Alex Ferguson's off, and I pity his replacementLondon, UK (08/05/2013)
LONDON (Management Today) So as Suralan takes to the stage for his annual appearance in TV's most enduring soap operatic farce, Suralex makes his final exit. I know which one I have the more respect for.
Paul Walsh quits Diageo after 13 years at the stillLondon, UK (07/05/2013)
LONDON (Management Today) Walsh, the veteran of MT's Most Admired Companies, who has led the Smirnoff, Guinness, and Johnnie Walker maker since 2000, is to be replaced by COO Ivan Menezes.
Osborne gets a break as borrowing dips by an iotaLondon, UK (23/04/2013)
LONDON (Management Today) The increasingly heavy pressure on the chancellor to deliver some results has reduced slightly today after ONS figures showed that borrowing fell by £300m.
Barclays big shot Rich Ricci throws in the towelLondon, UK (18/04/2013)
LONDON (Management Today) The greatest living example of nominative determinism, Rich Ricci, has resigned as Barclays' head of corporate and investment banking.
Music plays on for HMV with Hilco rescueLondon, UK (05/04/2013)
LONDON (Management Today) White knight Hilco has thrown HMV across its proverbial stallion and is riding off into the sunset, saving 2,500 jobs.
Honey, the UK economy definitely shrank at end of 2012London, UK (27/03/2013)
LONDON (Management Today) During the last three months of 2012, exports fell, business investment dwindled, and consumers were squeezed until their lips went blue. The ONS has now confirmed that this brought about a 0.3% contraction in UK GDP
Just in time: Cyprus bags last minute banking bailoutLondon, UK (25/03/2013)
LONDON (Management Today) Cyprus has escaped total economic meltdown by the skin of its teeth - or has it? - after eurozone finance ministers agreed terms for a €10bn bailout for its ailing banks.
Treasury tax bonanza! Government records surplus of £11.4bn in JanuaryLondon, UK (21/02/2013)
LONDON (Management Today) Income tax and VAT revenues have boosted government coffers, taking the surplus in January this year to £11.4bn.
UK borrowing to overshoot by £64bn in 2015London, UK (08/02/2013)
LONDON (Management Today) If you were still under any illusions that the government was somehow managing to reduce the deficit at the rate it promised, the IFS says, think again.
In or out? Business does EU Hokey-CokeyLondon, UK (24/01/2013)
LONDON (Management Today) The business community can be fickle: David Cameron's pledge yesterday to have an 'in/out' referendum on the UK's EU membership has met mixed reviews.
World Bank on growth: It's worse than we thoughtLondon, UK (16/01/2013)
LONDON (Management Today) The World Bank has cut its forecast for global growth in 2013, blaming stilted economic recovery in developed countries.
'Kiss your £66bn goodbye, taxpayers,' say MPsLondon, UK (16/11/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) Government may never recover the cash it spent bailing out RBS and Lloyds, a new report warns.
Olympic effect falters, BoE lowers growth forecast, Europe strikesLondon, UK (14/11/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) Another hectic, doom-and-gloom type of day for the UK and Europe, as jobseeker's allowance numbers rise, the Bank of England predicts slower growth next year and eurozone countries protest austerity cuts again.
Inflation spikes 2.7% in OctoberLondon, UK (13/11/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) Sky-high tuition fees and rising energy prices have caused the Consumer Price Index to surge, according to the ONS, making the cost of living a whole lot costlier.
Google, Starbucks, Amazon to face MPs over corporation taxLondon, UK (12/11/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) Companies criticised for paying minimal corporation tax in the UK, such as Starbucks and Google, face a hearing before a parliamentary select committee.
Fresh approach to Business Records ChecksLondon, UK (08/11/2012)
HMRC will start targeting business across the country this month as they roll out a new fresh approach to Business Records Checks.
Heseltine calls for more action to stimulate growthLondon, UK (31/10/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) Former Tory deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine has called on the government to come up with a better growth strategy in his new report.
Facebook's Joanna Shields heads to Tech CityLondon, UK (22/10/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) In a major coup for No. 10, Joanna Shields, head of Facebook Europe, has been appointed boss of Tech City, charged with delivering the government's Silicon Valley for London pledge.
'QE not enough' says Turner in bid for BoE top jobLondon, UK (12/10/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) Current chair of the FSA Lord Turner reckons that radical new economic policies are required to avoid a 'no growth' lost decade in the UK.
Two G4S directors axed, but Buckles survives Olympic reviewLondon, UK (28/09/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) Two senior staff at private security firm G4S are leaving in the aftermath of the firm's fiasco, but CEO Nick Buckles isn't one of them.
Deficit is biggest ever, but King reckons recovery is imminentLondon, UK (21/09/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) The governor of the Bank of England says we are on our way to recovery and is relaxed about government borrowing. Meanwhile, the deficit has reached its highest-ever level.
BP sued by 'hoodwinked' funds over Gulf of Mexico spillLondon, UK (04/09/2012)
LONDON (Management Today)Six investors are suing the oil giant for tens of millions, claiming that BP misled them over the Gulf of Mexico disaster.
More heat than light in Cameron's growth plan?London, UK (03/09/2012)
London (Management Today) It's back to work Monday, and PM David Cameron and his cabinet chums are revealing - ta-daa - their grand plan to boost the economy.
UK recession not as bad as feared, says ONSLondon, UK (24/08/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) It looks like the nay-sayers were wrong, as revised estimates from the ONS show that GDP contraction in Q2 was less than we originally thought.
Public borrowing rises in JulyLondon, UK (21/08/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) Disappointing corporate tax receipts and a stagnating economy forced up public borrowing to £0.6bn last month.
Recruitment tips from Pret a MangerLondon, UK (20/08/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) UK employers could learn a lot from the Pret A Manger, reckons 'HR Headmistress' Kate Russell (pictured). Here's how the sandwich chain perfected the idea of 'organisational fit'.
Government considers tax-free 'mini jobs'London, UK (20/08/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) Tory MPs are championing a system that will allow people to take certain jobs without paying national insurance or tax on their earnings.
Taxpayers still vulnerable to bank failuresLondon, UK (17/08/2012)
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StanChart faces huge fine as Barclays chairman ponders current account feesLondon, UK (14/08/2012)
LONDON (Management Today)Standard Chartered is attempting to reach a settlement ahead of a Wednesday hearing with New York regulators, David Walker says Barclays may charge for current accounts, and Coutts gets even more exclusive.
