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:
- Most small firms optimistic despite economic downturn: Almost two-thirds of small businesses in Ireland expect to grow rapidly over the next year, despite the economic downturn, according to a survey published today.
- FPB warns firms that new regulations are on the horizon: With a raft of new regulations just a week away, the FPB is helping smaller firms to understand how their businesses will be affected.
- How to Choose a Business Partner: Evaluate based on skills and personality, not emotional ties. Then define roles and formalize the agreement with the help of a lawyer
- BCC and Business Partnerships: Partnerships are at the core of the BCC services offering, providing Accredited Chamber members, and the wider business community, access to critical business expertise, advice and guidance.
- Bank Launches €500m fund to help SMEs: Bank of Scotland (Ireland) has launched a €500m fund aimed at helping small and medium sized companies which are looking to expand their operations in 2008.
- Experts demand delay to last minute sexual harassment rules: Two leading business websites have called for the delayed implementation of new sexual harassment rules, due to come into force on 6 April, after it was revealed that the regulations were only laid down in Parliament two weeks ago.
- FPB urges small businesses to follow the example of domestic customers and shop around for best utilities deals: The FPB is urging smaller businesses to follow the example of domestic energy customers and shop around for the best deals on gas and electricity prices.
- Banks tighten lending to small firms: Insolvency practitioners warned yesterday that banks were forcing entrepreneurs and family-run firms to take second mortgages on their homes and offer personal guarantees before agreeing to provide business loans.
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.