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Feb 1 2018

Funding for Growth using Non-Bank Funding

Categories: Property & Construction

Typically, if the bank manager said “no”, there were very few alternative funding providers. Where-as today, there is an overabundance of potential funding sources. Peer-to-Peer (“P2P”) or Crowd funding SME secured lending is readily available for Scottish SMEs providing a real alternative to borrowing from the high street banks. Loans range from £100,000 to £5m, more

Dec 2 2017

Working with Blueprint Recruitment

Categories: Property & Construction

A Fife recruitment company, which has found personnel for some of the most high-profile construction and manufacturing projects in Scotland, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a £16M turnover. Since its inception in 2007, Glenrothes-based Blueprint Recruitment has grown into one of the country’s leading technical, construction, administration and engineering recruitment companies. Turning over £1M more

Oct 3 2017

Be rewarded for reducing construction waste in your business

Categories: Property & Construction

Construction businesses in Scotland are being offered free waste prevention support from Resource Efficient Scotland. Resource Efficient Scotland, a support programme delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, aims to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) identify opportunities to reduce waste and save money through on-site support. Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government and more

Jun 21 2017

Property & Capital Allowances

Categories: Property & Construction

You can claim capital allowances when you buy assets that you keep to use in your business, eg equipment, machinery, business vehicles. These are known as plant and machinery.  In most cases you can deduct the full cost of these items from your profits before paying tax using the annual investment allowance.  It is normally straight forward to more

May 24 2017

How can you protect your construction business from bad debt?

Categories: Property & Construction

Bad debts are a problem that affects most businesses, irrespective of size or sector; however the issue is particularly problematic for smaller firms who often have to incur upfront costs, many of which don’t have sufficient cashflow to survive. Small firms in the construction sector are particularly affected by bad debts, with 29% of owners more

May 2 2017

Funding for Construction Businesses

Categories: Property & Construction

A recent search of funding opportunities available to Construction companies in Scotland produced 100 possible options. The Scottish Government’s website can search for potential funding options tailored to your business. The site is relatively easy to navigate and provides useful guidance. Each funding option has three useful stages. Stage one called “Before you Start”, more

Apr 11 2017

Apprenticeship Levy Update

Categories: Property & Construction

The new Apprenticeship Levy begins from 6 April 2017. This will have to be paid by businesses that have an annual wages bill of over £3m but it is important to note that all businesses, regardless of size, will be able to benefit from the fund. The process for claiming the levy in Scotland will more

Feb 22 2017

What the fall in the pound means for the Construction sector

Categories: Property & Construction

The fall in the value of the pound is leading to an increase in material prices for 70 per cent of UK builders, the Federation of Master Builders has warned. New research from the trade association has revealed that a 20 per cent rise in the price of timber and other building materials is leading to builders having to rapidly more