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Metro Bank launches Metro Bank SME Finance

Metro Bank, the revolutionary high street bank, announces the launch of the new Metro Bank SME Finance brand, following the acquisition of SME Invoice Finance and Asset Finance in August 2013.

5 essential tips for starting a successful new business

Starting something from nothing is never an easy task. You might have a Big Idea but no business experience. You might have a master plan but no financial backing.

Child care business scheme extended

A scheme offering grants of up to £500 to people in England who want to start their own childcare business has been extended until 31 December 2014.

UK workers lose £2.1 billion each year through unpaid business expenses

The process of claiming expenses is costing employees £45 a year owing to interest charges while waiting to be reimbursed by their employer. With 46 million people employed in the UK, a collective £2.1 billion is lost by workers every year.

Three quarters of new businesses now started at home with women leading the way

According to a new study, “The Home Business Insight Report” (compiled by AXA Business Insurance and small business network, Enterprise Nation), home based businesses are an increasing benefit to the improving state of the UK economy.

Small businesses urged to cash in with simpler accounting

Small businesses are being urged to consider a scheme that allows them to be taxed on money that flows in and out of their business, rather than using full accounting rules.

New Year, new start: UK SMEs look forward to 2014

Whilst many SMEs are entering 2014 with renewed optimism and enthusiasm for running their business, they also recognise the need to take extra steps to keep their business healthy in the first six months of 2014, according to research from Aviva.

More small businesses benefiting as lending scheme hits 3 year high

Small and medium-sized enterprises are increasingly able to secure bank loans supported by a government-backed scheme.

Why is getting payroll right so important?

It’s not hard to imagine the reverberating consequences of getting payroll wrong. Employees will start to hear alarm bells or will question the professionalism of the company.

Will simplified schemes help your business?

Since the start of the tax year a new scheme has been introduced by HM Revenue & Customs. Designed to make it easier for smaller firms to manage their tax affairs, self-employed individuals or partnerships are able to choose from two new processes, simplified expenses and/or cash basis.

New EU accounting directive too good to be true?

Less information in annual financial statements will be required by smaller companies throughout the European Union (EU) thanks to a new red-tape cutting measure that was adopted in June by the European Parliament.

Banks open doors for UK businesses

Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank are launching a Business Week as part of their ongoing support for UK businesses.

Long Mountain Centre set for expansion

The Long Mountain Centre in Westbury, Shropshire is set to double in size following a £190,000 finance package from Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Investment package fuels expansion at maternity fashion brand Isabella Oliver

As London-based maternity clothing brand Isabella Oliver celebrates it tenth year, the company is undertaking a significant investment in people, systems and processes to help accelerate growth after securing £1.4 million from Santander's Breakthrough programme.

High street bank fund for Start Up entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs who have started a business through the government-funded Start Up Loans Company can now access second-phase funds from the high street bank Santander UK plc,with more banks in the pipeline to follow suit.