• Dividends and paying yourself as a director

    • As the director in a limited company, dividend payments are the usual way for you to take money out of the company – and see a financial return on your investment into the company. Dividends are payments made to the company’s shareholders when the business has made a profit. What’s not re-invested into the company […]

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  • Get in control of cashflow

    • It’s a well-worn phrase, but cashflow really is the lifeblood of your business. When your cash inflows are greater than your cash outflows, that puts you in a positive cashflow position – giving you the liquid cash needed to trade, improve and grow as a business. But if costs start to outstrip your income, that […]

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  • Your small business can compete against large retailers

    • When it comes to competing with large retailers, is there a way to level the playing field? You may feel that the odds are stacked against you as a small business. It can be daunting when your competitors already have a head start. Within your retail strategy you have two choices. You can emulate bigger […]

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  • Building a Better Business in 10 Steps

    • You’re in business, congratulations, that takes courage and commitment. It’s not easy, and at times you might find yourself questioning why you’re even doing it, but you’re here because you had a vision. You decided being in business was a better way to achieve that vision than working for someone else. And, you’re right; you […]

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  • Get on top of time wasters in your working week

    • There are 1,440 minutes in a day and each of us have the same allocated amount. Some people manage to achieve much more than others. So, how can we free up time to help lead a better business and ultimately a happier life? The top 10 time wasters: 1. Lack of clear goals. Planning and […]

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  • Better Business Focus newsletter – August 2019

    • You can now download the August issue of Better Business Focus HERE.  Please feel free to e-mail Better Business Focus to your friends or colleagues. Below is a selection of articles from this month’s issue, and we hope you enjoy the read! Better Business Focus: Expert Inspiration for a Better Business. Better Business Focus is […]

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  • The importance of tax planning for directors

    • Paying tax is something you’re likely to see as a necessary (but not hugely enjoyable) part of running your business. But are you doing enough to plan your own personal tax liabilities? As a director, you’ll pay your income tax annually on a self-assessment basis. But there are plenty of ways to make this a […]

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  • Are you playing in the growth game?

    • What’s your business growth looking like and where were you 12 months ago compared to today? If you haven’t given it much thought it is probably because you’re always stuck in the day-to-day operations. But it is worth spending some dedicated time to do some reflecting and planning. Growth doesn’t need to mean more risk, […]

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