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 businesses ‘pledge support to small firms’: High-profile companies have signed up to a government initiative to ensure timely settlement of debts to smaller enterprises.
- SMEs support tax increases on the wealthy: Despite the media controversy surrounding the ten per cent increase for top earners, a large proportion of SMEs agree that the wealthiest should pay more.
- FPB: Big firms failing to pay on time: Small companies are being harmed by bigger businesses’ attitudes to prompt payments.
- Smart meters ‘will help firms’: Small businesses will benefit from greater control of their energy usage from government plans to introduce smart meters.
- 58% of small firms refused credit: More than half of small businesses have been refused credit by their banks in the last three months, according to research by representative agency Isme.
- More FTSE 100 companies sign up to Prompt from small business lobby group: The FPB is welcoming the commitment of an additional 19 FTSE 100 listed companies to sign up to the Government’s Prompt Payment Code following today’s meeting of business representatives and officials from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR).
- Local election candidates must put small businesses first, says FSB: The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging prospective councillors in the local elections to put small businesses ar the heart of their campaign and remember they play a vital role in fighting the recession.
- Government failing on small biz skills: The British Chamber of Commerce, which campaigns for small business, is complaining that the government is failing to keep its promises on funding for training and apprenticeship schemes.…
- SME sales on the up despite recession: One in 10 small businesses are enjoying a positive impact on sales in spite of the economic downturn.
- First National Enterprise Week launched: Ireland’s first National Enterprise Week began today with the aim of promoting indigenous entrepreneurship and raising awareness of the support available to small businesses.
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.