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. Thousands of small businesses ordered to register for auto-enrolment pensions face fines after part of the regulator's website crashed. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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.... “I didn’t have any,” he admits. “I expect that is a common thing for small businesses to forget. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....A spokesperson said that customers should be able to get onto the website without difficulty, but anyone facing problems should call the helpline, on 0345 600 1011. Thousands of small businesses with between one and 19 employees are currently having to tell the regulator how they are conforming to the new pension rules. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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Pension Regulator website 'now fixed' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 07:38:51 AM
....A spokesperson said that customers should be able to get onto the website without difficulty, but anyone facing problems should call the helpline, on 0345 600 1011. Thousands of small businesses with between one and 19 employees are currently having to tell the regulator how they are conforming to the new pension rules. ...
'I lived in fear of brown envelopes': being chased by the taxman image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 06:00:04 AM
.... “I didn’t have any,” he admits. “I expect that is a common thing for small businesses to forget. ...
Glitch hits Pension Regulator website image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 04:23:05 PM
. Thousands of small businesses ordered to register for auto-enrolment pensions face fines after part of the regulator's website crashed. ...
Doing it my way image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 11:29:21 PM
.... . "In the last 10 years, thousands of creative small businesses have emerged all over the UK, creating jobs, driving wealth creation and contributing significantly to the economy," says notonthehighstreet. ...
RBS settlement has left business couple feeling 'gutted' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 01:48:53 PM
....Mike and Diane Hockin had been claiming £30m in damages after losing their property business in 2012. Mr Hockin told the BBC's Wake Up to Money that he had wanted to expose the bank on behalf of other small businesses, but felt he had to settle. ...
Share sale returns Lloyds to private sector image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 04:54:38 PM
....9bn of charges related to historic misconduct issues and potential legal costs. A £400m pot has also been set aside to compensate small business owners and customers of its controversial Global Restructuring Group. ...
General election 2017: Lib Dems promise £100-a-week for entrepreneurs' living costs image
....Those starting an enterprise would get help under the scheme for the first six months, up to a maximum of £2,600. Launching his business manifesto, leader Tim Farron will claim other parties cut tax for multinationals but he is on the side of small businesses. ...
Noel Edmonds accuses Lloyds of 'foot dragging' over HBOS payouts image
....Two former HBOS staff have been jailed for their part in a £245m loans scam. They insisted small business customers used a specific turnaround firm. ...
A new company every week: inside the UK's AI revolution image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 15th of May 2017 06:00:37 AM
.... SoDash, a UK-based software company founded by Daniel Winterstein and Joe Halliwell in 2011, enables companies to work with social media at scale and is used by brands such as Virgin Trains to analyse messages, prioritise customer service issues and isolate irrelevant social chatter. This year, Winterstein and Halliwell developed Orla, a bot that helps small businesses improve their reach on Twitter. ...
Firms 'hobbled' by poor mobile coverage image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 12th of May 2017 08:36:37 AM
.... . The BCC, which surveyed more than 1,400 mainly small businesses, said the issue was "hobbling" productivity. ...
From yoga instructors to novelists: five ways to turn your hobby into a job image
....Leyla Kazim, a freelance writer and founder of London Cheap Eats, adds that this approach “will likely mean long hours, but it’s necessary to minimise risk”. When you are trying to juggle a full-time job and a small business, it’s important to plan your time, says Lydia Fairman, founder of Fairman Consulting. ...
Noel Edmonds seeks £50m damages for HBOS fraud image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 06:10:09 PM
....Mr Edmonds's lawyers have written to Antonio Horta-Osorio, chief executive of HBOS owner Lloyds, seeking payment. Two former employees at HBOS's Reading office were part of a £245m loans scam that cheated small business customers by insisting that they use a specific turnaround firm. ...
Brexit will leave ‘a business support black hole,' says report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 06:15:12 AM
.... With £3. 6bn of dedicated small business support coming from the EU (between 2014 and 2020) the UK must fill the shortfall to prevent economic slowdown after Brexit. ...
