Business planning

Business planning overlooked by SMEs

Almost a third of small and medium-sized business owners are operating without a formal business plan in place, according to research by Close Brothers Asset Finance.

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SMEs not seeking expert advice

SMEs are not making use of expert advice when starting their business, research by Aviva has found.

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Medium-sized business owners plan exit strategies

A third of medium-sized business owners are planning to sell their business, a report by law firm Mills & Reeve has found.

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Businesses hold back on capital investment

Almost two thirds of UK businesses generated a cash surplus this year, according to research by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Firms affected by late payment

More than three quarters of businesses suffer from late payments, according to research by Bacs.

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Small employers not prepared for auto-enrolment

The majority of small and micro-employers have not set up a workplace pension scheme ahead of their auto-enrolment staging dates, according to research by the National Employment Savings Trust.

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Shop prices fall for 20th consecutive month

Shop price deflation slowed to 1.7% in December 2014, down from 1.9% the previous month, according to figures released by the British Retail Consortium.

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Small firms lack savings accounts

Less than a third of small and micro-sized businesses put money into a business savings account, research by Aldermore has found.

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Shop prices fall 1.8% in September

Shop prices fell by 1.8% in the year to September 2014, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium and Nielsen.

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Small firms unprepared for data loss

Less than a third of small businesses have plans to ensure business continuity in the event of data loss, according to a report by disaster recovery firm Databarracks.

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