Small Business Team


FSB: Small businesses left out in fuel package

The government's £1 billion fuel poverty package has left out any provisions for SMEs, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) believes.


Female entrepreneurs to be ’empowered’

Budding female entrepreneurs are set to be 'empowered ... to make their dreams a reality' at special events this autumn.


OFT publishes new contract guidelines

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is publishing guidelines on business contracts intended to protect consumers from unfair small print.

Business Ideas & Planning

What’s the first thing to do to start a business?

I am thinking of starting my own gardening business but know nothing about starting a business. I was wondering what is the first thing I need to do?


Confusion at minimum wage increase

Small businesses remain confused about the minimum wage increase on 1 October.


Carbon Trust: SMEs could save 30% on lighting

Making changes to lighting systems could save retail outlets some 30 per cent on their electricity bills, the Carbon Trust reports.


Staff ‘should be supported and challenged’

Employers should make sure they 'support and challenge' their staff to get the best out of them, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).


Tenon Forum: SME owners cynical about Olympics

Entrepreneurs are cynical about the benefits the 2012 Olympic Games, with only one in ten believing the event will be a boost to their business, a poll finds.


Don’t forget the new tax return deadline, warns HMRC

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is issuing a reminder to people filing paper self assessment tax returns of the new 31 October deadline. The penalty for missing the deadline is £100.

Startup Funding and Grants

Growth funding made easy

Carly Trisk-Grove started a cafe with her husband four years ago as a lifestyle business, but the couple have now secured £525,000 in funding to expand.


Do not rely on virtual offices, association warns

Although virtual offices can be useful for keeping a business going after a disaster, it can be difficult to rely on them for the long term, an industry expert warns.

Office & home working

Karen Bremner: beyond The Apprentice

It seems there’s nothing Apprentice star Karen Bremner won’t try. Having worked as a solicitor to the RAF, and trained as a stockbroker, she has now set up her own clothing boutique. One year on and her turnover has hit £250,000.

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4 small business functions that must be automated for greater profits

Can technology help you create more efficient business models? In this article, we explore how you can use technology to boost your business

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It’s time the UK’s small businesses got the seamless communications and collaboration tools they need

Why seamless collaboration is crucial for UK small businesses and what tools can help

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Flexible work is making cybersecurity tougher for UK SMBs. It’s time they got the tools, and the platform, to defend themselves

The cybersecurity landscape for small businesses and the tips and tools that can help

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How to enhance your customer and employee experiences using Uber Vouchers

This article explains how Uber Vouchers can enhance both your customer and employee experience