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

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Skype Launches UK SME Package

Small Business News – 20th September 2007 VoIP provider Skype has packaged its popular telephony software into a bundle designed for UK SMEs. Skype’s Small Business Pack contains "Everything you need to get started on Skype" which includes: Skype Business Edition software featuring 10-way conference calling, call forwarding, a local SkypeIn number, video calling and instant messaging (IM) Business Control Panel for assigning call credit to up to 10 staff users. 10 Skype Pro subscriptions for free voicemail, discounts on SkypeIn, Skype hardware and Skype Extras software. A voucher for €50 of control panel credit. "Everything you need" however does not include telephony headsets, although the hardware discount from the Skype Pro subscription will prove us... »

IBM Release Lotus Symphony Free Office Software

IBM Release Free Office Software

Businesses keen to keep costs down might be interested to know that yesterday IBM launched a suite of free software tools… »


Small Business Rate Relief Scheme Deadline Looms

Business owners should be aware that the deadline for the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme (SBRR) is fast approaching… »

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? »

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