As a small business ourselves, we know how important it is to
keep costs as low as possible.
If you have a laser
printer, copier or fax machine that uses toner, then you are probably
paying significantly more than you need for consumables. The high
cost of manufacturers' consumables is a deliberate part of their
but one that you don’t have to fall for! Even if you get
the best discount or buy remanufactured cartridges, you will not
be using the lowest
cost option. By buying our toner and topping up your cartridges
yourself, you will not only save money but you will also be helping
the environment. If this
interests you then the starting point is our product
selector page where you can find the appropriate product for
Small businesses have a range
of concerns in common, and we list on this page a variety of links
to other organisations and their web sites that you may find useful.
We also provide on a separate page links to a range of sites concerned
helpful and cost-effective business practices.
smallbusiness.co.uk is an excellent site giving
a wide range of helpful information for small businesses. It is
linked with the Lloyds TSB Small Business Guide. “Whether
you're an existing small business owner, wanting to find contacts,
ideas and advice to help your business achieve its objectives,
or if you're thinking about taking the plunge and starting your
own business, we're here to help. smallbusiness.co.uk has been
set up to provide you with a uniquely useful resource, which we
hope will help propel your business to success. The site is structured
around our originally researched smallbusiness.co.uk directory,
which is divided into 7 key areas of business decision-making;
Starting-Up, Finance, Legal, People, Property and Sales &
Marketing. We've then divided entries up into sub-sections in
order to save you clicks and time.”
Global Currency Exchange
Global Currency Exchange will save you a lot
of money if you are transferring funds abroad. This can be for
an occasional large amount such as for the purchase of property
or setting up an overseas business. It can also be that you have
regular foreign supplier to whom you make regular payments. (We
buy in much of our toner from overseas global suppliers.) They
do not advertise and so get much of their business through referral.
In this way they keep their costs small and their rate hot. Compared
with your bank you will save a lot of money.
• An experienced and friendly service from your own personal
• Excellent exchange rates
• Guaranteed exchange rates for up to 2 years
• Monthly payment plans
• Free transfers of funds overseas
HSBC Bank offers one year's free membership
to an independent business support help line, with advice on tax,
health & safety, VAT and more.
Use this site to get official information
on setting up and running a small business in the UK. This includes
Tax, Finance and Support, Running a Limited Company, Expenses
and Employee Benefits and many other topics.
"Every university and all other higher education institutions
and all independent research and technology
(the 'Knowledge Base')
have knowledge, expertise and skills that can help businesses
of any size - whether small, medium-sized or large - to develop
and grow. If you need a solution to a business problem, or just
want to improve your company's profitability, we can help you
to access the most appropriate source of knowledge and expertise.”
The Small Business Service
The Small Business Service (SBS) offers specific
Small Business information from the government.
government guide to setting up a business
Starting up in
If you're thinking about working for yourself, or you've just
started, find straightforward explanations of business taxes and
of Small Business
Set up in 1974, they represent the interests
of small business people across the UK. They offer discounted
schemes for insurance, medical care, financial services, Internet
design and banking. They have 31 regional divisions, each with
its own branches who meet separately.
Business Network International
This is an American organisation that has
successfully brought its ideas across the pond to the UK. The
organisation has many local groups, known as chapters, covering
the UK. Each chapter has one representative for as great a range
of businesses as possible. Members meet for breakfast each week
and are given one minute to stand up and talk about their business.
Members then pass on contacts to each other, acting as a larger
This is a national association of Business
Clubs and Societies. Their ever-expanding membership list allows
you to find out about your local Business Club. Many Business
Clubs are not yet members of this organisation, but they can often
be found on the Internet simply by typing in ‘Business Clubs’.
They are often based in one place, representing the local businesses
in that town.
However, there are some more regional ones, such as Surrey Business
Club who offer support to a wider area of businesses.
