Applying for a government grant
Reading Time • 2 mins With the banks still reluctant to lend, one possible alternative source of business finance is a government grant.
Reading Time • 2 mins Unemployment is rising to levels not seen in a decade as more and more firms shed staff. Some 600,000 jobs are predicted to go during the course of the next 12 months.
Winning new business when business is difficult to win
Reading Time • 2 mins A sharp downturn in the economy may not appear the most opportune time to push ahead with plans to attract new business.
Tough times, tight credit management
Reading Time • 3 mins Money, as the current state of the economy forcibly reminds us, is in short supply. Credit and profit margins alike are being squeezed.
Small firms see sharp rise in job losses
Reading Time • 2 mins Small and medium-sized businesses are axing jobs at a rate not seen for almost twenty years, the CBI has reported.
Increase in minimum redundancy pay
Reading Time • < 1 mins Employers are being reminded of increases to the amount of an employee’s weekly earnings that count towards statutory redundancy pay.
Regulations still ignoring adverse effects on businesses
Reading Time • < 1 mins A report has found that government departments are still putting together legislation that affects businesses without due consideration of the cost to firms.
Bonus rate accounts used to entice savers
Reading Time • 2 mins Banks and building societies are boosting the bonuses they offer people opening new savings accounts in an effort to recruit extra customers.
Review recommends action on small business regulation
Reading Time • 2 mins An independent review of the regulations affecting small businesses has made a number of recommendations aimed at helping firms comply with the law.
Tax return date looms large
Reading Time • 2 mins Taxpayers are being reminded that they must submit their self assessment returns online by 31 January.