How to get your pitch emails noticed

Pitches are crucial for many small businesses and freelancers - not getting it right can cost money. Of course, the way pitches are made has changed a lot in recent years and the development of technology means they aren't always face-to-face. A lot of pitches are now made by email and this means you need to make sure they get noticed by the right people. So here are a few tips on how to make sure your pitch gets noticed for all the right reasons. Continue reading

Small Business Act becomes law

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act has been granted Royal Assent. The act will provide support to entrepreneurs helping to establish a new company. Business secretary Vince Cable has played a key role in bringing forth the legislation in a bid to ensure the UK becomes a leader in the small business sector. Continue reading

Many small firms lack digital skills

Some small businesses do not have the right basic digital skills despite the growth of reliance on technology in recent years, claims new research. The latest UK Business Digital Index from Lloyds Bank, in association with Accenture and digital skills charity Go ON UK, found 23 per cent of UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not have the correct digital skills to make the most of potential opportunities. Continue reading

A guide to auto-enrolment for contractors

Following information we've received from client recently regarding communications they've received from the Pensions Regulator, we've put together a quick guide to auto-enrolment for contractors. All contractors, freelancers and locums operating through a Limited Company will need to take action when they receive notification about their 'staging date' for complying with Auto-Enrolment. So whether you've already received a letter, or have yet to do so, read on to see what you're going to have to do in order to comply with the new legislation. Continue reading