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The news section on Small Business UK allows you to keep up to date with the latest news, economic trends and regulatory developments affecting new and established UK small businesses.

Omicron and small business – what are the rules?

Wearing a face mask is now mandatory in shops, Post Offices and other businesses. Find out if your small business is affected

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MBH wants to buy up to 20 small businesses a year

MBH offers way for entrepreneurs to enjoy advantages of being publicly listed company while retaining 100% control of their business

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Shoppers spend more with firms online than in-person – study

People commonly spend more if they shop with a small business online than they would if they were to spend with them in-person

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Business rates relief fund yet to pay out single penny

Government's bruited £1.5bn business rates relief fund for businesses most affected by Covid has yet to make single payment, leaving over 400,000 businesses dangling

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Businesses say taxman taking ‘aggressive’ approach

Company directors say HMRC twisting arms to pay overdue tax, combined with landlords wanting rent owed and worry over Bounce Back Loan repayments all add to pressure

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Autumn Budget 2021 and your small business

What Autumn Budget 2021 means for small business - expert analysis, reaction and live coverage from the House of Commons as Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivers the Budget

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Half of small businesses poisoned with ‘toxic debt’

Recovery expert Begbies Traynor says hospitality and property particularly vulnerable to carrying debt they might struggle to repay over the coming year

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Recovery loan scheme to be extended for six months

Take-up of the scheme has not been as strong as expected, mainly because of more onerous credit decisions

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76% of small business yet to act on carbon emissions

Small businesses account for 50% of all carbon emissions put out by UK business, and a third of total UK emissions

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SMEs will bear brunt of supply chain crisis until 2023

Small businesses will have to cope with supply chain problems, worker shortages and rising inflation until at least 2023, MPs are told

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Rishi Sunak eyeing online sales tax for the spring

Taxing online sales and home deliveries seen as one way to right the scales in favour of independent retailers stuck with paying high business rates

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Government delays business rates reform yet again

Chancellor Rishi Sunak wants to keep studying the business rates problem for small businesses versus online retailers before committing to wholesale reform

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One third of small businesses are highly in debt

Bank of England expects the number of small businesses that collapse to rise this year as restrictions on winding-up orders are removed

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PM set to raise National Living Wage to £9.42 an hour

Boris Johnson is expected to increase the National Living Wage to £9.42 an hour – but some small firms may struggle to cover the cost

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How to prepare for business growth in 2022

The team at Funding Options explain how to prepare for business growth in 2022

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Tide to empower small businesses to optimise cash flow with insights tool

Tide is introducing a Cashflow Insights tool to help small businesses mitigate delays in payment and improve their credit score

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Business Current Account Masterclass

Tune into the Masterclass from the Current Account Switch Service to find out why you should switch your business account pronto

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How should I select my business broadband provider?

As with any supplier, it’s important to do your research and ask important questions before you select a broadband provider for your business. But what are the must-have things you should take into consideration?