UK/Ireland Small Business News Round-up – 17/10/2008

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:

  • WinWeb CEO To Speak At Business StartUp, London.: WinWeb’s Founder and CEO Stefan Töpfer will give four seminars during the Business Startup Show in Olympia, London on November 28th and 29th. He will be talking about how WinWeb’s OnlineOffice can not only help to plan and start your business, but to run your existing business more cost-effective and profitable.
  • New Business Start Up’s Grow: A survey carried out on behalf of BT andEnterprise Nation reports that the number of small businesses being started from home have soared in the last twelve months, with start ups in the period up by 16%.
  • Bail Out Banks To Support Small Business Lending: Gordon Brown has led the cavalry charge to help out Britain’s cash strapped banks, on behalf of the country and the tax payer of course, helping out high street banks Royal Bank Of Scotland, HBOS and LLoyds TSB to ease the financial crisis.
  • Shriti Vandera Takes On Small Business Role: The department headed by new Business Secretary Peter Mandelson has had some impact for small business owners already.
  • Tax and regulation overshadow credit restrictions for small business: Regulation, tax and spiralling fuel prices are the most significant barriers to developing a business, according to a survey carried out by the FPB
  • UK could emerge stronger from banks crisis, says Gordon Brown: PM says cash injection into Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB and HBOS essential because banks are lifeline for small businesses and home owners
  • Government should take stakes in small business, says Admiral chief: GOVERNMENT should extend its investment into the private sector beyond banks and into start-ups and small businesses, Admiral boss Henry Engelhardt said yesterday.
  • How small firms can survive recession : As Small Business Week 2008 continues with a series of events to highlight the importance of the sector to the UK economy, times are now looking pretty tough for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • Banks bail-out: small business may not benefit: Business owners were a key target of the Government’s rather expensive reassurance offensive yesterday. They were told that they will now be in a better position to trade their way out of the economic slump thanks to the public money being invested in banks.
  • Balti bail-out is no comfort food for small business: The situation is now an urgent one, not solely for the banks but for the corporate customers which depend on them.
    So now we know: the hidden cost to the British taxpayer of last week’s banking system rescue was a £245 curry from a takeaway in south London.

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

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