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Business Link: Checklist of April Regulation Changes

Small businesses can check how to comply with regulation changes coming in on 6 April, following the publication of an online guide by Business Link. Most laws that affect businesses are implemented on one of two common commencement dates (CCDs) — 6 April and 1 October. The April 2011 CCD will bring with it several reforms that small firms must comply with, and Business Link has published a summary. The changes will include: A lower rate of corporation tax — the main rate will fall from 28 to 27 per cent, and the small business rate from 21 to 20 per cent. Payment of corporation tax must be made electronically from 1 April 2011. Additional paternity leave and pay — eligible partners of those due to give birth or adopt on or after 3 April will gain the right to additional paternity leave an... »

Online Services for Farmers are Moving

Defra’s Whole Farm Approach (WFA) portal will move today to Business Link. Users of the WFA portal will be redirected to Business Link where they can log in with their existing access codes. Farmers and their agents can access ten transactions, which cover a range of farming-specific tools and services including RPA Online to manage Single Payment Scheme claims; CTS Online to make it easy to report cattle births, deaths and movements; and Entry Level Stewardship Scheme (ELS) Online to make ELS claims. Bringing them onto the Business Link website means that farmers can now find all the information they need to run their business from one online location. The online transactions have been developed by the farming industry with Defra and its agencies. Using the online transactions should redu... »

Business Link Launches Online Service for Farmers

Business Link has launched a new online resource to help farmers and growers understand farming regulations, and manage the daily challenges of running a successful farming business. is a dedicated new section on the Business Link website, which provides farmers with practical information and guidance to help them focus their planning, apply best practice and understand government requirements, whatever type of farm they have. The launch coincides with the National Farmers’ Union Annual Conference in Birmingham, from 23 to 24 February 2010. The new farming section brings 86 guides together on one website. They will be updated regularly to ensure that farmers can quickly and easily keep up to date with industry and regulation changes. This new information i... »

Business Link has had its day, says ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) today calls for an entirely new model of business support to replace the failed Business Link brokerage service, following Conservative claims that they will scrap it. Glenn Collins, Head of Advisory Services at ACCA UK, welcomed proposals to radically reform business support. Mr Collins said: “Tinkering around the edges will not save Business Link. The brokerage model of business support never worked in the first place, and Business Link never became an adviser of choice or the first port of call – despite being free and having the Government’s unqualified support.” Over the years, ACCA has been consistently critical of the way Business Link’s brokerage system works, and has noted in particular how poo... »

Post Offices Should Become Small Business Hubs

Post Offices Should Become Small Business Hubs

Struggling post offices around the UK should be transformed into small business hubs to safeguard their future, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which is urging the Government to support the move. Research from the FSB has found that 47 per cent of small firms use the Post Office at least twice a week, but that firms are not getting the local business support they would like to have. In the absence of business support in every community, FSB national chairman, John Wright, said that by becoming business hubs — through offering advice on banking, Government services and insurance, as well as access to dedicated Business Link advisers, Internet access and meeting room facilities for start-ups — the Post Office network would have a chance to become financiall... »

Can Your Business Weather The Storm?

Is your Business prepared to Weather the Storm?

Businesses across England are being urged to review their fitness to ride out the economic slowdown, by taking advantage of Business Link’s free–of–charge, interactive Business Health Check tool at If you identify and tackle any problems early, you will markedly increase the chances of your business surviving and being a success. The Health Check offers an impartial, objective assessment of business performance, identifying key strengths, spotting potential problems and highlighting business opportunities. This is available for any company, regardless of size or sector. Once completed, businesses have the additional opportunity to make an appointment with a Business Link adviser for help in reviewing and prioritising the recommended ac... »