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  1. August 31, 2014

    Small business federation warns on Leps’ transparency

    Billions of pounds of public money are to be channelled through bodies that do not publish accounts, the Federation of Small...

  2. July 28, 2014

    Small businesses attack new HMRC powers

    Small business lobby groups have attacked plans to allow HM Revenue & Customs to seize unpaid tax directly from bank...

  1. July 14, 2014

    UK small business lobby hits out at broadband provision

    Britain’s broadband is not good enough for small businesses, according to campaigners who have called for the government to...

  2. June 29, 2014

    Small businesses ‘lack access to credit, skills and broadband’

    Britain’s nearly 5m small businesses are giving a cheer for the economic recovery but remain worried about a lack of access...

  3. June 4, 2014

    Business welcomes focus on enterprise in Queen’s Speech

    Business was relieved that the Queen’s Speech focused on a limited number of bills and had an emphasis on enterprise, but...

  4. May 30, 2014

    Vince Cable acts to shame late-payers in UK business

    Vince Cable will announce plans on Friday to force companies to publish information about their payment terms in an effort...

  5. May 28, 2014

    Banks pressed to improve lending to UK small business

    High street banks have been urged to “up their game” on lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) after a...

  6. May 19, 2014

    Business chiefs hostile to Labour’s minimum wage pledge

    Business chiefs have given a hostile reception to Labour’s promise to raise the national minimum wage significantly if the...

  7. April 22, 2014

    Lending to UK businesses continues fall as consumer borrowing grows

    Net lending to UK businesses has fallen for nearly seven consecutive years, according to the Bank of England’s April report....

  8. March 27, 2014

    Ed Miliband tries to charm small business

    Ed Miliband will make an overt pitch for the small business vote on Friday, with promises to free entrepreneurs from high...

  9. March 19, 2014

    UK business lobby groups to seek SME views on banking services

    Two of the main business lobby groups have joined forces in a Treasury-supported research project to find out what micro,...

  10. March 12, 2014

    Low Pay Commission should become ‘powerful watchdog’, says founder

    The body that sets Britain’s national minimum wage should be transformed into a “powerful new watchdog” with the aim of...

  11. March 9, 2014

    West Midlands leads the way for UK regional growth

    The West Midlands achieved the fastest growth in business activity last month, followed by southeast England and London,...

  12. February 10, 2014

    Small business lobby group relaxed on prospect of EU exit

    Britain’s small businesses are not concerned at the possibility of the UK leaving the EU, their main lobby group has said....

  13. January 27, 2014

    Parties’ pitch to UK small businesses needs more work

    Labour has yet to win the hearts and minds of small business but the Conservatives cannot rest on their laurels, the parties...

  14. January 16, 2014

    Minimum wage stirs debate as business frets over productivity

    Political pressure to raise the national minimum wage above inflation could be “quite dangerous” if not matched by higher...

  15. January 10, 2014

    Up to 9,000 homes miss out on UK government flood insurance deal

    Nearly 9,000 households in flood-prone areas in England and Wales will not be covered by the government’s new flood...

  16. December 16, 2013

    Small business optimism rising in every UK region, survey finds

    Small companies are increasingly confident about their prospects, raising hopes that business investment may rise next year,...

  17. December 5, 2013

    Autumn Statement 2013: Business groups seek curb on energy costs

    Business leaders signalled that they would push hard for relief from energy costs in next spring’s Budget after George...

  18. November 28, 2013

    Business leaders welcome move to improve lending to SMEs

    Business leaders said the government’s move to focus bank subsidies on credit to companies would help spur lending, which...

  19. November 25, 2013

    Lawrence Tomlinson eyes the chequered flag in fight with RBS

    Lawrence Tomlinson, who has raced with former Formula One racing driver Nigel Mansell, is not a man who is scared of a...

  20. November 19, 2013

    UK chancellor George Osborne urged to help small businesses

    George Osborne has been urged by the Federation of Small Businesses to take action on energy and business rates in his...

  21. November 19, 2013

    Business urges more runways for London

    A business-led campaign calling for more London runways was launched on Tuesday, to try to break the political impasse over...

  22. November 4, 2013

    Concern grows as low earners win ‘living wage’ rise

    Tens of thousands of low-paid workers are to receive a pay rise of up to £400 a year as a result of an increase in the...

  23. October 4, 2013

    How to start a small business

    The UK has been voted one of the best countries in the world to set up a new business. Education, a competitive company tax...

  24. August 11, 2013

    SMEs to be given greater share of government IT contracts

    Big technology companies risk losing share of the £7bn market for government IT projects under a shake-up in Whitehall...

  25. October 31, 2012

    Employers on Leps threaten walkout

    Business leaders at some of England’s local enterprise partnerships – the bodies to which Lord Heseltine wants to devolve...

  26. April 13, 2012

    Small companies face extra data burden

    A push to get every business to file real-time information (RTI) on their tax payments began this week, raising concerns...

  27. February 27, 2012

    FSB says government must push alternative lenders

    The urgent need to increase funding to companies means the government should champion alternative lenders rather than simply...

  28. February 13, 2012

    Fewer small businesses use bank overdraft

    The number of small businesses that have used a bank overdraft or loan has fallen in the past two years, in spite of...

  29. October 30, 2011

    Business warns mayor of risk from visa cap

    Business groups are urging Boris Johnson, London’s mayor, to do more to ensure that the capital is “open for business” as...

  30. October 14, 2011

    HSE plans under fire

    Plans by the Health and Safety Executive to charge at least £750 for faults found during inspections irrespective of the...

  31. September 29, 2011

    Recruitment Diary: September 29 2011

    ● Jobs of the week Go on – you know you want to revisit that old dressing up box full of Snow White and Prince Charming...

  32. September 14, 2011

    London business fights police cutbacks

    Three bodies representing the interests of London businesses have written to Theresa May, the home secretary, demanding she...

  33. September 7, 2011

    Groups at odds over timing of bank reforms

    A row has broken out between the main business groups over whether or not the government should press ahead with reform of...

  34. August 1, 2011

    Entrepreneurs split over doubling of equity finance

    Entrepreneurs are split over a move by the government to raise the fundraising limit at which companies have to produce a...

  35. July 19, 2011

    Call for temporary cut in VAT

    The country’s leading voice for small businesses has called for temporary cuts to VAT for the construction and tourism...

  36. July 4, 2011

    Companies urged to settle bills earlier

    Whitehall departments are shaming the private sector when it comes to settling their bills, according to a survey by the...

  37. June 14, 2011

    Business warns on banks’ ‘short-termism’

    Business leaders have warned that repairing the relationship between banks and their small business customers is far more...

  38. March 30, 2011

    Yorkshire puts case in battle over fast rail link

    The battle for the planned £32bn high-speed rail link from London has intensified as business leaders, MPs and council...

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