Small Business

Free vs paid credit reports

Posted on Aug 28 2015 by

There are lots of credit reports available in the market now, offering a range of services. When it comes to credit checking your customers and suppliers, you’ll be presented with a lot of choices. The main differentiation and deciding factor for you will probably be whether you should pay for a premium service such as […]

Trading online for SMEs

Posted on Aug 25 2015 by

Online sales in the UK have increased by 16.2 per cent* since 2014, making it one of the top markets in Europe. The internet offers SMEs the largest customer base they could’ve ever imagined with unlimited markets and opportunities.  Product sales are only part of the picture with service providers quick to seize a proportion […]

Online cloud storage for SMEs

Posted on Aug 21 2015 by

Store it in the cloud. Move it to the cloud. Find it in the cloud. These days it seems like everything is happening in the cloud. Cloud storage; an emerging technology that has fuelled numerous debates, lots of controversy along with some slight confusion. The need for flexible IT infrastructure, emergence of big data analytics, […]

Experian launch 99 for £99 to help start-ups with late payment obstacles

Posted on Aug 14 2015 by

A record 50,000 businesses are being created each month, with 587,000 being set up in the UK alone in 2014. Although the UK’s population of start-up companies is increasing at the fastest rate, there are a number of challenges which make it hard for them to survive beyond the two year mark. The numbers have […]

Three ingredients to a healthy credit score

Posted on Aug 14 2015 by

There are three key ingredients to a healthy credit score: robust information, sound financial management and regular monitoring. Information Share it – The more data that is available about your business, the better. It means Credit Reference Agencies (CRAs) like Experian can validate this information and ensure your score accurately reflects your current situation. Update […]

Eight marketing tips for smes

Posted on Aug 14 2015 by

Know your strengths and weaknesses You should constantly be aware of these and review them on a regular basis, especially your weaknesses. Be honest with yourself, as this could be the reason why customers are going to your competitors instead. Make it an objective to work on these weaknesses to increase your competitive advantage. Customer […]

Alternative finance: crowd funding, business angels and trade finance

Posted on Aug 14 2015 by

With increasing alternative finance options being made available to small to medium businesses (SMEs), less and less are going to traditional lending methods. In this post, we look at three different alternative finance methods that are gaining popularity in the market today. According to The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the amount lent by alternative […]

SMEs and cyber attack

Posted on Aug 14 2015 by

Research shows that cyber attacks are an increasing problem for SMEs and it’s something that we think you should be paying more attention to. We explain why SMEs are a target, how attacks happen, what the potential risks are and how you can defend yourself. Why SMEs are an easy target? SMEs don’t normally think that […]

International credit reporting

Posted on Aug 04 2015 by

Many UK businesses are expanding into new markets to look for customers and international trade is becoming an increasingly popular option. It is important to credit check your customers and suppliers within the UK, this should be even more important when dealing with them overseas.  There’s always an element of risk, how do you know […]

Trading with China

Posted on Aug 04 2015 by

34 per cent of businesses interviewed in a recent survey saw China as the biggest market with export potential.  It’s clear to see that China will have a big part to play in the future expansion plans of British businesses, with imports and exports to and from China already increasing. So why is China becoming […]