Small Business Team


Chancellor Darling’s Budget offers no support to small businesses

Chancellor Darling's Budget was an inevitably dowdy Budget, which totally missed the opportunity to offer support to the small business owners that contribute so much to the economy.

Office & home working

Work quicker, greener and smarter

When you're running a business, it's easy to lose sight of the little things that can make everyone's lives easier and your company much more efficient.

Business Ideas & Planning

Self-employment: six steps to success

The chance to steer your own career is a major attraction of becoming self-employed. However, success needs a firm foundation, so before you take the leap, follow these six quick steps to success.


Mike Southon author of The Beermat Entrepreneur

Mike Southon co-founded, built and sold his own company in the 80s, and worked on 17 start-ups in the 90s, specialising in sales and marketing.


Tax system ‘can be more difficult for the self-employed’

Self-employed businesspeople should be especially careful about their financial affairs, according the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).


Sexual discrimination rules to change

From 6 April amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 will come into force regarding discrimination and harassment.


NFEA: ‘Business world open to all types of people’

Television programmes such as Dragon's Den and the Apprentice have shown that a wide variety of people of all abilities and backgrounds can form successful businesses, according to business experts.


Major emergency ‘would put seven out of ten new firms out of business’

Lack of planning for the unexpected has left most firms in a vulnerable position, according to the government and the Association of British Insurers (ABI).


New businesses ‘must seek outside financial advice’

Start-up businesses will always benefit from a thorough review of accounts once a quarter and having an independent financial expert review their books at least once a year, according to Business Link.


Dragons’ Den calls for entries

The BBC is searching for Britain's best entrepreneurs and will be auditioning throughout the coming months for the next series of the Dragons' Den. If you're genuinely seeking investment for your business idea or invention, they would like to hear from you.


Employees prefer to stay late on Valentine’s day

Up to 71 per cent of employees would stay late on Valentine's day to deal with an urgent enquiry, according to a new survey.


SMEs ‘unaware’ of WEEE regulations

Many SMEs are still unaware of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) legislation a year after it was issued, claims new research.

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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