More SMEs looking abroad for growth

A new report produced by a leading bank group has found that the number of businesses looking to expand internationally has doubled in the last year.

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HMRC establishes safeguards to new debt recovery powers

The treasury has relented to pressure from campaign groups to impose safeguards on its new debt recovery powers. 

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UK’s SME growth confidence hits record high

Forecasts of business confidence among the UK’s SMEs have hit a record high, according to new study launched by leading bank group.

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Final plea from retailers for rates relief

The skies are darkening for small businesses across the UK in anticipation of George Osborne’s Autumn statement next week, which will either make or break the aspirations of many business owners clinging to the hope of rate reform.   

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UK designated Europe’s most entrepreneurial country

The UK has acquired the title of Europe’s most entrepreneurial country.  It is the first time that the UK has laid hand to the accolade, after jumping five places globally to reach the fourth position worldwide.

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Auto-enrolment rules need simplifying, MPs told

Business leaders have told the most recent Work and Pensions Select Committee meeting that auto-enrolment is going well, but it has been hindered by too much paperwork.

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Manufacturing growth pushes on despite gloomy global outlook

The output of manufacturing SMEs grew during the three months to December, despite the recent doom and gloom concerning the global economy. 

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SME owners’ extra hours fuel £22bn economy boost

Small business owners working overtime contribute up to £22bn a year to the UK’s economy, according to a new study.

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More businesses launched in the UK’s poorest areas

The number of new businesses being launched in the UK’s poorest areas has surpassed the national average, according to new research. 

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Business rates outpace council tax and fuel duty rises

Estimates by the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) have shown that the amount generated through business rates will surpass tax and fuel duty in the 2015/2016 year. 

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