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.
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.
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.
The UK’s SMEs remain confident that their enterprises will grow in the coming year, according to a new survey.Despite a slight drop in the levels of optimism about the general economy, Lloyds TSB’s latest Business Barometer found that British businesses are confident about their own prospects in the year to come.Over two-thirds (69 per cent) […]
Posted on 5th March 2007 in General business.
The UK’s businesses, including many SMEs, are well placed to become world leaders in providing climate change and environmental solutions, according to a new government report.Launched this week by trade and investment minister Ian McCartney, the report found that British businesses could become market leaders in the international environmental goods and services (EGS) sector – […]
Posted on 5th March 2007 in General business.
An organisation which represents the interests of SMEs has urged Chancellor Brown to invest in the UK’s school system ahead of what is likely to be his last budget.The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has presented its Budget Submission to the chancellor ahead of his budget, which will be published on March 21st. The FSB’s […]
Posted on 1st March 2007 in General business.
Small businesses are more worried about lost income and customers not paying than global issues like terrorism or climate change, according to new research.A report by Barclays Business Insurance found that nearly one in four (39.6 per cent) of SMEs were worried about lost income. Similarly, over a third (36.4 per cent) were concerned about […]
Posted on 26th February 2007 in General business.
The Conservative party has launched a new group to look at the impact of government policy on the country’s SMEs.Earlier this week, the Conservative Parliamentary Enterprise Group (CPEG) was announced by the party. It will be staffed by a mixture of MPs and peers.As well as closely scrutinising how new government policy will affect small […]
Posted on 23rd February 2007 in General business.
Self-employed owners of SMEs are generally confident about the up coming year, according to a new report.According to research carried out by Kensington Mortgages, nearly a third (32 per cent) of self-employed owners were "very confident" about their company’s progress in the next six months.Equally, nearly half (47 per cent) said they expected their SME’s […]
Posted on 17th February 2007 in General business.
Overseas demand has driven significant growth in the manufacturing output of many SMEs, says a new report.In the latest Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) quarterly SME trends survey, the data shows that manufacturing output and total orders among smaller businesses rose by their fastest rate for over a decade.Over the three month period, 37 per […]
Posted on 13th February 2007 in General business.
Female entrepreneurs are not receiving the same levels of support when they try to set up new SMEs as men do, a new task force has said.The Women’s Enterprise Task Force will meet for the first time this week and is charged with trying to encourage more women to start their own businesses.According to research […]
Posted on 12th February 2007 in General business.