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Women-led SMEs on the rise

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With International Women’s Day being celebrated this week, we take a look at our women entrepreneurs in the UK. In a recent report published by HSBC, 3000 entrepreneurs were surveyed around the world, 501 of those from the UK. Women play a huge role in the SME landscape, generating £4.1m in business revenue last year […]

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Metro Bank favourites for micro- business banking in the UK

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Fair Business Loans is part of Fair Finance which is the fastest growing microfinance organization in the UK and so we take a keen interest in which banks are offering the best service to small and micro companies. Recent Research compiled by Business Banking Insights looked to establish which banks are providing the best services […]

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Matthew Jones replaces Mark Hannam as chairman of Fair Finance

After an incredible ten years service as a Fair Finance board member, eight of which as chair of the board Mark Hannam resigned as chairman and from the board at the Fair Finance EGM on the 18th of February. Faisel, the rest of the board and the Fair Finance team would like to thank Mark […]

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I will survive!

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As we saw in our last article, more than half of new businesses don’t survive beyond five years. In late 2014 British commercial insurer RSA conducted research called Growing Pains, which examined the current shape of the economy and barriers to growth for SMEs. But it’s not just start up businesses that are being adversely […]

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The business of numbers

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“Lies, damned lies, and statistics“, a quote attributed to Mark Twain, pretty much sums up the view of many people about statistics. We can become cynical about the persuasive use of numbers, because it can seem that they are just spinned different ways to support whichever point of view is being presented at the time. […]

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Institutionalising fairness

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In a recent speech to The Fabian Society, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn outlined some of his strategy to tackle pay inequality and “institutionalise fairness” in Britain. One headline-hitting measure would be to ban companies from paying dividends to shareholders unless they are paying workers the living wage, the aim being to redress the balance of […]

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RSA launches a new self-employment charter

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At Fair Business Loans we were interested to hear that the RSA has recently launched a Charter for the Self-employed. The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) aims to enrich society through ideas and action. Over the past two years it has conducted research over into the life of the […]

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HSBC stays in London – why does it matter?

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As you may well be aware HSBC – Europe’s biggest bank – has recently announced that it plans to keep its headquarters in London. Since April 2015, the bank had been considering relocating its headquarters to Hong Kong but has now decided unanimously against the move. We thought it would be interesting to take a […]

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Taxing times for small businesses?

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As highlighted in the March 2015 budget, the UK tax system is going digital! The new Conservative Government promised to bring the digital revolution to Whitehall and is now in the process of transforming tax administration so it is more effective, more efficient and easier for taxpayers. The transformation will be complete by 2020, and […]

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We will honour you!

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It’s been that time of year again, when we pore over the New Year’s’ Honours list to see who has been awarded what, and whether we agree! “Honours” are used to recognise merit in terms of achievement and service, and in this year’s list 1,196 people were awarded honours. Their areas of involvement and stages […]

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