Category Archives: SME News

UK Artisan SMEs Report a Rise in Sales

A report by the Royal Mail, focusing on the artisan craft and design sectors, has revealed that two-thirds of retail businesses in these sectors have seen an increase in sales, year on year (by an average of 19%). Gifts, artwork and jewellery … Continue reading

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FSB Raises Concern Over Small Business Community’s Readiness for GDPR

With less than a month to go until the new data protection laws, commonly referred to as GDPR, come into force, research shows that many small businesses are still in the dark when it comes to the impact the changes … Continue reading

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Victory for SMEs Fighting the Staircase Tax

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid introduced new legislation this week that will reverse the impact of a ‘staircase tax’, which has unfairly affected up to a thousand businesses. An earlier Supreme Court judgment saw hundreds of businesses that operate in adjoining … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Treasury Committee to Investigate SME Finance Market

The Parliamentary Treasury Committee has launched an inquiry into the SME finance market.  The enquiry will look at competition in the market, the various sources of funding available to small businesses, including crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending, and whether the current regulatory … Continue reading

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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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