Business management

SMEs in business paralysis as fear stops decision making

SMEs are caught in 'business paralysis' as over half reveal they have delayed making important business decisions in the last year for fear of making the wrong choice.

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Consultation seeks to lift restrictions on auto-enrolment scheme

A consultation into restrictions placed on one of the schemes available to employers for automatic pension enrolment has been launched by the Government.

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Poor workplace skills blamed for low take-up of SME apprenticeships

Only nine per cent of small firms have taken on an apprentice in the last year with many believing they are not beneficial to their business, a report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has claimed.

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Quarter of small businesses unaware of PAYE shake-up

A quarter of small firms are oblivious to major upcoming changes to the pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) system which will alter their payroll reporting duties to HMRC, a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

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Business record checks re-launched for SMEs

Fewer SMEs may be subject to spot checks on their business records under a new approach to HMRC's business record checks (BRC) programme.

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SMEs face rising business costs

The majority of small businesses in the UK (95 per cent) have seen a rise in business costs over the past year, according to research from the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

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SMEs stressed but optimistic

SMEs remain positive despite feeling stressed and suffering sleepless nights, research from Hiscox suggests.

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Default Retirement Age officially ends

Employers are no longer able to force older workers to retire once they reach 65 years of age following a gradual phasing out of the Default Retirement Age (DRA).

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Agency Workers Regulations a 'drag' on businesses, says CBI

Regulations that stipulate the same employment and working conditions for agency workers as permanent staff are costly, time consuming and prevent job creation, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said.

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Business group calls for speedier end to cheque payments

Plans to axe the cheque by 2018 should be brought forward to reduce the number of businesses struggling with late payment, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said.

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