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Celebrating small businesses is at the heart of what we do, so we have teamed up with West Bromwich Albion FC and Birmingham Post to invite businesses in the West Midlands to share their success stories with us for a chance to take their business to the next level.

Success comes in many shapes and forms – what might be just a small footnote in the history for one business could be considered a great triumph for another. Whether you are a one-person-band running a local shop or employ a few people in an office space, we want to know what makes your business tick.

In return you could win a prize package worth £15,000 to grow your business; including £5,000, a full page article in the Birmingham Post newspaper, advertising at the West Bromwich Albion v. Queen Park Rangers game with a day out at the Hawthorns, a two-year subscription to QuickBooks Online  and 6 hours of consultation with business experts.

The contest is for any small business in the West Midlands area – simply tell us about your biggest business success story and your vision for developing your business in 2015. You can submit your entry at www.quickbooks.co.uk/success from now until 1st of March 2015.

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In this free webinar, Johnny Martin, Intuit’s Financial Fitness Coach, looks at four simple steps to getting your finances organised right from the start.

It’s available on-demand so you can watch it whenever you like – get financially fit on the bus, in the office or on your lunch break!

This high-energy, jargon-free session covers:

  • Invoicing and tracking expenses
  • Managing cashflow
  • VAT
  • Reporting

Watch it now and please let us have your feedback and requests for future webinar topics.

We have a growing library of live and on-demand webinars available. Register now.

A very big thank you to those who attended the SmallBizMatters Event at Crepeaffaire in Spitalfields Market, London on April 6th. We hope you enjoyed the delicious and free crepes, beautiful weather and wonderful surroundings. We appreciate all the tweets and Facebook comments in support of British small businesses.

At Intuit, we make products and services that help small businesses succeed. We spend a lot of time listening to business owners, understanding the problems that small businesses face and thinking of ways we can help. So when we were deciding how best to mark our launch of QuickBooks Online in Britain, we chose an event that would also help British small businesses by raising awareness about how much they matter.

Many small businesses and their supporters told us via Twitter and Facebook why British small businesses matter to them. We have included some of the comments below. We have also put together a collection of pictures from the event. Take a look and see if you can spot yourself! 

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Smarta.com has announced it will include QuickBooks Online as part of its Smarta Business Builder software-as-a-service solution. 

Smarta Business Builder enables businesses to access their finances, website, business plan, email and legal documents all from a single web browser.

Sháá Wasmund, Founder and CEO of Smarta said: “QuickBooks Online is a powerful, but easy-to-use solution which will save businesses both time and money – so is a perfect fit for Smarta Business Builder.”

Smarta Business Builder comprises of:

  • Intuit QuickBooks Online
  • LivePlan from Palo Alto Software Inc
  • Fusemail hosted email from J2 communications
  • Sitemaker website builder from Moonfruit
  • Legal Document Builder from Epoq

Smarta Business Builder is also backed by Theo Paphitis, chairman of Ryman, star of BBC’s Dragons’ Den and a Smarta board member. 





One month on from the VAT increase, we decided to poll 1400 small businesses to see how they have been affected by the change. The results were slightly surprising! Despite the widespread media hype, two thirds of those we surveyed confirmed that the VAT increase has had no impact on their business. Perhaps even more unexpectedly, 44% of small business owners said they agreed with the Government’s decision when quizzed about whether increasing VAT is the best way to tackle the national deficit.

It is certainly reassuring to know that many small business owners have been able to cope with the recent VAT increase despite widespread predictions of doom and gloom. As this is the third VAT rate change in less than three years, many of you who have been around for a while may feel that you’ve have had enough practice to cope with the changes! What is even more encouraging to see is that when looking for advice on how to manage the change, around one in five turned to other small business owners for support.

Do these results reflect your own experience with the VAT increase? Do you think the tough times are still to come? Have your say in the comments section below.