Eight lessons for anyone starting or growing their own business in 2018

Simon Willies from Currys PC World Business asked eight entrepreneurs for one piece of advice they wish they had known when starting their business. Read more…

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10 steps to starting a business

Starting a small business is easy using our step-by-step guides. The 10 steps below will teach you how to start a business, taking you through each…

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START-UP 101: SETTING UP A COMPANY

Complimentary eBook: How to set up a company!   LEARN MORE The first step is always the greatest when it comes to starting up your own…

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Take advantage of the latest grant opportunities

This edition includes: Supporting the development of charities An opportunity to engage with wild nature A grant opportunity from the Tampon Tax Fund Armed Forces Day Celebrations…

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ASYSTORS Mentoring and Money Scheme launched

Young Shropshire entrepreneur Gemma Allies, was given a welcome shot in the arm today as she and her young company Skin Sincere were announced today as…

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What makes a good website? 12 essentials to communicate with customers.

An effective website is a valuable – and essential – way to communicate with customers, no matter what industry you’re in. Find out more

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New digital skills resources toolkit for small businesses

Lloyds Bank and its partners on the Small Business Digital Capability taskforce, of which FSB are members, has produced a toolkit of resources that signpost to…

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Six weeks left to enter our Celebrating Small Business Awards . . .

There are now just six weeks remaining for businesses in this region to enter our SME Awards, with the deadline of 12 January 2018 fast approaching. …

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Smarter Growth

If you are an established business that has been trading for more than a year, you may qualify for support to help grow your business and…

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HMRC Business Help & Support

If you’d like simple, straightforward advice on VAT basics, HMRC can help. Join our live, interactive webinars for more information and ask your questions using the…

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Pop Up Retail Opportunity

Excellent Opportunity To Show Case Your Business With A Pop-Up Shop @ The British Ironworks Centre, Oswestry An exciting opportunity has become available for all ASYSTed…

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Get into the record keeping habit

A good record keeping routine is vital for your business. Without good records, it will be harder for you to keep track of which business expenses…

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THE START-UP CHALLENGE BUSINESS COMPETITION

THE START-UP CHALLENGE is a business competition for aspiring entrepreneurs aged 16–30 years old, which will give participant an opportunity to win upto £10,000 investmentto start your…

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£33m of grant funding available to small businesses

Businesses across the Marches are being invited to apply for a share of £33m of grant funding to help them grow their businesses and create jobs….

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Innovation Voucher Scheme

Funding BOOST for innovative West Midlands businesses Innovation Vouchers scheme offers up to £2,500 to help small to medium sized enterprises create innovation and growth Aston…

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Start-up Challenge Business Competition Offering £10,000 Investment to Young Entrepreneurs

The Start-up Challenge Business Competition has been established to support aspiring entrepreneurs aged 16-30 years old. It offers participants an opportunity to win up to £10,000…

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Top Tips Of The Week!

How my start-up cracked the international market: Appointed founder Leah Hutcheon shares the story of how saying ‘yes’ to a client’s difficult request propelled her business…

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Set up a business

What you need to do to set up depends on your type of business, where you work and whether you take people on to help. Register…

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The 6 things to find when starting a business

Business journalist and former Startups.co.uk colleague Jon Card on finally making the leap of setting up a company with wife Corinne I’ve been writing about business…

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Choosing a business name

When researching business name ideas, start-ups need to think carefully for both legal and marketing purposes. An effective business name could prove to be your most…

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Business plans

If you’re thinking about setting up your own company, getting your business plan right is crucial. Check out our top tips on how to write the…

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Network With Style Xmas Extravaganza Lunch

SYST are delighted to announce, In less than 1 week Network With Style who are celebrating their 10yr Anniversary will be supporting our charity at their…

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HMRC Business Help & Support

What do you need help with? Our live interactive webinars on subjects affecting small businesses, and short YouTube videos on paying and budgeting for your tax…

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HMRC Business Help & Support

Reassurance about when and how to pay PAYE HMRC’s online support provides the reassurance to help you get your payroll right. Take advantage of this free…

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HMRC Business Help & Support

HMRC and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) working together for you – growing your business  Wednesd‌ay 8th November – ‌1‌0.00am to 1‌1.00am    ‌     …

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HMRC Business Help & Support

PAYROLL AND EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITIES Is it time for you to expand or do you just need a little extra help? Maybe you just want to know the…

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HMRC Business Help & Support

Important Information about Changes to Paying HMRC HMRC are making some changes to the ways customers can make payments. The pay at the Post Office service…

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Ever wondered how to open your own coffee shop? Look no further with this free guide from iZettle.

