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December 12, 2014 - Rachel Miller
Our round-up of other small business stories making the headlines this week...
December 05, 2014 - Rachel Miller
Almost half of British shoppers are expected to support Small Business Saturday on 6th December and individual shoppers are expected to spend almost £25 each in local independent retailers on the day.
George Osborne has delivered a raft of measures this week designed to boost the economy and support businesses in what was his last Autumn Statement before the next general election.
More than 40% of businesses have chosen to delay their start date for auto-enrolment since the scheme was introduced and more are expected to postpone compliance as SMEs approach their deadline.
Immediate action must be taken to improve skill levels in order to boost UK productivity, wages and social mobility.
November 28, 2014 - Rachel Miller
Employees are still reluctant to ask employers for flexible working despite the fact that almost nine in ten firms offer some kind of flexible provision.
British small business exporters are confident about their immediate prospects and 78% of business owners and managers believe 2015 will be better than 2014.
Government research has found that 55% of UK consumers find it hard to support local small firms because many businesses aren’t online.
The number of private sector businesses in the UK has reached a new high of 5.2 million.
November 21, 2014 - Rachel Miller
Overtime worked by small business owners and managers is worth an estimated £22bn to the UK economy, equivalent to more than 1% of the UK’s annual GDP.
Online sales in the run up to Christmas this year are expected to grow by 19.5% over 2013, with UK shoppers expected to spend £17.4 billion online.
Over two thirds (68%) of employers have automatically enrolled eligible workers into a pension scheme and of these, many are contributing significantly more than is legally required.
Exporters remain steadfast despite the slowdown in global growth, according to the latest research from the British Chambers of Commerce and DHL.
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