Here is this week’s news round-up for home business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from the United Kingdom and Ireland:
- PM calls for end to “burden”of European regulation: Prime minister Gordon Brown has said less European regulation on small firms would help protect the growth of Europe’s business.
- The internet ‘mixed blessing’ for SME’s: Although the internet offers small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) vast opportunities, not all businesses are using it to its full advantage, says a report.
- Family businesses ‘more resilient than other SME’s: Economic uncertainty is less of a threat to family businesses than to other SMEs, according to a specialist family business lawyer.
- Fuel costs ‘put an unfair burden on SME’s‘: The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is asking the government not to go ahead with the increase in fuel duty planned for April 1st.
- Bank warns of economic risks: The Bank of England deputy governor warns of uncertain effects of the “largest ever peacetime liquidity crisis”.
- UK orders broadband review: The government will review the future of broadband amid calls that it should help firms pay for new infrastructure.
- Domain names ‘are running out’: Businesses gain “an online presence” through well-named websites but “many of the domain names have gone already”, according to a domain name website.
- SME’s ‘unaware’ of WEEE regulations: Many SMEs are still unaware of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) legislation a year after it was issued, claims new research.
- Small and thin – but the phone of the future must bend too: Circuitry can be wrapped and phones may also be able to sense their surroundings.
- Digiweb wins broadband licence: Broadband and web hosting provider Digiweb has won a national wireless broadband licence for UK and Northern Ireland, according to Britain’s broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.
- Banks to speed up cash transfers: Bank transfers over the phone or by the internet will soon take only one day to clear instead of three.
- Cameron promises tax cuts for businesses: David Cameron today aimed to present the Conservatives as the friends of business as he promised to cut taxes and regulation and put an end to ‘economic incompetence and reckless borrowing’
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.