China factory output growth slows image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 09:51:37 AM
...."Although the PMI has dropped slightly, we can also see the steady accumulation of positive factors," NBS analyst Zhao Qinghe said in a statement. Mr Zhao also highlighted increased production of consumer goods and improvements in small business activity as positive signs for the economy. ...
MPs say 'dominance' of big home-building firms must end image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 01:27:41 AM
....MPs said the government should do more for smaller builders who do not have the scale to bid for big projects. But the Home Builders Federation, which represents large and small businesses, said only big firms could spread the risks large-scale projects pose. ...
'After Brexit people will fall in love with English apples again' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 06:00:03 AM
....”. But she adds, like any small business, you need to find a balance between all of the competing priorities. ...
Will Lloyds chief enjoy plain sailing or will he jump ship? | Nils Pratley image
....Under the current set-up, Lloyds’ leadership in UK retail banking is assured as far as the eye can see. It is big in all the main activities – current accounts, mortgages, retail deposits, loans to small businesses – and is filling the only obvious gap by boosting its credit card operation with the addition of the MBNA book. ...
​Trump tax plan could save him millions under guise of helping small businesses image
. A tax plan released by the White House on Wednesday could deliver many millions of dollars annually in tax savings to Donald Trump personally under the guise of helping small businesses, multiple tax experts have told the Guardian. ...
Uber to offer UK drivers sickness cover in return for £2-a-week fee image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 12:51:55 PM
....50 an hour for people aged 25 and over. “The notion that Uber in London is a mosaic of 30,000 small businesses linked by a common ‘platform’ is to our minds faintly ridiculous,” the judges said. ...
Trump seeks tax windfall for business image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 12:20:53 PM
...." . Senator Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, questioned whether lowering tax rates for small businesses, known as S corporations or "pass through" businesses, was beneficial. ...
How the General Election affects pensions, small businesses and expats image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 11:12:00 AM
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Lloyds appoints ex-high court judge to review handling of HBOS fraud image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 11:03:08 AM
....Scourfield was sentenced to 11 years and three months. He pleaded guilty to the scheme, which involved introducing his small business clients to Mills, who was convicted along with his wife Alison and their associates Michael Bancroft and Tony Cartwright of running the fraud between 2003 and 2007. ...
Tax raid postponed as ministers rush through finance bill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 04:42:20 PM
....Also being ditched for the time being is the “Making Tax Digital” initiative originally unveiled by then chancellor George Osborne in November 2015, which was designed to make the tax system more like online banking. This has been controversial because it meant that from 2019, more than three million small businesses and landlords would be required to keep digital records and send quarterly updates to HM Revenue & Customs. ...
Minister makes U-turn over £300m business rates relief fund image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:16:40 PM
. The government appears to have performed a weekend U-turn on business rates and says a £300m relief fund to help small businesses worst hit by the shakeup is now available for councils to share out. ...
Snap election delays £300m relief package for small businesses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of April 2017 09:48:24 AM
. Thousands of small businesses hit hardest by the recent changes to business rates in the UK have been dealt a fresh blow after a £300m relief package promised in the budget was waylaid by the general election. ...
PENSION CRISIS: Women LAGGING behind in huge pensions gap image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . However, managing director Tim Holmes said this is masking a slump in the sums saved by self-employed workers: “Many rely on the sale of their business to support themselves in later life, but this could be a risky approach as small businesses rarely make it to the stage where they can be sold for a substantial amount. ...
Two-thirds of BHS stores lie empty as anniversary of collapse nears image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of April 2017 03:30:44 PM
....“It all comes down to who the landlord is. The more commercially minded, experienced landlord will take control, but if it’s a small business they may be less geared up to tackle the problems,” says Duncan Kite, a partner at the retail property consultants GCW. ...
How the beery vision of brewing a small fortune can fall flat image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 08:59:21 AM
....Setting up a microbrewery isn’t cheap. It’s possible to get a small business started with a homebrew kit that costs a few thousand pounds. ...
