Category Archives: SME News

Significant Increase in the Number of Degree Apprenticeships Forecast

A report from Universities UK is predicting a significant increase in the number of people opting for degree apprenticeships in England. Degree apprenticeships – first introduced in 2015 – enable apprentices to split their time between university study and the … Continue reading

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Using Your Voice to Log into Your HMRC Account

HMRC is making it faster and simpler for customers to confirm their identity to access its services however they choose to do it. Customers using the HMRC mobile app can already use their fingerprint to access their information. Now HMRC is introducing technology that will … Continue reading

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SEPA – A New Business Status for Sole Traders Looking to Grow

Sole Enterprise with Protected Assets (SEPA) is a new business trading structure that could help small businesses looking to grow from Sole Trader status, who are not yet comfortable with the reporting responsibilities associated with becoming a Limited Company. SEPA … Continue reading

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New Funding Opportunity for SMEs in the Technology Sector

Businesses are invited to apply for a share of up to £6.5 million to research advanced analytical technologies that could improve business performance. Innovate UK, Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), National Physical Laboratory (NPL), LGC and NEL are to invest up to £6.5 million in innovation projects … Continue reading

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Is Your Business Bucking The Gender Pay-Gap?

A new online tool that allows the public to find out the gender pay gap for their occupation has been launched by the Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening. The online tool, created by the government and the Office for National Statistics, … Continue reading

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Is Your Business Ready for the New One Pound Coin?

The Royal Mint is urging businesses to get ready for the new, 12 sided, £1 coin, being released in March 2017. Businesses or all shapes and sizes are being encouraged to visit the New Pound Coin website, providing businesses with … Continue reading

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Targets Set to Reduce Business Red Tape by £10 Billion in Question

The Government set a target to reduce the cost to business of regulation by £10 billion between 2015 and 2020. The Public Accounts Committee has been reviewing progress and its report is damming. So far the government has achieved less … Continue reading

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Have your say on the Digital Economy Bill

The House of Commons Public Bill Committee is currently considering the Digital Economy Bill and they are seeking the views of big businesses, SMEs and individuals with relevant expertise and experience. The Digital Economy Bill will see the implementation of … Continue reading

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