Bank of England slashes growth forecast to zeroLondon, UK (08/08/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) Surprise, surprise, Mervyn King and chums have decided to downgrade their 2012 growth forecast from 0.8% to a piddly zero.
The top ten mistakes made by SMEsLondon, UK (06/08/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) Learn from the false moves of your forebears. Chartered accountant Michael Davis lists the top mistakes made by small firms, and explains how to prevent them from sinking your business too.
HSBC profits hit $12.7bnLondon, UK (31/07/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) But should HSBC Seen to be making such gargantuan profits while allegations of money-laundering and PPI mis-selling abound?
The Banking Saga: HSBC, Del Missier and Mervyn King squirmLondon, UK (17/07/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) As authorities on both sides of the Pond intensify their scrutiny, and holes start to appear in the testimony of management figures, the plotting and intrigue starts to reveal itself.
Eurozone service sector shrinks, againLondon, UK (05/07/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) The latest PMI data piles on more euro woe - services and manufacturing output shrank for the fifth month in a row in June.
UK sinks back into recessionLondon, UK (25/04/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) GDP shrunk 0.2% over the first quarter of 2012. The dreaded double dip is here, says the ONS.
Bank of England's Paul Tucker warns on inflation rateLondon, UK (18/04/2012)
LONDON (BBC News) Inflation may stay above 3% during the rest of this year, according to Paul Tucker, a deputy governor of the Bank of England.
UK economy sprouting, says BCCLondon, UK (04/04/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) Economic growth for the first quarter of 2012 will be about 0.3% reckons the British Chambers of Commerce. An improvement, yes, but frustratingly slight.
George Osborne cuts 50p top tax rateLondon, UK (23/03/2012)
George Osborne is cutting the tax rate for earnings over £150,000, saying in his Budget it raised "next to nothing".
'Scrap the 50p tax rate' say 500 UK entrepreneursLondon, UK (01/03/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) A consortium of business leaders has demanded an end to the 'populist' tax, claiming that it both reduces government income and damages the economy.
Europe okays micro company accounts reformLondon, UK (22/02/2012)
LONDON (accounting web) The European Union’s financial and economic affairs council agreed a new directive on Tuesday 21 February that allows member states to exempt very small companies from mainstream accounting and financial reporting obligations.
Small businesses struggle under debt mountainLondon, UK (21/02/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) More than half of SMEs are failing to collect on outstanding invoices, a new survey suggests. The result? Cashflow crises galore.
Taxman postpones Business Record ChecksLondon, UK (06/02/2012)
LONDON (AccountacyAge) THE TAXMAN has postponed any further record checks of small businesses, as it looks to introduce a more targeted approach in the future.
Self Assessment deadline extendedLondon, UK (30/01/2012)
HMRC have effectively extendend the Self Assessment deadline until Thursday 2 February.
Bank of England holds interest rates steadyLondon, UK (16/01/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) After another nail-biting session, the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee is sticking to its guns on the record low 0.5% rate.
Christmas wasn't that bad, admits BRCLondon, UK (10/01/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) Retailers say all that doom and gloom before Christmas may have been over the top. Hence, presumably, Marks & Spencer's optimistic results.
Welcome to 2012 - The Euro crisis is backLondon, UK (05/01/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) After a seasonal lull the Eurozone returns with a vengeance - French bond yields are up, Italian bank Unicredit's shares are tumbling and Hungary faces a currency crisis.
AIM recovery off targetLondon, UK (04/01/2012)
LONDON (Management Today) More companies are leaving the AIM than are listing, according to new research. Bad news for the ailing junior market.
Merkozy's 'crunch lunch' to decide fate of euroLondon, UK (05/12/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French Prime Minister Nicolas Serkozy are thrashing out a eurozone deal over steak frites as we speak.
George Osborne's Autumn Statement: What you need to knowLondon, UK (30/11/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) Infrastructure investment. More credit easing. Capped public sector wages. Scrapped fuel duty rises. Most we knew already, some we didn't. Here's the MT round-up.
David Cameron LIVE: 'We need to deal with debts and go for growth'London, UK (23/11/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) Speaking at today's CBI Annual Conference, Prime Minister David Cameron laid out a strategy for growth.
RBS to increase loans to small businessesLondon, UK (07/11/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) Royal Bank of Scotland has pledged to increase loans to SMEs by 15%. Is this just more lip service to boost business banking? Or has this leopard really changed its spots?
SMEs owed £33.6bn in late paymentsLondon, UK (03/11/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) New research by payment company Bacs shows that SMEs are owed an average of £39,000 each, up 10% on last year, the highest since records began in 2007.
Britain's SMEs in 'credit lottery'London, UK (26/10/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) A new investigation by accounting firm Shelley Stock Hutter into credit rating agencies confirms small business owners' worst fears: it's a lucky dip.
Three alternative ways to fund your start-upLondon, UK (26/10/2011)
LONDON (Start Ups) With UK start-ups still struggling to access bank finance, there's a new wave of entrepreneurial firms vying to fill the void. We spoke to three new players on the business funding scene to find out what they can offer young companies
Will Shawbrook Bank save Britain's SMEs?London, UK (18/10/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) A new bank has been created entirely for the purpose of lending to small businesses. Although it could be too good to be true...
Inflation hits 19-year highLondon, UK (18/10/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) Consumer Price Inflation has breezed past expectations, hitting 5.2%. Although there are suggestions it has peaked.
New British SME lender Shawbrook Bank challenges Lloyds and BarclaysLondon, UK (17/10/2011)
LONDON (SMEweb) Shawbrook joins the likes of Aldermore and Metro Bank as a new bank in the UK.
Red tape to be trimmed - againLondon, UK (12/10/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) The government promising to slash red tape? If MT had £100 for every time it's heard that before, the country's deficit might look a little smaller
More doom and gloom as BCC cuts growth forecastLondon, UK (11/10/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) It's Tuesday, so it must be time for a good dose of misery. Hence the BCC's daring use of the 'r' word in its rather maudlin survey.
100,000 small businesses get audit exemptionLondon, UK (07/10/2011)
LONDON (management Today) BIS has launched a consultation into regulations which could save businesses £206m a year. Who said the Government was all about red tape?
