If the postal strike planned by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) goes ahead small businesses may seriously suffer, business leaders have said.CWU members are disputing the 2.4 per cent pay increase offered by Royal Mail, reports the Independent, demanding instead a 27 per cent rise to bring wages in line with national averages.If the strike […]
Posted on 7th June 2007 in General business.
A retrospective tax case being brought by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is nearing its conclusion, with potentially serious consequences for many small companies.HMRC is taking its case against a small IT firm run by a husband and wife to the Law Lords after the Court of Appeal ruled in the couple’s favour.The dispute centres […]
Posted on 6th June 2007 in Open to Export.
Small- and medium-sized enterprises in Yorkshire and Humberside led the UK’s sales growth in the first quarter of this year, new figures show.More than half of the firms surveyed by the Small Business Research Trust said their sales figures were up in the first three months of 2007, reports the York Press.Just 15 per cent […]
Posted on 6th June 2007 .
The amount of investment available for green businesses is growing strongly throughout Europe, a new study has found.According to the research from the Carbon Trust and CT Investment, â‚¬2 billion (£1.4 billion) was invested in businesses associated with green projects and renewable energy between 2003 and 2006.The news is positive for entrepreneurs looking to step […]
Posted on 5th June 2007 in City News.
A collection of leading universities in the West Midlands have announced the formation of a collaborative enterprise to drive forward ICT innovation.The West Midlands ICT Cluster features three quarters of the region’s universities and is aimed at fostering links between academia and small firms.The project’s founders believe that by encouraging businesspeople and university researchers to […]
Posted on 5th June 2007 in Tech.
Who are Britain’s fleet heroes – the organisations that go the extra mile to ensure that their travel and transport strategies are energy-efficient and sustainable? Britain’s cars clock up 250 billion vehicle miles, and if we are to get to grips with climate change organisations must take responsibility.Which is why the Energy Saving Trust, in […]
Posted on 5th June 2007 .
Small companies must take precautions when designing their IT systems because of their greater susceptibility to spam email attacks, a new study warns.Security firm MessageLabs argues that if a small- or medium-sized enterprise was targeted by a deliberate spamming attack they would suffer server loss much quicker than a larger firm.This in turn has serious […]
Posted on 5th June 2007 in Tech.
Entrepreneurs who set up their own small business to market a new product or service are crucial to the UK economy, the government has said.New figures from the UK Intellectual Property Office show that almost a third of the patent applications received in the first quarter of 2007 came from individuals.Although typically seen as the […]
Posted on 4th June 2007 in General business.
Small businesses need effective and regular training if they are to remain competitive and successful, according to a new survey.The poll, conducted by Ireland’s Small Firms Association (SFA), found 35 per cent of owner-managers have not received any training in the past year.The association claims that a small company can cut its risk of failing […]
Posted on 4th June 2007 in Regional News.
A large proportion of the UK’s small businesses have still not taken steps to ensure they comply with recently introduced age discrimination laws.Research carried out by Lloyds TSB Business and the Open University found that 75 per cent of firms have not made arrangements to allow employees to work beyond 65.Some 45 per cent of […]
Posted on 1st June 2007 in General business.
Strong growth in consumer, business and professional services jobs has contributed to a buoyant overall employment position.Figured compiled by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Grant Thornton revealed that the number of jobs in areas such as accountancy and law grew at a record rate – the fastest since 1998.Employment levels in consumer services […]
Posted on 1st June 2007 in City News.
Small businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to operate successfully because of the demands of ‘want it now’ customers.Research carried out by YouGov found that 55 per cent of managers of small- to medium-sized businesses believe it is harder to run a good business now than three years ago.Some 35 per cent think that customers […]
Posted on 31st May 2007 in Tech.