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5 Unconventional Ways of Raising Finance for Your Small Business in the UK

Starting and sustaining a small business in the UK often requires substantial financial backing. While traditional methods like bank loans and venture capital investments are widely known, there are unconventional avenues worth exploring. In this article, we’ll explore five innovative ways to raise finance for your small business in the UK. Crowdfunding: Thinking Outside the…

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Fostering Financial Wisdom: City Veteran Peter Davies from Lansdowne Partners, Guides Youth Parliament’s Chancellor Of The Exchequer

In a pioneering effort to instil financial literacy at a young age, veteran investor Peter Davies of Lansdowne Partners recently sat down with Aryan Shekar, the 11-year-old Chancellor of the Exchequer for the Sir David Amess UK Children’s Parliament for primary school students. Accompanied by five other students from Westminster Under School, Shekar grilled Davies…

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Small Business Cyber Attack Insurance in the UK

The threat of cyber attacks looms large over businesses of all sizes. Small businesses, in particular, are increasingly becoming targets for cybercriminals due to their often-limited resources and less sophisticated cybersecurity measures. In fact, according to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021 conducted by the UK government, 39% of small businesses experienced a cybersecurity breach…

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Secondhand fashion seller Vinted moves into profit after 61% sales rise

Vinted, the online marketplace for secondhand fashion, has achieved a significant milestone by reporting a remarkable 61% surge in sales, reaching nearly €600 million (£513 million). This surge has propelled the company into profitability for the first time, marking a significant achievement amid the burgeoning demand for “pre-loved” clothing. Based in Lithuania, Vinted attributes its…

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Creative Ways QR Codes Can Be Used to Promote Your Small Business

QR codes, those little square patterns that seem to be everywhere these days, are not just a passing fad. According to a study by Juniper Research, it’s estimated that over 5.3 billion QR code coupons will be redeemed by smartphones by 2022. They’ve become an integral part of our digital landscape, offering businesses a versatile…

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Microsoft’s push into AI is paying off as revenue beats expectations at $61.9 billion

Microsoft’s strategic focus on artificial intelligence (AI) is yielding substantial returns, as evidenced by its impressive third-quarter revenue performance, surpassing Wall Street expectations. The company reported revenue of $61.9 billion, a 17% increase, and net income of $21.9 billion, a 20% rise compared to the previous year. A significant factor driving Microsoft’s success is its…

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Dragons’ Den – Are we in or out?

One of the most common questions I get asked by other business owners is whether getting investment from Dragons through Dragons’ Den guarantees success, and whether the experience is as daunting as it appears. So, here’s my experience. Honestly, I never applied to the show, and I never would have done, for several reasons.  Firstly,…

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The Resurgence and Power of Email Marketing in 2024

Remember the days when your inbox was flooded with promotional emails? Some may argue that those days are long gone, but let’s reconsider. Email marketing, once considered outdated, is making a significant comeback. In fact, according to a report by Statista, the number of email users worldwide is expected to reach 4.6 billion by 2025….

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Small Business: Using AI to increase productivity and processes without breaking the bank

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that focuses on creating intelligent machines capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as learning, reasoning, and problem-solving. AI has evolved significantly over the years, with rapid advancements in machine learning, neural networks, and natural language processing. According to Statista, the global AI…

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