“The number of coffee shops is set to overtake pubs by 2030 as Brits continue to swap lager for lattes.” The recent explosion in coffee shop…

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10k Grants for Green Tech Startups!

The Environment Now offers grants of up to £10k to young people aged 17-24 to fund unique digital ideas that help the environment. Join a movement…

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How to: know if the timing is right for your business idea

How to: know if the timing is right for your business idea Is right now the best time to launch your business? Or are you too…

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Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin wins national social enterprise award

National Social Enterprise Award for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin News from our partners Social Enterprise UK Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have won … Continue reading »…

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FSBConnect Events & News

Join local business owners at our regular networking events FSBConnect. FSBConnect offers high quality face to face networking that provides great opportunities to grow your business…

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Grow Your Market Share

One of the questions we frequently get asked is ‘how can I most effectively grow my sales’, so we thought we’d take a few minutes to…

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HMRC Business Help & Support

Here is a selection of online help and support for you and your business – including live webinars, online guides and catch-up recorded webinars Record keeping…

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FSBConnect Events & News

Join local business owners at our regular networking events FSBConnect. FSBConnect offers high quality face to face networking that provides great opportunities to grow your business…

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Keep Your Small-Business Finances In Order

5 Simple Tips To Keep Your Small-Business Finances In Order After starting three small businesses, I’ve learned firsthand the headaches that accounting causes for most small…

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Funding available for Telford & Wrekin businesses

Funding available for Telford & Wrekin businesses More than 300 local businesses in Telford and Wrekin are set to benefit from a new but temporary business…

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FSBConnect Events & News

Join local business owners at our regular networking events FSBConnect. FSBConnect offers high quality face to face networking that provides great opportunities to grow your business…

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FSB Legal Bulletin September 2017

Welcome to the September edition of FSB’s Employment and Commercial Law Bulletin. The headlines below provide you with helpful key updates on issues relevant to small…

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Charity Business Event at Reech Media

COME ALONG AND JOIN US AT REECH’S INAUGURAL CHARITY BUSINESS EVENT, FRIDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2017 FROM 3PM TO 6PM We are delighted to invite Shropshire businesses…

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Tempted to start a business while still in a full time job? Here’s how

Finding time and budget to start watch brand Freedom to Exist has been difficult but co-founder Paul Tanner says the benefits outweigh the challenges My wife…

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Start-up business plan:Top 10 tips

Start-up business plan:Top 10 tips Writing a business plan can seem daunting if you’ve never done it before. However, it’s something you can’t afford to put…

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Create the perfect business plan

Create the perfect business plan How to create the perfect business plan in 10 steps Every business needs a plan. Your business plan will keep you…

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Write a business plan

Write a business plan Download free business plan templates and find help and advice on how to write your business plan. Business plan templates Download a…

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Accounting for startups

 If you’re in a startup, it can be an exciting world of creativity and innovation. But while it’s great to do something you love, you also…

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Make small business accounting fun

Owning a small business is exciting. You get to do what you love, day in, day out. But traditionally, small business accounting isn’t exciting. So how…

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When you should hire an accountant

Accountants can help out at various stages during the growth of your business. They can handle much more than just your payroll and tax returns. So…

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Well Done to Skinsincere!

