TV series to offer advice on business operations

A new television series is aiming to increase awareness among smaller firms of the business records they need to keep.

Entitled The Business Inspector, the four-part series is to be broadcast on Five from 10 March at 8pm.

The series is being sponsored by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), although the tax authority does not feature in the programmes and Five has full editorial control over the series.

The programmes will also offer advice on other essentials of good business practice.

Entrepreneur, Hilary Devey will be presenting the shows.

She said: "Britain's brimming with creativity, but a terrifying number of businesses go bust each year and this shouldn't be happening.

"I am going to teach businesses how to improve their all round business knowledge and direction, cash flow, marketing strategy and in some cases even their enthusiasm Invaluable lessons they will never forget."

Stephen Banyard, Business Customer Unit Director at HMRC, added: "We know that most small businesses want to get their tax right. But we also know too that failure to take reasonable care costs the Exchequer over £6 billion a year, with a major cause being poor record keeping.  

"We hope this series will raise awareness of the need for good record keeping. We also want small businesses to realise the benefits to them - such as improved cash flow - of taking better care of their records and paperwork."