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....The NICs change, which Treasury sources said would affect highly paid professionals such as GPs, QCs and partners at law firms, was met with anger within the sector, and by MPs who said taxi drivers and delivery workers were among those affected. Simon McVicker, of the trade body Ipse, which represents freelancers and independent professionals, said: “When you look at the additional support offered for business rates it appears as if the chancellor is supporting SMEs [small and medium-sized businesses] by hitting entrepreneurs and the smallest of businesses. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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...."If you are one of the hardworking self-employed people who face a significant increase on your tax bill, you might feel that the chancellor has it in for you. "When you look at the additional support offered for business rates it appears as if the chancellor is supporting SMEs by hitting entrepreneurs and the smallest of businesses. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....”. Lord Marland claimed this would give greater certainty to exporters, “in particular SMEs [small and medium-sized enterprises] which need all the support they can get . ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Drive to replace UK-EU trade links with closer ties to Commonwealth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 06:21:20 PM
....”. Lord Marland claimed this would give greater certainty to exporters, “in particular SMEs [small and medium-sized enterprises] which need all the support they can get . ...
Budget: UK Plc gives its verdict image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 04:07:53 PM
...."If you are one of the hardworking self-employed people who face a significant increase on your tax bill, you might feel that the chancellor has it in for you. "When you look at the additional support offered for business rates it appears as if the chancellor is supporting SMEs by hitting entrepreneurs and the smallest of businesses. ...
Philip Hammond breaks manifesto pledge with budget tax grab image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 04:05:32 PM
....The NICs change, which Treasury sources said would affect highly paid professionals such as GPs, QCs and partners at law firms, was met with anger within the sector, and by MPs who said taxi drivers and delivery workers were among those affected. Simon McVicker, of the trade body Ipse, which represents freelancers and independent professionals, said: “When you look at the additional support offered for business rates it appears as if the chancellor is supporting SMEs [small and medium-sized businesses] by hitting entrepreneurs and the smallest of businesses. ...
Budget 2017: What it means for YOU? Self-employed, savers, pensioners, and motorists image
....Amid the update the pound was under pressure, falling against both the euro and the dollar. Chris Sanger, head of tax policy at EY, said: “Far from being a tinkerer’s Budget, the Chancellor lived up to his “less is more” reputation, focusing on a few key themes of business rates for SMEs and taxation of the new ways of working, together with a small assortment of measures to address ‘avoidance, evasion and imbalances’. ...
Banks’ duty to provide free ATMs and keep branches open | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 31st of January 2017 07:55:37 PM
....The importance of the free-to-use ATM network has increased as banks have closed 1,000 branches in the past two years. It would be a disaster for the banks, as well as consumers, SMEs and low-income areas, if we returned to the position of the 1990s, when a confusing patchwork of agreements caused many consumers to pay excessive cash machine charges and penalised challenger banks. ...
Lord Marland: ‘People are obsessed with free trade agreements’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 13th of January 2017 07:30:11 AM
....Marland was a former trade envoy to David Cameron, and has had a long career in business, founding the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group in 1997, and leading a consortium of investors who bought out the upmarket wellington brand Hunter Boots in 2006, moving production to China, Serbia and Brazil. He says the attitude of business owners has changed – today only 21% of UK SMEs export, according to the most recent figures [pdf] from the Federation of Small Businesses. ...
UK firms brace for further Brexit price rises, surveys show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 9th of January 2017 12:01:02 AM
....Sarah McMonagle, director of external affairs at the group, said: “Thousands of smaller building firms are grappling with the rising cost of materials caused by the depreciation of sterling since the EU referendum. “Anecdotally, construction SMEs [small and medium-sized enterprises] are already reporting an increase of 22% in Spanish slate and a 20% increase in timber. ...
Business confidence stabilises but Brexit jitters linger image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 12:01:38 AM
....Overall business confidence is well below the long-term average, but remains well above the lows seen during the last financial crisis, supported by demand from the UK and abroad. Tim Hinton, managing director of mid-markets and SME banking at Lloyds, said: “The banking sector also has a much stronger capital position to withstand any shocks than in 2008-09 which should give businesses more confidence that their growth ambitions can be supported in the year ahead. ...
Autumn Statement 2016: Financial upheaval ahead for families image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 18th of November 2016 05:29:06 PM
....Among the appeals is a plea to delay the shift for small businesses from annual tax returns to quarterly returns made online. "The new Making Tax Digital (MTD) reforms for SMEs should be deferred to relieve additional burdens on business while the economy fluctuates," said Chas Roy-Chowdhury, head of taxation at the ACCA accountancy body. ...
