Business planning

Rising costs biggest challenge for firms

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

Intangible assets outstrip ‘bricks and mortar’ investment

Is your company investing in R&D? Intangible asset investment reached £133 billion in 2014, according to research by the Intellectual Property Office.

Streamlined system to challenge business rates announced

For businesses and councils lodging appeals on business rates, details of a new system for checking and challenging bills have been launched.

Apprenticeship levy could lead to businesses abandoning training

Is your business prepared for the apprenticeship levy? The Confederation of British Industry has called for a 'radical rethink' ahead of its April 2017 introduction.

Data breaching risk underestimated by SMEs

Government figures show that data breaching costs SMEs an average of £310,800, according to research by Experian UK.

Business broadband review announced

A new review on business broadband has been launched to attempt to improve businesses access to broadband.

Local authorities to extend Sunday trading hours

Amendments have been made to the Enterprise Bill allowing local authorities to extend Sunday opening hours.

Majority of employers support National Living Wage

93% of employers are in support of the new National Living Wage, believing it will boost productivity and retain staff.

Small businesses haven't grown since 2010

1 in 3 small businesses haven't grown in the last 5 years, according to research by Association of Accounting Technicians.

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