Legal help line
Free Legal help line and 30-minute free consultation
BT site for home workers
BT’s own site for home workers. Everything
you need to know as a company or teleworker about working from
"Smallbiz.uk.com is the leading independent
site for British small firms. Working in association with trustworthy
organisations, we provide quick and easy access to free practical
Useful advice and information on starting
up and running a small business. Articles, guides and links.
Rural and Small Business
Links and sites offering free help
and advice for small and rural businesses in the UK, and those
working from home and looking to generate additional income in
Skype - Free or Low cost telephone services
through your computer
Enables you to phone free of charge to other
Skype users round the world. Also low cost calls to and from non-Skype
uses with ordinary phone numbers.
West Kent IVC - Social and Activity Club
Multi-activity and social club in Kent. Do
you find you have very little opportunity to meet new people outside
of work? Have you recently moved to a new area and want to make
new friends? Do you want to kick start your social life and try
new activities in Tunbridge Wells? IVC could be for you!
In our view, the best independent source of advice on the "Total
Cost of Printing" is CharisCo Printer Labs who publish
a weekly news letter that compares the performance of different
printers. We list many of these here.
Payment Interest Calculator
Calculate the statutory interest due on late
debts and see how to approach collection of it. Great for the
problem customer! Cuts through the regulations to a practical
Home Business Alliance
As anyone who has started a business working
from home knows, it can be a confusing, lonely and sometimes bewildering
time. So many decisions to make, so many opportunities to make
a mistake. No wonder people ask themselves “Have I done
the right thing?”
It could be easier. There is an organisation
which can help you right from the start and all along the road
to success. An organisation which can support, inform and advise,
letting you get on with the job of building your business.
The Princes Trust
The Princes Trust offers support to 18 to
30 year olds who want help to improve their career or selff-employment
prospects. If you want to become self-employed, they offer low
interest loans, test marketing grants and advice, including a
volunteer ‘business mentor’.
Chambers of Commerce
Chambers of Commerce offer a wide range of
services to small business. They are organised locally. To find
your local UK chamber using a map of the UK follow this link.
Chambers of Commerce of Ireland is a similar
organisation for Ireland.
The Telework, Teleworker
and Telecentre Association (TCA)
The TCA provides advice on
how to approach teleworking, information on technology, examples
of how other people progress - and uniquely - information about
work opportunities. In the bi-monthly magazine, Teleworker, and
in a weekly electronic bulletin the TCA sends out updates and
information about full-time and temporary telework opportunities.
Competitive Landline Services
Businesses have a lot more options since the UK telecommunications
markets were deregulated in the mid-1980s. Generally there are
three types of phone companies in the UK: direct carriers such
as British Telecom or Cable & Wireless, large indirect providers
who have their own networks (such as Energis, NTL and MCI Worldcom),
and smaller indirect resellers who buy telecoms bandwidth in bulk
from networks above and resell them to businesses
is the UK's leading magazine for smaller businesses and independent
professionals. We are independent and impartial.
We're here to help you make more money and enjoy it more. Check
out hundreds of practical proven guides and case studies, loads
of useful contacts for on-going ideas and advice and inspiration."
Pro Action Cameras
High quality action camcorders
for action sports and general purpose photography. A small lightweight
action camera easily fits in your pocket and goes anywhere you
do! Ideal for hiking, biking, skiing, watersports, drones, or
just take with you on holiday.
Search Engine Optimisation
If you are to make the most of the free
sales leads that come from having a website that ranks highly
in the natural results of the search engines, you need a good
specialist to get you there. I can vouch that Jan Klin really
knows his stuff! Jan Klin & Associates specialists in -
Engine Optimisation - SEO - Manchester
The FreePatentsOnline search engine is one of the most powerful,
fastest and easiest patent search engines on the web.
Bespoke Label Printing
Interlabel have extensive experience of solving many difficult
labelling applications. They have the capabilities to supply a
vast range of bespoke labels on a vast range of substrates.
Carole Bentley Copywriting &
Marketing Tips Blog
Blog with Copywriting and Marketing tips for your business. Carol
also offers a copywriting service. Lots of marketing gems including
how to use social media and mobile apps.