British enterprise beaming?London, UK (07/10/2011)
LONODN (Management Today) 57% of the UK's entrepreneurial businesses met or beat their target for revenue growth last year. Could things be looking up?
Quantitative Easing is back, and £75bn betterLondon, UK (06/10/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) The Bank of England has finally taken the plunge and decided to introduce another round of quantitative easing. Will it be enough?
Cameron's credit crunch as UK growth dropsLondon, UK (05/10/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) The bad news is that growth between April and July was 0.1%. The worse news is that the PM wants us all to help by paying off our debts. Easier said than done...
Doom and gloom from IMF as it cuts forecastsLondon, UK (21/09/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) The UK has a 17% chance of slipping back into recession, according to the eggheads at the IMF. The answer, apparently, lies in switching back on those printing presses.
SMEs lack credit awarenessLondon, UK (20/09/2011)
LONDON (Small Business) Small businesses show a worrying lack of credit awareness, research finds.
Inflation in rise shocker as markets rumbleLondon, UK (13/09/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) Inflation has gone up to 4.5% - no surprise there, although it didn't do many favours for the markets.
Small businesses overcharged by 70% by suppliersLondon, UK (13/09/2011)
LONDON (My Business) Britain's small businesses are being short-changed by suppliers – with some overcharged by as much as 70%.
Interest rates still boring at 0.5%London, UK (12/09/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) The Bank of England has held rates for the 18th month in a row - surprise, surprise. And economists say it's going to stay the same for a while to come.
More time, Vickers? Banks given eight years to reformLondon, UK (12/09/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) The Independent Commission on Banking says banks must ring-fence their investment and retail operations by 2019. Which might not be soon enough...
Make the 50p tax rate less taxing, say economistsLondon, UK (08/09/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) 20 economists have written a letter to George Osborne suggesting it's time to scrap the 50p top rate of tax. Although it's always just been a question of when.
Davey welcomes red tape cut for smallest companiesLondon, UK (02/09/2011)
LONDON (NDS) Business Minister Edward Davey today welcomed an agreement on new, simpler accounting rules which will benefit up to 1.5 million small British companies, during a regular meeting of Business Ministers from across the EU in Brussels.
BCC cuts UK growth forecastLondon, UK (01/09/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) cuts its growth forecast for the third time this year as inflation bites.
£10m fund set up for riot-hit businessesLondon, UK (30/08/2011)
LONDON (Growing Business) A £10m emergency fund has been created to help businesses decimated by the recent riots get back on their feet.
Small business confidence plummets to two-year lowLondon, UK (30/08/2011)
LONDON (Growing Business) Economic optimism has fallen markedly within Britain’s entrepreneurial community, with many company owners worried about the prospect of a new economic downturn.
Cheques bounce back?London, UK (24/08/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) MPs have belatedly leapt to the defence of cheques, just weeks after the Payments Council scrapped plans to axe them from 2018. But paper payments may still be written off...
Inflation inflates again, to 4.4%London, UK (16/08/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) After a brief drop last month, inflation's up again. But the Bank of England says there's not much it can do.
Banks fail to come under Project Merlin's spellLondon, UK (12/08/2011)
Figures by the Bank of England show banks failed to meet SME lending targets. Although they might have had an invisibility cloak thrown over them by next year.
Riots devastate London's small businessesLondon, UK (10/08/2011)
LONDON (My Business) Small businesses may be unable to withstand the damage sustained by rioting in the streets of London over the past three nights, a business group has warned.
Small firms see fall in demand as biggest problemLondon, UK (09/08/2011)
LONDON (Growing Business) But VAT increases ranked as ‘not a problem’ by many
Banks' Merlin magic misses the markLondon, UK (05/08/2011)
LONDON (Management Today)Project Merlin delivered more than £100bn of credit to UK businesses in the first half of the year, but it didn't do the trick for SMEs.
Entrepreneurs expect tough funding climate to continueLondon, UK (04/08/2011)
LONDON (smallbusiness.co.uk) “Three fifths of entrepreneurs expect the funding climate to be 'very difficult'”
Lending to small firms plummets at fastest ever rateLondon, UK (28/07/2011)
LONDON (Startups) Soaring interest rates also reported by Bank of England study
Business lending plummets by £2.5bnLondon, UK (25/07/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) Bank lending to businesses fell substantially again in June. Although banks are, as usual, keen to point out it's not entirely their fault.
Government gets tough on late payment (again)London, UK (20/07/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) Cabinet secretary Francis Maude has brought in new late payment measures for Government suppliers. It's a start, we suppose...
SME bank lending report highlights crisis of confidenceLondon, UK (13/07/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) It's clear from a new independent-ish report on bank lending that many SMEs are being scared off the borrowing process altogether...
UK SMEs to invest £75bn in growth?London, UK (13/07/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) Anyone who doubts UK SMEs' ambition should feast their eyes on this: a survey suggests they're more than willing to splash the cash...
Big five banks launch small business mentoring serviceLondon, UK (05/07/2011)
LONDON (Growing Business) Britain’s five biggest banks have come together to offer a mentoring service tailored to small businesses.
Opposition demands more action on SME late payment 'scandal'London, UK (05/07/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) Labour's Chuka Umunna says the Government must do more to prevent SMEs having to 'bankroll' larger companies...
Banks too tight for SMEsLondon, UK (01/07/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) Bank lending to private companies has fallen again. Just what struggling small businesses don't need...
Small business lending to become an even bigger problem?London, UK (01/07/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) Banks have threatened to raise the cost of borrowing for small businesses. Given the number of complaints we hear that it's too expensive already, that's less than ideal.
How your business can get a grant in 2011London, UK (29/06/2011)
LONDON (Small Business.co.uk) Government grants are notoriously hard to come by - but they do exist and they can benefit your business if you know where to look.
Inflation a BIG problem for SMEsLondon, UK (28/06/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) Small businesses are facing their biggest rise in core costs since the recession. So will the Government's Made In Britain drive work out?
Late payment gets laterLondon, UK (27/06/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) A survey has suggested that late payment is getting worse - and small businesses are struggling to cope.
Give us a break, say small firmsLondon, UK (08/06/2011)
Thousands of companies are avoiding hiring new staff because of the lasting effects of the credit crunch. Would an NI holiday help?
