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Hello. We’re elXtr. If you’re an entrepreneur, startup or SME, we’ve got what you need. Welcome to a new and intuitive platform. You can pic ‘n’ mix from a variety of solutions, products, tools and services delivered any time, any place, on any device you choose and on terms that you control. You’ll also benefit from our growing portfolio of expert business partners offering brilliant deals on their own products and services, all easily accessible at special rates on elXtr’s platform. You’ll find out even more about us and how we support businesses just like you, on elxtr.com. This is real law and real business, made easy. And we never stop investing in it or testing upgrades, new features and new content with our diverse, UK-wide community of businesses like you. Giving you, them (and us) the confidence that what you find here isn’t just relevant and helpful, it’s also refined and valued by your peers. We’re very social. You’ll find us as @elXtr on twitter, and ElXtr entrepreneur on facebook. Check out our blog too: news.elxtr.com. elXtr is powered by the award-winning lawyers at LHS Solicitors LLP.

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4 0 20

Money, money, money

It's a scary thought. Losing money. Recent research suggests £1,658 per SME is lost per year from invoice fraud. Of 1,000 companies...

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4 0 20

What is Grit, and how much of it do you have?

Grit is what we all need in order to thrive and survive in the workplace today. How much have you got? Its characteristics include...

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3 1 23

From little acorns - The power of the entrepreneur

I have been reading about the inspiring story of Stephen Beech who went from selling lollies on the school playground to owning a...

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unknownx500 LukeAndrew94

3 0 14

What's in a name?

Choosing your business name can be one of the most important decisions that you'll ever have to make. And yet picking a name for your...

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3 0 25

Is 'no' the most powerful word in business - if you want success?

According to Tom Hanks it is. According to Steve Jobs it is. But what about us lesser mortals?

I'm not convinced that if I said 'no' more,...

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4 1 13

I’m taking the plunge – You’re hired

Except it shouldn’t feel like you’re taking the plunge, should it? Hiring someone – or more than one person – is a big deal for most of...

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3 0 15

Your sins will find you out

If you’re a trader, how can you be really certain that your suppliers aren’t selling you fakes? Buying fakes can happen completely...

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3 1 17

Brexit tremors rattle houses

I recently reported signs that wealthy investors were migrating away from prime residential property towards commercial property.  Now...

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4 2 27

Make it easy to complain

Ok, so none of us want to be complained about. It's horrible if someone isn't happy. But whatever the reason for their unhappiness,...

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unknownx500 Rich Anderson

3 0 2

How laughter drives results in business

My team laughs a lot. Even in a crisis, even when sleep-deprived, or discouraged, they keep their sense of humour and they plough on....

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3 0 20

Is your team using Google's secret social code?

The attached is a great article and I recommend you read it. At its heart, it underlines the vital need to strip out hierarchy in...

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3 0 9

A place for us both

'My advice to new businesses would be to be bold and approach the big brands with your ideas. Business needs economies of scale so...

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3 0 15

The good life...

...or how the self-sufficiency movement of the 1960's and '70's has much in common with the modern, entrepreneurial co-working...

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2 0 3

Renew, renew, renew!

Renewal is the key. As one of my bosses and mentors said here recently, the key to a brand’s long-lasting success is being able to...

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3 0 13

Hello?! Are you even listening?!

It's become a sort of rallying cry for business. 'Listen to me.' 

Not 'hear me', but 'listen to me'. 

Don't shoehorn me into your 'house...

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3 0 29

Make the answer 'yes'

By that I mean that we have to make law work for business. We asked our head of business legal services what 'yes' means when it comes to...

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3 5 20

Forget me not. I've changed...

If Madonna, Kylie and Victoria can all reinvent themselves, so can you...

Seriously. You can do it. There's plenty of guidance in...

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3 0 8

Shooting stars and misery for employees

We are all familiar with these few but regrettable situations where businesses fall out of the sky without warning or protocol.

It is...

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unknownx500 tonynetone

4 0 23

The devil may no longer wear Prada

You may gasp at the insolence of such a notion. But hear me out. Because change is afoot in the luxury goods industry. And as most of us...

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unknownx500

3 0 11

Are you satisfied?

Some may think customer surveys are outdated and useless but as far as we’re concerned, this isn’t the case. Our experience is that if...

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3 0 15

The spirit and strength of a brand...

If you have both, it makes you able to push boundaries and any business, large or small, can do this.

It's about your ethos, not what you...

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2 0 6

Know thyself

It was the first hot day of the summer, and your first summer since you began your new job in January. You consider whether you can part...

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3 1 10

It's time. Now rise the new breed of legal services provider

They were expected to spark innovation and a radical shake up of the legal profession. What we've actually seen so far is a series of 'me...

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3 0 11

What do you mean you deleted my website?!

It’s almost unthinkable that these days, in an era of backups and cloud and data security and all the weird and wonderful mechanisms,...

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unknownx500 Smath.

