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6 Ways to Retain or Attract Talent Without Increasing Their Wages

6 Ways to Retain or Attract Talent Without Increasing Their Wages 2022 will continue to see businesses competing to retain and attract talent.  However, after two years of Covid restrictions and upheavals, few small businesses are in the position to compete with rising salaries. The good news is that more than ever, employees are looki...

Get Ready for the UKCA Mark

Get Ready for the UKCA Mark The new UKCA mark replaces the CE mark for products sold in Great Britain.   It came into effect in January 2021, at the end of the Brexit transition. However, a grace period means that you can still use the CE mark until January 2022. After that point goods sold in Great Britain must show the UKCA mark. ...

Why you need a scalable business model

Why You Need a Scalable Business Model Why should you need a scalable business model? Nobody starts a business to see it crashing  after a couple of years.  Nor does any excited entrepreneur dream that their business will stay small forever or that they will have to throw in the towel when a recession hits. Of course not.  Ev...

What Is Your Business Worth? And Why Does It Matter?

Why does it matter what your business is worth? Why does it matter what your business is worth? It may be that you are planning on selling it in the future, either for retirement or to explore other challenges.  You’ll also need to know its value if you are planning on raising capital or creating shares. Or you might simply want to put a num...

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 business a figh...

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 to...

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...

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 ...

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...

Auto-Enrolment Made Easy – What are your duties?

[video width="854" height="480" mp4="http://www.artisan-accounts.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Auto-Enrolment_14.09.17.mp4" poster="http://www.artisan-accounts.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/auto-enrolment-made-easy.png"][/video]     Well, we all know why auto-enrolment was introduced.   Not enough of us were saving i...

How to Raise Your Prices

Do your Prices Reflect Your Worth? If Not, it's Time to Close the Gap   Here's How We just recently spoke with a client Siobhan, who owns a PR and Marketing business for small film related businesses, about a new service she was offering and her anxieties focussed around it.  She was second guessing everything about this service, and questioni...