Business start-ups

Scottish SMEs cautious about zero waste plan

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland have welcomed the Scottish Government's zero waste strategy but remain concerned about potential compliance costs, according to a survey conducted by the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

UK businesses committed to 'going green'

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK are more committed to sustainability, including saving energy, minimising waste, and recycling, compared to their European Union (EU) counterparts, a new European Commission study has found.

Confusion over Budget enterprise zones

Businesses based in enterprise zones in Scotland, North Wales, and England are set to benefit from enhanced capital allowances, after announcements made in the Budget, but there is confusion over whether Northern Ireland is to be granted its first enterprise zone.

Loan scheme for small businesses launched

A new Government backed loan scheme worth £20 billion aimed at boosting lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been launched by the Chancellor.

Independent report advises alternative methods of SME finance

Proposals to increase access to capital and promote alternative sources of finance for small businesses have been published in an independent taskforce report.

Recommendations for small business support

A series of recommendations to support small businesses and encourage entrepreneurs to set up on their own have been made.

Government must support small businesses

The Government must do more to support small businesses, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) will tell the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference this week.

Government looks to boost small business investment

The Treasury is holding a consultation on ways and means of increasing the level of funds that are invested in smaller enterprises.

Research tax breaks to boost innovation

More details have been released on proposed changes to some of the tax reliefs available for firms that invest in research and development, and in new products.

Cuts in NICs would encourage job creation

Small firms would be more likely to take on new staff if they were given the incentive of a reduction in national insurance contributions, a new survey has suggested.

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