Lend more or face higher taxes, Cable tells the banksLondon, UK (08/06/2011)
The Business Secretary has put himself firmly on the side of small firms on the question of who's to blame for lower-than-expected lending...
Europe in 'regulation cut for small firms' shockerLondon, UK (06/06/2011)
No, your eyes haven't deceived you: the EU has agreed to cut bureaucracy - albeit only for the smallest businesses...
What Do You Need To Look For In A Bookkeeper?London, UK (25/05/2011)
Your accounts are one of the most important functions of your business. Choosing the right bookkeeper can help you save money and develop a successful business.
The Business Growth Fund: much-needed cash, or pointless PR stunt?London, UK (23/05/2011)
Is the £2.5bn fund, launched by our big banks today, solving a problem that doesn't exist? MT columnist Luke Johnson thinks so.
Bigger-than-expected jump in inflation - but no cause for panic.London, UK (17/05/2011)
CPI inflation has soared to 4.5%, its highest level in two and a half years. But the timing of Easter had a lot to do with it...
Employee absence costs economy £17 billionLondon, UK (12/05/2011)
Prices up, growth down says Bank of England.London, UK (11/05/2011)
Inflation will hit 5% by the end of the year, says the BoE's latest report, while growth will shrivel to 2.7%. Happy Wednesday...
FSB slams ‘arm and a leg’ bank chargesLondon, UK (10/05/2011)
Federation claims harsh lending policies are hampering economic recovery.
Small businesses continuing to worry about debt and cashflow, according to new survey.London, UK (10/05/2011)
Almost three years after the recession began in earnest, the threat of debt and cashflow problems continues to haunt the small business community.
Bank holds rates as service sector disappointsLondon, UK (09/05/2011)
This was supposed to be the month the MPC hiked rates. But not much chance of that happening, given all the economic doom and gloom...
Start-ups need most help with bookkeeping.London, UK (26/04/2011)
Survey reveals the number one areas new business owners need advice in.
Firms "face hard slog” to gain bank finance as bad debt write-offs increaseLondon, UK (19/04/2011)
Write-offs of bad debts by UK banks unexpectedly rose in 2010.
Small firms have a job feeling cheerful at the moment.London, UK (19/04/2011)
Small businesses are allegedly regaining confidence. Unfortunately, they don't seem any keener to hire people as a result.
Small companies not ready for phasing out of cheque payments.London, UK (13/04/2011)
New £6.08 national minimum wage rate “misguided”, says BCCLondon, UK (12/04/2011)
New rates to come into force in October this year.
'Guilty until proven innocent' - Government gets tough(er) on red tapeLondon, UK (11/04/2011)
The Government launched its Red Tape Challenge yesterday. Sounds cheesy, but it could herald the beginning of a new, regulation-lite era...
Interest rates held after latest gloomy economic forecastLondon, UK (11/04/2011)
The Bank continues its wait-and-see policy, while the Treasury waits to see its share of the Eu80bn Portugal bailout bill...
Business groups take issue with local enterprise network.London, UK (06/04/2011)
The British Chambers of Commerce will chair a new network co-ordinating the activities of Local Enterprise Partnerships. But other business groups aren't happy.
SMEs confident of survival despite double-dip fears.London, UK (05/04/2011)
Four in ten small and medium sized businesses expect the UK to slip back into recession in 2011.
Angels to receive £50m investment from on highLondon, UK (01/04/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) It seems the good Lord (Heseltine) is smiling on business angels. But is the Government just paying lip-service to growth?
UK slump not quite as bad as we thought, says ONS.London, UK (30/03/2011)
Small mercies: the UK economy shrunk by 0.5% in Q4 2010, not 0.6%. But the trade deficit has widened, and annual household incomes have fallen for the first time in 30 years...
Osborne gets WPP boost after 'growth' Budget.London, UK (28/03/2011)
The Chancellor claimed yesterday that Britain is 'open for business' again - so the putative return of WPP is timely. But there's a catch to this growth plan...
Can StartUp Britain kick-start growth?London, UK (28/03/2011)
The PM finally launched the much-speculated over initiative today. But entrepreneurs have mixed feelings...
Osborne gets the thumbs-up from entrepreneursLondon, UK (25/03/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) Not before time, the Chancellor has come up with some policies that most small business owners will indubitably welcome
Small businesses want the Chancellor to help fuel their growth.London, UK (23/03/2011)
All SMEs want from the Budget is... a fuel duty stabilizer.
Is this the beginning of the end for red tape?London, UK (21/03/2011)
Business minister Mark Prisk is due to reveal the Government's first red tape-cutting measures later today. Will it be everything businesses hoped for?
UK firms feel after-shocks of Japan turmoil.London, UK (17/03/2011)
The economic impact of the disaster in Japan is already being felt around the world, from carmakers to handbag makers...
VAT rise sends shoppers packing in February.London, UK (16/03/2011)
Retail sales slumped 0.4% last month, suggesting consumers are closing their purses - perhaps for the foreseeable future...
We need simpler tax rules for small firms, says Government body.London, UK (14/03/2011)
The Office of Tax Simplification has suggested some radical reforms to small business tax. But will they ever come to fruition?
Cameron bets the house on UK entrepreneurs.London, UK (07/03/2011)
Entrepreneurs are the last chance for UK growth, says the PM. But is he actually going to practice what he preaches?
MT Special: Prisk defends Government inaction on red tape.London, UK (04/03/2011)
Has the Government done too little to reduce red tape? In an exclusive interview with MT, business minister Mark Prisk says it's just been biding its time...
Small companies miss out on discounts enjoyed by larger firms.London, UK (03/03/2011)
UK small and medium businesses under pressure to make savings.
Small businesses hit hardest by inflation.London, UK (25/02/2011)
Lack of negotiating clout may mean small firms will come off worse from inflation.
SMEs still lacking confidence (in Government)London, UK (25/02/2011)
The Coalition's efforts to endear itself to small businesses don't seem to be having the desired effect...
The seven stages of financeLondon, UK (23/02/2011)
LONDON (Financial Times) The key factor in delivering good mentoring is to understand your own strengths and weaknesses. My particular blind spot is finance.
SMEs still lacking confidence (in Government)London, UK (23/02/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) The Coalition's efforts to endear itself to small businesses don't seem to be having the desired effect...