RBS to compensate squeezed firms image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 11:38:52 PM
....Last month, the bank told Newsnight: "RBS has been very clear that GRG's role was to protect the bank's position. In the aftermath of the financial crisis we did not always meet our own high standards and we let some of our SME customers down. ...
RBS to set up compensation fund for small businesses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 09:37:57 PM
....McEwan, a New Zealander who has been running RBS for three years, is again expected to insist the bank has not seen evidence to support claims that it forced viable business to fail. The bank has in the past said: “In the aftermath of the financial crisis we did not always meet our own high standards and we let some of our SME customers down. ...
RBS squeezed struggling businesses to boost profits, leak reveals image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 10th of October 2016 05:01:16 AM
....The bank told Newsnight: "RBS has been very clear that GRG's role was to protect the bank's position. In the aftermath of the financial crisis we did not always meet our own high standards and we let some of our SME customers down. ...
Smart meters: an energy-saving revolution or just plain dumb? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of October 2016 06:00:11 AM
.... Some early adopters may have to have them replaced. Some of those with an industry standard “SMETS 1” meter – those currently being installed – have been left bemused after switching provider, only to be told by their new supplier that it can’t access data. ...
Small building firms struggle to find land for homes, research shows image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of September 2016 11:01:44 PM
....Small and medium-sized building firms are struggling to find land where they can build homes, research showed on Tuesday, with a lack of available sites preventing the creation of much-needed new homes in England. For the second year running, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) found that the lack of available and viable land was the biggest barrier to building for SMEs in the industry, with two-thirds citing it as a problem. ...

Bank competition plans could backfire on SMEs, top professor warns
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 6th of August 2016 05:15:00 PM
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RBS blames legacy issues for £2bn loss image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 5th of August 2016 06:31:02 AM
....With interest rates at record lows, banks are finding it harder than ever to make money as profit margins are squeezed. Smaller players like Shawbrook and Aldermore, with exposure to UK SMEs, are thought to be more affected by the weakening UK economy that the Bank of England and others expect to see. ...
Brexit 'means economy faces 50/50 recession chance' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 11:03:28 PM
....25% later this week. In a separate report, the CBI business lobby group says that the UK's small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMEs) fear they will be hit by a fall in orders in the next three months. ...
'In limbo' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 1st of July 2016 12:02:50 AM
....The impact of Brexit is not confined to businesses in the area with British staff and clients. Birgit Stodtko, the international director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the neighbouring state of Saxony-Anhalt - which represents more than 57,000 small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) - says local firms "are all worried" by the result. ...
Federation of Master Builders calls for better access to finance for mid-size builders  image
....“That led to major banks treating lending to the sector with extreme conservatism, even as the housing market surged back,” he explains. FMB research has shown that nearly two-thirds of SME house builders consider a lack of access to finance to be one of the biggest impediments to growth, compounding the country’s housing crisis by preventing thousands of would be builders from contributing towards the solution. ...
UK small businesses are evenly split on Brexit, poll says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of June 2016 05:00:01 AM
....Small businesses are evenly split about whether Britain should leave the EU, but most expect the public to vote to remain on 23 June, according to a poll. The research consultancy TNS found that 37% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) favoured Brexit while 38% wanted to stay in the single market. ...
SMEs remain undecided on Brexit vote image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 15th of May 2016 08:40:00 AM
. Its survey of SMEs found that although 47 per cent had yet to make up their minds, two thirds of the firms that had decided believe that a Brexit would harm their growth prospects. ...
Barclays new data mining service arms smaller firms with market research power image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of May 2016 10:37:00 PM
....95 a month plus VAT, can also tell a firm the percentage of male or female customers spending in store, along with their average age bracket, which could help entrepreneurs with their marketing. Currently the value of data mining remains low on SMEs’ radars however, according to recent research which found that 56 per cent of firms rarely check this kind of information. ...
Solar has a bright future in the UK despite Tory efforts to cloud the picture image
....The truth is that Britain is not a free market economy. It remains a corporatist economy run by big firms that love big solutions such as offshore wind farms (no SMEs there) or nuclear power stations. ...
Bank of England meeting could discuss cutting interest rates image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 8th of May 2016 12:41:16 PM
....Companies said last month’s introduction of the ‘national living wage’ was weighing on hiring. “The majority of regions have started the second quarter on a weaker footing, with business activity no longer showing the robust growth that we have seen over the past two to three years,” said Tim Hinton, managing director for mid-markets and SME banking at Lloyds Banking Group. ...
