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Construction firms increase demand for funding

by Alex Simmons

Proof of an increasingly buoyant construction industry is evidenced in new figures from an independent commercial finance provider that shows that the number of deals has almost doubled in the last 12 months as smaller businesses look to find additional means of investment and funding cashflow. Data from Nucleus Commercial Finance, which specialises in finance for the construction industry, suggests demand is increasing across all areas of the construction supply chain, and especially in ‘pure’ construction – namely scaffolders, groundworks providers…

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ICM UK credit managers' index shows actual levels of businesses increasing

by Alex Simmons

Business confidence and the outlook for future growth is on the rise as companies seek new and additional lines of credit and show a marked increase in their appetite for risk. These are the conclusions drawn from the Institute of Credit Management (ICM) Credit Managers’ Index (CMI – Q2 2014) that shows a headline index that has been on an upward trajectory for the last six quarters and now stands at 59.2 – 10 points up on the low of September…

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How to make the most of the summer downturn in the workplace

by Ellen Forster

Here at Bdaily, we’re celebrating our best month ever! In July, we smashed our previous records for traffic. As we continue to witness growth, even during the harsh summer months, I’ve decided to compile a list of tips on how to best deal with the summer downturn: 1. Make sure everyone chips in - This time of year can be difficult for SMEs as staff take annual leave, and there isn’t always someone there to cover. At Bdaily, we take pride…

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Altrincham investment group completes 10th acquisition

by Bdaily Business News

Investment group CorpAcq has completed its 10th acquisition with the takeover of a precision engineering business. CorpAcq, based in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, has paid an undisclosed sum for Olympus Engineering, which employs 160 staff at its headquarters in Stoke. Olympus manufactures precision components for blue-chip clients such as Bentley Motors, JCB, Kawasaki and HydraForce Hydraulics. The £15 million-turnover business was founded in 2000 by Neil Blood, who passed away last year following a tragic cycling accident in Jersey. Neil’s father Geoff then stepped…

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The top 10 most innovative business cards

by Michela Johnson

So you’ve established a niche, had a business plan approved, secured funding and are fast approaching the exciting new chapter in your professional life, running your own business. Exciting times lie ahead and there are many things that you will be addressing at this stage, but have you given serious thought to how your business card might look? Chances are, the answer to this question is no. But, before you head off to a common or garden card-printing machine in…

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What makes good content?

by Ellen Forster

Content is the king of the marketing jungle. In order to ensure you’re ahead of the pack, take a look at our handy list of tips for producing good content. As the content manager here at Bdaily, I deal primarily with the opinion and advice sections of the site, as well as member’s news. Every day, I am faced with content of varying quality and style and it’s my job to sort the wheat from the chaff. Many people argue that the…

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Preparing for a small claim? Consider this...

by Denver Burke

When preparing for case in the small claims court, it’s always a good idea to contact the Citizens Advice Bureau. But this article is a great place to start, if you’re looking for quick information. Claims under £10,000 are normally allocated to the small claims track. Some of the most common claims you’ll find in this situation are: faulty services provided by builders, garages etc; compensation for faulty goods; landlord and tenant issues; and wages owed. However, if the case is particularly…

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The top 5 most relaxing businesses to own

by BusinessesForSale

One of the downsides to running your own business can be the stress it imparts. From chasing new business to unpaid invoices to staffing problems, having your own company can cause all manner of problems. On the positive side, you are no longer tied to the whims and regulations of another boss or company, and you have the freedom and flexibility to develop your own business however you see fit. So in this area where stress can play such a leading…

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SME Outlook 2014

by Boost Capital

Boost Capital surveyed more than 100 small business owners in the UK to find out optimistic they were about the coming year. The results were quite surprising; read on to find out why.

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To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often

by Ellen Forster

When Winston Churchill uttered this famous quote, he was almost certainly referring to the developmental changes that we’ve been making to Bdaily over the last week. After achieving our best ever month in April, with our readership increasing by 122% and sales growing by 50% since March, we’re reaching more and more people every day and as a result, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve the user experience for our ever-growing userbase. One of our main priorities has been to improve…

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Enrolling Employees: The Lowdown

by Grant Thornton

We are now 18 months on from the introduction of pension auto-enrolment, with over three million people having been automatically enrolled into qualifying workplace pension schemes. The rate at which employees are opting out is much lower than expected, meaning the Government remains on target to see over 10 million workers saving into workplace pensions. As we move through 2014 we will start to see a dramatic spike in the number of smaller employers enrolling employees into pension arrangements. Over 10,000…

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Let’s spend it – not send it back to Brussels!

by Leeds City College

So you’re a small business thinking about what, or who, is going to shape and grow your business. Investing in staff is a fundamental value that should resonate from the heart of your business… so what if you could do it for free? Woodlands Park Day Nursery & Pre-School recently opened in Apperley Bridge in Bradford, this new children’s day nursery want to provide something their customers wouldn’t get from other providers. Key on their agenda is to retain a highly skilled…

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