Company mission, vision, values

Mission statement vs. vision statement

 

Even if prices are raised and there are more affordable alternatives on the market, we will often continue to buy products from the same brand. The reason for this is the same as explaining why we always choose to fly with the same airline or get our coffee from the same place:...

 

What is a small business?

Small businesses, explained

 

According to the Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), a small business is a privately-owned and operated business with a small scale of trade and a small number of employees, depending on the industry. Small businesses are commonly referred to by the European term “SME” which...

 

Work-life balance

Work-life balance

 

A work-life balance involves a lot more than simply dividing working time and personal time equally. The concept is often viewed as a philosophy that determines many aspects of a person’s life. In order for it to succeed, both employers and employees must make an effort to create...

 

Job Interview Tips

Interview tips for making a great impression

 

You’ve made it past the application process and the initial screening and you’ve been invited to an interview. It’s normal to be nervous, especially if you have limited experience in selling yourself. There are a few unwritten rules that apply for all interviews. As soon as you...

 

Types of taxes in the UK

Taxation and the different types of taxes in the UK

 

Keeping track of taxes in the UK isn’t exactly a piece of cake. There are so many types of taxes that it’s difficult to know which ones apply to you and/or your business. If you don’t file your taxes correctly with the HMRC, it could result in penalties, which could cost you...

 

CRM tools: customer care made easy

CRM tools: software for customer care

 

Customer care is one of the corner stones of a successful company – whether you are running an online shop or offering bank accounts. Even smaller companies can benefit from the use of CRM tools, which help to organise customer- or buyer data. These software systems automate and...

 

Invoice numbers: What to pay attention to

Numbering your invoices follows a certain set of requirements under U.K. law, and is also a helpful tool for managing your business and tracking your transaction history. Utiliszing a good invoice numbering system makes it easier to locate invoices for future referencing, and can come in handy when accessing sale records for customer service purposes. Following a structured invoice numbering...

Mission statement vs. vision statement

Even if prices are raised and there are more affordable alternatives on the market, we will often continue to buy products from the same brand. The reason for this is the same as explaining why we always choose to fly with the same airline or get our coffee from the same place: we share the company’s values. These values are formed on the basis of the company vision and mission statement. But what...

How to register a new employee

Registering a new employee is relatively straightforward. After making sure they can work in the UK, you need to collect their information, tell HMRC and that’s practically all there is to it. The article explains what needs to be done as well as a handy checklist to make sure you’ve completed each step to register a new employee.

EBIT margin: how profitable is your business?

You can use the EBIT margin to measure how profitable your business is and compare it with other companies. Unlike profit margins, taxes and returns don’t interfere with comparability in the EBIT margin. That’s why it’s an ideal value for international comparisons. It's also useful for comparing sectors. We explain how you can calculate the EBIT margin.

Economies of scope

Are you a business owner looking to cut costs, maximise profits, and increase business growth? Then you should analyse whether or how you can use economies of scope in your business. These arise when you expand your product range and use synergies. Read on to learn how you can achieve this and what types of economies of scope exist.

General partnerships: freedom and risks for merchants

Trying to start a business with limited capital? The general partnership can make it happen. The general partnership structure is a good opportunity for company founders to bring their business dreams to life by finally starting their company. According to the definition, general partners share everything: the management, profits, and losses. What exactly is a general partnership, and when is it...

What are non-profit organisations?

When it comes to accounting, no two charities or non-profit organisations are the same. The amount of income made dictates which forms need to be filled out to complete the tax return. It can be confusing knowing which forms to fill out, but our article will explain how accounting for non-profit organisations works, with numerous non-profit accounting software available to facilitate the process.

Bookkeeping software: how does an online accountancy programme work?

An accounting program helps you to organize and analyze your invoices and cost centers, VAT, and other areas of accounting. Cloud-based accounting software is particularly popular for small business owners, since it can offer more, due to the internet connection. Many entrepreneurs and self-employed people have time restraints, so that working with the support of an accountancy program can be an...

The patent: protecting valuable ideas

Humans are always producing inventions in the hope of making life easier. If you invent something new, you can apply for a patent. Patent laws are there to protect the inventor’s work since the patent is by definition a property right. But what exactly is a patent, what is its history, and how do you file one?