UK/Ireland Small Business News Round-up – 2009/04/17

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:

  • uSwitch launches new service to compare business energy suppliers: Leading price comparison site,, has launched a new service aimed at helping the UK’s small businesses get a better deal on energy.
  • FSB criticises government policies on SME tax: The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has slammed the government’s taxation policy, saying that it harms small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK.
  • 36,000 businesses to fail this year: The number of UK businesses that are expected to fail in 2009 will increase to 36,000 (one in every 56 businesses), according to the latest Industry Watch report by accountants and business advisors, BDO Stoy Hayward LLP.
  • Dad’s the word for paternity rights: A large proportion of SMEs are sympathetic to fathers having their paternity rights extended. In a poll conducted by, 45 per cent of respondents said that an extension was only fair.
  • Business growth fund launched in south-west: Small businesses in the south-west can access a new £10 million fund to help them grow through the downturn.
  • VAT cut ‘is successful’: The government’s reduction in value-added tax (VAT) is proving to be successful, despite criticism, according to research from a leading thinktank
  • Recession is a good time to grow business: Growing numbers of small businesses are taking advantages of opportunities created by the recession to boost their business
  • Curbs on red tape mired inred tape: Plans to scrap a scheme aimed at curbing the growth of business regulation have been criticised by small business groups.
  • Graduates find hope in small firms: With the big graduate employers cutting recruitment this year, university leavers are expected to focus on the small business sector

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

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