Your Own Design Studio – How to Start Up

Design Studio Start Up - Where Do You Start?   When you decide to start up your own design studio there are lots of elements to get to grips with and it might be easy to think that you can figure it out as you go along.  That’s true to a point, but there are some key areas you need to be clear on from the outset to give your busines...

Xero Xenogogy – Budgets

Budgets in Xero   When you’re thinking about the new financial year, it makes sense to start off with a budget. Pinning down your budget at the start of the financial year (or any time for that matter) will enable you to see problems or issues that are coming up further down the line. Using this information, you can more intelligently ...

Grow Your Business with Financial Forecasting

Use Accurate Financial Forecasting to Grow Your Business For many businesses, forecasting is just a stretch too far on your limited resources.  But if you are struggling to get your business to the next level, and if your finances are just too patchy to ever give you the confidence to make that jump then, ironically, forecasting is the very...

Refresh Your Business Goals for the New Financial Year

SMART Business Goals for the New Financial Year   The beginning of a new financial year is the SMART time to review your business goals and sharpen your focus on achieving them. But you’re really busy, aren’t you?  You don’t have time to spend noodling with business plans and goals.  Well, that’s an understandable position t...

Making Tax Digital – What’s It All About?

Making Tax Digital – What’s it all about? The government’s Making Tax Digital initiative will change filing tax returns for businesses small and large. But what exactly is it? What is Making Tax Digital? Most of us have heard the phrase Making Tax Digital by now, but not everyone is up to speed on what it means.  Making Tax Digital is...

4 Must Read Books For World Book Day

World Book Day Is Here!   1st of March is World Book Day and children across the country are struggling to school in the snow dressed as Harry Potter, Isadora Moon, Thing 1, Thing 2 and Peter Rabbit, to name just a few.  It's a wonderful occasion that reminds us all how powerful books are in our cultural life and imagination. But it ...

GDPR Preparation Stage 3

GDPR Preparation for SMEs Stage 3 – Right to be Forgotten, Breaches and Repeat. If you have been following the last 2 stages of our series on GDPR Preparation, you will be on the road to putting into place a reasonably robust start at GDPR compliance.  You’ve identified the data, you’ve located it, you’ve categorised it...

GDPR Preparation Stage 2

GDPR Preparation – Protection, Legal Basis and  Consent – Stage 2 In Stage 1 of GDPR Preparation we covered, Awareness, Assessing Data and Creating a Data Register. By this stage, you will have a solid understanding of what kind of data your company handles, how much you store and how it is stored. You have also started ...

GDPR Preparation for SMEs in 3 Stages

Stage 1 - Awareness, Data Identification and Creating a Register Getting ready for GDPR doesn't have to be as confusing as it appears to be.  Read our 3 part blog designed to walk you through the stages, so you don't go crazy!   1 Awareness Make sure that the relevant people in your business are aware of GDPR and the...

7 Tips to Get Your Invoices Paid

Tips for Getting Your Invoices Paid Cashflow is vital for any SME, so one of the biggest problems facing small businesses is late payment of invoices.  In Britain we are especially slow at paying our bills, in 2014 around 60% of small business owners were experiencing late payment issues – with the average firm owed over £38,186. This is a big...

GDPR – 8 Points You Need to Know

[caption id="attachment_1788" align="aligncenter" width="688"] 8 Points You Need to Know about GDPR[/caption] GDPR is on it's way But do you know what it is? The General Data Protection Regulation is designed to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches. It comes into effect from May 2018, but the time to s...

Marginal Gains – How 1% Can Make the Difference

  Marginal Gains   In 2012, British Cycling wiped for floor in the London Olympics.  Those were the salad days before the recent doping controversies kicked in, and according to their coach at the time, Dave Brailsford, they owed it all to marginal gains. British Cycling’s approach to Marginal Gains was to apply the concept...