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Getting a mid-sized business ready for sale

Morgan Jones, Principal in the Corporate Finance team at Bravura, an independent investment banking firm specialising in corporate finance and structured solutions, outlines the imperative of exit strategy planning for owner-operators. (more…)

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Are compliance changes overwhelming your team?

There used to be a time when compliance was treated as a secondary business function. Today, however, organisations and leadership have come to recognise that they need to keep abreast of the latest regulatory requirements in their field of operations, as the risk of non-compliance can have significant business and personal consequences. These far outweigh […]

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A checklist for your annual December holiday shutdown

If you’re the owner or manager of a Small & Medium Business outside the retail and hospitality industries, you’re probably looking forward to the annual break, says  Anton van Heerden, Executive Vice-President, Africa & Middle East at Sage. (more…)

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Corruption and bribery, a company’s biggest risk

Recently published research from the Henley Business School has found that around 85 percent of international businesses resort to bribery when operating in developing economies. The study interviewed over 900 business executives during a period of 12 years, and indicated that companies from many developed countries are notoriously malleable in their attitudes towards paying bribes […]

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Sasria cover essential on underlying assets insurance policy

Aon South Africa is advising business owners and individuals to review their asset insurance policies and ensure that they have Sasria cover included. This follows the costs of destruction of property in the wake of #FeesMustFall protests, estimated to be in the region of R1 billion to date. According to Hussain Bhikhoo, Client Manager at […]

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Advice from Sage on money-saving exercises for small and medium businesses

Small & Medium Businesses should be saving money for a bad day

Every small and medium business should be aiming to have some savings in the bank as a buffer for difficult months when sales are slow or debtors miss payments, says Anton van Heerden, Executive Vice-President, Africa & Middle East at Sage. (more…)

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Recognising early warning signs of companies in financial trouble

Early warning signs can help companies resolve problems

No company ever wants to go through a restructuring process and it is usually only those advising on the process that may welcome it, says Lyndon Norley, consultant in the Insolvency and Restructuring Practice at Bowmans in Cape Town. (more…)

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7 top insurance saving tips for small and medium enterprises

With South Africa’s bleak economic forecast of a gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 0.5% for the remainder of 2016, small, medium and macro enterprises (SMMEs) may face tremendous financial pressure. In light of this, SMME’s may need to review their budgets and cut out unnecessary expenses. According to Colin van Zyl, Commercial Accounts […]

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