View Associate Guest Blog – Setting up an International Entity

Associate Guest Blog – Setting up an International Entity

For any company contemplating expanding into a new market, the advantages and disadvantages of setting up a branch or foreign subsidiary will depend on the business opportunities, as well as the cultural and regulatory climate of the specific country. There are challenges associated with overseas expansion, and while some business issues are universal, such as…

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View What is the difference between a budget and a forecast?

What is the difference between a budget and a forecast?

In order to identify new opportunities and ensure that they are operating on a profitable basis, small businesses need to incorporate a review process at the start of each financial year into their management process. The starting point in the process is to put together projections for what sales they might reasonably expect to make,…

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View How Covid-19 is Reshaping Bookkeeping and Accounting

How Covid-19 is Reshaping Bookkeeping and Accounting

As we know, the Covid-19 pandemic is significantly impacting all aspects of society, reshaping how we live, work and play. In the business world, the pandemic is driving seismic shifts in the operational approach and strategies of many industries. The bookkeeping and accounting sector is experiencing these shifts in the form of new working paradigms,…

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View The Importance of Business Forecasting

The Importance of Business Forecasting

Business forecasting is an integral part of your business plan. As part of this, financial forecasting may be required for a number of reasons: If you need funding to start up or grow, then all lenders will assess your forecasts. Seeking out a potential business partner will be made all the easier with a set…

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View In-House vs Outsourced – What’s the best option for my SME?

In-House vs Outsourced – What’s the best option for my SME?

Accounting is essential for every business, and there are many opinions on the right ways to find the services needed to stay afloat. If you’re just starting up or can see that your accounting systems need maintaining, what is the right approach? You can recruit an in-house accountant or consider hiring an outsourced specialist. The…

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View How to pitch your business to VC investors

How to pitch your business to VC investors

Pitching your business to a venture capital (VC) investor can be daunting. You’re potentially competing for a limited pool of money against a crowd of other founders with innovative ideas. And the pressure to succeed makes it easy to fumble your pitch. Even start-ups with fantastic growth potential often make basic mistakes, such as being…

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View Late payments over Christmas affect one-third of UK SMEs

Late payments over Christmas affect one-third of UK SMEs

The closure of debtors over Christmas will negatively impact a third (33%) of the UK’s SMEs, according to new research released today from Nucleus Commercial Finance. Unfortunately for one in 10 of UK SMEs, it means that they will struggle financially – at a time when they should be able to concentrate on planning and…

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View Improve cashflow by categorising your supplier base into three areas

Improve cashflow by categorising your supplier base into three areas

Throughout this time of uncertainty, the EFM team would like to share some practical guidance and support with our readers to ensure your business stays strong and above the water throughout the pandemic. This week, EFMs Group Managing Director, Finance Director and Growth Partner, Gary Jesson, shares his tips around improving your cashflow management. Every…

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View How can I avoid small business failure?

How can I avoid small business failure?

Management of cashflows, especially receipts from customers, is a major headache for SMEs and one of the biggest causes of small business failure. You can help yourself to manage cashflow by adopting effective invoicing strategies and getting financial help to avoid a cash crisis. Here are four expert tips on how to keep cash coming…

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