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

Top procrastination websites for freelancers

Sometimes we have a particular part of our job that we just don't enjoy and we do everything we can to avoid just doing it. Freelancers and self-employed workers probably struggle the most with such tasks, largely because they are their own boss and therefore it makes it easier to avoid those tedious or hard jobs. One way to tackle the issue is to give in - spend some time procrastinating and get it out of your system, then you can start with a clear mind on your work. So what are the top websites to enjoy a spot of relaxation and downtime? Continue reading

Survey highlights small business concerns

Ahead of the forthcoming General Election, many small business owners are starting to becoming increasingly concerned about the three main parties' plans for the future. Research conducted by SwitchMyBusiness.com has highlighted nearly 25 per cent of owners of small firms believe they may cease operating within the next six months, while 93 per cent have called for the next government to do more to support the UK's small businesses. Continue reading