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What loans are available for women to start a business?
Education

Investing in equality: What loans are available for women to start a business?

Research reveals that female-led businesses receive, on the whole, less funding than those managed by men. But why? Shouldn't industry's goal be to ensure a diverse and varied business landscape? In this article, we'll take a closer look at the problem and suggest ways that SMEs can combat gender bias. We'll also highlight some key finance options that every business owner can use to access finance and achieve greater gender parity in the industry.

7 Jul 2022

How to write a business plan for a loan
Education

How to write a business plan for a loan

Your business plan is a living document – it's something you'll revisit to check that you're reaching your goals and making the most of your venture. You may also need one if you're looking for funders to support and invest in your idea. Here's how it works.

4 Jul 2022

What is a typical exit strategy for real estate investors?
Education

What is a typical exit strategy for real estate investors?

If you’re a real estate investor, you’ve probably figured out how you’re going to make money. Without an exit strategy, you could get no return or investment – or receive less than you invested. But what does a typical exit strategy for property investors look like? The truth is, there are a few – and the one you choose will depend on your own needs and goals.

30 Jun 2022

factory business owner undertaking an energy audit uk
Business Energy

How can a factory reduce its energy consumption

With energy prices continuing to rise, factory owners consider undertaking a comprehensive energy audit to understand where, how and when to make the critical changes necessary to reduce their energy consumption.

29 Jun 2022

How can small businesses be the top seed at Wimbledon?
News

Game Set and Match: How can small businesses be the top seed at Wimbledon?

More than a billion viewers take action across 200 nations – providing a platform for UK businesses to market their business. It's clear that just like the FA Cup Final that occurred earlier in the summer calendar of sporting events, Wimbledon is a beacon for businesses. Smaller companies look to Wimbledon for creative ways to build their brand and drive their bottom line.

27 Jun 2022

International Women Engineering Day 2022
Tech

Get to know Marija Bojcic, our QA Engineer for International Women in Engineering Day.

We find out how Marija’s innate drive, and boundless curiosity led her to begin a career in Engineering.

23 Jun 2022

What is Open Banking, and what does it entail?
Education

What is Open Banking, and what does it entail?

Open Banking emerged as a set of reforms by the PSD2 in 2018. It allows consumers and companies to share their financial information securely and in a standardised way with authorised parties. But what does Open Banking mean for businesses, exactly?

23 Jun 2022

Auction finance for property developers and businesses
Education

Auction finance for property developers and businesses

When you buy a property at auction, you’ll usually need to pay a 10% deposit that day and the rest – plus fees – within just 28 days. While some property developers and businesses use cash, others opt for auction finance, and here’s how it works.

20 Jun 2022

Five ways business owners can support and celebrate Pride
News

Five ways business owners can support and celebrate Pride

Pride London will return on Saturday, July 2, after a two-year hiatus due to coronavirus, with a special celebration to mark 50 years since the first UK Gay Pride Rally in 1972. Whether you identify as LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or ‘Other’) or as an ally, this is a great time to show support for the community by celebrating diversity and highlighting your business as an inclusive space.

17 Jun 2022

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