Department for Business

Invisible Business: the characteristics of home businesses

Home Businesses overlooked by Support Agencies

Home–based businesses are often “invisible” to regulators and support agencies despite accounting for a third of small firms, a study published by the University of Strathclyde Business School has revealed. The report, Invisible Business: the characteristics of home–based businesses in the UK (672k PDF), claims that their low profile results in home–business owners not being informed of how enterprise policies, business regulations and tax laws will affect them. The report argues that businesses run from home are considered economically insignificant, even though the sector is expanding and home businesses are growing in scale. The research found that the majority employ staff and generate more than £50,000 per year. One in ten employs at least ten peopl... »

Page 2 of 212