Managing costs

Stamp prices to increase by nearly 40%

The cost of first and second class stamps is to rise after the regulator Ofcom granted Royal Mail greater freedom to set its own prices.

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Businesses encouraged to join Government’s prompt payment drive

The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) is launching a new initiative to promote wider cooperation between businesses and suppliers so that payments are received on time.

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Energy bills to be simplified

Energy bills look set to be simplified as the big energy suppliers recognise the confusion that their tariffs cause.

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Small firms must prepare now for winter weather

Small businesses are being urged to prepare now for winter weather, as the unseasonably mild conditions across the UK look set to end later this month.

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Late payments to small firms hit record highs

Small and medium-sized businesses are owed £33.6 billion in late payments - a record high - according to Bacs.

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Business confidence rises despite economic fears

Businesses remain confident of their prospects for the next six months, despite losing confidence in the global economy.

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Proposed employment laws will add to business costs

A range of new employment laws that are due to be introduced over the next few years could cost UK businesses as much as £22.87 billion, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has claimed.

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Insuring your business

Adequate insurance is fundamentally important for a business. And in many cases, it is actually a legal obligation.

What follows is a brief guide to the types of insurance a business must have and the types of insurance it might consider desirable.

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