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We need solutions urgently if small firms are to secure the funding they need to exploit the opportunities afforded by the UK’s economic recovery
Those involved in the deal aren’t saying exactly how much money has changed hands
Could one in two people really be working for themselves within five years? That’s the prediction of PeoplePerHour, an online platform that matches people looking to get jobs done with freelancers capable of doing them. It says that on current trends, more than 50 per cent of working people will be doing at least some freelance work, even if some of them also have a day job.
Small Business Person of the Week: Frederik Carling, CEO, Hovding
Nigel Farage is right: we should be having a more honest debate about immigration
Labour says higher corporation tax would be used to finance a cut in business rates
Vernon Hill’s Metro Bank has made its mark in Britain, even if it has yet to make a profit. With an approach to customer relationships that owes more to Steve Jobs than his industry rivals, he’s ready to break the mould
Germany’s Mittelstand companies are renowned as commercial powerhouses – these medium-sized, often family-owned businesses have become symbols of German economic superiority. It may therefore come as a surprise to discover that the Mittelstand’s equivalent in the UK has grown so rapidly over the past five years that it’s now bigger and better than Germany’s.
It’s clear that there is mass market demand for their products – and the supermarkets, like them or not, offer the easiest way to access that demand
Having abolished the RDAs, what ministers are slowly realising now is that locally run initiatives that are properly resourced represent the best chance of economic rebalancing
How do the energy companies get away with shutting small businesses out of the benefits that all customers should be feeling?
Billions are lost by smaller firms that can’t offer a feasible mobile-phone payments service
Small Talk: Treasury has pledged to act under forthcoming Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill
One in four companies is spending more than 10 hours a week chasing overdue payments
What support do business start-ups need most today in order to get off the ground, grow and eventually prosper?