Lloyds Bank pledges to help 25,000 exporters image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of April 2016 06:45:00 PM
....  . The new commitment is part of the Lloyd’s 2016 SME Charter which also includes pledges to continue growing lending to small businesses, help a new generation of start-up businesses and support small firms on their next phase of growth. ...
The problem with negative interest rates image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 18th of April 2016 09:15:17 AM
.... More realistically, large corporations are sitting on hundreds of billions of dollars – indeed, trillions if aggregated across the advanced economies – because they already have too much capacity. Why build more simply because the interest rate has moved down a little? The small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) that are willing to borrow couldn’t get access to credit before the ECB went negative, and they can’t now. ...
Chancellor’s £4bn deficit target blow: Figures set to prove ‘heroic assumptions’ wrong image
....Wage growth, though, is likely to be anaemic. Elsewhere, new research from PayPal shows that British small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are missing out on the boom in online sales to firms on the continent. ...
Startup of the Year 2015-16 competition entry: The Authentic Branding Company image
....Susi Jacobs, owner and director of The Authentic Branding Company, explains why the business should win the Startup of the Year category of the Guardian Small Business Showcase competition:. Launched in October 2014 we’re a collective of branding strategists, creatives, designers, PR and copywriters, led by Susi Jacobs, whose mission is to use our corporate expertise to help SMEs grow into great brands. ...
Lloyds warns of Brexit 'uncertainty' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 14th of April 2016 02:19:57 PM
....John Longworth, chairman of the official Out campaign Vote Leave, said: "What right do multinationals have to lecture us? . "The EU may work for the handful of large multinational banks that can afford the reams of red tape, but it will be the dynamic SMEs that will benefit if we Vote Leave on 23 June. ...
Would a vote for Brexit help to cut red tape (including VAT MOSS) for SMEs? image
.... Making calls in Europe can be a huge expense for those doing business overseas, and scrapping the charges can make contacting overseas customers or clients a lot cheaper. Related: How would Brexit affect finance for SMEs?. ...
With £40bn for the taking, SMEs are venturing into space image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of April 2016 06:51:47 AM
.... The plan relies on the growth of small businesses in the sector. Matt Perkins, who was the chairman of the UKspace (the space trade association) between 2013 and 2014 and now represents its SME forum, says: “We have a relatively small number of very big players in the UK who are involved in space, and we need to get a few more to be able to achieve the growth targets that we’ve identified. ...
How would Brexit affect finance for SMEs? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of April 2016 11:44:59 AM
....In this new series, an expert panel is answering questions sent in by readers about how the EU referendum could affect their business. This week our panellists take on a question from Peter Shawyer, commercial director at an electronic manufacturing SME Texcel Technology:. ...
Late payment dispute is ruining my health and crucifying cash flow image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 4th of April 2016 06:48:02 AM
.... It should be illegal to pay small businesses late and company directors should be held accountable. I believe standardising SME payment terms is critical because it’s difficult, and sometimes draining, to go through contract negotiations with a much bigger organisation and hold your ground. ...
City News: Savings allowance, Lloyds, Moss Bros and Sunday papers image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 4th of April 2016 12:01:00 AM
....Lloyds Banking Group has pledged to help thousands of UK businesses become exporters. It announced plans to support 5,000 first-time exporters during 2016 and a total of 25,000 by 2020, as part of moves to help lower the UK’s trade deficit, as well as to encourage growth of the country’s small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). ...
Network and hustle: the key skills for women in technology image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 31st of March 2016 07:32:25 AM
.... One crucial way of doing this is to ensure education opportunities that fit around family life. At Digital Mums, we are addressing the rising problem of maternal unemployment by up-skilling mums to become social media managers for SMEs. ...
How would Brexit affect EU patent protection? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of March 2016 09:36:09 AM
. The UK’s impending EU referendum is posing many economic questions for SMEs, one of which is about intellectual property. ...
EU referendum: 250 business leaders sign up as backers of Vote Leave image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 26th of March 2016 12:01:12 AM
....The campaign group said it had created new business council to be chaired by John Longworth, who caused a furore last month after resigning as director general of the British Chambers of Commerce following pro-Brexit comments, in contravention of the lobby group’s neutrality. It said Longworth would take the campaign to small- and medium-sized businesses in response to a new poll that showed twice as many SMEs believe membership of the EU makes it harder, rather than easier, to employ staff. ...
