About

Adam was Editor of SmallBusiness.co.uk from 2006 to 2008 and prior to that was staff writer on sister publication BusinessXL Magazine.

Sole trader

Childcare support if self-employed

I have set up my own business after the birth of my daughter. It was impossible, due to an inflexible employer, to continue in employment. I would like to know if there are any childcare voucher schemes available to self-employed parents similar to those offered to employed parents?

Accounting

Claiming mobile phone expenses as part of your business

What's the standard policy for mobile phones expenses? Can you claim back anything from the tax man for business mobile phone usage?

Blog

Pitching to investors: A first-hand account

Bertie Stephens, founder of online shopping service Flubit, talks about his experience with two pitches for investment and what investors expect.

Advice

Daniel Abrahams on founding MyTravelMoney.co.uk

Daniel Abrahams started online travel money comparison site MyTravelMoney.co.uk in 2011 and now sees profit alone of £117,000. He talks to SmallBusiness.co.uk about his journey.

News

Small business owners have no regrets about starting up

Most owners of small businesses have no regrets about starting up on their own. This is according to a recent survey that also revealed a distinct lack of planning in UK small firms and the role of mothers in starting up.

News

Health and safety law a bugbear for business

Small businesses wish to see a shake up in prohibitive health and safety laws.

News

Disaster recovery ‘vital for small businesses’

R3, a disaster recovery firm, has stated that having an adequate disaster recovery plan (DRP) in place is vital for businesses.

News

Self-employed at debt risk

Businesses are being urged not to mix personal borrowing with their business accounts.

News

Richard Branson for prime minister

Owner-managers say Richard Branson would be their entrepreneur of choice for the position of prime minister.

News

Hobbies form start-ups

Owner-managers say they are considering turning their hobbies into second business ventures.

News

Hairdressing: a cut above other trades

Being asked about holiday plans while getting a haircut might seem like idle chat, but hairdressers are the tradespeople customers have the best relationship with, claims a poll.

News

Start-ups need family and friends

Small businesses say friends and family provide more support when starting out than banks and government agencies.