Small Business: GREAT Ambition is a commitment to go-getting firms. It sets out how the government can make it easier for small businesses to grow as the country gets behind local traders for the upcoming Small Business Saturday.
FPB head of policy, Alexander Jackman said, "With fuel duty frozen, £1,000 rebate on business rates and a subsidy on employing young people, there are measures worth thousands to small businesses. Within a time of constrained budgets, it's good to see the chancellor has listened to the concerns of small businesses around rising costs."
In particular, changes to business rates have been widely received – after considerable lobbying by...
On February 2011, the Prime Minister and Minister for the Cabinet Office announced a series of measures to open up public procurement to greater participation by SMEs. One of the announcements made was the launch of the Mystery Shopper service. This service exists to provide a structured mechanism for suppliers of all shapes and sizes as well as others, such as trade organisations, to raise concerns, anonymously, about public procurement...
Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry, but that can be pretty miserable if you work alone! This Christmas, let Enterprising Women sprinkle some fairy dust, wiggle their noses and provide you with an alternative 'Office Party' where you can come and celebrate with other women who work for themselves. Simply a light-hearted, informal gathering to meet new people and share some festive joy!
Taking place at the Carnon Inn, Truro at...
Founder of Enterprise Nation, Emma Jones, said that the seed of the idea came from City AM editor, Allister Heath, who called for a "union of entrepreneurs" in a piece for the Daily Telegraph. Former senior policy adviser to Number 10, Rohan Silva, recently made the same point saying, "there should be a trade union for entrepreneurs."
According to business secretary, Vince Cable, the improvement suggests that the banks have "upped their game". The EFG is a demand-led scheme, which allows banks to lend to SMEs that would otherwise not receive credit. This is achieved by SMEs providing the banks with a government guarantee for 75% of the loan value.
Since May 2010, over 13,400 SMEs have been offered EFG loans with a total value of nearly £1.4 billion!
According to research by Experian, almost a third of SME directors have put their own homes at risk by using personal mortgages to fund their business, says Experian. In addition, 47% of them have said that they rely on high-interest personal credit cards for everyday business affairs!
Even personal bank accounts are also being frequently used, with 65% of SME directors admitting to have withdrawn funds directly from their own current...
Enterprising Women programmes hosted a packed schedule of events as part of this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, from 18th-24th November.
From 23rd of November to 23rd December join Roo's Beach at their second site at Alexander Road, Porth Beach, Newquay for an Christmas Market with a difference. With goods sourced from around the globe - stocking fillers, gifts, clothing, accessories and cosmetics - brands include Korres, Gentle Fawn, Chronicle Books, Beach Toes, and Sunny Life.
Expect late night openings, mulled wine and fresh fired pizzas.
HMRC Start-up Saturday webinar programme, between 10am and 5pm, is aimed at new and prospective businesses. The day has been set up as a chance for small businesses to promote themselves and generate trade. Business start-ups can take part in four free live tax webinars run by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) -
Self-Employment and HMRC – What you need to know
10am to 11am Saturday 7 December