Our small business news section covers the latest reports, research, stories and updates on regulations that affect the UK’s small and medium enterprises.


Rates Cut to 5.25%

The Bank of England cuts interest rates to 5.25% »

acas - Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

Boost for Dispute Resolution

The Dispute Resolution system gets a much-needed £37 million pound boost. »

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, will deliver his first budget on March 12th

Budget 2008 Date Announced

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, will deliver his first budget on March 12th. »

Tax Return Reminder

Crash Extends Tax Deadline

"Technical Difficulties" crash the Tax website and delay self-assessment submissions. »

Self-Assessment Deadline – Hurry

The self-assessment deadline is 31st January 2008 – hurry or you’ll be fined. »

McQualification with your McJob?

Would you like a McQualification with your McJob?

Fast food chain McDonald’s will soon be offering qualifications to its employees. »

UK Business Least Green in Europe

British Business sees itself as the least environmental in Europe. According to the 17th Annual UPS Europe Business Monitor, heads of British business see the UK as the least environmentally friendly country in the whole of Europe. »

Finally, Darling, a Capital Gains Tax Decision

At last, Alistair Darling makes up his mind on Capital Gains Tax. »


The UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was up in Q4 of 2007. Data from the Office of National Statistics shows the UK economy grew by 0.6% in the last quarter of 2007 compared to economic growth of 0.7% in Q3. A drop in the growth of services was offset by an increase in production. Total production output remained at zero growth in Q3 but rose by 0.3% in the fourth quarter with mining, quarrying and utilities bolstering growth whereas manufacturing growth stayed flat. Service output fell due to weaker growth in business and financial services with retail also slowing markedly. Agriculture, communications, construction, distribution, hotels & restaurants, transport and storage services did see gains. Transport, storage and communications contributed the most to the economic growth... »

British Venture Capital Association Report

The Impact of Private Equity

The British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) launches a Report detailing the Impact of Private Equity on the UK Economy. »

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