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    Here you'll find all the latest news and opinions from White Oak covering finance, business, brand and much more.

Don’t let your firm be a hacker’s paradise
30 October 2017

Don’t let your firm be a hacker’s paradise

Headlines have been dominated by news of cyber attacks over recent months. But to date, no hack rivals the WannaCry virus, which temporarily crippled the NHS and other organisations around the world.

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The hurdles SMEs face when it comes to hiring
23 October 2017

The hurdles SMEs face when it comes to hiring

When it comes to growing your business, investing in your staff is a core ingredient to making it successful. And yet many small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are struggling to find the right staff to fit the...

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How a new craft distillery funded their ambitious development plans
20 October 2017

How a new craft distillery funded their ambitious development plans

This week we talk to Chris Toller, Director of the Henstone Distillery Limited, an exciting new craft distillery based in the beautiful rolling Shropshire countryside. Their vision is a grand one, and their three...

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This £4bn problem is stunting SME growth
16 October 2017

This £4bn problem is stunting SME growth

Every year, tens of thousands of small businesses see their loan applications refused by the big banks. In fact, figures from the British Business Bank (BBB) indicate this amounts to around £4bn in loans annually – a...

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How The Internet Gardener nurtured their growth with business finance
13 October 2017

How The Internet Gardener nurtured their growth with business finance

In our latest feature in City A.M. we interview our client The Internet Gardener, a thriving small business with both online and bricks & mortar presences.

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Coping with the cocktail of issues facing smaller businesses
25 September 2017

Coping with the cocktail of issues facing smaller businesses

Any small company will know that getting their business going can feel like an uphill battle, and there are concerns it’s about to get harder for the smaller business community.

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Maximise your business growth potential through finance
18 April 2017

Maximise your business growth potential through finance

In the previous instalment, we discussed how you can cover recurring short-term costs such as your tax bills. In this latest piece, we look at longer-term investment for business growth and development.

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How to make your marketing work for you
5 April 2017

How to make your marketing work for you

In the first of a 4 part series on making money work for your business, we look at how investing in a clear marketing plan can boost your business exposure.

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Mid-sized firms risk being overlooked for finance
6 March 2017

Mid-sized firms risk being overlooked for finance

Medium-sized businesses grew more quickly, generated larger profit growth and created more jobs in the past year than Britain’s large and small companies, according to research undertaken by accountancy firm BDO....

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Combat cyber-crime before it hits your business
22 February 2017

Combat cyber-crime before it hits your business

With technology constantly developing, the threat of a cyber-attack on your business is now a greater risk than ever. In 2016, a report from the FSB highlighted that even though the majority of small firms (93%) took...

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Introducing our new short-term 'Interest Only' option
10 February 2017

Introducing our new short-term 'Interest Only' option

We are pleased to have recently announced our new Interest Only loan option, a short term facility aimed to get money into your business and working faster.

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The key to unlocking business growth
6 February 2017

The key to unlocking business growth

Here in the UK, we are incredibly proud to house a vibrant small business sector which is large, diverse and continues to grow at a considerable rate. Our existing 4.8m small businesses are the backbone of our...

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Taking the headache out of tax for Smaller Businesses
30 January 2017

Taking the headache out of tax for Smaller Businesses

The self-assessment tax deadline is tomorrow, and it isn’t just individual taxpayers feeling the heat. Many small businesses, particularly those structured as limited liability partnerships, will also need to file...

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The financial failures of the 2016 festive season
8 December 2016

The financial failures of the 2016 festive season

Bad Planning Brings a Killer New Year Hangover for Small Businesses

- One fifth of SME annual profit will be created during the Christmas sales period- But 15% have missed a profit-making opportunity during the season

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The Commonwealth opportunity for UK SMEs
1 December 2016

The Commonwealth opportunity for UK SMEs

It’s hard to avoid using enormous numbers when discussing trade and the numbers don’t come much bigger than for the Commonwealth.

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