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Small Business News

News and solutions to help small businesses stay nimble, efficient and profitable
By Dan Wilson December 12, 2018 - 2:21 pm

British business groups criticise ongoing Brexit uncertainty

British business leaders at the Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the Institute of Directors (IoD) have condemned the ongoing uncertainty regarding the future of the Brexit deal as the Prime Minister Theresa May faces a vote of no confidence from Conservatives MPs on Wednesday night

The FedEx small business grant contest is open again in the UK

Shipping firm and courier FedEx is holding a competition for European small businesses with a grand prize of £20,000 up for grabs and and other rewards too. There is a runners up prize of £10,000 available. It's the third year of the FedEx Small Business

Starling bank is offering more SME services

The interesting operation Starling bank is increasingly looking to SMEs and bigger firms in its quest to grow. They already have products available for small businesses but it looks like they are expanding their offerings to them and are also seeking to increase their appeal

Employers need to be aware of new employee payslip rules

British employers are not far away from the introduction of new employee payslip regulations. Businesses are being reminded that there are just six months to go until new legislation comes into force that requires all workers to be provided with itemised payslips. From April 6,

What is Amazon Launchpad?

It has been announced this week that Amazon Spain will be launching Amazon Launchpad. If you can read Spanish, that news can be found here. And the new national addition to Launchpad is a good opportunity to explore what the programme is and how it can

UK government proposes new laws to help small business cashflow

New laws proposed by the UK government that should help small business get paid by bigger organisations in a timely fashion, are before Parliament this week for debate soon. One of the measures is specifically designed to prevent bigger firms abusing their stronger position. The

The UK economy grew 0.6% this summer

The UK gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.6% in the three months to July. The rolling three-month growth picked up from growth of 0.4% in the second quarter (Apr to June) 2018 The month-on-month UK economy growth rate was 0.3% in May 2018, 0.1%

Xero expands its API functionality

Popular accounting provider Xero has announced a new API functionality that will be useful to scores of marketplace merchants. Their new API will specifically connect more effectively with banks to offer real-time information and updates via the app. In the past, they say that banks haven't

UK government scraps tax cut for the self-employed

In the quiet days of August, the UK government has discreetly scrapped a little tax cut for self-employed people that would have been a benefit to many marketplace merchants. Class 2 National Insurance contributions will no not now be abolished during this Parliament as was

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