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:
- ‘Business’09 – Win £10,000′ Competition And Unleash It! Challenge Goes Live.: Winweb launches it’s long anticipated ‘Business’09 – Win £10,000‘ campaign for small business and pre-entrepreneurs. The launch coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week and Enterprise Week 2008. The finalists and winners will be announced during the same events next year.
- Small business demand tax cuts: As Alistair Darling puts the finishing touches to the Pre-Budget Report, small businesses are demanding he takes urgent action to ease their plight
- Redundancy: Small business owners rarely have large human resources departments to carry out the grim task of making staff redundant for them
- Small businesses need £1bn lifeline: Business chiefs today begged Chancellor Alistair Darling for a £1bn lifeline to stop hundreds of thousands of small firms going bust
- How is the crunch affecting SMEs abroad?: Decline in consumer confidence and rising costs means increased difficulties for UK SMEs. But how is the downturn affecting small business abroad?
- Government To Underwrite SME Loans: The Financial Times reports that chancellor Alistair Darling is set to introduce new measures aimed at helping small businesses secure finance during the economic downturn.
- Insurance Comparison Website Aimed At UK SMEs: The Caerphilly based commercial insurance broker, Moorhouse Group has expanded it’s online insurance comparison site to offer a full range of cover to the SME market.
- We’re all still waiting to see those lending promises honored: Alistair Darling’s promise that in return for handing over taxpayers’ cash he would force banks to get back to the levels of lending seen in 2007 always looked something of a pipedream. It still does, despite the Prime Minister insisting yesterday that proposals are in the pipeline to force banks to do more for small businesses, at least.
- Gordon Brown promises tax cuts to help families and business: Gordon Brown today promised tax cuts to boost growth in the economy as he sought to draw clear dividing lines between Labour and the Tories over tax and spending.
- Small Businesses urged to sign up as school governors: The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and national charity School Governors’ One Stop Shop (SGOSS) will today mark Enterprise Week by entering into a Memorandum of Understanding to encourage more small employers and their employees to become school governors.
- Government must cut tax and provide new funds for small firms in the Pre-Budget Report: The Government must announce a new £1 billion fund for small firms in the Pre-Budget Report, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said today.
- Mobiles for small businesses…: How many small businesses have found that it is beneficial to sign up to one of the business tariffs offered by the main operators as opposed to sticking to using your personal tariff? what advice…
- Small businesses face being burned by hazardous chemicals regulation: Small businesses which use harmful chemicals have just two weeks to meet the pre-registration deadline of an EU environmental regulation, or face being fined and sent to prison if they do not comply with it.
- Brown v Cameron: tax and business: Gordon Brown and David Cameron battle at prime minister’s questions over helping small businesses and tax rises.
- Brown steps up pressure on banks to increase small-business lending: The government is to place fresh obligations on banks to increase help for small businesses, it was announced yesterday.
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.