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  • November 15, 2011 - Anonymous

    Riot-damaged firms given more time to apply for aid

    Small businesses damaged during the summer riots have been given until the end of January to apply for financial aid, after the Government extended the deadline for its £20 million High Street Support Scheme.

  • November 15, 2011 - Anonymous

    HMRC extends tax avoidance clampdown

    Small-business owners and self-employed workers who fail to submit tax returns are among those being put under the microscope in a new tax clampdown by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

  • November 15, 2011 - Anonymous

    Speed mentoring offers firms chance to quiz experts

    Business owners in need of advice on intellectual property (IP), marketing or sales can speed network with industry experts at a series of free, themed events run by the British Library.

  • November 11, 2011 - Anonymous

    £95 million of funding for small firms among raft of new support measures

    Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that £95 million of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) will be set aside specifically for small businesses to help them grow, writes Simon Wicks.

  • November 11, 2011 - Anonymous

    Firms warned to prepare now for a harsh winter

    Small firms should plan now to avoid being caught out by severe weather conditions this winter – that’s the message from the Forum of Private Business (FPB) as forecasters predict temperatures will plummet at the end of November.

  • November 11, 2011 - Anonymous

    Female business owners offered access to 5,000 mentors

    Business-owners and women’s business groups have welcomed a £2 million scheme to provide 5,000 mentors to woman entrepreneurs over the next three years, writes Simon Wicks.

  • November 11, 2011 - Anonymous

    Small manufacturers still struggling despite modest growth

    The UK’s manufacturing output rose for the first time in four months in September, but the outlook remains gloomy for small manufacturers, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said.

  • November 08, 2011 - Anonymous

    Small business minister calls for regulators not to hinder business growth

    Regulators need to be more transparent in their enforcement of business regulations or they risk restricting growth, UK small business minister Mark Prisk has said.

  • November 08, 2011 - Anonymous

    More consumers reading marketing emails

    Consumers are showing more interest in the email marketing they receive because businesses have improved their targeting techniques, research by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) has highlighted.

  • November 08, 2011 - Anonymous

    Late payments to small firms increase by 10 per cent

    UK small businesses are owed a record £33.6 billion in overdue payments, research by payment body Bacs has found – a 10 per cent increase on this time last year, writes Simon Wicks.

  • November 08, 2011 - Anonymous

    Environmentally-friendly small firms called on to enter green awards

    Small businesses which are innovative in their energy-saving methods can boost their green credentials, following the launch of the Environment and Energy Awards.

  • November 04, 2011 - Anonymous

    Time to move clocks forward permanently, say business groups

    Government plans to move UK clocks permanently forward by one hour so they are in sync with central Europe have been welcomed by business groups.

  • November 04, 2011 - Anonymous

    Summer growth doesn’t mean economic recovery

    The UK economy grew faster than expected over the summer months, but the figures don’t mean the recovery will continue, the Institute of Directors (IoD) has warned.

  • November 04, 2011 - Anonymous

    Tax returns must now be sent online, warns HMRC

    Business owners and self-employed workers who didn’t send in their paper self-assessment tax returns by the 31 October deadline must now send them online or face a penalty, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned.

  • November 04, 2011 - Anonymous

    Tesco beauty expansion threatens small shops, warns FPB

    A pilot project by Tesco to run in-store hair and beauty salons has been described by small-business groups as a threat to independent retailers that are struggling to survive, writes Simon Wicks.

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