White van nation: meet the drivers behind the on-demand economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 06:00:17 AM
....Who’s inside them, these millions of Renault Masters, Volkswagen Crafters, Fiat Doblòs, Iveco Dailys? In a recent government survey of the labour force, 251,000 people identified van-driving as their main occupation, up 50,000 on the year before. But when politicians and the press use the phrase “white van man” (most recently in a row over proposals to raise the cost of national insurance), it’s meant to suggest a more substantial body of people: the construction workers, entrepreneurs, traders and small business owners who run disparate enterprises out of a van’s rear doors. ...
Labour plans clampdown on 'sweetheart deals' to close £36bn tax gap image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 11:01:09 PM
....“The Tories are running a rigged economy for the super-rich and giant corporate tax dodgers. Only Labour will stand up for workers and small businesses to make our tax system fair and our public services like education and the NHS protected. ...
Labour plans to halt 'epidemic' of high street bank closures image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 11:01:17 PM
....Labour cited Consumers’ Association figures saying 1,046 bank branches around the UK closed between December 2015 and January 2017, with 486 more scheduled for closure this year. “High street bank closures have become an epidemic in the last few years, blighting our town centres, hurting particularly elderly and more vulnerable customers, and local small businesses whilst making healthy profits for themselves,” McDonnell said. ...
The Crusader: Trader falls victim to debt collector trying to get back money owed image
....It is understood North Tyneside Trading Standards is aware of the company. While many small businesses do have insurance to protect them, claiming for a bad debt can hike up policy premiums so much it puts them off. ...
Travelodge makes more out of business than leisure visitors image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 07:11:56 AM
...."Historically, our mix tended to be about 55% leisure, 45% business. Since the investment in quality, we've had a lot more success at winning over not just small businesses, which you might expect, but also around half the FTSE 100 use Travelodge in some way, shape or form. ...
'Punk' beer maker BrewDog sells 22% of firm to private equity house image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 01:40:17 PM
.... @brewdog is now 22 per cent owned by a major private equity firm. The brewer has also recently battled allegations of behaving just like the big businesses it claims to scorn, after the Guardian revealed that it threatened legal action against two small businesses it said were infringing its trademarks. ...
US gained only 98,000 jobs in March, putting a chill on Trump's promises image
.... Private companies added 263,000 jobs in March, according to the report compiled by ADP and Moody’s Analytics, far higher than the 185,000 analysts had been expecting. Most of the growth was in small businesses, which added 118,000 jobs. ...
Lloyds to pay £100m fraud compensation image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 7th of April 2017 08:40:13 AM
....Six people, two of whom had worked for Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) - owned by Lloyds - were jailed in February. The court heard they stole hundreds of millions of pounds from small businesses who were their clients. ...
Answerphone hackers rack up £5,000 in calls – all charged to us image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 7th of April 2017 06:00:02 AM
....JM, Newcastle upon Tyne. Dial-through fraud, where criminals attack private branch exchange systems used by small businesses, is a little-known scam that has cost companies millions in the past five years. ...
Lloyds reveals location of 100 branch closures as it cuts 325 jobs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 12:27:47 PM
.... Once they are completed, Lloyds will be left with more than 1,800 branches across the three brands. Thousands of bank branches have closed across the country in recent years, and the FSB chairman, Mike Cherry, said: “It is very worrying to see yet more local bank branches being shut down, leaving small business customers without the services they rely on. ...
Amazon enters business supplies market image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 09:17:46 AM
.... It will also offer free one-day delivery on orders of £30 or more. "For many small businesses this will be a welcome opportunity to get everything in one place," said Bryan Roberts a retail analyst at TCC Global. ...
Uber to shut down Denmark operation over new taxi laws image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 01:36:28 PM
....Courts in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands have banned Uber’s low-cost UberPop service, which uses non-professional drivers, while an employment tribunal in London ruled its licensed drivers should be classed as workers with access to the minimum wage, sick pay and paid holidays. The company is appealing against the ruling, in which the tribunal dismissed as “faintly ridiculous” the idea that Uber was “a mosaic of 30,000 small businesses linked by a common ‘platform’. ...