Is Vince Cable failing businesses?London, UK (18/02/2011)
He was once known as 'the Saint', but a committee of MPs is less than impressed by the business secretary's efforts so far...
UK firms battling with up to 60 regulationsLondon, UK (17/02/2011)
A new report confirms what UK business owners will already know: the amount of red tape they face is excessive, confusing and very time-consuming...
Risky business: entrepreneurs forced to rely on flaky funding.London, UK (16/02/2011)
A survey of SMEs has found that nearly half use credit cards or overdrafts to fund their business. Well, beggars can't be choosers...
Extend NIC holiday to all small firms, says FSBLondon, UK (16/02/2011)
The government’s National Insurance Contributions (NICs) holiday should be extended to cover existing small businesses if job creation is to be stimulated, business groups have claimed.
Most retailers plan to pass on VAT hike.London, UK (28/01/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) The Bank of England says more than 90% of retailers won't be absorbing the VAT hike. But can we really blame them?
Economy shrinks by 0.5% - is this the prelude to a double-dip?London, UK (26/01/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) ONS figures have shown a contraction in the UK's GDP - which isn't just down to the wrong kind of snow
Government and banks under fire as SME lending deal stallsLondon, UK (25/01/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) The failure to reach an agreement over lending targets - and bonuses - is making both sides look bad...
SMEs count cost of VAT hangoverLondon, UK (07/01/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) We know businesses weren't looking forward to the VAT rise - but how are they coping now the big day has passed?
More doom and gloom as business confidence falls?London, UK (05/01/2011)
LONDON (Management Today) A survey has shown confidence slipping for the first time in 18 months. Not the best way to start the year...
Inflation rises to 3.3% - as retailers prepare to put up pricesLondon, UK (14/12/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) Inflation climbs even further above target - and a report suggests many firms will use the imminent VAT hike to push prices up further...
Your guide to the standard VAT rate increase to 20 percentLondon, UK (07/12/2010)
The standard rate of VAT is currently 17.5 percent but will increase to 20 percent on 4 January 2011. Make sure your business is prepared by reading this summary and consulting with your financial management professional.
SMEs: 'Government doesn't understand us'London, UK (26/11/2010)
Management Today (LONDON) A survey has shown almost three quarters of businesses feel misunderstood by the Government. Nothing's changed, then...
Shun SMEs and raise fuel taxes: How to drive UK growthLondon, UK (24/11/2010)
Mannagement Today (LONDON) The Government is concentrating too much on niche markets and not enough on driving multinational growth, says a new report.
Banks still not lending to small businessesLondon, UK (15/11/2010)
Management Today (LONDON) A new survey has found that two years after the beginning of the recession, banks are still failing to live up to SMEs' expectations. It's not exactly unexpected news.
SMEs adopt a flexible attitude to flexible workingLondon, UK (11/11/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) Not all small firms can afford to allow their staff to work from home, new research suggests.
Red tape is set to stick, says small businessLondon, UK (10/11/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) SME owners fear the Government's drive to cut red tape is doomed to fail. And that's before Nick Clegg dropped the scissors.
UK economy grows twice as fast as expected in Q3London, UK (26/10/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) The ONS says GDP was up 0.8% last quarter - well below the Q2 figures, but still double City forecasts.
Business gives cautious welcome to Spending ReviewLondon, UK (20/10/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) Business may be largely signed up to the cuts agenda - but today's extra funding for transport, skills and green energy was welcome.
Planning your Exit Strategy - Part OneLondon, UK (23/09/2010)
LONDON (FD Centre) by James Nicholson-Smith, Regional Director, The FD Centre
Planning your Exit Strategy - Part TwoLondon, UK (23/09/2010)
LONDON (FD Centre) Article by James Nicholson-Smith, The FD Centre
Heading for the Exit!London, UK (23/09/2010)
LONDON (FD Centre) Question: A business friend of mine has just seen his company sale fall through for the second time in two years. I was planning to exit my own business within the next three years, but my friends experience has put me off. What do I need to do to make sure I don't suffer the same pain?
The Art of the DealLondon, UK (23/09/2010)
LONDON (FD Centre) Helping business owners develeop an exit strategy and selling their business
Maximise the Value of your Business for a Successful Strategic ExitLondon, UK (23/09/2010)
LONDON (FD Centre) Where does exit planning sit within your strategy?
Good news and bad news as EU imposes 30-day payment termsLondon, UK (17/09/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) The new EU ruling should help small firms - except for those dealing with the UK public sector, where it could actually make things worse.
Is recovery tougher than recession?London, UK (08/09/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) 80% of businesses say they're having a harder time now than in the downturn. We're not surprised...
UK economy grew at fastest rate for nine years last quarterLondon, UK (27/08/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) Q2 GDP growth has actually been revised upwards, to 1.2%. Do the latest data suggest we can keep it up?
Small businesses bear the brunt of slowing bank lendingLondon, UK (20/08/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) Business lending by banks dropped £3.5bn in June - and SMEs suffered the most. Surprised?
Inflation slips back toward 2% targetLondon, UK (17/08/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) UK inflation cooled slightly in July - but we're not out of the hot water yet.
Small business lending crisis not ending yetLondon, UK (09/07/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) SMEs risk losing out as banks lent them just £900m last year.
Interest rates held at record low for another monthLondon, UK (08/07/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) The Bank of England's MPC has kept the base rate at 0.5% for the sixteenth month running.
The Emergency Budget: All The Key Points For BusinessesLondon, UK (22/06/2010)
LONDON (Growthbusiness.co.uk) Here's a summary of how George Osborne's plans will affect your business.
Starting up in a world with no moneyLondon, UK (18/06/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) Banks loans may be hard to come by - but entrepreneurs have other ways to raise capital.
Small firms warned to prepare for public sector cutsLondon, UK (04/06/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) Government contracts could actually become even harder for SMEs to get after the Budget.
SMEs at risk from dodgy customers, says FSALondon, UK (28/05/2010)
FSA report finds SMEs don't have the right due diligence systems in place. But surely that's because they are SMEs...
New government promises lower, simpler business taxesLondon, UK (20/05/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) George Osborne promises to cut corporation tax - but no answers yet on how to boost bank lending.
VAT just became easier...London, UK (16/04/2010)
From April 1, if your company has an annual VAT exclusive turnover of £100,000 or more, you need to do your VAT returns online and pay your VAT electronically.