Lily Cole: 'Businesses are running the world' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of March 2016 07:15:01 AM
....”. Although social enterprises in the UK are outperforming mainstream SMEs in terms of turnover, the sector is being held back by lack of access to capital, according to 2013 research by Social Enterprise (SEUK). ...
EU referendum: how would Brexit change VAT and import duties? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of March 2016 05:32:56 PM
....Director general of the Institute of Export. Shaping policy and decision making at the highest level, Batchelor is active on various advisory panels on exports, SME support and the all-party manufacturing group. ...
Sony buries hatchet with SoundCloud image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 21st of March 2016 10:44:50 AM
...."Today is of particular significance to us as a company, as we now have deals in place with all of the major music labels," said SoundCloud founder and chief executive officer Alexander Ljung. "We are very excited to be working with SME and cannot wait to see what we can achieve together as we continue to transform the future of music online. ...
How small businesses can sell to foreign governments image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of March 2016 07:30:02 AM
....Still, £452bn is a lot of money to be made in12 markets. So how can UK SMEs get more of that business? And what are the risks?. ...
Bank holds UK interest rates at 0.5% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 17th of March 2016 12:33:45 PM
...."The OBR's downgraded UK inflation forecasts, and the fact that the bank's own 2% inflation target is unlikely to be reached until late 2017 at the earliest, mean that a rise in interest rates is now likely to remain off the table for the foreseeable future," he said. "While inflation and rates remain low, the government's priority must be on creating a stable business environment to support growth, and making it easier for SMEs, particularly exporters, to obtain finance on competitive terms. ...
Startup of the Year 2015-2016 competition entry: businesscomparison.com image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of March 2016 05:28:54 PM
....We created a large wave in April 2015. Born out of a desire to fuse the comparison sector and specific needs of SMEs, we offer a high-quality service for them to compare online deals for finance solutions, energy and bank accounts. ...
Startup of the Year 2015-2016 competition entry: Enviromate image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of March 2016 04:56:43 PM
....Today we are becoming the fastest growing construction reuse site in the UK, have been featured in The Guardian, The Huffington Post and various national awards for innovation and entrepreneurship. To do this, we have created a hub for the whole industry to promote and engage re-use: Enviromate Marketplace is for local tradesmen, DIY enthusiasts & SME’s. ...
City news: Ocado, Sports Direct, Avon, French Connection image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of March 2016 10:34:00 PM
....He had accused committee chairman Ian Wright of adopting a “deliberately antagonistic” stance and trying to create a “media circus” in Westminster. COSMETICS giant Avon is to relocate its corporate headquarters to the UK from America in a restructuring which will lead to thousands of job cuts. ...
Small business owners: meet our EU referendum expert panel image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of March 2016 06:00:22 PM
....Lesley Batchelor is the director general of the Institute of Export. Shaping policy and decision making at the highest level, she is active on various advisory panels on exports, SME support and the all-party manufacturing group. ...
Got a question about Brexit? Ask our expert panel image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of March 2016 05:41:04 PM
....On 23 June, UK, Irish and Commonwealth voters will decide whether the country will leave the European Union. From exports to employees, the landmark decision will have huge implications for SMEs in the UK. ...
RBS to cut 550 jobs as part of plan to automate investment advice image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of March 2016 06:36:42 PM
....The RBS Litigation Group (RGL) said it had “raised funds to begin the process of building legal claims against RBS”. “Owners of SME businesses damaged or destroyed by the actions of GRG have been looking for a group to take their claims to court and win compensation for their losses,” said James Hayward, chief executive of RGL. ...
Small firms could not exist without EU workers, says minister image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of March 2016 12:26:06 PM
....Some small businesses won’t be able to exist if they have to replace workers from the EU should Britain vote to exit, the minister for small business, Anna Soubry, has said. Speaking at a debate in London on 7 March exploring how the EU referendum will affects SMEs, Soubry said: “Overwhelmingly companies are saying ‘where on earth am I going to get the people I need – not just in tens but in some cases hundreds – to operate my factory, work in my plant?’. ...
Bank customers' overdraft fees could be capped, say regulators image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of March 2016 05:38:04 PM
....“These include measures to help customers better understand and manage their use of overdrafts, requiring banks to offer grace periods during which customers can take action to avoid unarranged overdraft charges, requiring banks to give PCA [personal current account] customers a choice on whether to have an unarranged overdraft facility or not, and measures to limit maximum unarranged overdraft charges each month,” the CMA said. It said it needed the extra time after taking into consideration “the further work required to develop the analyses, and the further work required to develop a suitable package of remedies that is reasonable and comprehensive in addressing any findings of adverse effects on competition in the retail banking markets for PCA customers and SMEs [small and medium sized enterprises]”. ...
