PayPal UK to launch PayPal Working Capital

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PayPal have announced that they will launch PayPal Working Capital in the UK this Autumn. Their stated aim is to help British businesses fund their future growth. PayPal reference the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) who reported that “SMEs suffer from long-standing challenges in accessing bank and equity finance.” They will join exisiting […]

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Farmdrop offers new way to food shop and seeks investment


When I discovered that something called Farmdrop was starting up in my area I decided to give it a try. The concept is simple. Shoppers order and pay for produce from local suppliers online and then collect their purchases once a week from a local collection point. Farmdrop caught my eye because there is fundamentally […]

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“Expanding to New Zealand” Webinar 24th July

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We’ve had a lot of comments about Trade Me, from interested readers, many along the lines of “but they won’t let me sell on Trade Me from the UK” (they will if they like your products….) To help you get started, ChannelAdvisor are hosting a webinar with Trade Me. The webinar, titled ‘Expanding to New […]

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Amazon blamed for Royal Mail revenue dive

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Amazon is such a behemoth that it is now negatively impacting Royal Mail, so much so that just two days before Royal Mail’s first ever shareholder meeting they’re warning parcels business is down. In an Interim Management Statement issued today, Royal Mail say that “Changes to Amazon’s minimum order level for free delivery and expansion […]

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Is it time to ditch HTML templates in eBay UK listings?

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Recently we noted that eBay UK’s off-the-peg HTML designs, called Listing Designer, were going up in price and it got me thinking. Rather like cigarettes or petrol, when the government puts up the price, it generally means it wants you to use them less. And so it goes with eBay too. If they up the […]

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Join in the Guardian’s Small Business Showcase

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The Guardian newspaper is looking for SMEs up and down the land to join in and share valuable tips and best practices with other SMEs as part of a Small Business Showcase event. As the Guardian says: “The Small Business Showcase is your chance to show fellow business owners and our panel of judges what […]

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Go global & comply local with Simply Vat

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Selling goods online to customers in other European countries will require compulsory VAT registration if your sales exceed certain thresholds which differ from country to country. aim to help you with VAT registration in any relevant country as well as collating the required data from you and submitting it on your behalf in the […]

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Amazon cut EU delivery times by 3-5 days

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Amazon have upped the ante on cross border trade making more than 1 million products stored in the FBA warehouses available to overseas customers with a Two-Day Delivery. Up until now, products stored in Amazon’s European fulfilment centres outside the UK have been available to order on Amazon UK with a delivery time of between […]

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eBay Inc. reports Q2 earnings – Round Up

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There’s a stack of reportage out there regarding eBay’s second quarter results last week. I’ve picked out a few choice cuts I think serious eBay sellers should read. For a reasoned and sober, high level investor view, the Wall Street Journal’s summary is very digestable. Bloomberg takes a less sunny view noting in particular that […]

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Etailcore ecommerce website usability webinar – 31/7/14


Etailcore are holding a free online webinar that will examine the usability aspects of an ecommerce website this week. It will concentrate on the factors that influence customers and help or hamper them from buying. You can find out about the session here. The blurb says: “Customer demands for increasingly fast, slick and user-friendly online […]

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