Business planning

Streamlined system to challenge business rates announced

For businesses and councils lodging appeals on business rates, details of a new system for checking and challenging bills have been launched.

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Apprenticeship levy could lead to businesses abandoning training

Is your business prepared for the apprenticeship levy? The Confederation of British Industry has called for a 'radical rethink' ahead of its April 2017 introduction.

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Data breaching risk underestimated by SMEs

Government figures show that data breaching costs SMEs an average of £310,800, according to research by Experian UK.

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Business broadband review announced

A new review on business broadband has been launched to attempt to improve businesses access to broadband.

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Local authorities to extend Sunday trading hours

Amendments have been made to the Enterprise Bill allowing local authorities to extend Sunday opening hours.

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Majority of employers support National Living Wage

93% of employers are in support of the new National Living Wage, believing it will boost productivity and retain staff.

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Small businesses haven't grown since 2010

1 in 3 small businesses haven't grown in the last 5 years, according to research by Association of Accounting Technicians.

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Export growth drops

Export growth has fallen, a report by British Chambers of Commerce and DHL suggests.

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SMEs create new jobs

SMEs have created an additional 400,000 jobs this year, analysis by the Forum of Private Business shows.

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Auto-enrolment staging date unknown to many employers

Almost two thirds of small and micro employers don't know when they need to start complying with auto-enrolment, according to research by The Pensions Regulator.

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