Finding and selling to customers

Avoiding the overtrading trap: When to take orders, and when not to

Overtrading means when you are selling more products than you can afford to buy. Simon Rigby offers tips to avoid this tricky situation


Report reveals poor payment practices from these big names

A new government report reveals how long it takes some of the UK's major high street names to pay small suppliers.

Export & Import

How to find the right suppliers – a small business guide

When it comes to early interactions with suppliers, make sure you follow this advice.  

Export & Import

Choosing the right supplier

Here, Hans Ziebeck, director of Purchasing at Beacon, gives us his tips on choosing the right supplier for your small business.

Startup Funding and Grants

How to tell if trade credit is right for your SME

Here, Rachel Mainwaring, operations director at Creditsafe, examines why trade credit might be right for you.


Most UK small businesses impacted by supplier failure

Study reveals that UK firms are being held back by unclear supplier management processes and fragmented data.


Negotiating with suppliers: Be aggressive or pay the price

Lee Biggins was on a steep learning curve when it came to negotiating with suppliers for his early-stage business. Here, he discusses how he learned to get the best deal.


SMEs would prefer to deal with fewer suppliers 

The majority of small business owners believe their company would perform better with a smaller number of suppliers, finds research.


Top five tips for sourcing new suppliers

Ian Cowley gives some guidance on expanding your network of suppliers.


What to do when suppliers let you down 

Nothing can be more frustrating than being let down by a supplier, but what’s the best way to deal with the situation as a business owner? Sean Blanks, marketing director of cartridgesave.co.uk explains his approach.


Problems with suppliers costing small businesses

The knock-on effect of resolving problems with suppliers is costing UK business more than £10 billion every year, research finds.

Business management

How to demand more from your suppliers without damaging relationships

Pedro Paulo, CEO of e-procurement company Gatewit, gives tips on getting the most from your suppliers.

Business Loans

A guide to getting a small business loan

Everything you need to know on what small business loans are and what types of loan are available for your business.

Partner content

Why you need a business bank account

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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Business management

How to create good cashflow habits

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