A nationwide search for inspirational female entrepreneurs has resulted in a network of 1,000 businesswomen who are prepared to pass on their skills and experiences to others.The Department of Trade and Industry recognised that women face a number of unique challenges when trying to establish their own businesses. At yesterday’s (June 25th) inaugural meeting of […]
Posted on 26th June 2007 in General business.
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the UK need to know more about the regulations associated with environmentally-friendly activities.A new YouGov survey has found that 74 per cent of SMEs see good environmental practice as important. Some 79 per cent of respondents to the study also said that they were more aware about environmental issues […]
Posted on 25th June 2007 in General business.
Small companies across the UK are to be affected by a one-day strike of postal workers next Friday, June 29th.The Communications Workers Union (CWU) called the strike after talks with Royal Mail fell apart; the union had wanted an improved pay package and accused the employer of not negotiating openly.Royal Mail pledges that it has […]
Posted on 22nd June 2007 in General business.
Small firms across the UK are confident about their prospects for the coming year, according to a new survey of businesses.The Small Business Confidence Index from the Bank of Scotland found close to a quarter of the country’s SMEs are expecting growth in excess of ten per cent this year.The east of England in particular […]
Posted on 20th June 2007 in General business.
The government should make more of an effort to consult and listen to the UK’s small businesses when implementing new policies, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.The comments follow the launch of a Cabinet Office review into the government’s consultation process, from which regulation minister Hilary Armstrong has promised a more receptive, constructive […]
Posted on 19th June 2007 in General business.
Plans to force retailers to take responsibility for any packaging returned to them are ill-advised and unworkable, the British Retail Consortium has said.A bill currently working through parliament proposes that retailers be legally required to dispose of any waste returned, something the BRC says many of its members already do but should not be compelled […]
Posted on 18th June 2007 in General business.
Small, innovative companies are extremely important to maintaining the good health of the British economy, according to an expert at the Adam Smith Institute.Tom Clougherty argues in a recent blog entry on the institute’s website that small businesses are more important to the UK than is often recognised, and that government should acknowledge this and […]
Posted on 15th June 2007 in General business.
The majority of small businesses in the UK need better guidance to help them introduce energy saving measures and cut their bills, according to a new report.Over two thirds of the companies who responded to the British Gas Business survey said they had few options to reduce their energy consumption and cut their spending, reports […]
Posted on 12th June 2007 in General business.
The Conservative Party is set to unveil a review of the tax burden on smaller companies, according to media reports.Shadow chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce the review in a speech to the British Chambers of Commerce on Tuesday this week.Accountants Grant Thornton will be appointed by the party to assess the current administration […]
Posted on 11th June 2007 in General business.
Scottish Enterprise (SE) is preparing for the beginning of this year’s eight week Edge project, in which students work together with companies in a bid to boost innovation.This is the third year the well-received scheme has been run, with participants from Scottish, American, Canadian and Polish universities all taking part.The teams of young businesspeople will […]
Posted on 8th June 2007 in General business.
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.
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.