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Here's where we lift the lid on insurance and explain it all simply.

There's essential help with how best to protect your business or not-for-profit. Plus, useful advice on running your organisation and life as a freelancer.

6 things to consider before going freelance

A freelancing dream is coming closer! But before you actually write down your notice letter, spend some time considering these 6 points for taking the leap…

7 ways to combat rising insurance premiums

So, every penny counts then? You bet it does (tell us something we don’t already know) and if you’re anything like us, you’ve tightened your belt so much that you’re having trouble breathing.

Agency Workers Regulations – good to go?

1 October 2011 (that's tomorrow) sees the introduction of new employment rights for temporary staff and, as the name suggests, agency workers.

Securing investment the easy way

How do you go about securing investment for start-up and growth? The rise of crowdfunding means people power can sometimes provide the solution.

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Agency Workers Regulations – small businesses face big fines

companies that don’t comply with the changes, either as a result of ignorance or through deliberate circumvention, face a fine of up to £5,000 per agency worker they take on.

Small businesses show signs of recovery

The latest quarterly report by the firm of invoice financiers indicates a 16.2% turnover increase for small businesses between the end of 2009 and the second quarter of 2011.

Office workers annoyed says survey

Electronics giant Samsung has revealed the results of their ‘Top Ten Office Bugbears’ survey. And it makes for amusing reading.

New waste disposal regulations for businesses

Whether it’s paper, food or scrap metal, all businesses produce waste of some kind. The Environment Agency calls this 'controlled waste'.

Oops files #8

Another lesson in always double-checking your spelling from our occasional series of signage blunders. One at a time, please, gourmands....

Using social media to attract new talent

Attracting and retaining new talent is the only way to safeguard the future success of your business. Getting the next generation of thinkers and doers on board will ensure you move with the times - or better still, have the times move with you.

Why you should keep your insurance broker updated

Changing address, increasing turnover, new business activities, a new company name and increasing your level of cover all have ramifications.

You can’t underestimate the value of a good accountant

Crunch's survey of limited companies dug into owners' opinion of their accountants and found that two thirds prefer to use an online accountancy service.