UK-based small businesses look set to up their spending on IT this year to a cumulative annual amount of £1 billion. This will be a 15 per cent increase year on year, according to recent research by the storage company AMI. Hardware devices for backing up PCs will be a major arena for spending. Moreover, […]
Posted on 14th March 2007 in Tech.
The accessibility and management of appropriate finances for small business will be addressed at a seminar in Bath next week, thisisbath.co.uk reports.Hosted by Business Link in conjunction with South West Angel Investor Network, HSBC and IMA Enterprises, the event has been designed to inform budding entrepreneurs and pre-existing businesses how best to obtain funding and […]
Posted on 14th March 2007 in City News.
Businesses operating in high-risk sectors will be affected by changes to taxation, according to an industry expert. Peter Penneycard, tax partner at accountant PKF, believes that restrictions to sideways loss relief will be damaging to small ventures in industries classed as high-risk, reports smallbusiness.co.uk. HM Revenue & Customs has announced that the sideways loss relief […]
Posted on 14th March 2007 in City News.
Smaller providers on the broadband market are doing much more to keep their customers happy – and so keep retention levels high – new research has found.Independent comparison site moneysupermarket.com has released its 2007 Customer Review Index – and found that more than a quarter of broadband users had changed their supplier in the last […]
Posted on 13th March 2007 in Tech.
New health and safety regulations in the construction industry are causing concern for business groups, businesslink4london.com reports. The "extra responsibilities" of the regulations under the Health and Safety at Work Act will purportedly be burdensome for small businesses in the UK, according to the Forum of Private Business (FPB).In a letter to MPs, Victoria Carson, […]
Posted on 13th March 2007 in General business.
Small business supporters in the UK are vying for tax simplification in the run up to Gordon Brown’s 11th annual Budget speech next week, freelanceuk.com reports. The Federation for Small Business (FSB), the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) and the Institute of Directors have all voiced concerns over the taxation of UK SMEs and are […]
Posted on 13th March 2007 in City News.
Small business leaders have reacted angrily to government suggestions that all employees should have the right to request flexible working hours.At the moment only parents with children under the age of six or disabled children under the age of 18 can request flexi-time, although this is set to be extended to all carers in April.Writing […]
Posted on 12th March 2007 in General business.
Nearly half of a working day for the average SME employee is now spent online, according to new research.Data gathered by research company IDC for MessageLabs and McAfee found that at least 40 per cent of the SME working day is now spent accessing online information, such as the internet and email.Indeed, the report reveals […]
Posted on 10th March 2007 in Tech.
The government’s proposal to close 2,500 post offices could significantly damage the efficiency of the country’s SMEs.That’s the opinion of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which says that the government needs to seriously re-evaluate its long-term strategy for the Post Office."The government needs to come up with a sustainable, long-term plan for the Post […]
Posted on 9th March 2007 in General business.
EU leaders must act now to remove the burden of regulations from SMEs, according to an industry organisation.Speaking before European heads of state meet for the EU Spring Council, the Forum of Private Businesses (FPB) called for red tape to be cut for SMEs in the UK and across Europe.FPB European spokesperson Martin Smith said: […]
Posted on 9th March 2007 in City News.
UK businesses, including SMEs, joined the government and the environmental lobby to call on the EU to commit to long-term environmental action.The UK Manifesto on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is published today (March 7th) and is signed by 40 businesses, including some SMEs. In the manifesto, published ahead of a meeting between EU […]
Posted on 8th March 2007 in General business.
VoIP technology could help SMEs cut their carbon footprint and help the UK reach environmental targets, according to new research.Interwise, a global provider of voice, web and video conferencing for businesses, has revealed that the worldwide demand for IP-based conferencing has already risen by 45 per cent in the last year.Increased use of internet conferencing […]
Posted on 8th March 2007 in Tech.