Well Done to Skinsincere and the team on this fantastic achievement. It is great to see an AsSYSTed Business doing so well. Your hard work and…

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Marketing Your Small Business

How to Use Different Types of Content When Marketing Your Small Business Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past 6 years, you’ve probably heard…

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SYST Enterprise Centre North Shropshire

New Enterprise Centre to open

We at the Shropshire Youth Support Trust are proud to announce that following the success of our SYST Enterprise Centre in Telford we are now opening…

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How to register a company name

Ready to start business? Follow these 8 steps to set up a limited company Registering a business name is often the first step you’ll take when…

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How to save time by automating your social media activity

Social media lets you get your message out there and speak to customers one-on-one. But it can also be a huge time-sink. Just checking Facebook can…

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Who is Danielle Gibbons?

AMBASSADORS | The Little Sports Club are delighted to announce Liverpool Ladies star Danielle Gibbons has joined as a ambassador of The Little Sports Club. Who…

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Who is Molly Bartrip?

AMBASSADORS | The Little Sports Club are delighted to announce Reading Ladies star Molly Bartrip has agreed to become a ambassador of The Little Sports Club….

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The SME health check

The SME health check: how to keep your business fighting fit… As a small business owner, it’s easy to get lost in the business challenges happening…

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Grants for food and drink businesses

Food and tourism businesses in the Marches are being urged to tap into grants of more than £35,000 to help them grow and diversify. A total…

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Counting Clicks

Counting clicks … a beginner’s guide to mastering Google Analytics How do people find your website? How long do they stay? What is the user experience…

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Hiring your first employee

Hiring your first employee: How to get it right Recruiting your first member of staff is an exciting step forward. But from a workplace pension to…

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Negotiating a Business Deal

Over the years I spent in the corporate world, I was fortunate enough to attend several different negotiation seminars and courses. Each had its own nomenclature…

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SBS WINNERS

Everyone at The Little Sports Club we’re delighted to find out former Dragons Den Star Theo Paphitis chose us as one of his SBS official winners….

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Avoid Sales Tax Surprises

Avoid Sales Tax Surprises: 9 Point Compliance Checklist There are now more than 11,000 sales tax jurisdictions across the U.S. Complying with this complex jurisdictional matrix,…

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Changes To Employment Law In April

Changes To Employment Law In April Your Small Business Needs To Know Alan Price, employment law and HR director of Peninsula, comments on the seven key…

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Virgin StartUp HEALTH FOOD BUSINESS

Virgin StartUp full article available to read here Wellness is a big industry, especially when it comes to food, and startups are at the forefront of…

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Ready for an investor?

Winning a big investment is the dream for many start-up founders. But is your business ready to take on the commitment? What does investment mean for…

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U-turn over Budget plan to increase National Insurance

Plans to increase National Insurance levels for self-employed people – announced in the Budget last week – have been dropped. Chancellor Philip Hammond has said the…

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Grab our guide and grow your online business

You’ve launched your e-commerce business but you’re just getting started. This guide explains how you can build a loyal customer base and raise awareness of your…

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start a business despite not being business minded

Months after starting what they saw as a hobby, Kim Nguyen and Kofi Ansah realised they were running a business. The duo reflect on scaling K&K…

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UK skincare brand opens first salon

The founder of a small UK skincare brand has opened a treatment room under the same name in Telford, Midlands. Skin Sincere Beauty is situated in…

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Business rates – Check your rateable value for next year

From 30th September 2016, anyone in England and Wales who pays business rates, can go online to check their new draft rateable value. From this they…

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Business plan, why it is essential for small businesses

Six reasons you need a business plan and how you can use it to achieve your goals, according to Virgin StartUp’s Sophie Mackintosh. A strong business…

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BBC Radio Shropshire interview

SYST’s Business Centre Manager interviewed by BBC Radio Shropshire Richard Nuttall, Business Centre Manager for Shropshire Youth Support Trust, was interviewed on Wednesday 29th June 2016…

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Meet The Team

Federation of Small Businesses pitches for younger members

The Federation of Small Businesses has launched a search for more young members. The organisation that represents the small business owner has introduced FSB Connect to…

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Why you need a Business Mentor

While access to finance is vital when starting up, what is often forgotten is how useful a good business mentor can be to the success of…

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