E-commerce service helps small businesses break into Chinese market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of March 2016 10:10:06 AM
....“As I had worked in logistics I knew Royal Mail. They wanted to set up a stall on [online marketplace] Tmall to help SMEs get into China. ...
Where's the best place to start a business? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 29th of February 2016 07:00:11 AM
....6 per 10,000 people), according to the Office for National Statistics. “Belfast is not a very big business community,” says Judith Totten, CEO of Upstream, a Northern Ireland-based finance company that provides working capital solutions to fund SME growth. ...
City news: Northern town’s economy troubles, ITV profits and HMRC  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 29th of February 2016 12:01:00 AM
....5billion in the past year through inquiries into the under-payment of VAT by small businesses, a report shows. Additional VAT revenue accounted for 45 per cent of the additional tax take in 2014/15 from investigations by HMRC’s local compliance teams, which are responsible for small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs), tax investigation insurance experts PfP said. ...
Brexit would be bad for UK, say world business leaders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 29th of February 2016 12:01:00 AM
....“Some argue that membership of the European Economic Area would allow companies to access the key benefits of Europe without having to deal with EU bureaucracy, similar to countries such as Iceland,” said Moore. “However, factors such as the loss of free trade agreements with non-EU countries which would have to be renegotiated – likely on less favourable terms as a smaller individual trading partner – and the loss of EU farming subsidies would be difficult and costly for SME to absorb. ...
Start selling overseas: expert tips for online sellers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of February 2016 07:30:16 AM
.... Her advice is to make sure your overseas delivery costs are clear and easy to find and to consider putting a currency converter on your site. Using an existing online marketplace is the simpler option as your customers are already there, says Mark Lesniak, director of Great British Store, a business-to-business online marketplace for British SMEs. ...
Startup of the Year 2015-2016 competition entry: Station Rd. Marketing image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 22nd of February 2016 04:45:52 PM
....In terms of staff, we have recently taken on our first full-time employee and are on track to recruit another by the second quarter of 2016, which is approximately six months ahead of schedule. On starting out, we targeted SMEs in the local area, building our brand, reputation and creating case studies from the results. ...
Start-up stars must shine brighter for longer with more equity finance image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 22nd of February 2016 09:00:24 AM
.... But, all too often, the real challenge for many of these companies is simply knowing how to take the next step. Now that Britain is launching more than half a million new companies a year, we must make sure that the best of these have an environment and the support they need to scale up, to make the transition from SME to large-cap; from million-pound venture to billionpound superstars. ...
The start-up revolution is brewing - and we must unleash equity finance image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 21st of February 2016 07:55:17 PM
.... . Now that Britain is launching more than half a million new companies a year, we must make sure that the best of these have an environment and the support they need to scale up, to make the transition from SME to large-cap; from million-pound venture to billion- pound superstars. ...
High-growth companies thriving outside London image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 21st of February 2016 05:49:00 PM
....Wales and Northern Ireland’s small and medium sized enterprises have grown by 25 since last year, according to the annual report. Xavier Rolet, chief executive of the London Stock Exchange Group, said: “High-growth SMEs are the driving force behind the UK economy, developing the skills, jobs and growth we need. ...
What would a British exit from the EU mean for Ireland? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 19th of February 2016 10:02:34 PM
....Continental influences like cafes and culture are everywhere, but in trade too, with around 45% of Irish exports going to continental EU, almost three times as much as go to the UK. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) make up around 98% of Irish companies and provide over 70% of private sector jobs. ...
Expanding overseas? Trust your instincts and the world's your oyster image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 18th of February 2016 08:21:31 AM
.... The company, says Rahul, was even the first to offer home diners the option to order on an iWatch. So while there are resources available to entrepreneurs to research foreign markets, British SMEs appear to be making their first decisions themselves. ...
Business rates set to deliver record-breaking £23.5bn to council coffers next year image
.... . "It is particularly insensitive to the 278,000 SME shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes who will lose £1,500 retail relief in April adding an extra half a billion to their tax burden raising their rates bill by on average 20pc this year. ...
Are the Conservatives losing the small business vote? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 15th of February 2016 07:15:03 AM
....When the first Conservative majority government in nearly 20 years came into power last May, there were high hopes among business owners. The Tories had assiduously courted support from SMEs during the election campaign, even launching a small business manifesto, pledging to cut red tape and review business rates. ...
