January

Growth Deals to be expanded

Contractors , limited companies and sole traders could potentially benefit from heightened investment from the government into local economies. The government ...

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FSB calls for energy price cuts for small businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is questioning why business customers have been left out of reduced energy tariffs. Recently, the so-called 'big ...

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Anti-EU rhetoric harms SME export prospects

Limited companies , sole traders and contractors who trade abroad may find that trying to build business relationships in Europe could prove to be somewhat of ...

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One in four small businesses 'lack growth strategy'

When setting up a business or limited company , it pays to have a good business plan in place. However, some fail to do this. New research from Barclays shows ...

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IT and engineering contractor demand keeps rising

Demand for highly-skilled IT and engineering contractors is continuing to rise as the talent shortage bites. This is according to the Recruitment and ...

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Self employed professionals are the happiest

Those who are considering becoming a contractor or setting up a business may find that their happiness levels benefit from this. New research shows that self ...

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RBS and peer-to-business lenders partner for SMEs

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and two UK financial technology start ups, Funding Circle and Assetz Capital, have partnered to provide different sources of ...

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SME growth was strong in 2014

Contractors , limited companies and sole traders may have noticed better performance during 2014. Indeed, new research shows that 2014 was the strongest year ...

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Freelancers 'cautiously optimistic' about 2015

Contractors , limited companies and sole traders appear to be optimistic but a little cautious about the year ahead. This is according to a survey conducted by ...

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Entrepreneurs' relief could be reformed

There are concerns that entrepreneurs' tax relief could face reform during the next government, with elections due to be held in May. This follows on from ...

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Contractors face huge court fee rise

Contractors , limited companies and sole traders wishing to take a dispute with a client to court could see a significant hike in fees. For claims that are ...

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25,000 businesses take up start-up loan scheme

A total of 25,000 business loans have been approved under the government's Start Up Loan scheme. This scheme is open to entrepreneurs who are setting up a ...

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IPSE supports calls to end late payment

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) is supporting calls from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Institute ...

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Self employment continues to rise

The number of people who are becoming their own boss, whether that's by becoming a limited company , a contractor , a sole trader or taking up some other ...

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FSB assembles MPs to tackle supply chain bullying

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) recently brought together a cross-party group of MPs to deal with the issue of poor payment practices in the UK. This ...

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Views sought for Budget 2015

The government is asking people to send in their views on the things they would like to see included in this year's Budget. This is an opportunity for l ...

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