small business britain

Small Business Britain – Election Manifestos

This week saw the launches of the three main UK political parties’ manifestos. But what did they reveal about plans to support small businesses? Firstly on Monday, there weren’t too many surprises from Labour. Some of the key measures from the manifesto included continuing the ‘Time to Pay’ scheme, doubling the Entrepreneurs Relief lifetime limit to £2 million, and creating a Social Investment Bank that will make additional capital available to social enterprises. Labour also revealed that they would seek to reduce the costs of regulation by more than £6 billion by 2015, and reiterated that they would be creating a Small Business Credit Adjudicator and raising National Insurance by one penny. Next, on Tuesday, the Conservative Party set out plans which i... »

Small Business Britain: Support British Entrepreneurs

Business owners ask Alistair Darling to use the budget as a platform to restore confidence in the UK economy. On 24th March the nation will be looking to Darling for strategies to reduce the £178bn fiscal deficit. Today, the members of Small Business Britain are calling for the Chancellor to take the needs of small businesses into immediate account. Recent research conducted by YouGov and commissioned by Intuit, the driving force behind Small Business Britain, found that over 45% of British small business owners want banks to offer better rates for their small business customers, 35% want interest cuts to be passed on in full and 40% believe that a reduction in employers’ national insurance contributions are essential. However, concern was expressed around whether Darling will ... »

Small Business Britain calls for Action

According to a new YouGov report commissioned by Intuit, Small Business Britain today faces a number of business challenges that offer both real opportunities and real threats to the success of its members. In response to the report, Intuit has launched its Small Business Charter, giving small businesses across Britain a channel through which to call on the government, elected bodies, banks and the wider business community to support their success and prosperity over the coming decade. The report spoke to 1,000 small business owners around the country. Results show that from cash flow to late payments, from supporting employees to specific tax policies, small business owners are in agreement over the support they need to prosper in 2010: 45% of all respondents feel that banks need to offer... »