Top 10 articles of 2019


As we approach the end of 2019, we look back at the year and see which of our blog posts captured the attention of you, our readers.

From cost-effective marketing tips to the secrets to getting your business approved for funding, let’s count down the top 10 articles of 2019. Which one came out on top?

10. Getting approved for a business loan in 5 steps

Some businesses have the perception that finding and applying for a business loan is an arduous task. But we don’t think it needs to be.

Our five-step plan breaks down the process into practical steps that you can follow to increase the speed and crucially your chances of getting approved for the right funding for your business.

Discover how to get approved here. 

9. Unfair tax system: 49% of small businesses feel they lack support

A survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) found that 67% of small businesses feel that HMRC tax rules are not being applied fairly across different sized businesses.

We looked at the survey results to see what makes the tax system unfair for smaller businesses and what the solution might be.

Find out more here. 

8. The dos and don’ts of growing your business

Most business owners know that rapid growth doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, effort and a lot of dedication to successfully scale your business.

Which is perhaps why our dos and don’ts of growing your business was so popular.

Take a look at the dos and don’ts here. 

7. Hilton-Baird Financial Solutions gains industry recognition

Hilton-Baird Financial Solutions was Highly Commended at the commercial finance sector’s flagship awards ceremony, the Business Moneyfacts Awards.

Our team was recognised for their performance and outstanding service over the past 12 months in the category of Invoice Finance Broker of the Year, which the team won in 2018.

We have since been shortlisted again and hope to bring home the title at the ceremony in March 2020.

Find out more about our award win here. 

6. 5 funding options made for improving cash flow

With late payment, rising costs and other cash flow struggles dominating the news this year, it’s perhaps not surprising that our readers wanted to know more about which funding options could help.

Whether you are currently experiencing cash flow issues or not, understanding your options regarding funding means that you can respond quickly and make an informed decision if the need arises.

Take a look at the 5 key funding options that you may want to consider here. 

5. Cost-effective marketing channels to grow your customer base

A common challenge for new and established businesses alike is generating new business. If you can relate to this, you could benefit from his blog post which highlighted six different strategies and channels that you may not be using to their full potential.

Find out more here. 

4. The advantages and disadvantages of hire purchase finance

Hire purchase finance proved to be a popular source of funding in 2019. With many businesses turning to hire purchase in order to access the right equipment and grow their business we looked at the advantages and disadvantages of this funding option. 

See if you could benefit from hire purchase here. 

3. 7 steps to better cash flow management

Another popular cash flow blog was our seven steps to better cash flow management.

If you know your cash flow management needs a complete overhaul, you can work through the steps in order.

If you’re just looking to make a few improvements, try and identify your weakest areas and go from there.

Take a look at the seven-step guide here. 

2. Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain collapses after cash flow issues

On the 21st May it was announced that Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain had gone into administration, less than two years after Mr Oliver injected nearly £13 million of his own cash to save it from bankruptcy.

Our post considered what caused such extreme financial struggles for the well-known chain and how you can ensure something similar doesn’t happen to your own business.

Read the full post here.

1. These are the habits that billionaires share

Do you have anything in common with self-made billionaires? Could adjusting your habits contribute to your future success?

While writing his book, “The Billion Dollar Secret”, author Rafael Badziag interviewed 21 billionaires and researched their lives and companies.

He was surprised to find that all those he interviewed shared the same interesting habits that he believes has helped contribute to their success.

Find out if you share any of those habits here. 

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