Muse Blog

Late payments add up


Seven in 10 small businesses in the UK have faced legal costs as a result of commercial disputes, amounting to a crippling £11.6 billion per year according to data from the Federation of Small Businesses.
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Poor cash flow forces 50,000 businesses a year to fold


Nearly a third of small businesses are being forced to delay payments to their own suppliers as a result of late payments creating cashflow difficulties for them, perpetuating the late-payment culture in business.
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Late Payments have critical impact on SMEs

The amount of money due on outstanding invoices for small businesses has risen by almost a quarter, from £63,881 in 2017 to £80,141 in 2018, according to the latest research from Dun & Bradstreet.
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Upgrading your workplace - Chapter 2


You arrive at your new office, you wipe the dust off the desks with a Pret napkin, you have to keep all your books on the floor until you put up a shelf and your laptop charger is stretching across the room to reach the sockets. These are consequences of some of the commonly overlooked factors when moving in to your first office. We had these exact problems and hopefully this blog can save you some time on panic trips to Staples!
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Creating an online presence


One of the important first steps for any company is setting up a website and social media accounts. Nowadays a whole host of services rely on you having a website as a way to check that you are a legitimate business and understand your products. Moreover, without a website and social media presence you may struggle to reach your customers.
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Upgrading your workplace - Chapter 1


You might be looking for a quiet place to work, beginning to generate turnover or thinking about taking on your first employee, but you feel it might be time to graduate from your home office. Where do you start?
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Why are we called Muse?


One of the most fun things when setting up a new business is choosing a name. Once upon a time, this was as simple as calling yourself J. Bloggs Ltd, or Bloggs, Smith and Jones. Or if you were in a specific industry you might choose a name like Associated Dairies (how many of you knew that’s what Asda stands for?!)
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Welcome to the Muse blog!

Whether this is your first or third, starting a business in the UK can be challenging and we’d agree. Follow our journey as a startup and we will share some of the lessons we learn along the way.  Hopefully, through our blog, you will realise that you’re not alone and you might even pick up some useful tips along the way.
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