Prime Minister hints at end of Entrepreneurs’ Relief

It has been strongly hinted that Entrepreneurs’ Relief will be scrapped under the new Government following words from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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SMEs: Eight out of 10 struggle to access funding for growth

According to the latest research, 80 per cent of UK small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are struggling to access funding to grow their business.

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One in five workers looking to start a business in 2020

According to new research by accounting software provider FreeAgent, one in five (22 per cent) UK employees plan to become their own boss during 2020.

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IR35 – everything you need to know about the off-payroll working regulations

New changes are set to come into force in April 2019 that will affect individuals and contracts that provide personal services through an intermediary for medium-sized and large businesses.

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Small businesses “do not trust” Open Banking software

Open Banking legislation has done little to increase competition or reduce costs in the payments market, a major report has revealed.

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Calls for Government to do more to protect workers from underpayment

The Resolution Foundation is leading calls for the Government to improve the enforcement of the minimum wage after it emerged that only one in eight firms breaking the rules are being caught by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

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HMRC winding up petitions reach four year high

According to the latest official figures, the number of companies that were wound up last year following intervention from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) reached the highest level for four years.

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SME Health Check shows positive signs in the third-quarter of 2019

The latest small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) Health Check Index has shown recovery from the second quarter of 2019, with business confidence increasing.

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Government confirms business rates Retail Discount extension

High street businesses have been given a new lifeline after the business rates Retail Discount extension was reintroduced to Parliament this week.

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Small Business Saturday generates “almost £1 billion” for local firms

Almost £1 billion is expected to have been spent with small firms last week on Small Business Saturday.

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A quarter of SMEs fear they will go bust within five years

According to research from accounting software platform Xero, a quarter of small business owners believe their company will go bust within the next five years.

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Consumers set to spend £4.4 billion with small businesses this Christmas

According to the latest research, British consumers are set to spend £4.4 billion with small businesses this Christmas.

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Late payments are significantly affecting UK SMEs

According to MarketFinance Business Insights, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are experiencing greater delays in receiving payments, with the average length of time doubling from 12 days to 23 days over the past year.

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One in three small business owners “prioritise work-life balance”, study reveals

More than 33 per cent of entrepreneurs see “cutting down work hours” as a major priority, a new study has revealed.

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VAT receipts rise to record £133 billion

The amount of VAT collected in the last 12 months has risen to a record £133 billion, with a significant contribution from the retail and wholesale sectors.

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