Budget 2010: Government to decide which industries get a leg-up?London, UK (25/03/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) Yesterday, the Government suggested that it knows better than the market about where to invest.
Use Budget to slash tax, says small business groupLondon, UK (19/03/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) Small firms can help the UK recover, says the FPB - with a little help from the taxman.
The Local Bookkeeper hit sixty offices in the UKLondon, UK (08/03/2010)
TLBK have over doubled in size in the previous eight months to have 60 offices across the UK from Glasgow all the way down to Lymington.
SMEs forced to resort to the family bankLondon, UK (29/01/2010)
US Spurned by the banks, UK business owners have supposedly raised £45bn from 'alternative sources'.
Are SMEs failing to give banks the right information?London, UK (19/01/2010)
LONDON (Management Today) The FPB suggests banks aren't lending to small firms because they're not presenting their accounts properly.
RBS offers Yuletide credit cheer to small businessLondon, UK (30/11/2009)
LONDON (Managment Today) RBS is improving its borrowing terms for SMEs. But are small firms still in for a bleak midwinter?
CBI: Why the recession will change business for goodLondon, UK (23/11/2009)
The trade body predicts less gearing, closer supplier ties, better sustainability, more flexible workforces...
Are you in the dark about the upcoming VAT change?London, UK (20/11/2009)
HMRC has officially begun to advise businesses to prepare to charge VAT at a rate of 17.5% again signalling the end of the temporary VAT rate cut.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Melissa Podd to the new Cambridge East officeLondon, UK (19/11/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Melissa has launched the new office in Cambridge East.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Dave Northey to the new Wigan officeLondon, UK (19/11/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Dave has launched the new office in Wigan.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Misty Kerr to the new Greenock officeLondon, UK (19/11/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Misty has launched the new office in Greenock.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Greg Hamilton to the new Worthing officeLondon, UK (19/11/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Greg has launched the new office in Worthing.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Michael Forbes to the new Bradford officeLondon, UK (19/11/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Michael has launched the new office in Bradford.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Helen Preece to the new Haywards Heath officeLondon, UK (19/11/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Helen has launched the new office in Haywards Heath.
Life not getting any easier for UK SMEsLondon, UK (16/11/2009)
LONDON (Management Today) It's Global Entrepreneurship Week - but the Government needs to put its money where its mouth is.
Recovery could be 'worse than recession' for SMEsLondon, UK (13/11/2009)
LONDON (Management Today) HSBC says that contrary to popular belief, the problem is that small fims just don't want to invest...
Are you ready for the Self Assessment deadline?London, UK (04/11/2009)
That time is nearing once again where you must file your Self Assessment Tax Return (SATR) with HMRC!
Entrepreneurs driven by hardship, not hard cashLondon, UK (04/11/2009)
LONDON (Management Today) Personal adversity is what motivates many entrepreneurs to build successful companies, a report says.
Who’s looking after your business’s payroll?London, UK (29/10/2009)
Outsourcing the payroll function of your business is a sensible option. It is a difficult function to do correctly without the correct training and qualifications and, with the confusing and ever changing employment tax laws, very risky.
UK SMEs feeling cheerier about recoveryLondon, UK (23/10/2009)
LONDON (Management Today) The UK is generally feeling pretty gloomy about recovery - but SMEs are more optimistic than most.
Pound tumbles as recession breaks all recordsLondon, UK (23/10/2009)
LONDON (Management Today) The UKs GDP shrank by 0.4% in the third quarter, confounding expectations of economic recovery.
The recession's behind you! Oh no it isn't...London, UK (21/10/2009)
LONDON (Management Today) Small businesses are optimistic about the economy, says one survey. There's worse to come, says another.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Claire Saunders to the new Bristol officeLondon, UK (13/10/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Claire has launched their new office in Bristol.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes John Colleran to the new St Albans officeLondon, UK (13/10/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that John has launched their new office in St Albans.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Les Gray to the new Chelmsford officeLondon, UK (13/10/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Les has launched the new office in Chelmsford.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Simone Paull to the new Wells officeLondon, UK (13/10/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Simone has launched the new office in Wells.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Simon Reade to the new Eastbourne officeLondon, UK (13/10/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Simon has launched the new office in Eastbourne.
UK business failures could reach fresh record in next yearLondon, UK (09/10/2009)
LONDON (Financial Times) The number of UK business failures will rise by more than a third this year from the historically high levels seen during 2008 and could hit a fresh record over the next 12 months, a leading recovery and restructuring specialist has forecast.
Red tape to blame for 50% of SME failuresLondon, UK (02/10/2009)
LONDON (Management Today) The regulatory burden is apparently proving too much for some of the UK's small businesses.
TLBK feature in the FT in Mike Southon's column: 'Find the fun in the figures'London, UK (18/09/2009)
LONDON (Financial Times) The successful entrepreneur has many attributes, including energy, ambition, confidence, perseverance and charm. My experience as a mentor leads me to suggest another characteristic – an almost pathological fear of the spreadsheet.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Jayne Mason to the new Crewe OfficeLondon, UK (15/09/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Jayne Mason has launched their new office in Crewe.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Sharyn Purewal to the new Coulsdon OfficeLondon, UK (15/09/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Sharyn Purewal has launched their new office in Coulsdon.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Margaret Crawford to the new Reigate OfficeLondon, UK (15/09/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Margaret Crawford has launched their new office in Reigate.
Late payers get creative with the truthLondon, UK (11/09/2009)
LONDON (Management Today) Small firms are suffering as debtors come up with imaginative excuses for not paying bills...
100,000 SMEs under threat from business rate plansLondon, UK (21/08/2009)
LONDON (Management Today) The abolition of business rate relief will put 1 in 20 small firms out of business, figures suggest.
The best ways to improve your business credit ratingLondon, UK (17/08/2009)
LONDON (Business Link) Unfortunately, nearly two thirds of UK small firms are carrying a credit rating which may negatively affect their ability to obtain credit finance and favourable credit terms from suppliers, according to research by a leading credit insurance supplier¹.
