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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.

MP calls for banking dispute service to be scrapped

Business Banking Resolution Service (BBRS) has only effected six awards since launch, despite being established to handle anything up to a thousand SME disputes

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Businesses call for immediate emergency Budget

British Chambers of Commerce call on chancellor Rishi Sunak to reverse National Insurance rise, slash VAT on energy bills to 5% and reinstate free Covid testing for businesses

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A third of businesses expected to raise prices in May

The latest ONS business figures show that firms are putting up customer prices due to increasing energy, labour and raw material costs

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Help to Grow scheme losing traction with small businesses

Only 2,500 small businesses have enrolled on the £520m scheme to date, falling short on the government’s target of 30,000 by 2025

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Independent shops ‘open’ to idea of online sales tax

Independent retailers write to chancellor Rishi Sunak saying they are open to the idea, supported by big chains such as Tesco, Sainsbury and Waterstones

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Musk says Twitter may charge business users

Elon Musk has suggested that he'd charge Twitter business users once his takeover is complete. What else could he change?

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Businesses in distress increase by a fifth over a year

Insolvency expert Begbies Traynor calls on government to take softer line with small firms struggling to repay Covid debt

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Sunak announces new ‘fraud squad’ to target Covid losses

The government has announced a new £25m taskforce to recover money lost to fraud from the Covid-19 emergency loan schemes

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Businesses in distress increase by a fifth over a year

Insolvency expert Begbies Traynor calls on government to take softer line with small firms struggling to repay Covid debt

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Sunak announces new ‘fraud squad’ to target Covid losses

The government has announced a new £25m taskforce to recover money lost to fraud from the Covid-19 emergency loan schemes

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Half of small businesses operating below capacity

Half of small firms not expecting growth this year as rising costs and supply chain disruption impact business

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Amazon to raise fees for marketplace sellers

From 12 May, Amazon sellers who use Fulfilment by Amazon will be hit with a new fee due to inflationary pressures

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8 essential business lessons from Steven Bartlett

We share eight key lessons from Dragons' Den star, Steven Bartlett, that will help you in running your small business

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Half a million jobs in small businesses at risk

Insolvencies expected to increase by 21% this year as small firms face myriad challenges, according to 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