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Your top Business Travel questions answered

We’ve put together answers for the questions you should be asking if you’re travelling for business, managing currency for business or managing expenses. This is the start of our ultimate guide to travelling for business. Simply click on the question to get the answer. What should I use overseas? Cash, credit card or prepaid card? What are allowable expenses for employees? How should you expense business travel? Do business expense cards work in the UK? How can I save money on foreign exchange rates?   What should I use overseas? Cash, credit card or prepaid card? All debit, credit and […]

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Cultural considerations when travelling for business

Technology means it’s quicker and easier than ever before to conduct business on a global scale, but businesses looking to expand or forge partnerships abroad must still be mindful of cultural traditions. As Chloe Ravat, communications manager at Lufthansa’s Fly Partner Plus Benefit says, “Observing cultural differences demonstrates a versatile and malleable approach to business – something which contacts and customers may be very keen on. If your business appears to be incredibly adaptable, it increases its value to a wider range of clients. Plus, if you demonstrate adaptability and respect, it is likely you’ll be seen to be more trustworthy.” […]

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How to mix business and leisure and stay on the right side of HMRC

Once upon a time business trips were all about getting there and back again as soon as possible, but with technology and travel making it easier than ever before to explore the world, many are opting to mix business and leisure in a new pursuit some have dubbed ‘bleisure’. A study by Expedia Media Solutions found that 43% of all business trips, made both at home and abroad, were extended to include some kind of leisure activity, while one in three business travellers had taken a friend or partner along with them. Of course, few would pass up the opportunity […]

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Overseas travel: what expenses are allowed?

Travelling abroad for work often presents more challenges than business travel within the UK, but expenses shouldn’t be one of them. As a general rule, you can claim for transport, subsistence and accommodation overseas just as you would at home, as long as you keep in mind HMRC’s ‘all or nothing rule’: to claim tax relief on business expenses they “must be incurred wholly, exclusively and necessarily in the performance of your duties”. Keep receipts Hold on to your receipts just as you would at home – not only will they demonstrate the amount that’s been paid, they can be […]

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A practical guide to your first overseas business trip

More than seven million business trips were taken by UK employees in 2016, the equivalent of thousands of travellers jetting off each day for work-related activities. For many companies, business travel is simply a regular, necessary occurrence, but for smaller or newly-established businesses, that first trip abroad is a landmark event – here’s what you need to know to get it right. Planning Planning as far in advance as possible gives you the best chance of both maximising your itinerary and saving on travel costs – and of course comfortably preparing what it is you need to do to meet […]

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13 tips for managing travel expenses

After payroll, travel is the second largest controllable expense for businesses according to statistics from Jupiter Research. But it doesn’t just come down to money spent on transport and accommodation: badly-managed expense reports, inaccurate data and time spent dealing with travel admin also drive up costs. But they can be reduced – here’s how. 1. Have a strong travel policy in place Many small businesses plan travel on an ad-hoc basis, dealing with trips as and when the need for them arises. But to effectively forecast travel costs you need to be clear on what can and cannot be claimed, […]

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Safeguarding staff overseas: How to make sure you are prepared for the unexpected

There is a world of opportunity out there and businesses are taking advantage of it. The most up-to-date travel figures show there was a 6% rise in international business trips in 2015 and a 30% increase in business travel expenses, according to the Office for National Statistics. And even with Brexit on the horizon, many British firms are embracing a ‘business without borders’ approach and exploring new markets. But what does this mean for your staff travelling overseas and how do you ensure you keep them safe and stay on the right side of the law when it comes to […]

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Doing business with China – what do you need to know?

It’s the second biggest economy in the world and continues to grow at a staggering rate. The number of middle-class consumers in China alone is predicted to more than treble to 480 million by 2030. UK-China trade is on the increase too having increased 2.5 times in the past 10 years and worth around £60bn annually. With these statistics, it’s unsurprising that in the wake of Brexit, many companies are turning their attention to the east and what it has to offer. But with huge cultural and structural differences to western countries, there is a lot to consider before making […]

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New financial year, new business opportunities

It’s the beginning of a new financial year – receipts have been furiously gathered and expenses claimed. It is a time to reflect on where your business has taken you over the past 12 months. And a time to look forward with renewed energy. We speak to business owners about the lessons they’ve learned and what they won’t repeat in 2017.   It’s all about the money Royston Guest, founder and CEO of Pti Worldwide, a consultancy dedicated to growing businesses, said firms should look at where every pound is going. “We have got thousands of pounds for legal fees […]

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Opportunities in Asia: The mission to keep creative industries thriving after Brexit

UK creativity will thrive after Brexit – that’s the determined stance of those working in the sector. The industry, which includes film and television, theatre, video games and fashion, is worth £84bn to the British economy. Many of these areas have relied heavily on EU funding and the freedom to move between countries but in light of the EU Referendum, work is underway to ensure the creative sector doesn’t suffer. The creative sector is one of five being prioritised by the government in its Industrial Strategy Green Paper in a bid to address the risks to long-term growth as the […]

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What does an EU divorce mean for small businesses?

It’s the beginning of a new era. Article 50 has been triggered. After much anticipation, Theresa May has started the divorce proceedings from the EU. The process of negotiating that separation will now begin in earnest. But despite some fears the pound would receive a further blow and fall against currencies around the world, it has maintained a steady footing. So, what happens to British SMEs now as they try to ‘keep calm and carry on’? Professor Vikas S. Shah, a member of the UK Industrial Development Advisory Board and an entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience in business, said there […]

Are companies on the line if employees phone & drive?

This month there has been a clampdown on drivers using mobile phones at the wheel – with the number of penalty points now doubling to six, as well as a potential £200 fine and even disqualification. The issue of drivers using phones is widespread and it is hoped the changes will deter people from taking the risk. But what happens if your employee is caught using a phone at the wheel? According to Danny Clarke, operations director for employment law expert ELAS, companies need to be mindful of what guidance they give employees. “Do they allow staff to use Bluetooth […]