Deliveroo riders plan legal action over employment rights image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 04:37:56 PM
....“We are proud to offer flexible, well-paid work to over 15,000 self-employed UK riders, and receive over 10,000 new applications every week. Riders choose when and where to ride with us, and for how long, giving them the flexibility and freedom to work with us around their other commitments such as studying, running a small business or working for another company. ...
Payday loan industry using former Labor shadow minister as lobbyist image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 03:41:46 AM
....”. He said the NCPA was meeting with “a lot of interested politicians” but would not disclose whether he had met with the small business minister, Michael McCormack. ...
Good riddance to the unfair NIC tax rise. Now what about that £2bn black hole? | John McDonnell image
....Above all else, on a day when Brexit secretary David Davis announced he had made no economic assessment of Britain leaving the EU without a trade deal, it is abundantly clear that this is a government that cannot be trusted with the nation’s finances. And it is a government prepared to threaten workers, the self-employed, and small businesses with tax hikes even as it slashes taxes for corporations and the super-rich. ...
Budget help for pubs only a 'stay of execution', says MP image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 06:34:39 PM
....It found there were just under 40,000 properties in England described as public houses and 3,700 of these had a rateable value of more than £100,000, meaning they did not qualify for the discount. Of the remainder, about 12,000 pubs already got rates relief because they were classed as small businesses. ...
Greek activists target sales of homes seized over bad debts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 08:00:29 AM
.... In law courts across Greece, similar scenes have ensured that auctions have been thwarted. Activists estimate that only a fraction of auctions of 800 homes and small business enterprises due to go under the hammer since January have actually taken place. ...
MPs not appeased by May's decision to review self-employed tax hike image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 06:48:53 PM
....Stephen McPartland, the Stevenage MP who opposes the measure, said May’s concession of introducing improved benefits for the self-employed was not enough reason to break a 2015 manifesto commitment. “I think these ordinary working families have taken a risk to set up a small business, many of which employ apprentices and are the backbone of our economy, and I welcome the prime minister’s announcement that there’s going to be a review,” he said. ...
Wetherspoons chairman criticises 'dinner party' Budget image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 08:04:21 AM
....Philip Hammond said this would help 90% of pubs in England. He also capped bills for companies losing small business rate relief and provided a £300m discretionary relief fund which local authorities could target towards individual hardship cases. ...
Philip Hammond criticised for exaggerating pub relief scheme image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 07:03:46 PM
....It found there are just under 40,000 properties in England described as public houses and 3,700 of these have a rateable value of more than £100,000, meaning they do not qualify for the discount. Of the remainder, about 12,000 pubs already get rates relief because they are classed as small businesses. ...
Budget tax rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 01:40:23 PM
....Alettia Elwin, who is self-employed and teaches music to children, says that Mr Hammond should have targeted large businesses, who are seeing a cut in corporation tax, rather than the self-employed. "Why is he targeting small business when there are so many global companies out there that pay very little tax at all in the UK?" she asks. ...
Southwold: welcome to the town where business rates are set to rise 177% image
.... But fuelling this powerful, coordinated local protest is a real, widely-shared fear that a projected increase of 177% in business rates could ruin the town permanently. There was only muted relief among shop owners on Wednesday in response to the announcement by Philip Hammond of some interim softening of proposed rates rises, which removed the immediate prospect of huge new bills from the small businesses along the high street. ...
Budget: More help for pubs in rates change image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 01:28:46 PM
. Pubs and small businesses will receive extra help with their business rates bill, the chancellor has announced. ...
Key points of the budget 2017 – at a glance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 12:41:30 PM
....RM: Hammond says this is a sign he is listening to the voice of business, unlike Labour, and shoehorns in a joke about the ‘last Labour government’ of Blair and Brown being called that for a reason. Three measures for England: a cap so rates rise by no more than £50 a month for small businesses losing their rate relief, pubs to get a £1,000 discount on business rates of less than £100,000 rateable value (90% of pubs) and a £300m fund for discretionary relief for local authorities. ...
Budget 2017: What it means for YOU? Self-employed, savers, pensioners, and motorists image
....Business RatesThe Chancellor said business rates would not be abolished amid a looming hit to high street firms, but promised to reform the current revaluation process. He also announced any business coming out of small business rate relief with have rate increases capped at a maximum of more than £50 a month. ...
