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Will there be a mass migration of foreign talent or will such employees still be able to feather their nests in the UK? The plight of foreign workers and whether they will be in a position to remain in the UK post Brexit, or whether they will be forced to leave, is amongst the most topical discussions concerning Brexit.
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2016 hasn’t been the best year for British business. From the sale of Tata Steel to the closing of BHS and then of course the mounting uncertainty that the Brexit result has provided, there has been very little good news for those working in a lot of British industries.
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Good news for small business owners as global research from LinkedIn finds that SMEs are leading the way on keeping their staff happy, with the UK’s small businesses currently enjoy the country’s highest levels of job satisfaction.
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In a poll of more than 500 freelancers and small business owners carried out by accounting software firm FreeAgent, nearly a third of self-employed people say they work more than 48 hours per week on their business, and 6% admit to spending more than 64 hours each week working.
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New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) suggests 52% of small firms have been stung by unfair contract terms with suppliers, costing nearly £4 billion in the last three years.
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On Friday morning small business owners woke up to find out that Britain has voted to leave the EU. Businesses have been divided during the referendum and for many it was a campaign full of unanswered questions, but now the results are in small business owners want to know exactly what it means for them.
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The issue of late payments to SMEs continues to be controversial. The UK government is quick to point out that it led the way in late payment legislation, yet many critics (and business owners) feel that the law is not robust enough to help them.
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Small businesses that have been turned down for finance elsewhere and are desperate for loans are at the mercy of dozens of untrustworthy new lenders charging as much as 5 per cent interest per month, and there are no rules in place to protect them from being swindled.
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In light of new proposals from The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA), small businesses should find it easier to compare bank accounts to find the best service and price.
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SMEs are backing the Remain campaign, new data from Close Brothers reveals, but only by a small minority and with many firms still undecided. The research suggests that with just weeks remaining until Britons vote on continued membership of the EU, campaigners for and against Brexit still have much to play for.
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Skills shortages have been a major concern for British business for many years now, and recent research by PeoplePerHour (PPH) has revealed that the problem has reached its peak, with almost two thirds of SMEs admitting that in the last three years they’ve abandoned the search for permanent staff members and have instead turned to freelance and remote workers.
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After last year’s event saw £623m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday, an increase of £119m or 24 per cent on the previous year, the nationwide event to support, inspire and promote small businesses is back for another year.
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According to new research by the CBI and international technology and consulting firm, IBM, a digital divide is opening up across the British Economy. Just over half of “pioneer” firms are adopting digital technologies, while the other half are falling behind.
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Yesterday’s announcement by the Electoral Commission saw ‘Vote Leave’ and ‘Britain Stronger in Europe’ designated as the two official LEAVE and REMAIN EU referendum campaign groups.
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From April 2017, 600,000 small firms will not have to pay business rates, while some 250,000 will pay less in business rates. Osborne said that the 600,000 small businesses relieved of paying business rates from next April would see an annual saving of nearly £6,000.

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The Autumn Statement has become more of a ‘mini Budget’ in recent years, and this year’s event didn’t disappoint in terms of theatre. Here we look at the announcements which affect small businesses.
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From April 2016, dividends will be subject to a far more punitive tax regime. Now you have the chance to sign an online petition urging the Government to reconsider the new rules.
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The Chancellor delivered an ambitious Budget today, announcing tax changes which will impact almost all small business owners and entrepreneurs. Here, we look at the main points.
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On Wednesday, George Osborne will deliver his ‘Summer Budget’. We look at how small business owners in particular may be affected.
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An interesting new study has found that you are far more likely to survive your first year in business if you start up in the UK.
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