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How to ensure you get paid and keep making money in seasonal downtimes

Ann,  January 24, 2018


January and August are dead months on many fronts. How do you stay on top of your business, make sure you’re still able to get paid and make everything go around, all at the same time? Here are 5 useful ideas you can apply to keep business coming in, even during seasonal downtimes. 1. Have […]

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Accounting and Tax Reporting with SmartTrade App

Kent Vorland,  January 22, 2018


Your corporate tax return is perhaps the most predictable of business activities in the course of a year. You can rest assured the HMRC will never forget your business, no matter how big or small. They’ll be on your doorstep to collect their share every year! At SmartTrade App we aren’t forgetting about it either. […]

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Accepting Card Payments in 2018

Kent Vorland,  January 18, 2018


Modern technology is proving more and more efficient in all aspects of our lives. The way we accept and make payments for goods and services is certainly no exception. Hundreds of billions of pounds are being transacted every year, exclusively through credit and debit card purchases in the United Kingdom; and we’re making the pounds […]

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Chiswick Little Kickers – From Law to Lawn

Kent Vorland,  December 4, 2017


Last time we visited Carol and her Red Barn Training business. We’ve found our next SmartTraders and this time we’re taking a look at Adil and Anna Siddiqui. The two siblings have for close to 9 years been working for a franchise in Chiswick under the Little Kickers brand. They took over in 2015 and have […]

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Carol and Red Barn (Beauty) Training

Kent Vorland,  October 25, 2017


SmartTrade has gone on a search for some of the most interesting and inspirational merchants and business owners using our service to take customer credit and debit card payments around the UK. This week we’ve had the pleasure of speaking to Carol Doherty, the sole proprietor of Red Barn Training. Carol has a solid 30 […]

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How Will EU’s Card Surcharge Ban Affect UK Small Businesses

Leandra,  October 23, 2017


Card payments are overtaking cash payments in the UK with card and contactless payments proving more popular than cash this year, making up 54% of total spending in 2016. The Payment Services Directive, called PSD2, coming into force by 2018, has made it illegal for businesses to charge extra for using a debit or credit […]

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How to Accept Credit Card Payments on Your Mobile Phone

Kent Vorland,  October 13, 2017


This is a common question with a simple answer. The answer is aPOS, or Application Point of Sale, which has become the new hype following its predecessor mPOS, Mobile Point of Sale. What aPOS allows you to do is the reason you clicked on this link, it’s an application which allows you to accept credit- […]

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How SmartTrade App Coined “APOS”

Kent Vorland,  October 6, 2017


If you’ve read some of our previous blogs, you may have caught wind of something we released in January, 2017, called “6 Reasons for why you need APOS.” What is obvious from the post is that APOS (Application Point Of Sale) has certainly become something real, but what you may not know is that before […]

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Businesses Lose Out by Not Accepting Card Payments

Kent Vorland,  October 2, 2017


A recent article from the Telegraph’s Business segment has revealed some worrying numbers for small business owners across the UK. As many as 44% of SMEs across the nation believe they are not losing out on any revenue by not accepting card payments. Let’s just think about what this number stands for. This means more than […]

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What is aPOS – Application Point of Sale?

Kent Vorland,  October 2, 2017


Application Point of Sale (aPOS) is defined as a software or application which performs the same functions as that of a physical cash register or traditional Point of Sale (POS). aPOS differs from Mobile Points of Sale (mPOS) in that it does not require any additional hardware such as a card reader in order to […]

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SmartTrade App for Charities – A Look at Hope4Havering

Kent Vorland,  September 8, 2017


SmartTrade App was originally meant to be a flexible payment solution for tradesmen. We were set on bettering the lives of small business owners such as plumbers and electricians. However, much to our delight, we find new adaptations and areas of use for SmartTrade almost on a daily basis. One area we are thrilled to […]

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