Guides

These guides are designed to walk you through best practice approaches to business challenges.

They will bring to light the important issues and themes that underpin a particular business challenge and prepare you for making long-lasting improvements.

  • Based on SME experiences, not corporate jargon
  • Filled with real-world stories
  • Achievable steps every business can take

How to make and receive secure online payments

Ensuring that online payments are safe is essential. If your business can’t secure online payments, it could lose customers – and even end up breaking the law.

How to address the biggest cyber weakness a business has

Even with the best intentions, it’s almost inevitable that people make mistakes. So what can business owners do to prepare for and reduce human error?

How to create a cyber attack recovery plan

A cyber attack can result in lost revenue, disrupted operations and reputational damage. It's essential to have a plan in place so you know what to do next.

How to manage cyber security when staff are working from home

Working from home has become the new normal for many businesses. But with staff out of the office, managing cyber security is even more challenging.

The common types of cyber fraud and how to detect them

Cyber fraud can be very damaging for businesses, so it's important you understand the different types of cyber fraud and how to detect them.

How to identify any security vulnerabilities your business may have

From weak passwords to outdated software, there are lots of security vulnerabilities lurking within your business. Here’s how to reduce the risk.

How to use technology to improve cash flow

Cash flow is one of the most vital metrics to keep an eye on. It lets you settle with suppliers, meet payroll and grow – think of it as your …

How to work out what financial information to share with your team

As a business owner, sharing financial information can be a fine line to tread. So what’s the answer when it comes to financial transparency with staff?

How to identify financial fundamentals you should know

Financial fundamentals are about creating a robust foundation for your business. That includes being able to track the metrics that matter.

How to integrate scenario planning into your cash flow forecasting

Scenario planning allows you to understand the implications of different decisions. That makes it a useful tool to mitigate risks.

How to deal with seasonal fluctuations in your company cash flow

It’s hard when your company cash flow fluctuates, but there are things you can do to help predict the ups and downs in advance.

How to get customers to pay on time

Unfortunately, prompt payment of invoices doesn’t happen by magic. It involves developing a good invoicing system and setting out payment terms.

How to deal with a short-term business cash flow problem

Understanding your company’s cash flow and forecasting accurately will help you prepare for lean times. But what happens when there’s a sudden problem?

How to create a rolling cash flow forecast

Most business owners instinctively know that cash flow forecasting is important – but may not understand how to get it right or set one up.

A guide to managing debt and cash flow

This guide has been designed to provide impartial information to help businesses through survival and onto recovery, helping them stabilise and move forward to growth and future success.

An expert guide on the essential steps towards business financial recovery

If the coronavirus crisis and economic consequences have dented your cash flow, your confidence, or both, this business finance guide is for you.

Hiring and supporting your first employees

Knowing when to take on your first employees is a challenge for any small business owner. This guide sets out what you should do to make sure you are successful …

Introduction to making sure your technology is robust enough for growth

Technology is key to driving business efficiency and unlocking innovation – there’s no way to grow without getting it right. Our guide explains how to get started.