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Identity Fraud Increases By 66%

Mary Thomas - Thursday 29.05.08, 13:07pm

Experian have delivered a report into the ever growing crime of Identity Fraud in the UK, saying that more than 6,000 sought help from their victims of fraud team in 2007 , an increase from 3,500 in 2006.
It reports that London is the UK’s ID Fraud capital, where residents are twice as likely to become [...]

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Tags: Small Business · UK Economy

SME Lorry Drivers Head For London Fuel Duty Protest

Mary Thomas - Tuesday 27.05.08, 15:03pm

Hundreds of lorry drivers, many self employed or small business owners, have descended on London’s Marble Arch today, for a rally to protest at rising fuel costs that are driving many out of business.
In conjunction with Transaction 2007, the protesters intend delivering a petition to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, calling for the introduction of an [...]

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Tags: Europe · Small Business · UK Economy

Chancellor Tops SME Poll For Excessive Red Tape

Mary Thomas - Monday 26.05.08, 10:46am

It is often said that people have a short memory when it comes to politics, and so it should be no surprise that chancellor Alistair Darling should top a poll as the person most UK entrepreneurs hold responsible for excessive red tape and bureaucracy.
The survey by software firm Kashflow, showed 40% of small business owners [...]

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New Dell Computer Range Aimed At SMEs

Mary Thomas - Wednesday 21.05.08, 15:55pm

Computer giant Dell is aiming its latest Vostro range of Notebook computers firmly at SMEs and start up businesses.
The Vostro range is available, as Henry Ford would say, in any colour as long as it’s black, and will dispense with some of the graphic processors that enhance games and simulations, to focus more on security [...]

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Tags: Home-based Business · Small Business

Agency Workers Agreement Not Good For SMEs

Mary Thomas - Tuesday 20.05.08, 14:50pm

A deal has been reached between the government and employers, that gives agency workers the same rights as full time employee’s, after 12 weeks.
While business secretary John Hutton sees the agreement as “the right deal for Britain”, small business owners are concerned over what they see as an already expensive option to hiring full time [...]

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SME’s Neglecting Suitable Insurance Cover

Mary Thomas - Monday 19.05.08, 15:34pm

A survey of SME’s commissioned by Insuranz.com finds that many business owners are not aware what their insurance policies cover, with three in ten of new businesses admitting to having no cover at all.
It seems the small business owner considers the insurance question as problematical, being time consuming and complex.
The report also finds that as [...]

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Tags: Small Business

Government Business Support Reform Needed

Mary Thomas - Wednesday 14.05.08, 13:54pm

Doug Richard, former Dragons Den panellist and current head of the Conservative Party Small Business Task Force has called for drastic reforms of the Governments Business support regime.
The report found the current support system is ‘over complex, ineffective and undirected.’
Two thousand public bodies are currently spending £2.5billion on running three thousand support schemes, with Richard claiming [...]

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Stagecoach Keeping Green With Latest Transport Project

Mary Thomas - Tuesday 13.05.08, 12:15pm

Bus operator Stagecoach have revealed that eight buses on their fleet have been running on 100% biodiesel, manufactured from used cooking oil and other food industry by-products in an experiment, the first of it’s kind, started in October last year.
The project has cut CO2 emissions by 80% saving 550t of carbon.
The move is backed by the [...]

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Tags: Environment · Small Business · UK Economy

Croydon Councillors Protest At NCP Increases.

Mary Thomas - Monday 12.05.08, 12:19pm

Council leaders in Croydon are demanding a meeting with NCP bosses to protest at the 15% increase in car parking charges in the city.
The borough council had decided to freeze its own car parking charges and hoped that NCP would do the same. Councillor Phil Thomas, Croydon’s cabinet member for environment and highways is concerned [...]

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Tags: FSB · Small Business · UK Economy

Adam Hart-Davis & FSB Campaign ‘To Keep Trade Local’

Mary Thomas - Thursday 08.05.08, 13:01pm

 Adam Hart-Davis is today launching a campaign with the Federation Of Small Businesses (FSB) to “Keep Trade Local” in a bid to save the local High Street from extinction.
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