Supporting local markets to grow: the power of Promova image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 12th of February 2016 04:22:14 PM
.... Almost $100m (£68m) has already been paid to 50 suppliers. And for each dollar invested in Promova, we estimate around $25 (£17)are unlocked in local procurement with community-based SMEs. ...
Entrepreneurial couples: 'For us all this madness is romantic' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 12th of February 2016 07:15:12 AM
....Geoff Meakin has big plans for Valentine’s Day, but won’t reveal them for fear of ruining the surprise. Meakin and his wife Laura set up West Dorset Websites to provide website design and marketing services for SMEs in the local area. ...
Huge rise in hack attacks as cyber-criminals target small businesses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 8th of February 2016 07:20:10 AM
....The company’s case is not an isolated one, and experts are warning that not only are small businesses now firmly in the crosshairs of cyber-criminals, they are fast becoming their favoured target – and are often woefully unprepared. “SMEs have not historically been the target of cybercrime but in 2015 something drastically changed,” says Toni Allen, UK head of client propositions at the British Standards Institute (BSI). ...
Great start to year for businesses, says Lloyds report image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 8th of February 2016 12:01:00 AM
.... But falling raw material prices meant that overall costs were kept low. Tim Hinton, managing director in mid-markets and SME banking at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “Despite a number of headwinds, UK businesses recorded their fastest output growth for six months in January. ...
Redfern review: the fourth major UK housing study since 2004 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 4th of February 2016 04:59:08 PM
....Some 130,000 homes with planning permission were either on hold or had been in the system for four years. There was not enough land being brought forward to build new homes and the country’s capacity to build had shrunk drastically: during the 80s there was an average of 10,000 active SME builders (building 500 units or less) delivering around 57% of homes. ...
Stock market turmoil hits hopes for growth in services sector image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of February 2016 05:05:00 PM
....Construction activity has faltered but makes up only about 6 per cent of GDP. There was more positive news from manufacturing today as a CBI survey of small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) found they are more upbeat about performance over the next quarter, with both domestic and export orders set to grow. ...
George Osborne: Small firms could be 'on the sharp end' of EU referendum image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of February 2016 05:04:32 PM
.... The plans include the creation of digital tax accounts that would be updated quarterly by small business owners and the self-employed. Applause for audience comment to @George_Osborne re quarterly #tax reporting being real burden for #SMEs #smallbiz @fsb_policy #FSB2016. ...
Private equity backs small firms with deals worth £3.4bn image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 1st of February 2016 09:49:04 AM
....” . More and more private equity deals are being done in the SME space  Photo: Fotolia. ...
Startup of the year 2015-2016 competition entry: Virtalent image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 29th of January 2016 03:52:49 PM
....Sam Wilson, co-founder and director of Virtalent, explains why the business should win the Startup of the Year category of the Guardian Small Business Showcase competition:. Virtalent offers virtual assistant (VA) services to SMEs across the UK, differentiating itself from the competition by offering a much wider range of skills. ...
Instagram's Marne Levine: I feel a responsibility to pay it forward image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 29th of January 2016 12:01:02 PM
....”. During her 15 months in the post, Levine says she’s noticed a rise in the number of SMEs creating content on their feed and marketing their products off the back of their customers’ posts. ...
Plan your business budget ... and stay in control – expert tips image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 29th of January 2016 07:00:08 AM
....A reliable accountant can be a valuable asset in keeping your budget under control. However, research from the professional body of accounting technicians (AAT) found that SMEs were leaking £2. ...
What will shape the year ahead in export? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 28th of January 2016 09:44:43 AM
. Convincing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to consider trading abroad is central to the government’s drive to hit a £1 trillion worth of exports by 2020. ...
An undergraduate placement scheme is helping our business thrive image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of January 2016 08:12:09 AM
.... On average, they’ve gone on to spend another six years working with us. We’ve helped 32 SMEs in the local area to start undergraduate placement programmes. ...
Why brand Britain still lords it over heads and hearts in 2016 image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of January 2016 05:15:23 AM
.... . Manufacturers of any size will tell you how crucial the local supply chain is to the smooth running of their business, and I have worked with some fantastic SMEs during my time at Brompton. ...
Shawbrook bank to launch interest-only mortgages for pensioners image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of January 2016 07:00:33 PM
.... . “We see good opportunities to continue to grow our SME and consumer facing businesses to complement our property businesses. ...

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