Interest rates


Self-employed hit with interest rate hike on overdue tax bills

HMRC imposes 7.5% interest rate on overdue self-employed tax bills from Monday, July 31

Business management

Preparing for the interest rate rise as a small business

The Bank of England has finally raised rates to half a per cent, from 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent. Here, we look at the implications for small businesses.

Legal advice

How small businesses can prepare for a hike in interest rates

Rising interest rates are often a sign of economic change in a country, we take a look at how businesses can prepare for the hike.

Small Business Banking

Negative interest rates: Concern over charge for business deposits

Amid warnings from Natwest that businesses might have to pay to hold cash, we look at the implication of negative interest rates in the SME community.


The interest rate swap fiasco

Andrew Brown, partner at London and Cardiff-based law firm Capital Law, discusses the legal ramifications of the sale of controversial derivatives which has put thousands of small businesses at risk.

Small Business Banking

BCC: Bank of England must cut rates

The longer the Bank of England takes to cut rates, the worse the economic situation will be, according to the British Chambers of Commerce's (BCC's) quarterly economic forecast.


Interest rate cut – what does it mean?

The Bank of England has cut interest rates a quarter of a point to 5.5 per cent. This is the first rate cut since August but what does it mean for your business?


Small firms be aware – Bank of England rise in interest rates

With the news that the Bank of England may raise interest rates again by June, small firms need to be aware of the effect this may have on their business.

Small Business Banking

How interest rates affect your business

When it comes to the cost of borrowing, burgeoning UK ventures have rarely had it so good. Base interest rates are at historically low levels, having been on a downward trend since the late 1980s. But this could be about to change.

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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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Benefits of switching to the right business bank account

We've teamed up with the Current Account Switch Service to explain the benefits of switching your business bank account.

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Business Companion: a reliable voice in the misinformation age

Business Companion is a one-stop-shop for accurate and up-to-date legal guidance, whatever sector you’re in — and it’s all completely free