How to persuade banks to finance your businessLondon, UK (17/08/2009)
LONDON (Business Link) Managing business finance and ensuring your business has sufficient funds is challenging at the best of times. In the current economic climate these challenges are even more difficult. The Bank of England's latest “credit conditions survey” showed that demand for both secured and unsecured lending from small businesses declined over the three months to June 2009¹.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Heidi Lawrence to the new Bermondsey OfficeLondon, UK (13/08/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Heidi Lawrence has launched their new office in Bermondsey.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Steve Woods to the new Northampton OfficeLondon, UK (13/08/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Steve Woods has launched their new office in Northampton.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Anna Mannion to the new Brighton North OfficeLondon, UK (13/08/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Anna Mannion has launched their new office in Brighton North.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Karen Badger to the new Leatherhead officeLondon, UK (13/08/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Karen Badger to their new office in Leatherhead.
Swine flu: Is your business prepared? A guide from Business LinkLondon, UK (21/07/2009)
LONDON (Business Link) Only 37% of the South East’s small and medium sized enterprises have plans in place to deal with a major emergency.
The Top Eight Must Do’s for Claiming ExpensesLondon, UK (20/07/2009)
It is your responsibility as the employer to inform HMRC of the value of the benefits and expenses you have provided. Claiming tax back on expenses can be a complicated business and, as the business owner, you are responsible for calculating it. How do you know what counts as an expense and what doesn’t? Can you be sure you have worked out what is due correctly? The Local Bookkeeper has put together a top 8 must do’s for business expenses.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Rakesh Pancholi to the new Luton OfficeLondon, UK (15/07/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Rakesh Pancholi has launched their new office in Luton.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Clare Farrow to the new Brentwood OfficeLondon, UK (15/07/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Clare Farrow has launched their new office in Brentwood.
The Local Bookkeeper welcomes Roger Sherriff to the new Guildford OfficeLondon, UK (15/07/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Roger Sherriff has launched their new office in Guildford.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Humaira Shahid to the new Birmingham OfficeLondon, UK (15/07/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Humaira Shahid has launched their new office in Birmingham.
Need more cash for your business?London, UK (01/07/2009)
You are not alone. A recent poll by The Local Bookkeeper found 75% of businesses are currently seeking funding for their business. But do you really know what all of your options are?
The Local Bookkeeper sponsors “Business Planning Workshop” by Company PartnersLondon, UK (30/06/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is sponsoring a Business Planning workshop at the British Library on 30th June that will help those who are starting up businesses on the essentials they will need to make their venture a success.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Mike Taylor to the new Dumfries OfficeLondon, UK (27/05/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Mike Taylor has launched their new office in Dumfries.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Helen Asater to the new Crowthorne OfficeLondon, UK (27/05/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Helen Asater has launched their new office in Crowthorne.
Bank of England has bad news on SME lendingLondon, UK (22/05/2009)
LONDON (Management Today) Falling demand, tighter credit conditions, higher rates... Getting a loan is still a nightmare for SMEs.
SMEs: financing not the biggest problem?London, UK (14/05/2009)
LONDON (Management Today) The Government should focus on stimulating demand, not bullying the banks, a new survey claims.
How to Choose a Trustworthy BookkeeperLondon, UK (06/05/2009)
When appointing a bookkeeper for your business, the two most important qualities are their skill and trustworthiness. You can gain an idea of their level of skill by their experience and qualifications but how can you tell if they can be trusted with your sensitive financial information?
How you can outsource the bookkeeping for your businessLondon, UK (06/05/2009)
Outsourcing your bookkeeping is a sensible option. Your time will be freed up so you can focus on running your business and you will have the reassurance that you are making business decisions based on the correct information and your documents and/or returns are correct when you file them with HM Revenue and Customs. The next big question is how do you know who you should be outsourcing your bookkeeping to?
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes William Tombs to the new Newcastle-upon-Tyne OfficeLondon, UK (27/04/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that William Tombs has launched their new office in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Jonathan Holloway to the new Bath OfficeLondon, UK (27/04/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Jonathan Holloway has launched their new office in Bath.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Amanda Williams to the new Milton Keynes North OfficeLondon, UK (27/04/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Amanda Williams has launched their new office in Milton Keynes North.
Pre-Budget report fails the small to medium-sized businessLondon, UK (20/04/2009)
The Budget Report that is due to be presented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, on April 22nd is scheduled to deliver the small to medium-sized businesses in the UK increased taxes for the short, medium and the long term.
The Local Bookkeeper and British Business Angels Association have joined forces to help small businesses gain fundingLondon, UK (08/04/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper has been granted associate membership to the organisation that will allow them to support small businesses through the process of gaining new funding from business angels as well as provide a follow up service after the investment has been granted.
Be Prepared, Taxman Now Has Powers To Check And Search Your Business Without Your ConsentLondon, UK (02/04/2009)
From this Wednesday, Revenues & Customs will be able to view any details of your tax records and files and carry out inspections of your business premises without your permission.
Economic News - 18/03/2009 to 24/03/2009London, UK (27/03/2009)
LONDON (Legal and General Wealth Management) A round up of the week's economic news.
Banks cut credit to one in three small firmsLondon, UK (25/03/2009)
LONDON (Daily Mail) A third of small firms are struggling to access credit, a report said yesterday.
Economic News - 11/03/2009 to 17/03/2009London, UK (20/03/2009)
LONDON (Legal and General Wealth Management) A round up of the week's economic news
The Local Bookkeeper Have Teamed With Franchiseek To Support The RevolutionLondon, UK (16/03/2009)
International franchise website, www.franchiseek.com, and The Local Bookkeeper have joined forces to offer exceptional bookkeeping and financial management services.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Tsega Yehedego to the new Edgware OfficeLondon, UK (06/03/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Tsega Yehedego has launched their new office in Edgware.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Richard Street to the new Stevenage OfficeLondon, UK (06/03/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Richard Street has launched their new office in Stevenage.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Penelope Tipper to the new Chepstow OfficeLondon, UK (06/03/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Penelope Tipper have launched as their new office in Chepstow.
Which qualifications should you be looking for in a bookkeeper?London, UK (02/03/2009)
You have found your business needs the help of a professional bookkeeper and, after shopping around to find out who is best equipped to look after the finances of your business, you find yourself swamped by a list of bookkeepers that it is impossible to distinguish between. There are a lot of qualifications and suffix's out there but which one really counts for your needs?
M&S Tax Victory Takes The BiscuitLondon, UK (06/02/2009)
LONDON (Management Today) M&S has finally won its 13-year battle over the VAT status of the chocolate-covered teacake.
