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January 2019

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"Any views or opinions expressed in these blogs are solely those of the author and might not represent those of Access Credit Management Limited."

Money Management Tips for SME Owners

Owning a small to medium sized enterprise (SME) here in the UK brings with it a unique set of challenges and, over the past couple of years, these challenges have increased, largely as a result of the uncertainty over Brexit.  Despite the fact that the date for the UK to leave the European Union is almost upon us, most of us are none the wiser about what this will mean as the government has yet to negotiate a favourable divorce deal with our erstwhile partners in Europe.  This makes it more vital than ever for SME owners to be watchful and harbour their resources so that they are ready to w

Customer Service Secrets for Online SME Retailers – Surprise Packaging

Last week we published some advice for SME owners on how to get it right when it comes to customer service and why offering great customer service is an effective way of making sure your business stands out from the crowd.  This is an important issue for all businesses, but online retailers and service providers are competing in a global market for a global audience, so using fab customer service as your unique selling point (USP) is one of the most cost-efficient ways of getting ahead of the competition. 

A Brand Awareness Tip for Local Businesses

Here at Access Credit Management we’re proud to Sheffield’s Cott’s Football Club, a Sheffield club that’s making waves in the Sunday Sports League.  As we’re based in Sheffield (with clients from across the UK and around the world), we feel that sponsoring a local club in this way is our way of giving back to the community in which we live and work.  Here are some pretty powerful reasons for small to medium business owners to consider sponsoring clubs, events, social facilities and other local initiatives.

Customer Service – How to Get it Right for SME Owners

Whilst the Internet has brought with it a wealth of new opportunities for retailers, it’s also brought a level of competition that was just not possible in the past.  Yes, it makes such a difference to small businesses to build a website and begin trading online – after all, you can now take advantage of the fact that you can reach a much wider customer base than was possible in the past.  However, finding ways of standing out from the crowd has become much more difficult because everybody else is also trading online.  Some ways of attracting more potential customers are:

Blaming it on the Brexit!

As we begin the New Year and the inexorable march towards actual Brexit, we still seem no closer to securing a good deal when Britain leaves the European Union and most of us are still uncertain about what Brexit will actually look like.  The government is in turmoil as the prime minister and conservative MPs struggle to come to agreements and make the necessary deals that would ensure that the future looks brighter for the UK.  However, for most of us who look on in horror as the debacle unfolds, the signs are not looking great.

Investing in Social Media Pays Dividends for Small Businesses

If you’re a business owner who still hasn’t harnessed the power of social media to promote your business, you may be missing a trick.  Used correctly, social media can help to secure new customers, win referrals and raise awareness about your products or services.  It’s a cost-effective way of marketing your business at a very small cost and a great way of engaging with your customers, many of whom will be only too happy to share with friends and family.  If you’re new to using social media for business, it can be difficult to know which platforms are best for your business and what type of

Avoiding the Festive Financial Hangover

Christmas is over, the leftovers have all been eaten, the tree is down and the decorations are safely stored in the attic ready for next year.  We’ve entered a whole new year, a time of new beginnings and resolutions to make this year even better than last.  However, some of us are feeling the brunt of the Christmas spending spree and worrying about how we’ll get through the first few months of 2019 and clear the debts we’ve taken on to ensure that our families have a great Christmas.  Now is the time to get your personal finances under control to make sure that this year goes with a swing,

News Roundup for 2018 - SME Finances and Debt

Since the Brexit Referendum in June 2016, small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK have been facing an uncertain future as the Brexit negotiations have rolled out.  We’re rapidly approaching the date that the UK is due to leave the European Union and there is still no firm plan for what happens when we’re no longer an EU member which means that Brexit preparations made by businesses have to be flexible, with business owners ready to pivot to minimise any negative impact on both trading and finances.  Today we’re going to take a look back at some of the financial and business news from 2

Smooth Checkout Spells Success for Online Retailers

If you’re one of the UK’s army of SME owners who sells goods or services online, then keeping up to speed with technological advances is vital for success.  This means making sure that your website is user-friendly and that visitors (who are all potential customers) can navigate easily to find what they are looking for.  When it comes to the checkout process, ease and transparency are a real “must” if you want to make sure you don’t sacrifice potential sales.   Here are some tips you can use to make sure the checkout process on your website does not lose sales for your business: