Bizwiki Blog

Business Tax Changes for the UK 2015


 Facebook  Twitter

You may have heard the news that the way VAT (Value Added Taxation) is charged to companies based in the UK is changing. Those earning revenue through online trading need to pay VAT to the EU member state where the customer lives, as opposed to the previous system where the company paid the VAT from the country they chose to supply the goods or services from.

It is worth deciding if your firm needs to make a note of any new requirements. The government introduced changes specifically applying to anyone supplying telecommunications, broadcasting products and e-services. Below is a short summary of what to look out for, courtesy of HM Treasury and Customs.

VAT Changes – new supply rules and the introduction of the VAT Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS)
The new VAT rules apply to UK businesses from 1 January 2015. Some compliance issues worth considering are:
• Compliance option 1 – the main compliance issue each business will need to ask itself, is does it want to register for VAT, separately, in each Europe member state. This applies if they have a consumer, or non-VAT registered customer that is resident in that state.
• Compliance option 2 – Businesses can choose to apply for the mini one-stop shop (MOSS) option, which means the scheme simplifies VAT responsibilities into customer groupings by EU member state.

Under either scheme, a business will need to know the individual EU VAT rates in each member state they are trading in, and the particular rules that apply there.

Businesses need to be aware they are subject to an audit from that member state.

Systems and Processes Will Change for Business Account-keeping and VAT
Businesses will need to identify exactly where their customers are located. For many, this will mean a complete overhaul of record keeping systems. How customers are managed, means improved technology systems, which can take hold of large amounts of data. Part of the process of doing business may mean a business needs to enable more server space, for example.

New ways of storing customer information, and the increased details needed, mean a business will need to get this checked out by a legal team. If working in a B2B environment, this could lead to needing to negotiate new trading terms with suppliers.

Ways of invoicing customers will need to change. Member state invoices need to be in the language of the customer’s country, and with the corresponding local taxation and VAT information clearly displayed.

Commercial Issues around Pricing
For a business, deciding how to apply VAT in the past would mean adding a percentage value wherever the VAT applies. Obviously, each product or service will attract a different percentage VAT addition, depending on where the customer lives.

Pricing can be applied on an individual member state level, known as dynamic pricing, yet a business will need a good technology algorithm to apply the variations needed for auto-calculations to be accurate every time. It may be the case, a business will need to think about their customers at the point-of-sale. Do they need to fill out a bit more information, and if so, do contact and order forms need adjustment?

Another option is to go for a blended rate, or universal pricing, which gives uneven margins, but to the business provides an acceptable level of profit. This may be the preferred method of pricing.

Issues over pricing may cause a business to relocate, if many customers are in a certain EU state where VAT is lower than their current location.

Source: kpmg.com/uk/vat2015

Tagged under:, ,

 Digg  Reddit  Delicious  Yahoo Bookmarks  Facebook  BlinkList

Top 10 UK Tech Conferences For 2015


 Facebook  Twitter

In recent years, digital conferences have become a top way to network fellow technology heavyweights and listen to ‘A’ list digital entrepreneurs. Sharing ideas with the likes of You Tube cofounder Chad Hurley, or Skype’s Niklas Zennstrom while listening to the world’s top technology venture capitalists describe their successes, is a real possiblility with today’s top ten tech conferences.

Top 10 Technology Conferences Held in the UK

1. Digibury in Canterbury
14 January 2015 and monthly.
Set on the University of Kent campus and the Gulbenkian Theatre, Digibury aims to connect digital and creative entrepreneurs together in a series of one day conferences held every month. For those new to the conference circuit, regular attendance at Digibury is a great platform to start networking the digital community and establishing contacts.

 
2. Tech UK – The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth.
12 February 2015
The way TV broadcasting will evolve with the 4K technology is a hot topic covered by Tech UK, who host regular conferences dealing with specialisted digital technology. This conference located in central London includes keynote speakers, Nigel Catlow, Business group director/Consumer electronics, UK & Ireland, GfK, Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO, Digital TV Group and Stephan Heimbecher, Head of Innovations & Standards, Sky Deutschland.

 
3. Technology for Marketing and Advertising TFM&A Conference
25-26 February, 2015
Held at the London Olympic Exhibition Centre, this event is the gathering place for digital marketing experts and advertisers who know how to make use of technology powered marketing. Offering delegates workshops, round-table discussings, and showcasing cutting edge marketing applications with hundreds of exhibitions stands, this is a must for anyone involved in digital marketing. Key note speakers for 2015 include Kieran Flanagan from Hubspot.

 
4. QCon London – software development conference
4-6 March, 2015
QCon is the annual gathering of those working in software development, as a part of technical teams including architects, engineering directors, and project managers. Introducing the latest software innovations in the industry, QCon features over one hundred speakers. This year, Roy Rapoport from Netflix, John Wilkes from Google, and John Graham Cummin (open source POPFile email programme developer) lead the pack of speakers.

 
5. The Wearable Technology Show 2015
10-11 March, 2015
Held at the Excel Centre in London and hosted by Augmented Realtiy, the Wearable Technology Show is the biggest event for leading experts in the field to showcase their wares. Full of tech stands and offering delegates the chance to hear talks and views from the top entrepreneurs in this fast growing field, this is a must for hands on digital designers and developers. All the big names are there on a rota of talks, including representatives from Google, LG, Accenture, McLaren, Visa, Samsung and more.

 
6. The Digital Shoreditch Festival
11-12 May 2015
Organised by the local community, this tech conference, held in the heart of the UK’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’ in Shoreditch, attracts the very best tech, creative and entrepreneurial people from London and Europe. There’s plenty to engage you, and with over 12,500 technology businesses in the immediate vicinity, there’s plenty of networking to do. The theme for 2015 is ‘trends with digital philanthropy’ and the way digital media has become a tool for social impact projects.

 
7. Thinking Digital
19-21 May, 2015
This spectacular conference at The Sage, Gateshead, attracts fantastic speakers such as Google’s machine intelligence expert Blaise Aguera y Arcas. Last year, Arcas gave an insightful insight into the world of machines, and the potential of artificial intelligence. Developers and those in digital applications will enjoy this conference.

 
8. The Eco Technology Show 2015
Billed as the event which embraces innovation concerning technology for low carbon solutions, the Eco Technology Show holds its annual conference in Brighton’s American Express stadium. Showcasing the best in the building industry, the conference invites panel discussions and the opportunity to network with town and city planning decision makers across the UK. Digital technology partners interested in commissioning large projects in the eco-techmarket will enjoy this conference. Hosting talks from keynote speakers such as Stephen Golding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and Paul Southall from the National Trust, this is a must for anyone doing business in digital innovation for environment planning.

 
9. Tech Entrepreneurs Week
July 2015 (TBA)
Leading tech entrepreneurs enjoy this conference specifically for start-ups. Located in Euston Square, London, the conference covers investor networking, opportunities, funding, entrepreneur seminars and hosts many cutting edge tech speakers. Last year attracted speakers from Microsoft (James Whittaker), Nigle Townsend from Kiroco, Professor Adrian Cheok from Reality Lab, and Leo Castellanos from Saatchi Investors.

 
10. JAX London 2015
October 2015 (TBA)
JAX aims to bring together Java, JVM and Enterprise professionals together to discuss technology and methodology. The annual conference is gaining a reputation for being the place where the latest developer and architect solutions are discussed alongside specialist JAVA technology innovations and issues.

 

Tagged under:,

 Digg  Reddit  Delicious  Yahoo Bookmarks  Facebook  BlinkList

Advice for Online Retailers


 Facebook  Twitter

Being an online retailer is not always easy, but it can be a lucrative way to make a living if you follow the right advice. With an online retail store, you literally have the entire world as your prospective customer base. The steps you take to create the ideal store and cultivate that customer base will determine what level of success you will enjoy.

Maximize Product Tags 

Product tags are keywords that can be associated with a product when it is added to your online store. Most ecommerce software has a field you fill in for tags and it is something an online retail store owner should use.

Tags are not going to help your store or your products show up in the results of major Internet search engines. But they will make it easier for your customers to do a search of a store and find the products they want. Your product tags should be descriptive and help your store’s search function to find products for your customers.

Include Descriptive Titles

If product tags do not help your retail store to show up in search engine results, then what does? The titles you use for each page in your store and the titles of each product are what helps establish your search engine status in each of the big online search engines.

You need to use the proper keyword and keyword phrases to create your product titles and descriptions if you want those products to show up in Google search results. The page titles of each section of your store are also important in helping to drive more traffic to your online retail business.

Tagged under:, ,

 Digg  Reddit  Delicious  Yahoo Bookmarks  Facebook  BlinkList

Top Marketing Conferences in the USA for 2015


 Facebook  Twitter

Good marketing can be the difference between the success and failure of a company. The need for good marketing information can be satisfied at one of the many marketing conferences taking place across the United States in 2015.

Summit Digital Marketing Conference
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Dates: March 9 through 13, 2015

Digital marketing has become more prominent in recent years and the Summit has become the place where digital marketing experts make themselves available to business owners. For many years now, the Summit has been regarded as the one mandatory digital marketing conference that every business owner and marketing expert should attend.

Past Keynote Speakers Have Included:

  • Robert Redford – Actor
  • Yancey Strickler – Kickstarter
  • Brad Brown – REI

Social Media Marketing World
Location: San Diego, CA
Dates: March 25 through 27, 2015

Social media has evolved over the years and plays a significant role in corporate marketing. At the Social Media Marketing World conference, marketing experts discuss new methods for using social media in expanding a company’s influence and customer base.

Past Keynote Speakers Have Included:

  • Chris Brogan – Human Business Works
  • Michael Hyatt – Author
  • Jay Baer – Author

Content Marketing World
Location: Cleveland, OH
Dates: September 8 through 11, 2015

Internet content marketing is constantly changing and the annual Content Marketing World conference helps website owners and developers to keep up to date on the latest developments. Whether it is a debate about the value of good content or a discussion about Google’s latest changes, you will find it at this conference.

Tagged under:, ,

 Digg  Reddit  Delicious  Yahoo Bookmarks  Facebook  BlinkList

Key UK Tax Dates for Businesses 2015


 Facebook  Twitter

Get the New Year off to a great start by organising your key UK tax dates in your diary for 2015.

January 2015
Deadline for online submission of Self Assessment tax returns for tax year ended 5 April 2014.
Deadline for paying Self Assessment ‘balancing payments’ for tax year ended 5 April 2014.
Deadline for first Self Assessment payment on account for tax year ended 2015.

February 2015
No deadlines for NICs (National Insurance Contributions), PAYE (Pay as You Earn), or Self Assessment returns.

March 2015
As above – no deadlines.

April 2015 – July 2015 - for businesses with employees and a payroll.
If you are a business employer running payroll, you need to:
Report to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on the previous tax year (which ends on 5 April) and give your employees a P60.
Prepare for the new tax year, which starts on 6 April.
Send your final payroll report of the year – by 5 April

Tagged under:, , ,

 Digg  Reddit  Delicious  Yahoo Bookmarks  Facebook  BlinkList

Key Dates for Companies and Businesses in the USA – Federal Requirements and Deadlines


 Facebook  Twitter

The following is a calendar of key annual dates and federal deadlines for companies and corporations operating in the United States, including annual filing of company records, company vehicles, employee benefits, pensions and trusts.

Deadline Description Notes
January 15, 2015 Deadline for estimated taxes of 4th quarter 2014
January 15, 2015 Deposit payroll tax for Dec. 2014 If monthly deposit rule applies
January 15, 2015 Pay the final instalment of 2014 estimated tax using Form 1040-ES Individuals
January 15, 2015 Pay estimated tax for 2014 using Form 1040-ES Farmers and fishermen
January 31, 2015 Distribute forms W-2 to employees Or closest business day that follows
January 31, 2015 Furnish statements per full-time employee Or closest business day that follows
February 2, 2015 Filers of Form 1099-G who report state or local income tax refunds, credits, or offsets must furnish the statements to recipients
February 2, 2015 Forms 940, 941, 943, 944, and/or 945 for 2014 If you did not deposit all taxes when due
February 2, 2015 Furnish Forms 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, and W-2G information
February 2, 2015 The fair market value of SEP IRAs must be furnished to the participant
February 2, 2015 Trustees or issuers of traditional IRAs must furnish participants with a statement of the value of the participant’s account, and RMD if applicable
February 2, 2015 File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted in Dec. 2014
February 2, 2015 File Form 740 for 4th quarter of 2014
February 2, 2015 Deposit FUTA tax owed through Dec. 2014
February 2, 2015 File Form 2290 and pay tax for vehicles first used in Dec. 2014
February 2, 2015 File tax return If last est. tax was not paid on Jan. 15
February 10, 2015 Forms 940, 941, 943, 944, and/or 945 for 2014 If you deposited all required payments on time
February 17, 2015 File new Form W-4 If you claimed exemption from income tax withholding in 2014
February 17, 2015 Form 5
February 17, 2015 Forms SC 13G, SC 13G/A, 5, 13-F
February 17, 2015 Furnish statements for Forms 1099-B, 1099-S, and 1099-MISC
February 17, 2015 Deposit payroll tax for Jan. If monthly deposit rule applies
February 18, 2015 Begin withholding on employees who claimed exemption from withholding in 2014 but did not file a W-4 to continue withholding exemption in 2015.
February 28, 2015 Deadline to file using paper forms W-2 Or closest business day that follows
February 28, 2015 Form 1095-C for full-time employees Applicable Large Employers (ALE); March 21, 2015 if filed electronically
February 28, 2015 Form 1097-BTC To IRS; by 15th day of 2nd month after close of calendar month in which credit is allowed
February 28, 2015 Form 1098 $600+; To payer or borrower, due by January, 31, 2015
February 28, 2015 Form 1098-C To donor 30 days from date of sale/contribution; $500+ gross proceeds
February 28, 2015 Transmittal on Form 1094-C for all returns in the given calendar year Applicable Large Employers (ALE); March 21, 2015 if filed electronically
March 2, 2015 File Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, or W-2G on paper
March 2, 2015 File Form W-3 with Copy A of all Forms W-2 issued for 2014
March 2, 2015 File Form 8027 Large food or beverage establishments
March 2, 2015 File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted in Jan.
March 2, 2015 File Form 2290 and pay tax for vehicles first used in Jan.
March 2, 2015 File Form 1040 and pay any tax due Farmers and fishermen
March 15, 2015 Form 1042-S
March 16, 2015 Forms 1120, 1120A, 1120S for 2014
March 16, 2015 File Form 1120 for calendar year and pay any tax due or file Form 7004 for 6-month extension and deposit est. tax Corporations
March 16, 2015 Deposit payroll tax for Feb. If monthly deposit rule applies
March 16, 2015 File Form 1120S and pay any tax due S Corporations
March 16, 2015 Furnish Schedule K-1 to each shareholder S Corporations
March 16, 2015 File Form 2553 to elect S Corporation status beginning w/ calendar year 2015 S Corporations
March 16, 2015 Furnish Sch. K-1 (Form 1065-B) to each partner Electing Large Partnerships
March 31, 2015 Deadline to file using Business Services Online Or closest business day that follows
March 31, 2015 File Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, or W-2G electronically
March 31, 2015 Form 10-K
March 31, 2015 File Form 2290 and pay tax for vehicles first used in Feb.
March 31, 2015 File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted in Feb.
April 1, 2015 Form NT 10-K
April 15, 2015 1st quarter estimated taxes
April 15, 2015 Deadline for contributions to traditional IRA, Roth IRA, Health Savings Account, SEP-IRA or solo 401(k) Extension can be requested for SEP-IRA or solo 401(k)
April 15, 2015 Form 1041 or 7004
April 15, 2015 Form 1065 or 7004
April 15, 2015 Form Late 10-K
April 15, 2015 File Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ. For automatic extension, file Form 4868 and pay 1st installment of 2015 estimated tax Individuals
April 15, 2015 File Form 1065-B calendar year return Electing Large Partnerships
April 30, 2015 Coverdell ESA contribution information must be furnished to the beneficiary
April 30, 2015 Filers of Form 5498-ESA must furnish the required statement
April 30, 2015 Proxy Statement or Form 10-K/A, Form 20-F
April 30, 2015 File Form 941 for the 1st quarter
April 30, 2015 File Form 720 for the 1st quarter
April 30, 2015 File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted in Mar.
April 30, 2015 File Form 2290 and pay tax for vehicles first used in Mar.
April 30, 2015 Deposit FUTA tax owed through Mar. If more than $500
May 1, 2015 Form NT 20-F
May 11, 2015 File Form 941 for the 1st quarter If you timely deposited all required payments
May 15, 2015 Form 990 or 8868
May 15, 2015 Forms 10-Q, 13-F, Late 20-F
May 15, 2015 Deposit payroll tax for Apr. If monthly deposit rule applies
May 18, 2015 Form NT 10-Q
May 20, 2015 Form Late 10-Q
May 31, 2015 Forms 5498, 5498-ESA, 5498-SA
June 1, 2015 File Form 1096 with Forms 5498, 5498-ESA, and 5498-SA
June 1, 2015 Traditional IRA, Roth IRA, SEP, or SIMPLE contribution information must be furnished to the participant
June 1, 2015 File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted in Apr.
June 1, 2015 File Form 2290 and pay tax for vehicles first used in Apr.
June 15, 2015 2nd quarter estimated taxes
June 15, 2015 Deposit payroll tax for May If monthly deposit rule applies
June 15, 2015 Deposit 2nd installment of 2015 estimated tax Corporations
June 15, 2015 Individuals outside US file Form 1040
June 15, 2015 Pay 2nd instalment of 2015 estimated tax Individuals
June 29, 2015 Form 11-K
June 30, 2015 FinCEN Form 114
June 30, 2015 Form NT 11-K
June 30, 2015 File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted in May
June 30, 2015 File Form 2290 and pay tax for vehicles first used in May
July 1, 2015 File Form 11-C to register and pay annual tax
July 14, 2015 Form Late 11-K
July 15, 2015 Deposit payroll tax for June If monthly deposit rule applies
July 31, 2015 File Form 720 for the 2nd quarter
July 31, 2015 File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted in Jun.
July 31, 2015 File Form 2290 and pay tax for vehicles first used in Jun.
July 31, 2015 Deposit FUTA tax owed through June If more than $500
July 31, 2015 File Form 941 for the 2nd quarter
July 31, 2015 File Form 5500 or 5500-EZ for calendar year 2014 employee benefit plan
August 10, 2015 File Form 941 for the 2nd quarter If you timely deposited all required payments
August 14, 2015 Forms 10-Q, 13-F
August 17, 2015 Form NT 10-Q
August 17, 2015 Deposit payroll tax for July If monthly deposit rule applies
August 19, 2015 Form Late 10-Q
August 31, 2015 File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted in June
August 31, 2015 File Form 2290 and pay tax for vehicles first used in June
September 15, 2015 3rd quarter estimated taxes
September 15, 2015 Form 1041 If extension was requested
September 15, 2015 Form 1065 If extension was requested
September 15, 2015 Forms 1120, 1120A, 1120S for 2014 If extension was requested
September 15, 2015 Pay 3rd instalment of 2015 estimated tax Individuals
September 15, 2015 File Form 1065 if you timely requested a 5-mo. extension Partnerships
September 15, 2015 File calendar year Form 1120 or 1120-S if you timely requested a 6-mo. extension Corporations
September 15, 2015 Deposit 3rd instalment of 2015 estimated tax Corporations
September 15, 2015 Deposit payroll tax for Aug. If monthly deposit rule applies
September 30, 2015 File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted in Aug.
September 30, 2015 File Form 2290 and pay tax for vehicles first used in Aug.
October 1, 2015 SIMPLE-IRA for self-employed persons or small employers
October 15, 2015 Deadline for SEP-IRA or solo 401(k) If extension was requested
October 15, 2015 Deposit payroll tax for Sept. If monthly deposit rule applies
October 15, 2015 File Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ if you timely request a 6-mo. extension
October 15, 2015 File Form 1065-B if you timely requested a 6-mo. extension
October 15, 2015 File Form 5500 if you requested an extension on Form 5558
November 2, 2015 File Form 720 for the 3rd quarter
November 2, 2015 File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted in Sept.
November 2, 2015 File Form 2290 and pay tax for vehicles first used in Sept.
November 2, 2015 File Form 941 for the 3rd quarter
November 2, 2015 Deposit FUTA tax owed through Sept. If more than $500
November 10, 2015 File Form 941 for the 3rd quarter If you timely deposited all required payments
November 16, 2015 Forms 10-Q, 13-F
November 16, 2015 Deposit payroll tax for Oct. If monthly deposit rule applies
November 17, 2015 Form NT 10-Q
November 23, 2015 Form Late 10-Q
November 30, 2015 File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted in Oct.
November 30, 2015 File Form 2290 and pay tax for vehicles first used in Oct.
December 10, 2015 Deposit 4th instalment of 2015 estimated tax Corporations
December 10, 2015 Deposit payroll tax for Nov. If monthly deposit rule applies
December 31, 2015 Deadline for setting up solo 401(k) for self-employed persons
December 31, 2015 File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted in Nov.
December 31, 2015 File Form 2290 and pay tax for vehicles first used in Nov.
Tagged under:,

