Monday, 18 December 2017

Five ways to boost your business productivity

Every successful entrepreneur understands the need for productivity. Most start-up owners take a personal approach, using different techniques to get the most out of their time.

While maximising personal work time is extremely important, the overall productivity of the business needs to be tightly managed too. To get where you want to be, it’s vital to make sure your business is operating to its full potential every day.

Here’s our five tips to help your business work hard and smart.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Five reasons Inheritance Tax should be scrapped

The government has made a few tax cuts, specifically abolishing Stamp Duty on properties worth up to £300,000. With many opponents to the idea, should Inheritance Tax (IHT) be the next target for cuts?

Here are five reasons why we think IHT doesn’t work in its current format.

The best ways for seasonal businesses to manage cash flow

Lots of small businesses face a degree of seasonality, particularly in tourism and retail. A survey by Wells Fargo/Gallup shows that almost 50% of small business owners report certain times of the year that will be predictably busier or slower than others.

Read the article in full on the Turner Little Blog.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

How will the Budget affect me? What do business owners need to know?

If this year’s Autumn budget caught you by surprise, then we can help. Here we take a look at some of the UK Chancellor Philip Hammond’s key announcements and explain a bit more about how they will affect you as a business owner.

There are some key themes in there that the Chancellor looked to address – from cushioning the British economy from any negative effects of the looming Brexit deal (in whatever form that takes) through to how the UK Government plans to support innovative businesses, particularly in the tech industry. So, here is our overview of the Autumn Budget, and a few thoughts on what it will mean for you as a business owner.

Inheritance tax crackdown: Families to pay extra £900m by 2022

This year has brought particularly bad news for those families who may need to pay inheritance tax in the near future. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) – the Government’s non-departmental public body who provide independent economic forecasts and analysis of public finances – have suggested that a number of factors are feeding into rising inheritance tax cost in the coming years.

Read the full article on the Turner Little Blog.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Why would lenders reject your business loan application?

Getting a business loan should be straightforward – it’s usually just a matter of talking the facts and figures through with your lender. But sometimes, things go wrong, and for reasons that often aren’t immediately apparent they say ‘no’. It can be a worrying turn of events, but there are a few reasons why it might have happened.

Before we go into those though, the first thing to do is simply ask the lender why they’ve turned you down. Don’t take this initial explanation on face value – if their explanation doesn’t make sense to you for any reason, ask, and keep on asking, until it does. It’s their responsibility to make their reasoning behind the rejection clear, so don’t be afraid to push them.

Beyond their initial explanation, there could be a number of other possible reasons why the lender has rejected your application.

How to choose a domain name that works internationally

Think of your domain name as a good first impression – a firm, positive digital handshake that could be the start of a long and successful relationship between you and your potential customers.

But how do you choose a name that’s searchable and represents your brand? Choosing the right name requires more thought than simply picking something that sounds impressive – it’s a process that is well worth putting some serious thought into.

With that in mind, here are Turner Little’s 4 steps for choosing the right domain name to help you stand out from the crowd.