The extension of a VAT scheme designed to increase "cashflow in small firms" will come into operation this Sunday. Changes to the Cash Accounting Scheme (CAS) will mean that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will no longer have to pay off VAT when they issue and receive invoices and will instead be able to wait […]
Posted on 29th March 2007 in City News.
The use of internet phone calls among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will increase by almost 25 per cent by this time next year. Research commissioned by BT Business has shown that Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) will be adopted by 48 per cent of SMEs – rising from the current figure of 25 per […]
Posted on 29th March 2007 in Tech.
Workers in the UK are creating security risks for their employers by attempting to gain access to protected data.New research by Websense, a content security company, surveyed 100 people and found that over a fifth of the respondents (21 per cent) had tried to gain access to sensitive information such as HR and finance data.The […]
Posted on 28th March 2007 in Open to Export.
The deadline for entry into a major entrepreneurial competition is fast approaching, reports startups.co.uk.Enterprising Britain is looking for the town, city or area which is the best in the country for enterprise. There will be 12 finalists selected at the regional stage of the competition, who will then compete in the national phase. The overall […]
Posted on 28th March 2007 in General business.
The shadow chancellor has pledged to support small business in the UK, a move which has been welcomed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). In response to George Osborne’s speech at the FSB National Conference in Belfast, John Walker, FSB national policy chairman, said: "Mr Osborne is right to focus on the millstone round […]
Posted on 27th March 2007 in General business.
Small businesses are being advised to rent company cars rather then buy them outright, fleetnews.co.uk reports.According to the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), a number of SMEs are unnecessarily spending vast sums of money on vehicles for employees and ignoring the cheaper alternative of contract hire. The BVRLA claims that small firms have […]
Posted on 27th March 2007 in City News.
Sussex has been hailed as an ideal location for budding entrepreneurs.New businesses in the UK are more likely to be successful if based in Sussex than in any other part of the south east, according to Mark Froud, chief executive of Sussex Chamber of Commerce.He told The Argus newspaper: "A total of 82 per cent […]
Posted on 26th March 2007 in General business.
The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta) has set-up a new website for creative entrepreneurs. Launched as part of Nesta’s Creative Pioneer programme, the community website will offer support and advice to the individuals from industry experts and fellow young creative minds. Open to UK-based creative entrepreneurs who are either being supported […]
Posted on 24th March 2007 in City News.
A report which suggested female businesswomen are increasingly awarded positions of power only to companies in crisis has been criticised by a recruitment agency. Hitchenor Wakeford has slammed the research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and dubbed the organisation "misguided". "Most women and businesses will find the interpretation of this research […]
Posted on 23rd March 2007 in Regional News.
UK-based small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) do not feel adequately supported and are increasingly relying on advice from their families, new research has revealed. According to a survey by Brighter Business, SMEs are not supported enough by their financial service providers or their business advisors and instead turn to members of their families for […]
Posted on 23rd March 2007 in General business.
"Excessive pressure" is causing an increasing number of employees to feel stressed at work, costing businesses approximately £9.6 billion a year.New research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has found that 44 per cent of people feel extremely pressured at least once or twice a week, while one in five admitted to […]
Posted on 22nd March 2007 in Regional News.
A quarter of small businesses are failing to choose the most suitable mobile communications provider for their needs because mobile technology is too "confusing". According to new research from T-Mobile UK and YouGov, 36 per cent of SME managers responsible for mobile communications believe that their current mobile service provider is too expensive.However, a third […]
Posted on 22nd March 2007 in Tech.