Decisions: Fred DeLuca – Founder of The Sandwich Chain, SubwayLondon, UK (06/02/2009)
LONDON (Management Today) The best and worst decisions of his very successful career.
50% of Small Businesses in the UK will Fail in next 12 Months : How to Ensure Your SurvivalLondon, UK (27/01/2009)
Britain is now officially in a recession after suffering over six months of negative growth according to the Office for National Statistics.
Government To Launch Help For Small FirmsLondon, UK (13/01/2009)
LONDON (Reuters) The government on Wednesday will launch measures to ease the flow of credit to small and medium-sized businesses in the economic downturn, the business ministry said on Tuesday.
Marketing Budgets 'Should Not Be Cut'London, UK (12/01/2009)
Firms should make sure they do not slash sales and marketing budgets during the economic downturn, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Kevin Collicott to the New Cambridge OfficeLondon, UK (08/01/2009)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Kevin Collicott has launched the newest office of The Local Bookkeeper in Cambridge.
5 Ways to Improve the Financial State of Your BusinessLondon, UK (24/12/2008)
Even the most efficient businesses need to make regular assessments of their finances and check they are still in good health, so why not take a few minute to go through this list, to improve your business’s prospects for 2009!
The Difference between an Accountant and a BookkeeperLondon, UK (22/12/2008)
An accountant and a bookkeeper both perform the essential tasks needed to manage the finances of a business.
Small Businesses are Suffering, Receivership is up by 238% in a YearLondon, UK (10/12/2008)
Small businesses are being forced into receivership at a frighteningly high level as a result of the current financial crisis, according to statistics released by The Insolvency Service. Inevitably, fear is at an all time high for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who are enduring market conditions that are only set to worsen.
Small Businesses Are Out of Pocket by £18.6 Billion: Recover it Quickly With Effective Credit ManagementLondon, UK (10/12/2008)
It is estimated that small businesses (SMEs) are owed on average £30,000 each in late payments, which is crippling their cash flow. This is a massive figure that brings an immense strain to their finances which could be easily avoided. An effective system of credit control is essential to a small business’s survival, currently they suffer from more than 50% of their customers failing to pay on time; a problem that is becoming increasingly worse as people and business’s are struggling and are simply just delaying paying their bills. The recession is beginning to really bite and the smart small businesses are devising their survival plans.
Lord Mandelson Declared That “Banks are No Longer Functioning as Banks”, So Who Should Small Businesses Turn to?London, UK (09/12/2008)
Small- to medium- sized businesses (SMEs) are suffering from appalling treatment from the banks, even after the £37 billion bailout of taxpayer’s money.
Business Failures Set To Rocket by 50%London, UK (08/12/2008)
The number of business failures is predicted to increase by almost 50% next year, according to business advisors BDO Stoy Hayward LLP.
34% of Businesses Are Not Confident Their VAT Return Is CorrectLondon, UK (05/12/2008)
In a recent poll conducted by The Local Bookkeeper, 34% of businesses stated that they are not confident their VAT return is correct.
The VAT Change: Now The Dust Has Settled, Is Your Business Ready For The New Rate?London, UK (28/11/2008)
The Pre-budget Report has announced that VAT will be lowered from 17.5% to 15% from the 1st December 2008 but what effect will this have on the small-to-medium sized businesses (SMEs)? The initial reaction is very favourable, anticipating increased spending from consumer’s, therefore increasing business but under further scrutiny it is not as simple as that. The implications of these changes may put SMEs in a tricky predicament.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Karen Moore to the New Brighton South OfficeLondon, UK (01/11/2008)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Karen Moore has launched the newest office of The Local Bookkeeper in Brighton South.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Gill Fitzpatrick and Kim Walker to the New Cannock OfficeLondon, UK (01/10/2008)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Gill Fitzpatrick and Kim Walker has launched the newest office of The Local Bookkeeper in Cannock.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Sharon Liddon to the New Pontypridd OfficeLondon, UK (01/10/2008)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Sharon Liddon has launched the newest office of The Local Bookkeeper in Pontypridd.
Simple Steps to Surviving the Credit CrunchLondon, UK (20/09/2008)
As the economy squeezes, many local businesses will find themselves under threat.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Ashley Beetson to the New Bury St Edmunds OfficeLondon, UK (01/09/2008)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Ashley Beetson has launched the newest office of The Local Bookkeeper in Bury St Edmunds.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Cathy Lundy to the New Wrexham OfficeLondon, UK (01/09/2008)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Cathy Lundy has launched the newest office of The Local Bookkeeper in Wrexham.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Louise Lloyd to the New Lymington OfficeLondon, UK (01/08/2008)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Louise Lloyd has launched the newest office of The Local Bookkeeper in Lymington.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Tania Wall to the New Bloomsbury OfficeLondon, UK (01/08/2008)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Tania Wall has launched the newest office of The Local Bookkeeper in Bloomsbury.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Paul Dawson to the New Southend-on-Sea OfficeLondon, UK (01/04/2008)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Paul Dawson has launched the newest office of The Local Bookkeeper in Southend-on-Sea.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Bryan Dent to the New Carlisle OfficeLondon, UK (01/04/2008)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Bryan Dent has launched the newest office of The Local Bookkeeper in Carlisle.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Alan Pearson to the New Staines OfficeLondon, UK (01/02/2008)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Alan Pearson has launched the newest office of The Local Bookkeeper in Staines.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Clyde Baker to the New Hackney OfficeLondon, UK (01/02/2008)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Clyde Baker has launched the newest office of The Local Bookkeeper in Hackney.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Fiona Benham to the New Clydebank OfficeLondon, UK (01/01/2008)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Fiona Benham has launched the newest office of The Local Bookkeeper in Clydebank.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Susan Jenkins to the New Barry OfficeLondon, UK (01/10/2007)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Susan Jenkins has launched the newest office of The Local Bookkeeper in Barry.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Yvonne Newman to the New Solihull OfficeLondon, UK (01/09/2007)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Yvonne Newman has launched the newest office of The Local Bookkeeper in Solihull.
The Local Bookkeeper Welcomes Kelly Derham to the New Horsham OfficeLondon, UK (01/07/2007)
The Local Bookkeeper is proud to announce that Kelly Derham has launched the newest office of The Local Bookkeeper in Horsham.