, Peter Jones – the one remaining panellist from the programme’s original line-up – has invested in more than 15 companies.
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Andy Khawaja talks entrepreneurialism, and what it takes to make it

Andy founded Allied Wallet in Los Angeles in 2002, and over the years saw his business growing from nothing to the multi-billion international company it is today.
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Success of UK manufacturer who sells its coffee machines to the Italians

Fracino - the UK's only manufacturer of espresso and cappuccino machines - is marking a momentous 2015 with unprecedented expansion at home and overseas.