A beginner's guide to obtaining grant funding

There are hundreds of different types of UK and EU grants available to startups and SMEs, but navigating the plethora on offer - as well as their respective qualifying conditions - can be a minefield.

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Entrepreneurs missing out on Advance Assurance opportunities

Nearly half of entrepreneurs in the UK do not know what Advance Assurance is, despite it making their business more attractive to potential investors, according to a new survey by the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards and Propel by Deloitte.

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Financial and accounting duties of a director

If you’re a director - whatever your taxonomic designation might be in reality - you have a few big responsibilities when it comes to finances and accounting.

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Partnering with the SSA

Propel by Deloitte will work with the Scottish Sports Association, the independent and representative body for governing bodies of sport in Scotland, to provide an exclusive deal and offer a range of services to both the SSA and its members.

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Three common VAT mistakes and how to avoid them

VAT offers a tricky challenge to businesses. The tax is filled with technical details, snags and pitfalls, and when you’re growing a business you can’t spend your days learning every nuance.

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Pension auto-enrolment in the coming years: what businesses need to know

The amounts paid by both employee and employer into your auto enrolment (AE) scheme increased on April 6, 2018 - But that’s not all. There are two other big changes on the horizon.

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How setting and measuring KPIs empowers high-growth businesses to scale

Measuring KPIs can be beneficial for high-growth businesses in order to allow them to see whether they are hitting overall company targets, alongside providing investors and senior team members with up-to-date management information.

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Getting investor ready: what to include in your pitch deck

Angel investors and early-stage venture capital funds receive scores of decks per week. It is important to just present succinct and relevant information. If you don’t grab their attention within the first couple of slides, they are likely to lose interest.

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An introduction to cash flow forecasting

Cash flow forecasting is the lifeblood of early stage and high-growth companies. Typically, the profile of these businesses will mean that they are not yet profit-generating, and in some instances may be pursuing a strategy of growing their top line revenues in place of being focused on their profitability.

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An introduction to equity crowdfunding

The roots of equity crowdfunding date back to 2011, during the height of the financial crisis. It was initially used as a mechanism for early-stage businesses to access equity finance and was a necessity at the time due to high-street banks’ reluctance to lend to small businesses.

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