Category Archives: SME News

Are You Ready for National Start-Ups Day on 22nd October?

National Start-Up’s Day celebrates the UK’s flourishing start-up community for a third consecutive year on the 22nd October 2018. Established in 2016, the #NationalStartupsDay campaign builds on the success of the past two years; last year, on Twitter the hashtag trended … Continue reading

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Raise the Profile of Your Small Business Through the Small Business Awards

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has launched its search to find the greatest small businesses from across the UK. From exporters to start-ups, from innovators to green businesses, and from family businesses to the best young entrepreneurs, small firms … Continue reading

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Too Few SMEs Have Plans in Place to Cope With Identified Risks

Many small businesses are unprepared for the impact that disruptions from cybercrime, staff losses and severe weather can have on their day to day running. According to new research by the Federation of Small Business (FSB), looking at how larger businesses … Continue reading

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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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