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 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 best supporting the mental health of employees

It’s important that you take your duties seriously when it comes to staff wellbeing. This is not only to support employees as individuals, but also to avoid the impact that …

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.

Introduction to seeking external digital support for your business

Whether you’re planning to get stuck into your company’s digital development yourself or call in the pros, here’s what you need to consider.

Introduction to working out the best digital sales channels to use

Effective use of digital sales channels can super-charge your growth and, in this guide, we’ll show you some simple steps you can take right now.

Introduction to budgeting and planning for new technology investments

In business, the success of any new technology lies in the planning and rollout. This guide will help you find out how to make your new tech a success.

Introduction to assessing and choosing the right technology to improve business operations

There’s tech out there that can enhance every aspect of your business and open up opportunities for growth, so here's how you can get started.

Introduction to understanding what digital tools or support your business needs

There is a lot of tech available to small businesses. How can you pick the right tools for you? Read our guide to find out.

Introduction to streamlining and automating your business processes

Automation is not just for large enterprises. Read our guide on how to apply automation to your business in a strategic, cost-effective way.

Introduction to using the data you have to improve decision making

Data plays an important part in effective decision making, whether it’s around company growth, hiring practices, sales or marketing campaigns.