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Fuel Duty Rise will Slow Down Recovery for Small Firms

Fuel Duty Rise will Slow Down Recovery for Small Firms

The latest 2p increase in fuel duty will hit small firms hard, and is likely to impact on economic recovery, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned. The rise is the third increase in nine months, and brings the average price of petrol across the UK to around 105 pence a litre. Calling the fuel price increase an unwelcome overhead at “a very difficult time”, the FSB warned that it would set back business recovery for many firms. “High fuel prices cause difficulties in every part of the economy, but small businesses that are dependent on cars, those who travel to their customers, or whose business is in haulage or logistics, are hit particularly hard,” said John Wright, National Chairman Federation of Small Businesses. “Rises in fuel duty could have... »

Four in Ten Entrepreneurs Suffer Sleepless Nights

Four in Ten Entrepreneurs Suffer Sleepless Nights

Stressed out small-business owners are feeling the brunt of the recession, with four in ten suffering from sleepless nights, research has revealed. A survey of more than 500 small-business owners by Close Invoice Finance found that 44 per cent were having problems sleeping due to worries about the downturn. Seven in ten also said they were significantly more stressed than last year because of the tough economic climate. “It is no surprise that so many business owners are feeling the pressure,” said Close Invoice Finance chief executive, David Thomson. “We continue to discuss the economic crisis in macro terms, ignoring the strain that managing a business through a downturn places on your personal life.” Work Wise UK chief executive, Phil Flaxton, said that one reaso... »