The growth hub for small and independent businesses
SMEs make up 90% of businesses worldwide and the SME market in the UK contributes £2 trillion a year to the economy. SMEs also contribute significantly to international trade volumes – $35 trillion of trade is expected this year as the economy continues to recover. Yet despite the pivotal role SMEs play, they’ve traditionally had to navigate complicated and costly international payment systems. Corporate B2B payment platforms aren’t always viable for small business owners who usually have to rely on their bank to facilitate transactions.
13 Jan 2022
The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) tracks inflation – i.e. how much prices rise over time – on everyday products. In December 2021, the headline rate of inflation in the UK rose to 5.1%: the highest rate in a decade. What does this mean for businesses?
12 Jan 2022
If your business has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, you might be considering applying for finance through the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS). On 1 January 2022, a few changes came into effect. Read on to find out what’s changed and how to apply.
10 Jan 2022
On 21 December 2021, the government announced £1 billion of additional support for the hundreds of thousands of organisations across the UK hit hardest by the wave of Omicron variant coronavirus cases. Let’s take a look at how the £1bn fund is being distributed.
6 Jan 2022
Small Businesses are the lifeblood of many high streets. Our towns and cities would be ghost towns without our much-loved newsagents, salons and barbers, grocers, cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs. And on industrial estates dotted around the country, many services and small manufacturing firms provide the backbone for the country’s business community to thrive. Raising capital if you’re such a business owner can represent a challenge, but there are a few different ways you can access the funding you need.
5 Jan 2022
Gone are the days of having to go to your business bank for small business loans. As well as the usual high street institutions, there are many newer, more flexible lenders out there today who may be able to better facilitate your business finance needs.
4 Jan 2022
As we approach 2022, it's worth reflecting on the highs and lows of 2021 so we can begin making plans to start the New Year with our best foot forward. It’s been a long year, so to make the planning process a little easier we've put together a list of financial resolutions to consider for 2022.
16 Dec 2021
This partnership will enable independent businesses to access international payments via the marketplace, and pay invoices in over 50 different currencies.
15 Dec 2021
January is always a hectic month. So, why not give your clients a kickstart today by preparing them for growth in 2022? Establishing goals with your clients now will provide them with the vision and motivation they need to move forward with confidence.
13 Dec 2021
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