UK/Ireland small business news round-up – 16/05/2008

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:

  • City needs to make space for small firms: AROUND 40 units for small businesses need to be created in Edinburgh every year to keep up with demand, a new council-commissioned report has said. Of the units, which are for a range of new businesses with up to ten employees, at least 20 need to be built every year to replace old unsuitable premises. The study was carried out by commercial property firm Ryden after Edinburgh City Council comissioned it to find out the current levels of need for small business space.
  • SFA Welcomes CSO Small Business Report: SFA Welcomes publication of Small Business In Ireland 2008 Report. – Small Business at forefront of job and wealth creation. “Small businesses are both different and important. They are important because they create jobs. They are different because they are managed by people who take risks …
  • FPB helps to lift small businesses out of ‘fuel poverty’: Following news that small businesses in the UK are suffering from ‘fuel poverty’ because of spiraling energy prices, the FPB is advising members to take advantage of its partnership with Utility Options and seek out cheaper utilities deals.
  • FPB calls for better support for entrepreneurship to bridge the north-south divide: The FPB is calling for better support for small businesses in England, following a study revealing that, when it comes to entrepreneurship and job creation, there really is a north-south divide.
  • Shake-up of workers’ rights could backfire, warns FPB: The FPB is concerned that government proposals to overhaul UK workers’ rights could backfire, creating serious staffing problems for many small businesses. The FPB believes that small firms are likely to suffer because of a plan to extend the benefits enjoyed by full-time employees to temporary workers and another to encourage ‘flexible working’ by extending to employees who are parents with older children the right to request time off work.
  • Government should listen to small firms: Following a recent Government announcement that a new ‘tax forum’ is to be set up to tackle the problems of the UK’s tax system, a small business pressure group has claimeds that, once again, the Government is snubbing small businesses.
  • Adam Hart-Davis joins FSBs Keep Trade Local Campaign: The Federation of Small Businesses Keep Trade Local campaign today received the backing of the scientist, social historian and broadcaster Adam Hart-Davis.
  • Employment announcement could prove a nightmare for small firms: The Federation of Small Businesses today warned that the Prime Ministers announcement on the planned extension of the right to request flexible working together with new rules on agency workers could create an employment nightmare for small business owners.

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

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