Savers are getting worse return than ever while risk takers are benefiting image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 12:01:00 AM
....P2P Lending. Peer-to-peer (P2P) platforms take money from savers and loan it to people and small businesses. ...
Government abdicating responsibility for social care, say providers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 07:00:36 AM
....”. Green warned that the small businesses in the sector – the so-called “mom and pop” operations which account for the majority of homes in the UK – are under unprecedented pressure due to a rise in costs and a fall in the price that local authorities pay towards caring for residents, which can now be as little as £2. ...
Red hot image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 12:04:06 AM
....". Today Double Insight remains a small business with just 25 employees, contracting out the manufacture of the product to a factory in China. ...
Business wish list image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 5th of March 2017 01:37:19 AM
....Mr Hammond should act to "re-energise" the UK business community, says the IoD. While the government needs to act to help small businesses facing business rate hikes, "we should also look to the future, launching a new Tax Commission to look at what the growth of self-employment and online business mean for the tax system," says Mr Martin. ...
Business rates: Sajid Javid considers rates discount plan image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 12:00:41 AM
. Plans to help nearly 100,000 small businesses due to be hit by changes to rates next month are being considered by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. ...
Asda imposes harsher terms on suppliers after pound's Brexit slide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 10:25:36 AM
....Mike Cherry, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Poor payment practices by big firms are responsible for killing off thousands of smaller businesses a year and threatening the existence of many others. “This yet again highlights the need for a crackdown on late payments, which I hope will be top of the list for the government’s new small business commissioner. ...
Whisper it: small towns need a Waterstones | Fay Schopen image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 10:40:00 AM
....There are genuine reasons to be perturbed at this sort of wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing scenario. Why not open smaller, branded Waterstones stores so unobservant shoppers know exactly what they are getting? More seriously, the forthcoming re-evaluation of business rates is set to pile misery on many small businesses – Southwold is one of the worst affected areas. ...
Business rates a 'ticking time bomb' for small firms image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 08:29:46 PM
....The government has signalled it may find extra money to help the hardest hit. Many small business owners will be watching next week's Budget to see if it delivers. ...
'The pips are squeaking!' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 09:44:16 PM
...."To stand still I must sell £20,000 more tea or reduce staffing - that's the reality," he says. The high value of his large premises means that he has never qualified for any relief - which the government offers to small businesses in lower property bands. ...
RBS reports £7bn loss and says it will not make profit until 2018 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 07:27:28 AM
....The two main issues hanging over RBS is settlement with the DoJ and the sale of 300 branches – known as Williams & Glyn. The Treasury hopes that sale can now be avoided by other measures to inject competition into the small business market, although these may not be approved by Brussels until later this year. ...
Business rates: pressure grows for total rethink on controversial tax image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 05:43:01 PM
....The government is under growing pressure to overhaul the business rates system rather than just offer help for small firms affected by the revaluation of properties. Theresa May, the prime minister, and Sajid Javid, the communities secretary, told parliament on Wednesday that small businesses facing a sharp increase in their business rates bill from April could receive support in the budget next month. ...
Sajid Javid: Budget help for firms hit by rates rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 08:42:17 PM
....He said there were "several problems" with the proposals, citing "considerable concern" about the impact on smaller firms. The Federation of Small Businesses said it welcomed the PM's "intervention" to tackle what it called an "extremely worrying situation for many small businesses". ...
Humbled Unilever aims to show shareholders it values their loyalty image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 07:36:53 PM
....But there are actions Unilever could take without trampling on its heritage. Bernstein analyst Andrew Wood set out five this week: sell the perennially underperforming Flora spreads business; demand higher profit margins; be tighter on capital expenditure; use the strong balance sheet to buy more small businesses or to return cash to shareholders; communicate with investors better. ...
Chancellor to announce measures to help small firms with business rate rises image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 02:29:49 PM
.... This would form part of a wider and longer-term re-examination of the business rates system, he added. The announcement follows a pledge from Theresa May at prime minister’s questions that small businesses left with the highest rate increases would be helped. ...

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