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Grant funding....it's free and it's yours, you just don't know it!

Grant funding....it's free and it's yours, you just don't know it!

Did you know there are over 8,000 grant funds available to UK businesses today?
 

The fact is that many grant funds are wasted for two reasons; business owners are not aware they exist, or that their application just doesn't seem to tick all the right boxes. The most frustrating part however is that this is an offering of FREE non-repayable cash. It's like winning the lottery but not taking the winnings!

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Understanding your data

Understanding your data

I love data (or dada in my Canadian dialect) but I’ll be the first to admit the stuff is pretty useless until you actually start to organise it. One of the most important types of data a business has is information about their clients. Most of the time, this information is broken up into different spreadsheets, offering different perspectives of the client and the service, but rarely providing a complete overview of the service delivered.

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Under Insurance

Under Insurance

Under Insurance – If you don’t know what it is, your business is massively exposed...

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RP Fighting Blindness (RPFB)

RP Fighting Blindness (RPFB)

ABOUT RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA (RP) AND RP FIGHTING BLINDNESS (RPFB):


Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a hereditary disease of the retina that results in progressive loss of sight and blindness.  In the UK, it is estimated that some 25,000 families are affected by RP and there is currently no available cure or treatment.

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RP Fighting Blindness Fundraiser

RP Fighting Blindness Fundraiser

This Lent season (18 February-4 April 2015) James, Stanley & Co Ltd. will be fundraising for RP Fighting Blindness, a charitable organisation raising funds for retinitis pigmentosa (RP) research, a hereditary disease of the retina that results in progressive loss of sight and blindness. Read more here.

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Changes to Business Reply and Freepost envelopes

Changes to Business Reply and Freepost envelopes

In September 2013, Royal Mail announced that as from 7th November 2014 all Business Reply envelopes and Freepost envelopes must carry a special personalised bar code.


After this date, they may reject the envelopes or impose a surcharge. To ensure that your envelopes comply with the very latest rules why not contact positive Print who can assist you in adding the correct bar code to ensure that you are compliant.

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What's in a name?

What's in a name?

Everything!
 

The name and image of your business is what people use to distinguish you from your competitors. It’s important to create a brand that your clients and prospects will respond to.


There are three elements you need to identify when constructing a brand:

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Year in Review

Year in Review

It's a New Year and a new start but before we begin our new initaitives we wanted to take a moment to outline all the wonderful success we've had in 2014! 

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Debt Collection for your Business

Debt Collection for your Business

Every company wishes it had a full list of reliable clients that always paid on time. In all businesses, prompt payments are received gratefully and late payments are dreaded, therefore credit control and debt management are important to ensure a constant and steady cash flow. Keeping on top of company billing, income and expenditure is really important to help understand how financially successful your business is; something we would love to help you achieve.

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Goal reviewing for the New Year

Goal reviewing for the New Year
Now that 2015 has officially rolled in, it’s time to reflect on your previous year’s goals and see how they compare with the outcomes. While this may seem daunting it’s essential for future goal setting as it’s a great opportunity to reflect on your previous strategies and accomplishments. 
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10 steps to a Google-friendly website

10 steps to a Google-friendly website

Are you having trouble bringing the right (or any) people to your website? Chances are your business is buried somewhere in the pages of Google. If that's the case, here are some basic SEO strategies you can begin to implement in your own website!

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Meet the Team | Kayla

Meet the Team | Kayla

Profession: Marketing & Communications Manager 


Years in the business:  2 years

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Meet the Team | Rebecca

Meet the Team | Rebecca

Profession: Organisational Project Manager 


Years in the business: 2 years

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Help to grow your business is here!

Help to grow your business is here!

Would you like to grow your business further and become part of a 15,000 strong high growth community in England? Would you like a review of your business’ strength and weaknesses and a low-cost way to find new opportunities or better exploit existing ones? If the answer to these questions is yes, GrowthAccelerator may be for you.

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Meet the Team | Demelza

Meet the Team | Demelza

Profession: Student at Hillcrest School for Girls. In the middle of my final two years of school, going into year 11 in Sept. 2014. I hope to study Psychology, English language and literature as well as history or geography. I'm currently doing my work experience at James Stanley & Co to get a feel of what my future will hopefully be like. 


Years in the business: --

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Meet the Team | Ethan

Meet the Team | Ethan

Profession: Student, starting sixth form this year, at James, Stanley & Co for work experience


Years in the business: 1 week

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Cloud Backups

A well used fact in the IT industry is that 80% of all businesses who suffer complete data loss will be out of business within 18 months. Whether that’s 90%, 80% or 70% you get the gist.


Imagine you turn up for work and your office has been broken into overnight. You realise that, amongst other things, your server and all the desktop computers have been stolen. After the initial shock, you’ll start thinking about getting your office back up and running. Replacing the computers, although potentially a strain on your cash flow until the insurance pays out, is relatively straight forward. You could have your computer network back up and running within a few days.

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Changes in the Mortgage Market

Changes in the Mortgage Market

April 26th 2014 saw significant changes in the way lenders assess mortgage affordability with the implementation of the FCA’s (Financial Conduct Authority) Mortgage Market Review (MMR). This review was undertaken as a result of the issues in the market that led to the Financial Crisis experienced in 2008. The significant changes which are being implemented, will see an enhanced focus now being placed on “Responsible Lending”. This will require the mortgage lenders to assess far more fully, the individual mortgage applicant(s) ability to maintain their mortgage repayments both now and, most importantly, in the future. As such it will be incumbent upon Lenders to assess that prospective mortgage borrowers can maintain their mortgage repayments even in the event of increases in interest rates and/or general living costs.

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St Basils Walk, Round Two!

St Basils Walk, Round Two!

‘Accountants saving the world’ sign up for St Basils Walk for 2nd year running'

 

Release date: 30-4-14


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UK Policy Paper on Aggressive Tax Planning

UK Policy Paper on Aggressive Tax Planning

HMT and HMRC have just released their policy paper on the G20 and OECD Action Plan to tackle Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (‘BEPS’). In it, the government strongly endorses the BEPS initiative for “creating a fair and balanced set of international rules for both countries and companies.”

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