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Understanding VAT

If you’re new to business, VAT can appear to be complex. This guide is will demystify VAT and equip local business owners with the knowledge they need to navigate this crucial aspect of financial management. What is VAT? Value Added Tax (VAT) is a consumption tax levied on the value added to goods and services…Read More

Useful Whatsapp features

Over the last few years, WhatsApp has gone from being just another messaging system, to one that is integral in our day-to-day business. There are so many aspects of it that are very useful, and yet rarely used… WhatsApp for the web Using WhatsApp on your desktop is great for those who love a standard…Read More

A Guide to Planning for Your Business in 2024

A Guide to Planning for Your Business in 2024 As we step into 2024, it’s essential for businesses to chart a course that ensures financial stability and growth. At FWD, we understand the importance of strategic financial planning, robust budgets, and proactive cash flow management. In this article, we’ll guide you through the key steps…Read More

The 2023 Autumn Statement

  The Chancellor recently unveiled the Autumn Statement, concluding with unexpected announcements, a National Insurance cut. This article dissects key takeaways from the 2023 Autumn Statement and sheds light on the support offered. How the Autumn Statement Impacts Small Businesses and the Self-Employed A primary focus of the Autumn Statement lies on small businesses, with…Read More

Dealing with late payments

How to deal with late payments As a business owner it’s likely you would have dealt with late payments from customers at some point. But what is the best strategy to deal with late payments? Here are some key things to keep in mind when chasing late customer payments. Don’t jump to conclusions It’s important…Read More

Public speaking tips for business owners

When you are passionate about owning your own business, not enjoying speaking in public shouldn’t hold you back. Unfortunately, there’s no way around it other than practice. But the good thing is the more you do it the more you get used to it. But to give you a head-start in getting confident in public…Read More

How to make your meetings the most productive

Ensuring team meetings are worthwhile is beneficial for everyone, for you as the business owner and for your team to ensure their time at work is being used in the most efficient way possible. Remember, it’s not just the time of the actual meetings that takes up time in the day. It’s the preparation for…Read More

Self-development books for business owners

There are a lot of business books out there, so how do you know which to choose? If you’re looking for self-development books, we’ve compiled the ultimate list. As a business owner you never stop learning and your business changes. And your ability to adapt to these changes is what the survival of your business…Read More

How to create a health work-life balance 

The key to running your business efficiently is understanding which tasks are the best use of your time, and which should either be outsourced, re-strategised or taken off your to-do list completely.   We’ve compiled a list of 8 ways busy business owners can practice self-care, through making small changes in their businesses that will have…Read More

New to recruiting? Top 7 tips that will help you 

How do you know when you’ve been successful in your recruitment strategy? You find high-quality candidates with relevant experience and qualifications. Essentially, you find what you’re looking for. And not just one candidate, but a multiple to choose from.  Whether you’re entering a new role as a recruitment consultant, hiring for your employer, or hiring…Read More

6 dos and don’ts of business logo design

Designing your company logo is a huge business decision. There are a variety of avenues to choose from when designing your logo, depending on your budget. If your budget is low you could even design something yourself before getting a more professional version created later down the line. We’re compiled the top dos and don’ts…Read More

Do I need a business bank account?

The answer is, it depends on the type of business you’re running. If you’re a sole trader or freelancer then you can use either your personal or business bank account for payments and transitions. However if you run a limited company, your business is a separate legal entity to you, and therefore you will need…Read More

HMRC sets new VAT penalties for 2023

Are you VAT registered? If so, it’s important to note that HMRC is changing the rules for businesses who pay their VAT returns late.  What’s the new penalty for late VAT filings?  The changes are coming into place in January 2023, so it’s important your business takes action to prepare as soon as possible. The…Read More

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