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Top 5 Tips for Entrepreneurial Success

Entrepreneurial Success for small businesses

In this article we take break from talking about our affordable loans for small business and instead have a quick look at the topic of entrepreneurship and what supposedly makes a good entrepreneur. If it is true that being a successful entrepreneur is a lifestyle choice, not a destination, then what are the characteristics that […]

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Strategic September?

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As we move into August there is that early morning chill in the air and with it the sense that a seasonal change is preparing to take place. Come September and both these increase until it begins to feel positively autumnal. Of course the other major change in September is that children go back to […]

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Lessons to be learned from Dragons Den

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Dragons Den is once more gracing our screens on Sunday evenings, this time with three new dragons – Nick Jenkins, Sarah Willingham and Touker Suleyman – joining the two remaining original dragons Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones. The aim is for entrepreneurs to pitch their business idea to the dragons, in the hope of gaining […]

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Alternative Finance: included on whose terms?

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On 29th July the FMA team attended a workshop hosted by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) in partnership with the FESSUD project entitled, ‘Alternative Finance: included on whose terms?’. NEF and the FESSUD project both share the goal of making finance work more beneficially for the economy, people and the environment. The workshop we attended […]

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A Budget for Business?

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In a recent blog we featured the potential benefits to small businesses outlined in the Queen’s Speech. But what did the recent budget deliver for small businesses? Let’s take a quick look! First the good news! There are three changes that will be of benefit to most small businesses: The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) – […]

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Pursuing that elusive work/life balance

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So, your business is booming and you are working every hour God sends? In our last business loans UK blog we looked at some of the changes that could potentially help small businesses. Many of these are legislative and are out of our hands. But one thing that we can take control of is the […]

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Fair Finance celebrates 10 years’ achievement!

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In April 2005, Fair Finance opened its doors as a social business on a council estate in the heart of East London’s Stepney. Fast forward 10 years and we are now a thriving business offering a range of financial products and services designed to meet the needs of people and businesses. We aim to revolutionise […]

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Changes needed for small businesses

Small Business

In February we ran a blog entitled Does Your Business Need The Fixer which referred to the BBC 2 programme called The Fixer. In this programme hotelier Alex Polizzi spends time in a struggling small business to make recommendations as to how it could be improved. In a recent interview with The Radio Times, Polizzi […]

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Microfinance and banks: Are we the right partners?

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The 12th European Microfinance Network Conference The European Microfinance Network (EMN) are not just an important tool to advocate the importance of microfinance in fighting financial exclusion but also it is an important facilitator for exchanges of information and experience. The 12th EMN Annual Conference took place on 18th & 19th June and involved active […]

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The Second Age of Small

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A recent blog focussed on a report entitled ‘Boosting the Living Standards of the Self-Employed’ which recommends that new measures are needed to improve the living standards of the most vulnerable self-employed, with changes to National Insurance, Universal Credit, pensions and maternity and paternity pay being key priorities. The report was produced by the RSA […]

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