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What the End of the Driving License Counterpart Means ...

On 8 June 2015 driving licence counterparts were officially abolished by the DVLA in favour of View Driver Record – an electronic database where people can access the information previously held on their paper counterpart licence, such as vehicle licence types, penalty points and c...

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Starting a company Part five: Register your company...

When registering a new start-up, there are two main options that people normally take. This is either becoming a sole trader or registering as a limited company. According to your needs, you should’ve established by now which type of company you want to form. Sole Trader 75% of UK companies have no...

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Starting a company Part four: Write your business plan...

Now that you’ve done all your information gathering you should be ready to produce your start-up business plan. This business plan will help you map out your company and put down in writing all the research you’ve done. Business plans vary in length from a few sentences to more than...

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Starting a company Part three: Choosing the right comp...

This is one of the most enjoyable and fun parts of planning your company. Your name is the image that your company projects and the first point of call for a customer. Good or bad, it’ll be what draws customers to you or turn them away to competitors. Follow these...

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Starting a company Part two: Who to sell to and why...

No one can afford to target everyone, it doesn’t make any commercial sense and for a start-up it isn’t realistically possible. You need to be clear of who your target market is from the beginning and who you’d like to target towards so you can tailor to their needs....

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Starting a company Part one – Basics to starting...

There is proof that the entrepreneurial spirit in Britain is on the rise with a record 581,173 new companies being registered with the Companies House in 2014; this is a 10 per cent increase from 2013 figures. 81 per cent of entrepreneurs said they were happier than being employed...

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We’re living in the future, now – wearable tech, the I...

The Internet of things and wearable tech are just two of the more recent technological advancements that could be straight out of a science fiction movie. How close are we to...

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Branchless Banks and the Identity Checking Conundrum...

Two headlines caught my eye recently, the first concerned the rise in current account fraud and the second was a new bank starting up – a bank that wouldn’t have any b...

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Seven ways to control costs...

1. Plan out an effective budget When creating a budget, make sure that it’s flexible and not something you produce at the beginning of the year to not to be referred to again. A dynamic budget reviewed regularly can help you to react to ever-changing market climates. It’ll let...

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