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Got Questions?

Our Bev answered some questions from Derbyshire business owners over on Twitter via AahDoDerbyshire. We thought it would be great to round them all up here … Q: "What should I spend my bounce back loan on?" A: Great examples that businesses we know are doing are: investing in that bit of kit they've been after to needed to help you compete better, or be slicker something that widens [...]

By |2020-06-26T12:07:18+00:00June 26th, 2020|

An optimistic outlook for our city

What we learnt most from the Marketing Derby Business Live Talks is that our business community and public sector is fully unified on approaching bounce back with an optimism. Listening in to Steve Hall, Chair of Derby Renaissance Board, on Thursday 9 June the drive to build our city back to be better, stronger, sustainable, and future proof is critical. We heard much that we, as a local business, [...]

By |2020-06-15T10:36:59+00:00June 15th, 2020|

Flexible furlough … the new rules released

Flexible Furlough So Friday evening we received further guidance on the flexible furlough (and there were pages of the stuff) so to condense this down and give you the answers, we’ve summarised this into the key information, and then key questions that have been asked. There’s a new kid in town: flexible furlough Move over ‘furlough’ for the new sassing ‘Flexible furlough’ which will help so many businesses get [...]

By |2020-06-16T16:45:40+00:00June 15th, 2020|

You’re going it alone… sole trader loss case study

So, you’ve taken the plunge and decided you’re going it alone, you've read our first blog here, and want to consider how you may be able to use losses if you're a sole trader. Let's talk you through a case study. We recently took on a client who was trading as a sole trader. Let’s call her Mary. Mary was in her second year of trading and had been [...]

By |2020-06-08T13:07:38+00:00June 8th, 2020|

29 May COVID19 Update

‘Office lights will be turned on, windows thrown open, work clothes and school uniforms will be pulled out of the wardrobe, shops and factories will start to hum with activity’ were Rishi’s opening comments on Friday. As we enter this new phase we it won’t be quite as romantically put as this. Looking over the announcements we’ve summarised these below, or if you'd prefer to watch the job retention [...]

By |2020-05-31T20:13:50+00:00May 31st, 2020|

Business Recovery Planning Webinar

Right now, it’s ‘Business Unusual’ as businesses reopen after the Covid-19 crisis and adapt to an unfamiliar environment. We’re on the frontline of business support and we’re doing all we can to help our clients get to a new ‘Business as Usual’. Watch our Business Recovery Planning webinar below, where we’ll cover the most important steps you can take to ensure your business has the best chance of recovery, [...]

By |2020-06-12T06:10:26+00:00May 30th, 2020|

Are you Olympic ready?

We’re talking about whether you are ready for the next phase of business as lockdown eases and businesses are given the green light to open safely. On Thursday morning our Bev listened to the incredible speakers on the Marketing Derby Talking Business panel. And when listening to a speaker it’s clear there’s many lessons to learn from the world of sport for us businesspeople. That speaker was Jessica Piasecki, [...]

By |2020-05-29T19:59:57+00:00May 29th, 2020|

You’re going it alone… sole trader or limited company?

So, you’ve taken the plunge and decided you’re going it alone, and then you realise that you’ve made the first of many decisions. You’re in the pub, and let’s call him Dave, says ‘Ooh I don’t pay any tax and I’m set up as a Limited Company, that’s the best route to go”. Then you bump into Mary in the shops and she says “you definitely want to be [...]

By |2020-06-08T13:08:52+00:00May 13th, 2020|

Getting paid is critical right now

We have released our guidance on the quick wins for business owners to ensure you can get cash back into your business. If there’s anything we’ve included in this blog that you’d like more information or help on, please do get in touch with our Bev. Empathy is paramount Never take your eye off your cash flow because having cash flowing will give you peace of mind for the [...]

By |2020-05-31T13:40:10+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Key information for business owners

Every single business owner across the country has been impacted in some way by Covid-19; here at Vibrant we’re trying to provide as much information as possible to help you make decisions, access funding, look at your planning, sort your tax and cash flow analysis out and more. Here’s our round up of what business owners could be doing or looking at during lockdown. Get cash back into your [...]

By |2020-04-17T16:22:11+00:00April 17th, 2020|