A local council in the south-east has set up an advisory scheme for current and prospective entrepreneurs, yourlocalguardian.co.uk reports. Coordinated by Sutton council, smartbiz@sutton is set to take place on Saturday 21st April and will offer free advice and information for small businesses. The day will include seminars on business development, starting up and recruitment, […]
Posted on 3rd April 2007 in General business.
The achievements of a sports nutrition brand have been celebrated at a new awards ceremony for small and medium-sized businesses, growingbusiness.co.uk reports. Maximuscle suitably impressed judges through its market share and growth rate and won three awards: the T Mobile Fast Growth Business of the Year, Angel or VC-backed Business of the Year and Product […]
Posted on 2nd April 2007 in General business.
Small businesses will find it easier to lease shops and offices thanks to a new code of practice announced today. The Code for Leasing Business Premises has been improved by the government to create a new framework which puts landlords and tenants in a "partnership relationship". SMEs will find it much easier to see what […]
Posted on 30th March 2007 in General business.
The vast majority of British entrepreneurs are motivated by a sense of personal achievement.Research by MasterCard Global Commercial Products has shown that 95 per cent of small business owners feel encouraged to "go it alone" by the prospect of controlling their own future and achieving self-fulfilment.And in the week that has seen the launch of […]
Posted on 29th March 2007 in General business.
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.
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.
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.
Workers in the construction industry falsely claiming to be self employed are costing the treasury £2.5 billion in tax a year, the Times newspaper reports. According to construction union Ucatt, 40 per cent of the UK’s 2.2 million building workers are incorrectly registered as self-employed, meaning they are not paying enough in national insurance contributions. […]
Posted on 20th March 2007 in General business.
Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across Bath and Wiltshire are being offered the chance to partake in business breakfasts, thisisbath.co.uk reports. Run by the Bath branch of the Federation of Small Business (FSB), the programme will provide participants with breakfast and the opportunity to take part in speed-networking session lasting one hour. There will […]
Posted on 16th March 2007 in General business.
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 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.