Category Archives: SME News

New Graduate Work Placements for Students Looking to Work in Space!

The UK Space Agency is offering grants of up to £3,000 for organisations to take on graduate or postgraduate students for work placements in the space industry. The funding from the Agency’s Space Placement in INdustry (SPIN) scheme, is for Earth … Continue reading

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FSB Survey Points to SMEs Feeling the Pinch

The latest Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Small Business Index (SBI) has been published and it paints a less than optimistic picture. Small businesses are citing surging operating costs, weak domestic growth and flagging consumer demand as reasons for the gloomy outlook. … Continue reading

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SME Commissioner Promises to Sort Out Payment Disputes in Wales

Wales’ small businesses now have more support to take action against unfair payment practices. The Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, will support 208,000 small businesses in Wales to resolve payment disputes and tackle larger businesses unfair payment practices to drive culture … Continue reading

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Are You Ready for Small Business Saturday?

Saturday the 2nd December is Small Business Saturday – a celebration of small businesses everywhere! Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign which has been running for 5 years and is going from strength to strength.  The event … Continue reading

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Less Than a Third of SMEs Understand New Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

With new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) set to be implemented in May 2018, much of the UK’s SME community remains unsure about whether the regulations affect them, and if they do, what they need to do to comply. In … Continue reading

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Calls for Changes to Universal Credit for the Self-Employed

A new report published by the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) calls for changes to the universal credit system for self-employed claimants. Without such changes, the group warns that there is a very real possibility that people will be discouraged from … Continue reading

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SMEs Should Consider Switching Water Supplier

Over half of SMEs are unaware that they can switch their water retailer according to Populus research. We all rely on water, but busy micro, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), face an ever-increasing number of demands on their time, … Continue reading

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Employees Spend Over 10 Hours a Week Procrastinating

Rebootonline.com carried out a study of 865 office workers, laying bare the hours and the cost of time people spend procrastinating at work. Overall it was revealed that this expensive drain is costing companies £8,851.14 per employee annually. It was … Continue reading

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SMEs Given Access to Millions in Export Support Through New Governement/Bank Partnership

UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency, has announced plans to help more businesses, both exporters and supply chain SMEs, access financial support through their banks. UKEF will partner with five of the UK’s biggest banks to deliver government-backed financial … Continue reading

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Research Shows SMEs Need to Embrace New Payment Methods

Research by Barclaycard has revealed that SMEs reluctant to adopt new payment methods are losing out on business, online and in store. Customers The research shows that nearly half of all millennial shoppers (18-34 year olds) prefer to pay with … Continue reading

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