Small Talk: The British Chambers of Commerce published figures suggesting that exporters experienced the weakest growth in orders since the financial crisis
Reforms announced in the Chancellor’s Budget in July may have pushed the EIS further away from mainstream investors – potentially limiting the supply of funds to businesses seeking to raise money through the scheme.
Small Talk: For many small businesses, the scandal of mis-sold interest rate swaps remains an open sore
Small Talk: We can’t expect smaller businesses to absorb the same additional costs as big companies
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
This is an industry that has posted, on aggregate, compound annual growth of more than 100 per cent over the past three years
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
At larger companies, there is overwhelming evidence that getting more women into senior positions leads to superior performance
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