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Mis-selling scandal hits SMEs

Thousands of UK small businesses could be destroyed by a mis-selling scandal propagated by banks, claims the Federation of Small Businesses.

Opportunities

Outlook

UK companies ready for Olympics

As the countdown to the Games slips under 40 days, UK businesses are making preparations to lessen the possible impact of the event, new findings show.

Legal advice

Can I replace my staff member?

I have to close my shop due to year-on-year losses. Can I make my current staff member redundant and employ my son on short-term contract on a much-reduced wage to help me close down the shop?

Opportunities

New business loans for young entrepreneurs

Start-up loans of up to £2,500 will be available to young entrepreneurs in a new project launched by the government and the Forum of Private Business.

Management

Tech issues top office frustration list

Technical problems including email and internet failures have been voted the most stressful office issue.

Opportunities

Wonga enters business loan market

Short-term loan provider Wonga is set to launch a business loan service, which wlll reportedly make funds available within 15 minutes of an application.

Blog

Skiving for Britain

It’s less than three months to the London 2012 Olympics, meaning it’s time for purveyors of remote working solutions to release surveys about how employers will shortly be allowing their staff to work from the Moon.

Opportunities

SME credit management falls short

Few companies use formal procedures to tackle the problem of late payment, a survey finds.

Employing & managing staff

Young bucks

Businesses should look into what the Youth Contract could do for them.

Business Ideas & Planning

Getting your business Olympics-fit

Martin Hayward explains how businesses should prepare for the infrastructure challenges posed by the Olympics.

Management

One language no longer enough

Businesses want to invest in more bilingual staff, with 79 per cent of companies regarding language learning as a main focus in their workplace development plans.

Small Business Insurance

Business Insurance required for selling support bandages

I'm starting a business selling support bandages from home. I will be a sole trader with no employees. Can you advise me what insurance I may need?

Employing & managing staff

Equine-assisted coaching

SmallBusiness.co.uk explores why leadership programmes can be horses for courses.

Accounts & Tax

Would I be liable to pay business council tax?

If I worked from home in a spare bedroom on a computer trading foreign exchange virtually and there would be no visitors to my home, no deliveries, and no post to do with the work as statements sent via email, would I be liable to pay business council tax?

Masterclass Series

The funding landscape

This article from Tracc looks at the changing funding landscape and how business owners can improve their chance to secure funding themselves

Partner content

5 tools to help monetise your content in 2022

We explore five online tools that you can use to help you monetise your content in 2022

Partner content

Tooling up for hybrid

Equipping your people with the best technologies for the hybrid workplace

Partner content

Securing your business in the hybrid workplace

Ensure your business is prepared for the increasing threat of cybercrime