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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.

Labour to cut business rates for small business

Labour would increase business rates reliefs for small businesses before phasing the tax out completely, shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves will tell party conference

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Reprieve for self-employed having to report tax quarterly

Treasury bows to pressure and delays rolling out Making Tax Digital to self-employed sole traders to April 2024

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Small businesses are taking back the high street

More independent operators opened than closed in the first half of 2021 in the first clear snapshot of how the high street has changed post pandemic

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Investment lies in hands of pension holders, says Sunak

Chancellor says its up to those who pay in to pensions to tell institutions they want to invest in fast-growth tech start-ups

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Nearly 17% of small businesses at risk of insolvency

Research suggests British small businesses are in more vulnerable position than SMEs in Germany and France

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How much national insurance hike will cost your business

The Government's £11bn national insurance tax grab to pay for social care will hurt economic recovery and create unemployment, warn small businesses and economists

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Expected national insurance hike to cost businesses £3.5bn

Economists and business lobbyists warn that increasing national insurance will hurt employment and lower wages

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One in seven adults plan to become entrepreneurs

Research from NatWest found that 50 per cent more people want to become entrepreneurs compared to pre-pandemic levels

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Small businesses expect to increase pay by 3% next year

Staff shortages in shops and restaurants due to double whammy of Brexit and Covid will push wages up by an average 2.9% in 2022 - survey

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Small businesses failing their HR staff – poll

HR staff have seen a growth in their workload since March 2020 – and some SMEs haven't invested in dealing with Covid-related HR challenges

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Make December 31 end of tax year, says small business

Poll shows 91% of small businesses want to move from April 6 to January 1 in line with other countries

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Failings revealed in Covid Recovery Loan Scheme

Shortcomings have stifled uptake of the Covid Loan Recovery Scheme, such as a number of rejections for small business applicants

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Sole traders hit hardest by Covid pandemic – research

Nearly 60% of sole traders are trading less – or not at all – even as Covid restrictions ease

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Nearly 300,000 sole traders face increased tax bills

The government has proposed changing the date sole traders and other small businesses report profits, which means hundreds of thousands getting bigger bills next year. Find out how the proposed tax changes affect you

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Can businesses save money on CBILS repayment costs by refinancing for a RLS loan?

Your business could save money on CBILS repayments by refinancing for an RLS loan – Funding Options tells us how

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

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What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?

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Business insurance everything you need to know

Every small business may need to be insured at some level. But which policies are must-haves, and which are optional? Edward Murray guides you through the maze