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Ten years after the global financial crisis: What has changed?
17 November 2017

Ten years after the global financial crisis: What has changed?

10 years on from the financial crisis our MD Peter Alderson discusses how the financial industry has evolved... for the better.

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£400M Investment is a welcome boost for Northern business
5 October 2017

£400M Investment is a welcome boost for Northern business

The Northern Powerhouse is nothing new. When in 2014, the then-Chancellor, George Osbourne first talked about a promised level of investment that would ‘bring about an economic force rivalling London and the South...

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Brexit prompts the rise of the micro business
2 October 2017

Brexit prompts the rise of the micro business

More business-minded people are taking matters into their own hands. Figures from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy indicate that there are now more than 5.5m companies in the UK, and 99 per...

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How to solve the VAT payment problem
18 September 2017

How to solve the VAT payment problem

In recent times, there’s been what can only be described as a huge sea change in the way people think about financing recurring payments such as VAT. Whilst many businesses had previously eschewed the idea of...

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Mid-sized firms risk being overlooked for finance
6 March 2017

Mid-sized firms risk being overlooked for finance

Medium-sized businesses grew more quickly, generated larger profit growth and created more jobs in the past year than Britain’s large and small companies, according to research undertaken by accountancy firm BDO....

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SMEs remain optimistic in the face of Brexit
23 January 2017

SMEs remain optimistic in the face of Brexit

Now that Theresa May has set out her 12 priorities for Brexit, and with Article 50 set to be triggered within weeks, are the UK’s SMEs starting to feel any effects?

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The Commonwealth opportunity for UK SMEs
1 December 2016

The Commonwealth opportunity for UK SMEs

It’s hard to avoid using enormous numbers when discussing trade and the numbers don’t come much bigger than for the Commonwealth.

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What the Autumn Statement means for SMEs
24 November 2016

What the Autumn Statement means for SMEs

Yesterday’s Autumn Statement saw the chancellor announce a mild loosening of the public finances in order to invest in closing the productivity gap between Britain and other developed nations. Against a backdrop of...

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10 things you need to know about this year’s Autumn Statement
23 November 2016

10 things you need to know about this year’s Autumn Statement

Today (Wednesday 23rd November), Philip Hammond delivered his first statement as Chancellor, outlining his focuses for the future. Here are the key points:

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Asset Finance business grew for its 36th consecutive month
15 November 2016

Asset Finance business grew for its 36th consecutive month

According to new figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA), new asset finance business grew for its 36th consecutive month to £2.9bn.

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Q&A: What makes Britain’s family businesses tick?
27 October 2016

Q&A: What makes Britain’s family businesses tick?

In today's City A.M feature, Phil Harris, Executive Director of the Business Research Institute, talks about family-owned businesses and how the estimated 4.6 million need to be supported more.

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Self-employment at record high, yet wages fall
21 October 2016

Self-employment at record high, yet wages fall

Self-employment is steadily increasing, now at a record high of 4.8 million, with 1 in 7 workers currently listed as self-employed. However, a recent report conducted highlights that their earnings have fallen by £60...

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Small businesses that export are ‘more confident’
14 October 2016

Small businesses that export are ‘more confident’

‘Small firms that export are more confident’ according to the Small Business Barometer 2016, a poll undertaken with 800 small business owners across the UK.

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Is Manufacturing bouncing back?
15 September 2016

Is Manufacturing bouncing back?

Following the recent Brexit vote, it seems that Britain’s manufacturers have shrugged off the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

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