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We’re here to support business. That’s why we’ve put together a range of guides, hints, tips and insights that we think could help improve your understanding across a wide range of business topics.
The best emerging technologies for small businesses

The best emerging technologies for small businesses
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Technology has evolved into an integral part of society, affecting how businesses operate and their services. With technologies such as AR and VR you can give your customers a unique experience that could set you apart from direct competitors.

How to Take Your Business Global

How to Take Your Business Global
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In order to create a global expansion plan for a business, it’s crucial for owners to consider all aspects of their business and their market to maximise the chances of international success.

What Is A Workplace Pension and Do I Need One

What Is A Workplace Pension and Do I Need One
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In order to live comfortably after retirement, you’ll need a pot of cash, also known as a pension. A pension, more specifically a workplace pension, allows people to save for their retirement with support from the state and their employer.

Improving workplace culture – tips from a business owner

Improving workplace culture – tips from a business owner
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Workplace culture has the power to either strengthen or undermine your business’ objectives. A positive workplace culture aims to keep employees happy and motivated, as well as attract prospective talent.

Tips for Women in Business from a Female Entrepreneur

Tips for Women in Business from a Female Entrepreneur
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Starting a business can bring a lot of challenges, so advice from entrepreneurs who have been in that position is priceless and could get you on the road to success much quicker.

Are commercial loans easy to get?

Are commercial loans easy to get?
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A commercial loan is a convenient and effective way for a business to obtain finance. The easiness of getting a commercial loan, depends on the type of loan, lender and financial health of your business.

How to Write a Business Plan

How to Write a Business Plan
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Business planning is vital to start and grow a business. Writing a business plan is a crucial first step, it will force you to think and scrutinise how best you can operate your business and maximise profit.

The dos and don'ts of Business Loans

The dos and don'ts of Business Loans
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To ensure you’re applying for a loan in a responsible and secure fashion, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of a loan application process and all the requirements that must be fulfilled in order for loans to be made and repaid.

What is a business continuity plan?

What is a business continuity plan?
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A downturn in your business could strike at any moment and preparing your business for a rocky period can give it the best chance of success. This is where a business continuity plan comes in.

Diversification in business – is it a good idea?

Diversification in business – is it a good idea?
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If you’re looking to grow your business, one popular strategy is business diversification. This involves broadening your business's opportunities by entering new markets or offering new services to attract new customers.

5 Steps to Help Grow your Business

5 Steps to Help Grow your Business
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Whether you’re diversifying or looking to offer a new product, growing your business can help increase profit and improve your success. If you’re considering growing your business, the first step is to prepare your business.

What is competitor research and why is it important?

What is competitor research and why is it important?
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Understanding who your business is competing with can help you prepare and identify gaps in the market to grow your business. A lack of competitor research could do the exact opposite.

How to get a Business Loan

How to get a Business Loan
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It’s not uncommon for businesses to require large sources of capital in order for them to progress and grow, whether that be to finance expansions, cover day-to-day running costs, acquire stock, hire new staff or buy new equipment.

How to Use LinkedIn to Promote your Brand

How to Use LinkedIn to Promote your Brand
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One of the leading social channels for businesses today is LinkedIn. Since launching in 2003, it’s grown into the world’s leading media platform for professional networking, with over 500 million users.

A Step by Step Guide to Applying for a Small Business Loan

A Step by Step Guide to Applying for a Small Business Loan
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Investing in your business with a loan can provide a number of opportunities, whether you are looking to expand your business or hire experienced staff. Preparing your business beforehand could increase your chances of getting approved.

How to Maintain Good Business Credit

How to Maintain Good Business Credit
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Running a successful business comes with a number of obligations and maintaining good business credit should be a priority. Good credit can say a lot about your business’ ability to manage its finances and increase your chance of securing finance.

Business Loan Comparison Guide: What to Watch

Business Loan Comparison Guide: What to Watch
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There are a range of business loan options available so it's highly important to ensure you're choosing a loan that matches your business's needs and meets your objectives.

What are the most profitable business sectors for 2019?

What are the most profitable business sectors for 2019?
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It’s key to have a complete understanding of today’s market, knowing which trends, products and sectors are driving the most consumer interest and generating enormous profits as a result. It allows you to introduce new stock or services to cater ever-changing preferences.

How to know when you're ready for business expansion

How to know when you're ready for business expansion
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For many SMEs, business expansion is a sign of success and the opportunity to increase profit. However, in practice, it can be an uncertain affair, involving large amounts of money being invested without an immediate guarantee of a return.

5 reasons why a new business loan might be the perfect solution

5 reasons why a new business loan might be the perfect solution
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Investing in your business is essential to improving its chances of finding success and making profit.
This can take many forms, whether it’s buying new equipment, hiring new staff or upscaling to a larger premises.

Cash Flow

Cash Flow
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As money goes out of your business earlier and faster than it comes in, it’s easy to see how your business can fall short of funds while you’re trying to grow.

Digital marketing for SMEs

Digital marketing for SMEs
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Digital marketing can be a very effective way to reach potential customers. Using the right web platforms to find your target audience is efficient and cost-effective.

What is a business loan?

What is a business loan?
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It’s no secret that businesses need capital in order to thrive. That’s where business loans (also known as commercial loans) can provide the boost your business needs to keep growing.

Are Online Business Loans Safe?

Are Online Business Loans Safe?
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When you own a business, it’s crucial to be streetwise about online security. Read our top tips for detecting online fraud, and learn to identify legitimate lenders.

How to get a 100k business loan

How to get a 100k business loan
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Join the Esme team as we explain the eligibility requirements that need to be met in order to apply for loans of up to £100,000.

Is there such a thing as an instant business loan?

Is there such a thing as an instant business loan?
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An instant business loan may seem highly attractive. After all, if you need additional capital then surely the quicker it’ll arrive, the better? Here we look into what an instant business loan really means.

How to stay on top of your business’s finance

How to stay on top of your business’s finance
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Whether you’re a beginner entrepreneur taking your first steps into the big world of business, or an established owner contemplating expansion, it’s vital to have a thorough understanding of your finances. We share top tips on how to keep on top of your income and expenditure.

What is Working Capital?

What is Working Capital?
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Having a full understanding of your working capital could be the difference between seeing your business flourish, or slip into the red. Here we explain what working capital is, and how you can use it to measure your business’ financial health.

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