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Business Taxes Have Become More Complicated for SMEs – Infographic

It is a sign of the times when the UK government created the Office for Tax Simplification (OTS). It was an admission that business taxes were becoming more complicated. The OTS was set up in 2010 and...

How capitalism is failing today’s small businesses – and how we can rectify this

Strong words from Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange Group, over in the FT caught our interest. ‘A decade after the financial crisis began,’ he starts, ‘capitalism, a soc...

Do you think Artificial Intelligence is irrelevant to your small business? Think again

That’s according to this interesting piece entitled ‘4 Questions Every Small Business Must Ask About Artificial Intelligence’ over in Forbes. Its basic premise seems to be that Artificial Intell...

How safe is your small business? Here’s how to outsmart hackers

How safe are you? Really? There’s absolutely no room for complacency when it comes to cyber security – and small businesses are common targets. Don’t let yourself be hoodwinked by the hackers. ...

ICAEW warns about slow economic growth

Businesses may need to take a greater ‘leap of faith’ and invest for the future despite the current uncertainty according to ICAEW. Michael Izza, ICAEW Chief Executive, said: “Businesses are in ...

Is yours an SME by the sea?

A new BBC Breakfast report has painted a worrying picture of relative deprivation among coastal towns around the UK. ‘The UK’s coastal communities are among the country’s worst off for earnings...

Top resources to help you trade globally: hear from those who have

Are you looking to trade overseas? If so, take a look at this list of 7 useful resources – compiled by SMEs and other experts in the field – and pulled together here in The Telegraph. Here we prec...

Worries around UK small business funding – now, and post Brexit

Are you a small business owner concerned about loss of funding in the wake of the decision to leave the EU? Has your confidence dropped, and meant you’re less inclined now to even try for funding? ...

Small means agile: and that means you can win

Sometimes it’s easy to see the clout big business has over a small enterprise like yours – and overlook its many challenges. A useful piece over in The Telegraph recently sets the record straight ...

Productivity: ‘almost everything’ for any small business?

How do you think your business is doing in terms of productivity? Do you really, even, know? Hard to measure, at times, perhaps, but your productivity may be key to survival and growth. It may also ...

First wave of Midlands Engine Investment Fund now here

Are you a small or medium-sized business based in the Midlands? If so, this might be timely. On 29 August, the British Business Bank announced ‘the first wave of its £250m Midlands Engine Investmen...

Your new small business: Leadership mistakes to avoid

We all know that just being good at something doesn’t mean you can run and operate a business effectively and successfully. However, this is easier to digest than going ahead and trying to avoid mak...

SMEs encouraged to invest in cyber security

Small businesses are being encouraged to take cyber security seriously and invest in adequate systems to repel any attacks an article in The Telegraph reports. Dr Mike Lloyd, chief technology officer ...

Accounting and tax services top most profitable businesses

Accounting and tax services have come top of the pile for profit margins for the second year in a row according to new research by Sageworks. According to the article in Entrepreneur: “Finances are ...

Public Sector Finances: Time to act

The chancellor’s buzzwords are not enough to address the scale of public sector finances. Commenting on the Public Sector Finances for July 2017, published by the ONS, Ross Campbell, ICAEW Public Se...

Small businesses: The UK’s most ridiculous rules

New research by CV Library and reported in Small Business reveal a litany of ridiculous rules that are hindering small businesses in the UK. The research finds that one third of workplaces in the UK h...

CIPD predicts pressure on incomes to continue

Pay growth is to remain weak with pay rises forecast at 1% over the next year according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in an article by the BBC. It says: “Despite fal...

ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor (BCM) falls into negative territory

The latest ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor (BCM) shows little sign of proactive planning by British Business as they prepare for Brexit. Business confidence has fallen back into negative territory,...

Confidence in funding falls as Brexit approaches

According to an article in Business Matters, British SMEs are facing an uncertain funding future as confidence falters approaching Brexit. A recent survey by specialist insurer Hiscox has revealed con...

London top for wages

London is top of the leaderboard for wages according to a new table compiled by job listing site Adzuna and reported in this article from Economia. The English capital comes out in front with average ...

UK consumer spending falls for third month

July was the third month in a row that consumer spending fell according to research by credit card firm Visa. Compared with the same month a year ago, spending fell by 0.8%, slightly faster than the 0...

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