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    1. August 4, 2016

      May tries to soothe small businesses over loss of EU funding

      Theresa May has attempted to reassure small business in the UK that cuts to EU funding after Brexit would be replaced...

    2. June 29, 2016

      UK SMEs count the cost of Brexit as banks reassure clients

      After a Friday board meeting to discuss the implications of Brexit on his business, Ed Salt was confident enough to go...

    1. March 16, 2016

      Small businesses hail ‘incredible’ Budget

      Small businesses were big winners in the Budget, with a host of tax cuts and other support. Emma Jones, founder of...

    2. January 31, 2016

      Tesco probe raises concerns that retailers dominate supply chain

      Christine Tacon's probe into Tesco's accounting practices — her first as regulator of the UK's supermarkets — has...

    3. January 18, 2016

      Small businesses fight back against digital tax plans

      Radical proposals to simplify taxes have been drawn up by the small business sector ahead of changes that will force...

    4. January 15, 2016

      Sadiq Khan charms business leaders in race to be London mayor

      In the race to be mayor of London, one candidate seems to have a clear lead when it comes to courting the business...

    5. January 11, 2016

      Small businesses prefer challenger banks to high street rivals

      Small businesses that are clients of “challenger banks” are likely to be happier with the service they receive than...

    6. September 24, 2015

      Small businesses warn against court fee rise

      Small businesses could be deterred from fighting disputes in London’s Commercial Court if a second jump in court fees...

    7. September 17, 2015

      Research lays bare deep Brexit divisions among small UK businesses

      “I think the word I would use about it is trepidation,” says Eric Simpson, who runs a small business just outside Leeds...

    8. September 8, 2015

      Living wage will hit profits and jobs, warns new CBI head

      Ministers have underestimated the “dramatic impact” of the national living wage on companies’ profitability and hiring,...

    9. September 8, 2015

      UK employers fear impact of living wage, says recruitment group

      The UK’s leading recruitment company and the Federation of Small Businesses have warned that the rise in the minimum...

    10. July 5, 2015

      Debate rages over who speaks for British business

      As the aftershocks of the financial crisis continue to reverberate across Europe and the debate over Britain’s...

    11. June 26, 2015

      Small businesses decry UK skills shortage

      The UK’s 5m small businesses have called on the Treasury for help to enable them to find skilled staff, negotiate the...

    12. May 19, 2015

      Javid to continue business ‘red tape challenge’ with £10bn cuts

      Sajid Javid will pledge to cut at least £10bn in red tape over the next five years as part of the business secretary’s...

    13. April 27, 2015

      Cameron woos small business

      The Conservatives’ launch on Monday of a manifesto for small business was intended to counter claims that their main...

    14. March 20, 2015

      Parties seek to woo UK small company bosses

      Britain’s three leading parties were in Birmingham for the annual Federation of Small Businesses conference on Friday,...

    15. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: Business welcomes clampdown on late payments

      Small businesses have welcomed Budget measures to clamp down on late payments. Although not covered by chancellor...

    16. March 9, 2015

      Tax and housing dominate Budget wishlists

      Tax and housing dominate recommendations made by business, local government and trade unions in the run-up to the last...

    17. March 3, 2015

      Benefits of drive to cut red tape overstated, says auditor

      Ministers are overstating the business benefits of their drive to cut red tape, according to an independent advisory...

    18. January 19, 2015

      Business groups hit out at late payment ‘scandal’

      The Institute of Directors has warned that the “scandal” of late payments is undermining the UK’s economic recovery. It...

    19. January 15, 2015

      UK rural companies warn of poor broadband links

      Half of the UK’s small rural companies are unhappy with their broadband provision, according to research by the...

    20. January 1, 2015

      UK businesses fear political risks ahead

      Political risk ranks high on the list of concerns of UK businesses, both big and small, going into 2015. “The political...

    21. December 23, 2014

      Two-thirds of UK SMEs paid late, survey says

      Two-thirds of the UK’s small and medium sized companies suffer late payments from businesses they supply, according to...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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....

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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,...

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