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VAT increase could be ‘detrimental’

Sarah Bean - Friday 30.07.16, 12:42pm

As many as one in three firms are worried that the planned increase in VAT could have an adverse effect on their business, a new survey has claimed.
A study of the reaction of 500 businesses to measures introduced in the emergency Budget, carried out by YouGov research, found that 30 per cent of respondents believe [...]

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Tags: FSB · SME · Small Business · UK Economy

UK manufacturers see strong output but growth is slowing

Sarah Bean - Wednesday 28.07.16, 12:45pm

The manufacturing sector saw output rise at the fastest rate in 15 years in the three months to July, as demand for UK-made goods continued to strengthen and firms rebuilt their stocks, the CBI said today. But the UK’s leading business group said that the pace of manufacturing growth is expected to be slower in [...]

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Tags: Business Growth · CBI · Europe · SME · Small Business · UK Economy · recession

UK economy shows quarterly surge in growth

Sarah Bean - Sunday 25.07.16, 15:41pm

The UK economy expanded at twice the forecast rate during the second quarter of the year.
The Office for National Statistics reported that GDP rose by 1.1 per cent in the period from April to June. Predicted growth had been for around the 0.6 per cent mark.
The rate of growth was four times higher than for [...]

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Postal services must improve says FSB

Sarah Bean - Thursday 22.07.16, 15:39pm

A small business group has expressed concern over the unacceptable services provided by the Royal Mail.
The Federation of Small Business (FSB) says that the Royal Mail needs to improve its services if it wants to hold onto its customers.
A report by the FSB, uncovered that the Royal Mail is letting down small firms in the [...]

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Small businesses welcome flexible working legislation

Sarah Bean - Friday 16.07.16, 15:37pm

Many small businesses welcome Government plans to introduce legislation that requires them to offer flexible working to all its employees, according to new research.
Hays recruitment carried out a survey among 420 employers, which found that 55% small businesses approve of the plans and 70% expect an increase in requests for flexible working and nearly 40% [...]

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Cuts to Contracts

Sarah Bean - Monday 05.07.16, 13:59pm

It is not just SMEs that have been suffering through government cutbacks. It has recently been widely reported in the press that the top 20 suppliers to the government are to be summoned to a meeting this week to negotiate cuts of billions of pounds to their contracts.  Which will come as no surprise to [...]

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Tags: SME · Small Business · UK Economy