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    1. December 17, 2014

      UK Christmas pudding maker attacked over ‘unfair’ supplier terms

      The UK’s largest Christmas pudding maker has been accused of demanding “unfair” terms from its suppliers. 2 Sisters Food...

    2. December 11, 2014

      One in five suppliers bullied, says UK small business lobby

      One in five small UK businesses is bullied by the big companies they supply, according to research by the Federation of...

    1. December 8, 2014

      Nearly half of UK’s small businesses lack superfast broadband

      Nearly half the UK’s small and medium-sized companies lack access to superfast broadband, according to the regulator Ofcom,...

    2. December 7, 2014

      Premier Foods vows to ‘simplify’ supplier payments

      Premier Foods is to “simplify” its practice of asking suppliers to make annual cash payments or risk losing their contracts,...

    3. December 7, 2014

      Equity crowdfunding thrives despite high risks

      Seven months ago, the UK’s financial watchdog gave the following stark warning to anyone considering investing in equity...

    4. December 5, 2014

      Premier Foods’ demand to suppliers raises concern

      Britain’s small business lobby has told one of the country’s biggest food companies that it should be ashamed of itself for...

    5. November 24, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: UK business calls for rates reform and better roads

      Top priorities for UK business in next week’s Autumn Statement are the reform of business rates and road improvements....

    6. November 23, 2014

      UK parental leave: Q&A

      What is changing? From December 1, mothers and fathers will be able to share up to 50 weeks of parental leave and 39 weeks...

    7. November 16, 2014

      Directors’ share dealings prove a big issue

      Traders swap squillions of shares for cash daily. So what could be simpler. Yet when big cheeses at small companies sell...

    8. October 30, 2014

      Non-wage costs hit small companies taking on first employee

      It costs the UK’s small businesses on average £35,500 to take on their first employee, less than two-thirds of which is...

    9. October 15, 2014

      London ranks poorly for small businesses to make a living

      Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the UK economy but they are finding it increasingly hard to make a...

    10. September 21, 2014

      Business broadband subsidy for cities streamlined to help take-up

      The UK is to overhaul a £100m scheme to provide superfast broadband for businesses in cities following a slow take-up of a...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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....

    20. 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...

    21. 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,...

    22. 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...

    23. 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,...

    24. 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....

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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,...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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