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:
- London 2012: A golden opportunity for small businesses?: With the Beijing Olympics over, the world’s attention now turns to London. If Team GB repeats the success achieved in China, more sporting glory is guaranteed but what about small business owners looking to benefit from the Games? Dan Martin examines how SMEs can ensure they end up on the winners’ podium rather than out of the medals in 2012.
- DIY PR for small businesses – British Library – Weds 24th September: Small firms looking to bolster their PR effort during the downturn would benefit from the latest event at the London Business & IP Centre on 24th September.
- Prime Minister urged to adopt key small business measures: The Federation of Small Businesses, (FSB), today delivered a letter to Downing Street calling on the Prime Minister to introduce two measures as part of its economic revival package.
- Spotlight on small business at party conference: Thousands of politicians and delegates from the three main political parties will be implored to Keep Trade Local by the Federation of Small Businesses, (FSB), as the party conference season kicks off next week.
- Small businesses back restaurant tipping legislation: The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) warmly welcomes the Governments announcement that restaurants and bars will no longer be able to pay below the minimum wage and make up the difference using employees tips.
- Portsmouth South’s MP signs ‘Think Smallest First’ pledge: The Liberal Democrat MP for Portsmouth South, Mike Hancock, is backing a campaign to place small businesses at the heart of the Government’s decision-making process. Launched in June by the FPB, the campaign calls for politicians to sign a pledge in support of the smallest firms – those with fewer than 10 employees.
- Small firms could be punished following National Minimum Wage increase: The FPB is warning that small businesses face being prosecuted and fined thousands of pounds if they do not comply with an increase in the National Minimum Wage (NMW), which will take effect on 1 October 2008. Research carried out by Bibby Financial Services shows that 31% of the small businesses surveyed are unaware of the forthcoming change.
- FSB urges government to reduce red tape on training: Small businesses could face the heavy hand of regulation by the government if they are forced to undertake formal meetings with employees who request time off to train, the Federation of Small Businesses has warned.
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.