Managing costs

Energy bills to be simplified

Energy bills look set to be simplified as the big energy suppliers recognise the confusion that their tariffs cause.

Small firms must prepare now for winter weather

Small businesses are being urged to prepare now for winter weather, as the unseasonably mild conditions across the UK look set to end later this month.

Late payments to small firms hit record highs

Small and medium-sized businesses are owed £33.6 billion in late payments - a record high - according to Bacs.

Business confidence rises despite economic fears

Businesses remain confident of their prospects for the next six months, despite losing confidence in the global economy.

Proposed employment laws will add to business costs

A range of new employment laws that are due to be introduced over the next few years could cost UK businesses as much as £22.87 billion, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has claimed.

Insuring your business

Adequate insurance is fundamentally important for a business. And in many cases, it is actually a legal obligation.

What follows is a brief guide to the types of insurance a business must have and the types of insurance it might consider desirable.

Business regulation resistant to change

Many businesses think that government efforts to reduce business regulation will be ineffectual.

Prospect of rise in energy costs for business

Businesses have been warned that they could see a steep rise in energy costs over the coming years.

Small firms hit by rising prices

Small firms have experienced the sharpest quarterly hike in costs for five years, according to a new report.

Pay rises remain under pressure

Firms are beginning to hire again as they recover from the recession, but above-inflation pay rises are still a rarity, a new survey has revealed.

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