 Digg  Reddit  Delicious  Yahoo Bookmarks  Facebook  BlinkList

Business and Economic Forecasts for the UK 2015


 Facebook  Twitter

While economic growth for the UK in 2015 still looks good, analysts suspect it may be lower than expected. With contributing factors ranging from political uncertainty to events abroad, whether or not the UK will meet the latest predictions still remains questionable.

The General Election and Economic Forecasts

While the coalition government’s fiscal plans are still underway, uncertainty surrounding the next general election has seen the original forecast of 3.1% drop to 2.7%. As the business world remains unsure as to whether it’ll face further Conservative policies, or changes from a new Labour government, corporate confidence is dented.

The majority of this growth is set to take place during Q4, at 1.25%. Two-thousand-and-fifteen will see a good start, with 0.25% growth, followed by further modest increases in subsequent quarters.

Despite there being concerns over the way the political climate will affect current economic plans, it is expected that public sector borrowing will continue to decline. There may be concerns that projected plans are too ambitious, but a decline will occur nonetheless.

Although job growth is anticipated to continue during 2015, uncertainty surrounding wage growth is further affecting economic progress. Wages are expected to normalise in the middle of the year, leading to higher spending within the country. However, as the yen and euro may experience a 6.5% decline, the cost of the pound may increase by around 5%. This means UK exports become less competitive, which could in turn buffer the progress made through domestic spending.

Tagged under:, ,

 Digg  Reddit  Delicious  Yahoo Bookmarks  Facebook  BlinkList

Top Tech Conferences in the USA for 2015


 Facebook  Twitter

The amount of tech conferences in the United States has been growing for several years. In 2015, there will be a wide variety of tech conferences to choose from where you can meet new industry contacts, learn about the latest innovations and ask questions of the people making a difference in the tech community.

Fortune Brainstorm Tech 2015
Location: Aspen, CO
Dates: July 13 through 15, 2015

This is a conference that has continually brought together the brightest minds and most influential people in the tech community. From advice for tech entrepreneurs to the latest in business innovations, this conference is a mandatory event for tech professionals.

Some keynote speakers for past conferences have included:

  • James Lee – JP Morgan & Chase Co
  • Jim Breyer – Accel Partners
  • Les Moonves – CBS Television

DeveloperWeek 2015
Location: San Francisco, CA
Dates: February 7 through 8, 2015

This is an annual tech event that regularly attracts over 4,000 attendees from around the world. It is a conference where tech job hunters can meet companies that are hiring and innovative technology developers can meet manufacturers for their latest ideas.

Keynote Speakers for 2015 Include:

  • Doris Chen – Microsoft
  • Brian Sullivan – Netflix
  • Joshua Carr – IBM
    Read more »

Tagged under:,

 Digg  Reddit  Delicious  Yahoo Bookmarks  Facebook  BlinkList

Top Small Business Conferences for the US for 2015


 Facebook  Twitter

Small businesses in the United States employ a large majority of American workers, which is just one of the reasons small business conferences in the United States are becoming more and more popular. Below you will find some of the top business conferences for SME’s for the coming year.

USASBE 2015

Location: Tampa, FL
Dates: January 22 through 25, 2015

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship holds its annual conference in Tampa, FL in 2015 and the organization looks to expand on the agenda from 2014. The group focuses on bringing together business innovators and small business owners who are looking to expand. This is also one of the more popular conferences for family-owned businesses as well.

