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Additional Uplift on the Local Business Grant Funds Scheme

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 becomes more serious, the UK government has also become more aggressive in their approach to preserving local and small businesses. In the past weeks, we have been receiving news about the allocation of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund (RHLGF). As of …

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Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Claims Portal Opens: How to Process Claims

After its announcement last March, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme’s claims portal is now live online from May 13, 2020. Eligible taxpayers who were notified through email, text, or mail can now process their application to receive grants that would help augment profits gravely affected by Coronavirus. How much can I claim from the Coronavirus …

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The 7 Biggest Pricing Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

Pricing is the strongest weapon that you can wield for better profits. Research has shown that it has the most significant effect on a company’s bottom line. A percent of increase or decrease in the price can affect its operating profit by as high as 11%, while cost-cutting by the same 1% has a meagre …

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What Are the Most Profitable Businesses During Coronavirus

In every crisis, there is an opportunity. And right now, as the world rides this wave of the COVID 19 pandemic, entrepreneurs all around the world are grabbing opportunity after opportunity. With the whole world on edge, it seems that everybody has been more than welcome to this forced shift in how we live our …

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5 Mistakes Most Small Business Owners Make and How to Fix Them: Run a Successful Business

It takes guts to start a small business. Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. Even those with entrepreneurial drive hesitate to launch a business, and for a good reason. Statistics show that 7 out of 10 businesses fail within five years, with two of them failing within their first year, and five …

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VAT on Ebooks Abolished from 1st May 2020

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced on April 30 that e-publications would be VAT-free starting on May 1. The government implemented this following its efforts to encourage more people to read while they rightly stay home. Originally intended to be enforced on December 1, 2020, it also aims to boost the information dissemination across …

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How To Claim The Scottish Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund

Many of us thought of 2020 as “My Big Year.” Aside from being given another 366 days to better your life and career, it’s also the end and the beginning of a new decade. Surely, you have imagined 2020 to be your year of change, innovation and career success. Then again, not everything always goes …

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How To Claim The Scottish Creative Or Tourism And Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund

The world is facing challenging times – much challenging than anything it has ever faced in the past decade. With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing worldwide, hitting the 3 million mark just a few days ago, this global pandemic is not only threatening the health of the people but the global economy as well. There has been …

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How to Claim the Scottish Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund?

The Scottish Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund is a £45 million needs-based grant for vital but vulnerable SMEs during the Coronavirus crisis. It is part of a £100 million fund, with £34 million allocated to the Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund, and £20 million to the Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund. Applications opened on April …

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