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Beyond the Kitchen Table: Finding Affordable Office Accommodation in London

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Being providers of funding for small business we’ve found that a common hurdle for businesses, especially those based in the major cities, is finding affordable office accommodation. In this article we report on developments in affordable business accommodation in London, and where it is located. A recent study was commissioned by the Greater London Authority […]

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Top Tips for making your small business more energy efficient

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In one of our first blogs of 2015, we looked at five ways to reduce small business costs. One of these ways was by saving energy and in this blog we return to this topic. According to John Allan, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses: “Almost a third of small firms highlight the […]

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Fair Business Loans – What Makes Us Different?

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So, the last budget of this Parliament has come and gone. Chancellor George Osborne outlined some incentives for small businesses from the next Parliament, including replacement of the annual tax return by an online payment and recording system, the abolishment of Class 2 national insurance contributions for the self-employed, and a much-needed review of national […]

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Fair Finance wins Citi Microentrepreneurship Award!

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Fair Business Loans are delighted and proud to announce that our parent company, Fair Finance, recently won a much-coveted award at the national ‘Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards’. This national awards programme, delivered by the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA) with Citi Foundation, is designed to celebrate the innovative and invaluable work of community finance in supporting […]

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Online tools for small businesses

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So, your business is growing and you have great plans for the future! Now it’s time to make it happen! At Fair Business Loans we always base our small business loan decisions not only on the financial position of the business but also on how much confidence we have in the vision and leadership of […]

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Work Smarter not Harder!

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As your small business grows, both your staff resources and their skillsets will also need to expand accordingly. This raises the dilemma of how much training you need to provide for your staff – and also for you! It is tempting to try and keep things running without any training at all. Other small businesses […]

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How Accurate are Price Comparison Websites?

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When looking for a new business loans the first thing that many business owners do is to check out a price comparison website. However, let the buyer beware, or as they say in Latin, “caveat emptor” – not all price comparison websites accurately reflect the costs each loan entails. There are various factors that can […]

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Five Ways To Avoid Failing In Business

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A recent Fair Business Loans UK blog referred to the TV series The Fixer, whose aim is not only entertaining its viewers, but also championing small businesses. That led us to consider some of the common reasons for why many small businesses end up failing, and in this post we want to share some common […]

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Let’s Do Business Together – January’s Event

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Fair Business Loans has teamed up with Bootstrap Company & Real People for our second skills sharing and networking event for local businesses. Following on from the success of the last Let’s Do Business Together event, the 1st week of February saw Fair Business Loans and Bootstrap co-hosting the second event in the series. Set […]

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Does Your Business Need ‘The Fixer’?

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2015 is still quite new and this means the inevitable flood of new TV series. One such is The Fixer, featuring Alex Polizzi, the “champion of small businesses”. The programme features a different small business each week that is in some way struggling. It is up to Alex to find fixes for a variety of […]

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