News

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

Water at Work Week

September 17-21 sees “Water at Work Week” to remind businesses that excessive water usage can hit their bottom line. The campaign urges UK small business to review their water usage and to play their part in making an estimated annual national saving of £507 million by taking some simple steps to ensure efficiency. Envirowise make the following recommendations for businesses to get involved: Ensure board-level go-ahead. Collect all company water data – bills, meter readings & flow rates Check your business premises for water leaks Check the source and discharge routes for all your business’s water processes Make a plan to target areas of high and unnecessary water usage. To assist in these simple steps to cut business costs, improve profits and lessen envi... »

Report on Competition in the UK

The UK is “mediocre” compared to other business nations… »

Cumbrian “Small Business Essentials” Seminar

SMEs in the North West of England may be interested in the "Small Business Essentials" Seminar… »

Unemployment Down, Wages Up

Unemployment Down, Wages Up

Figures say that unemployment is down and average wages have increased… »

Obituary: Anita Roddick

One of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs, Dame Anita Roddick, has died at the age of 64. She died at 6:30pm on Monday 10th September from a brain haemorrhage. Dame Roddick started The Body Shop from humble beginnings in 1976 as a single store near Brighton selling just 15 home-made products. Her entrepreneurial skills turned The Body Shop from a small business into a global brand and multinational success story, employing staff in more than 2,000 branches in over 50 countries. From it’s stock flotation in April 1984 at just 95p a share, The Body Shop grew to become an extremely successful business, eventually being bought in a takeover by French cosmetics company L’Oreal for £652.3 million in March 2006. For her achievements Anita Roddick received numerous awar... »

Small Business Bosses Still Unsure of Flexible Working

UK businesses are failing to offer flexible working and remote working options for their employees. According to a YouGov survey for Orange Business Services nearly three-quarters (71%) of workers said that their employers either did not offer flexible working options or even discouraged flexible working options if they were available. Breaking this figure down, 39% of workers said their employers offered no flexible working options whilst 32% stated their flexible working options were either discouraged or simply impractical. 56%, over half the number of workers questioned, stated they would like to work outside the office with the most popular out-of-office locations being coffee shops (26%) with the local library being the next desired flexible working location. Flexible working is part... »

Small Business Climate Change ideas

Small Business Climate Change ideas

Do you have big ideas to tackle climate change? »

Construction sector growth

Steady Growth in Construction Sector

The UK Construction sector has maintained steady growth in the year so far… »

Award for Business Excellence

The 2008 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are now looking for entries from UK Small Business. To be eligible your business needs to have two or more staff and be based in the UK. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are renowned for indicating significant achievement in business excellence but are also a valuable business tool, giving recognition, a sense of achievement, openings to potential new markets, new suppliers and new investors. Winning businesses add commercial value, gain free national press coverage and can continue using their award to promote their business for five years. The three categories for this year’s business Awards are: International Trade Innovation Sustainable Development You can find out more about these business categories at www.gov.uk/queens-awards... »

Millions Lost as Small Businesses Fail to Answer Phones

Millions Lost as Small Businesses Fail to Answer Phones

The mere act of failing to answer the telephone is costing UK companies millions of pounds in lost business… »

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