UK/Ireland Small Business News Round-up – 13/06/2008

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:

  • Big fall in start-ups as uncertainty takes hold: THE number of business start-ups in Scotland has fallen dramatically this year, prompting fears that economic instability is deterring budding entrepreneurs from launching companies.
  • Small businesses show resilience in face of credit crunch: Entrepreneurs and small business owners are proving resilient in the face of tough economic conditions, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The UK’s biggest business organisation, which represents over 215,000 small firms, said that its members are finding new ways to turn a profit, despite a shrinking credit market and record fuel costs.
  • SMEs Strike Gold With Olympics Contracts: Small businesses are getting the lions share of work from the London 2012 Olympics contracts, organisers have claimed.
  • Crime costs businesses €1.5bn annually: While the number of businesses targeted by criminals has fallen over the past year, crime is still costing firms €1.5 billion annually, according to a survey conducted for the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Isme).
  • Small businesses say no to a dull office: AN electronic dance mat sits in the centre of the office at youth fitness firm Shokk. The mat – on which employees are encouraged to practise their dance moves on a daily basis – is just one of the many unusual ways in which the company uses its office space to inspire its staff.
  • Quaker cobbler puts soul into sole: Clark family entrepreneur sets up business to raise money for orphans in South Africa.
  • Email marketing content “incredibly important”: The content included within marketing emails is a vital aspect of their success, a spokesman for the Internet Advertising Bureau has commented.
  • Firms Warned of accessibility legal threat: Businesses should be aware that they have a legal duty to ensure websites are accessible to those with disabilities, an expert has urged.

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

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