UK/Ireland small Business News Round-up – 11/04/2008

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:

  • No regulation without consultation, entrepreneurs demand: More than 500 small business owners have signed a petition calling for the government to consult with businesses before introducing new regulations.
  • Xerox UK and Document Express: Supporting the small to medium business community through a range of added value services, consultancy and cost effective solutions.
  • FPB warns that removing ‘green’ fuel tax incentive will further alienate small firms: The FPB is questioning the Government’s commitment to helping small firms switch to environmentally friendly fuels, following an announcement in the 2008 Budget that it is to remove a tax incentive for investing in ‘green’ biofuels.
  • Group Petitions Delay in New Sexual Harrassment Law: >A Lobby group working on behalf of SMEs, has urged small business owners to sign a petitionon the Downing Street website, to delay the implementation of the new sexual harassment laws, laid down by Parliament three weeks ago. The changes will come into force today.
  • Late Payment, Headache For SMEs: A Survey carried out by Barclays in Wales found that 48% of Welsh SMEs experience problems with late payment. This isn’t really news to small business owners across the UK and I think it is fair to say that Barclays would find a similar result in any part of the country.
  • FPB calls for commitment to tackling the issues faced by small firms: With new research showing that just 9% of politicians have more than 10 years of business experience, the FPB is calling for those who make the laws in the UK and Europe to better educate themselves about the issues facing smaller firms. This need is made more pressing following the release of figures from business data provider Equifax, which show that the number of firms going out of business across all sectors and regions increased in the first quarter of 2008.
  • Car dealers are heading for a crash, report warns: Small and medium-sized dealerships – those with sales of less than £100m – are most at risk

As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.

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