Claiming expenses as a sole trader

Claiming expenses as a sole trader

A sole trader can be a graphic designer, gas worker, plumber, hairdresser, therapist or in any other industry that you will incur costs as a result of running your own business. Some of the costs incurred could be claimed as business expenses but do you know what you can be claiming for? As a sole […]

Health and Safety Guide 2019

Health and Safety Guide 2019

The twenty-second edition of the Forum of Private Business Health and Safety guide will be available for our members from week commencing 8th April 2019. It is a vital business resource for any business owner not only our members and it will give you peace of mind to know that you will be fully up to speed […]

Income Tax – Self Assessment

Income Tax – Self Assessment

There are five main types of tax that are relevant to businesses: income tax, corporation tax, National Insurance, VAT (value added tax) and capital gains tax. Certain forms must be submitted to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and payments must be made by certain dates to avoid incurring penalties for late submissions and interest on […]

The seven deadly sins of crowdfunding – what is stopping investors investing in your company?

The seven deadly sins of crowdfunding – what is stopping investors investing in your company?

Crowdfunding is a time-consuming endeavour. And there’s nothing worse than spending your precious time on activities that are at best ineffective, at worst actively putting investors off the idea of funding your business. So what common mistakes do entrepreneurs often make when looking to raise money for their business? Not knowing your numbers How did […]

Seven Tips for Retailers

Seven Tips for Retailers

How to stay on top of your retail’s ever-changing environment Consumers shopping habits have dramatically changed in recent years, and for retailers, the competition is getting tighter. Businesses need to raise their game to drive growth. Below the Forum has created seven top hits for retailers to follow to ensure growth with their business.   […]