Small business news - October 2020

"Time is running out" government warns businesses

The government is urging business leaders to prepare for Australia-style trading arrangements from 1 January as it launches its Time is running out campaign...

Date: 20 October 2020 By:

Are businesses prepared for a second wave?

Many UK businesses, both big and small, are taking a "wait and see" approach to planning for winter lockdowns, according to a new report...

Date: 13 October 2020 By:

A closed sign in a shop window forced to close by local coronavirus restrictions

New support for businesses forced to close

From 1 November, the government's Job Support Scheme will include support for any business that is required to close under new coronavirus restrictions or local lockdowns...

Date: 12 October 2020 By:

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Is the 9-5 working day best for productivity?

A new study suggests that flexible working could increase the UK's creativity and productivity as it finds that the 9-5 day does not work for everyone...

Date: 29 September 2020 By:

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SMEs invest to adapt and survive

Despite the financial pressures caused by COVID-19, more than three-quarters of small business owners have invested additional budget into their companies this year...

Date: 22 September 2020 By:

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Christmas comes early as shopping habits change

New research shows that British consumers have radically altered the way they shop and, in a quest for bargains, many have already started to buy Christmas gifts...

Date: 22 September 2020 By:

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Working from home increases cyber threat

A new study has found that many employers are failing to give their staff adequate information on ways to avoid cyber-attacks while they are working from home...

Date: 15 September 2020 By:

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No rest for the self-employed as holidays are ditched

Nearly three-quarters of business owners say they will take no more than five days holiday next year even though 89% agree that time off is important for mental health...

Date: 15 September 2020 By:

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