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    Pub owners slam 10pm curfew


    New government restrictions requiring pubs and restaurants to close at 10pm will be "the final nail in the coffin" for many businesses, pub owners have warned. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the latest measures for England and Wales in national broadcasts last night, saying they ...

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    Bank of England urges furlough 'rethink'


    Image: Bank of England The governor of the Bank of England is calling on the government to "stop and rethink" its plan to halt the furlough scheme at the end of October. On a webinar hosted by the British Chambers of Commerce, Andrew Bailey repeated calls for targeted, industry-specific ...

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    How to improve a bad credit score in 3 steps


    By Funding Options Most of us are all too aware of the importance of good personal credit when it comes to obtaining finance for mortgages, contracts, and credit cards. For small business owners, establishing business credit can be just as crucial. Even if you’re a solo-led startup running your ...

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    Cash flow lending definition & how it works


    By Funding Options Healthy cash flow – the amount of cash and equivalents that flow in and out of a business – is the lifeblood of most SMEs. Yet dealing with cash flow issues as a startup or small business can be challenging and lack of cash is one of ...

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    Governments urged not to cut spending and raise taxes


    Governments around the world should not cut spending and raise taxes until after their economies have recovered from the Covid-19 crisis, according to the global think tank. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) believes governments should continue further borrowing into 2021 to ensure that the poorest households and ...

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    'Redundancy floodgates' will open without new furlough


    "Redundancy floodgates" will open if the government fails to extend the furlough scheme, according to the Unite union. With the government's Job Retention Scheme coming to an end on 31 October, the union is warning that many workers in the UK should expect a "miserable Christmas". The Chancellor Rishi Sunak ...

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    What are fast business loans?


    By Funding Options In the world of business, things can move at lightning speed and there are times when you might need a bit of extra cash to keep things moving in the right direction. Perhaps you’ve been hit with an unforeseen expense to pay for or maybe you just ...

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    Top 4 business car hire options


    By Funding Options If you need access to a car for business purposes and could do without the inconvenience of legally owning one, business contract hire — commonly referred to as BCH or business car leasing — could be the route to (eh hem) drive down. Even if you ...

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    Redesigning safe retail in the age of experience


    By Meredith O'Shaugnessy, independent creative brand and retail strategist at Meredith Collective Coronavirus has been the final reckoning for great swathes of retail, and it’s been brutal. Some high street stalwarts won’t open their doors again. With caution front of mind, it might be tempting for retailers to throw creativity ...

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    CBI calls for green recovery


    The government must focus on creating environmentally-focused jobs and projects as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic in order to boost growth and productivity, according to one of the UK's most influential business lobby groups. Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the CBI, is calling on the government to turn ...

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    Redundancies 'twice as bad' as last recession


    The jobs crisis is understood to be twice as bad as during the last recession in 2009, according to new figures. The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has found that employers in the UK planned 380,000 redundancies between May and July this year, compared with 180,000 between January and March ...

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    Social distancing app trialled


    An app that alerts users when they are not adhering to social distancing is being trialed by Network Rail. Mind the Gap, which has been developed by Hack Partners, is designed to help organisations bring staff back to the office while being able to maintain safe distances. It uses a ...

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    A guide to business loans for small businesses


    By Funding Options Every business, however large or small, needs adequate cash flow to operate well. Business loans for small businesses can provide companies with the financial help they need in a flexible format. In this article, we take a look at the most common forms of small business ...

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    Working from home 'damaging' economy, Raab says


    The ongoing trend of working from home is "damaging" the UK economy, according to foreign secretary Dominic Raab. "The economy needs to have people back at work," he told the BBC. Speaking on the Andrew Marr programme, he said: "It is important to send a message that we need to ...

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    Government planning law to override Withdrawal Agreement


    The UK government has been accused of "self-defeating strategy" after a report suggested it was planning to introduce new laws that would allow it to override parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. According to the Financial Times, the Internal Market Bill would enable the government to "eliminate" areas of the ...

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    What is a limited company buy-to-let mortgage?


    Image: Espresso Addict By Funding Options A limited company buy-to-let mortgage is where you purchase a buy-to-let property through a limited company or SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle). For a large percentage of property investors, the tax benefits of buying a property through a limited company can be considerable (particularly ...

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    Coping with Covid: 7 simple ways to reduce costs in the hospitality sector


    By Amanda Walters When needs must, any business needs to think smartly to get out of a problem. And right now, needs really must. Many businesses are clearly looking to reduce costs in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which looks set to send the global economy into its worst recession ...

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    Youth jobs scheme 'not enough' to beat recession


    The UK will suffer a "lost generation" of young people if more is not done to support employers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The government has created a £2 billion fund to protect and boost job creation for the 16-25 year olds, ...

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    Sunak 'considering' 24% corporation tax


    Businesses in the UK could be facing an increase in corporation tax as the Chancellor Rishi Sunak considers ways to pay off debt sparked by Covid-19. According to a report by the Sunday Times, Mr Sunak is considering raising the corporate rate of tax from 19% to 24% in a ...

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    What is property crowdfunding?


    By Funding Options The sharing economy is based on the idea that you don’t have to fully own something to benefit from it. Among other things, it’s changing how we think about ownership and having an impact on how we invest in property. A decade or so ago, the only ...