Keynote Speakers for 2015 Include:

  • Mary Jo Jackson
  • David Rahn
  • Jim Hart

 

Small Business Institute 2015 Conference
Location: St. Pete Beach, FL
Dates: February 12 through 14, 2015

This will be the 39th annual gathering of the members of the Small Business Institute and the goal this year will be to get more resources into the hands of small business owners. Some of the topics being covered are marketing, global entrepreneurship and accounting.

Past Keynote Speakers Include:

  • William McDowell – East Carolina University
  • Ron Cook – Rider University
  • Nic Steele – Obsidian USA, LLC

 

America’s Small Business Summit 2015
Location: Washington, D.C.
Dates: June 8 through 10, 2015

The United States Chamber of Commerce puts on this annual event that brings together small business owners and some of the lawmakers who affect commerce. There are also speakers from the technology world, human resources and an array of speakers who can offer small business owners practical advice to grow their businesses.

Keynote Speakers in 2015 Include:

  • Thomas Donohue – U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Colin Powell – U.S. Military
  • Bob Woodward – Journalist

Tagged under:,

 Digg  Reddit  Delicious  Yahoo Bookmarks  Facebook  BlinkList

The Top Small Business Conferences in the UK for 2015


 Facebook  Twitter

Networking is vital for any small or medium sized business. It provides business owners to build relationships and partnerships, as well as gain insights into best practices and emerging trends. Conferences are an ideal forum to learn about how to start or grow a business, as well as form new business relationships. The following are just some of the UK’s best small business conferences in 2015.

StartUp 2015

StartUp 2015 will bring together more than 500 aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs on 17th January at Somerset House in London. The free event includes workshops, drop-in sessions and networking opportunities, as well as keynote speeches from leading entrepreneurs and business experts. Speakers will include chef Skye Gyngell, social entrepreneur Melody Hossaini, Felipe Alviar-Baquero and Solomon Akhtar of Apprentice fame, and top entrepreneur Mary Portas. The conference is an opportunity to learn about how to get financing, form a company, build a brand, use social media, and more. Participants can also get feedback on their business ideas and get free advice from experts.

The Business Growth Show

The Business Growth Show will be staged at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham on 12th March 2015. The free one day event is expected to attract thousands of businesses from across the UK. The national conference is an opportunity to get business advice, hear from industry speakers and experts, and get information about growing start-ups and SMEs.

Student Enterprise Conference

Organised in partnership with Santander and Liverpool John Moores University, the Student Enterprise Conference 2015 is the largest student enterprise conference in Europe. It is an initiative of NACUE, a membership organisation focused student entrepreneurship. The conference brings together students and graduates from across the UK to learn and network, as well as build entrepreneurial skills through practical workshops. The event will be staged from the 31st of January to the 1st of February 2015 at Liverpool John Moores University.

Elite Business Event National Conference and Exhibition

The 2015 Elite Business Event National Conference and Exhibition will be staged on the 18th and 19th of March at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, London. The event attracts more than 1,000 business owners, directors and professionals looking at how to create strategies that promote business growth. Organised by Elite Business Magazine, the free conference’s programme includes talks by professional speakers, thought leaders and industry experts. Topics look at barriers facing fast track start-ups and high growth small and medium sized businesses. Planned speakers include Jim Cregan, Shaa Wasmund, Richard Tyler, Derek Mills, Will King, Lara Morgan, Michelle Carvill, Ian Dormer, and Clive Rich.

The Great British Family Business

The Great British Family Business 2015 is a master class in family business. The event will be put on at One Great George Street in Westminster, London, on 19 March 2015. The programme features a wide range of speakers and topics related to family businesses, including a panel discussion with family firms. Scheduled speakers include Adrian Maxwell of cappuccino and espresso coffee machine maker Fracino, Derrick Potter of Potter Logistics, Christopher Nieper of clothing company David Nieper, Tony Fish of AMF Ventures, and Charlie Mullins of Pimlico Plumbers.

Tagged under:, , ,

 Digg  Reddit  Delicious  Yahoo Bookmarks  Facebook  BlinkList

Next Page »