3 0 8

Buy-to-Let: the storm before the calm?

There are storm clouds ahead for the buy-to-let market according to our friends at Simply Business and the article attached below, which...

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unknownx500

3 0 9

Zero Hours goes a La Carte for employees

Zero contract hours can be brilliant for start-ups and employees who genuinely need the flexibility, but their use as a comfort blanket...

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3 0 0

It can pay to restrict (sometimes)

Imagine this. You arrive at work one morning, brew a coffee, tune into your regular newsfeeds, and discover a new company in your field...

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unknownx500 astro@spaceboyz.net

2 0 14

The business of the unintentional landlord

If you rent out property, you’re in business. For a professional landlord with a portfolio of properties yielding significant income,...

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unknownx500 kozumel

3 0 21

Investors Rush to Commercial Property

According to the Financial Times, wealthy investors are migrating away from the residential property market and they’re turning to...

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unknownx500 Frankie Roberto

3 1 20

Let's get together

What do you get when you cross a bunch of accountants, some lawyers, some folks in insurance and some damn fine technology? No... it's...

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unknownx500 Cristian Carrara

3 1 7

Stop standing in your own way

We're all guilty of this at times. I know I am. I over-think stuff, worry about whether I'm just a bit crazy or that I've missed...

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2 0 16

Entrepreneurship – is there a domino effect?

If you’ve ever played the computer game 'sneezies', you'll know how rewarding it is to get something right and have it start a chain...

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3 0 19

"I'll trade you for it... "

Sound familiar? It would if you worked in one of the many co-working spaces rising up in cities and countries around the world. A new...

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4 3 1k

LHS Solicitors: Disrupting Law as We Know It

It’s harder than ever to differentiate yourself as a law firm – so when someone comes along and does something genuinely different, you...

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4 2 12

Is, “Don’t Take It Personally,” Terrible Work Advice?

On the face of it, no, but as you read through the article both sides of the "Yes/ No" coin are argued well...

However, the most telling...

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5 0 1.2k

Sole trader or Limited company?

One of the first decisions you make when you set up a business is about the structure that you want your business to take. And you have a...

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unknownx500 Iain Farrell

4 3 1k

LHS Solicitors: Disrupting Law as We Know It

It’s harder than ever to differentiate yourself as a law firm – so when someone comes along and does something genuinely different, you...

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unknownx500

5 0 4

250 million reasons to claim expenses

Most businesses will be unaware of the significant impact that a failure to reclaim expenses can have on the business.

Reclaiming £10 or...

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unknownx500

3 1 8

Get the crisis out of care

Most local authorities are outsourcing their statutory duties to care for vulnerable adults to private healthcare providers, and the...

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3 1 12

Does management stifle employee creativity?

Lucy Kellaway, on Radio 4 yesterday evening, asked whether managers merely stifle creativity or in fact have a positive function. She...

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unknownx500 Gwenn Seemel

3 0 6

When is a volunteer not a volunteer but an employee?

Is a volunteer entitled to the national living wage? This question recently came to us, and this is our answer. 

"Volunteers” are not...

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5 1 17

UK/US employers - divided despite a common language

By the way it is trending, this article seems to have struck a nerve. Evidently a number of those engaging with the article are employees...

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3 2 19

A stitch in time...

You look around your enterprise and smile. It’s 8pm and all of your employees are still hard at work, having been slaving away since 8am...

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4 0 531

Your reputation and its power to help you sell

What's the power of your reputation and why should you harness it in your marketing activities? The article below is a great short read...

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3 1 11

Between a rock and a hard place

A young occupational therapist, in her first post-training placement at an NHS Trust, complained about a more senior colleague. There...

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3 0 7

Squeezing the carers

It has been a difficult time for care funding. The government has made cuts, partly by way of reductions in local government grants....

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5 1 14

The sharing economy

This is truly encouraging information for budding entrepreneurs. Millennials are changing the way that business is being done. Flexible...

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4 0 5

You can’t turn water into wine.

Knowingly selling cheap alcohol branded as the good stuff is obviously a very bad thing to do.  Selling horse meat and calling it lamb is...

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4 2 10

To flex or not to flex?

Within the vast sea of employment rights, most employees are vaguely aware that they have some sort of right relating to flexible...

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4 1 21

Landlords Count the Cost of Renting

The Bank of England has recently proposed that buy-to-let landlords should be subject to more stringent financial checks before lenders...

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3 0 6

Auto-enrolment - it’s always good to have options

The time has come. Employers are having to auto-enrol staff in workplace pension schemes. 

The deadline for many employers has already...

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unknownx500 ericskiff

4 0 2

Creativity pays with the National Living Wage?

It was controversial, this 7% increase in minimum wage for those over 25. Those in favour see it as a boost to the low-paid; small...

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4 0 8

National Living Wage - don't fret, but do check

The ‘national living wage’ of £7.20 per hour is the minimum wage that must be paid to workers aged 25 or over. The other categories of...

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