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Emily Coltman, chief accountant at FreeAgent (www.freeagentcentral.com), and a qualified chartered accountant, gives her tips for small business owners planning to buy a new car.

The fund management industry goes to great lengths to promote high-charging “active” investment products that supposedly provide shoot-the-lights-out returns. Michael Barr, author of How to Invest Better than the Average Primate and founder of financial advice firm Michael Barr and Co (www.michaelbarr.org.uk) argues that that there is another, cheaper and more lucrative, way.

On 4 January 2011 the Government raised the standard rate of VAT from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent. Diana Flier, compliance analyst at financial software provider Intuit UK (www.intuit.co.uk) explains how businesses should adapt to ensure that both their customers and the taxman are kept happy.

Do you really know where all your cash is tied up and how each element of your business is performing? If not, maybe you should consider compiling management accounts. Daniel Prais, partner at Crawfords Accountants (www.crawfordsaccountants.co.uk) explains how to get started.

One of the key lessons to be learnt from the recession is that few if any companies can ignore the threat of fraud. David Alexander, the president of the UK Chapter of the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners and director of Forensics at Smith & Williamson offers advice.

Andrew Foyle, a member of the famous bookselling family, set up publishing company BLi Education in 2007 and has already built it into a £10 million-plus business. Here he sets out his tips for raising finance to fund business growth.

In the current climate many people are looking to minimise their legal and advisory costs on transactions. Jenny Robertson, senior associate at law firm Stevens & Bolton http://www.stevens-bolton.co.uk outlines a number of steps that owner managers who are considering a possible exit can take to control costs.

With Christmas around the corner, the annual bonus will soon be on the agenda for many companies. With a tough financial year behind and another ahead, how can employers reward staff but still keep the purse strings tight?

Capricious lending policies are still driving small businesses to the brink and beyond. So how can you stop your bank dragging you under? EN investigates

Richard Mannion of Smith & Williamson, the accountancy and financial services group provides his top tips for owner managers:

  • Kathryn Parsons, co-founder of Decoded, started with little more than faith and determination, but four years later it’s grown into a global business. Ahead of her appearance at Accelerate 2015 in...

  • Author, writer and marketer Ryan Holiday on how entrepreneurs need to interpret failure.

  • Sue Vizard, business coach and author of Jump Start: The Start-up Book for Your Dream Business, looks at some of the questions solo entrepreneurs should ask themselves.

  • Ian Wright, founder and chief executive of NonExecutiveDirectors.com, is bringing together SMEs and NEDs - without the hefty recruitment fees.

  • Former professional golfer turned entrepreneur Colin Stevens has had a busy 18 months. The Better Bathrooms founder has increased turnover at the firm, secured a multi-million pound investment and...

Five Minutes With

David Hughes sums up his entrepreneurial career to date thus: four spectacular successes and two failures. He founded the sports retailer Allsports and achieved turnover of £180 million before a vicious price war meant decline, administration in 2005 and a sell-off to rival JD Sports.

It took Richard Shonn, managing director of 151 Products, three years to find a warehouse big enough for his requirements.