Business Regulation

SMEs leading export growth

SMEs are contributing to UK export growth with 63% now exporting.

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Rising costs biggest challenge for firms

Over a fifth of small businesses say rising costs will be their biggest challenge in 2017.

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Skill shortages affecting over half of London firms

Over two-fifths of small businesses face challenges recruiting the right staff.

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Firms and staff impacted by childcare costs

A third of businesses see childcare as a key factor in recruitment and staff retention, according to British Chambers of Commerce and Middlesex University.

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Banks to refer rejected businesses to alternative providers

Nearly three quarters of small businesses seeking finance only ask one lender, according to research by the Treasury.

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A fifth of working mothers denied flexible working

1 in 5 working mothers have been forced to leave their jobs due to lack of flexible working, according to Working Mums.

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Inclusive workplaces linked to productivity

Businesses need to take more action in making their workplaces inclusive to staff, according to the Confederation of Business Industry.

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RTI reporting challenging for micro-employers

Familiar with RTI reporting? A lack of understanding of how the process works is continuing to drive errors in reporting among micro-employers.

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Cost of national living wage affecting profits

The cost of the new national living wage continues to affect profitability for small businesses.

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SMEs writing off unpaid debts

82% of SMEs still have outstanding balances from their debtors, with the average owed estimated at £62,957.

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