Small Business

Johnson: help for riot hit firms

Major firms back latest riot help fund

By John Harrington, M&C Report

Major UK businesses and London mayor Boris Johnson have pledged fresh funding for "emergency financial assistance" aimed at small companies hit by...

Confession: British Gas says it flagged issues to Ofgem

£2.5m British Gas fine 'not enough'

By Gurjit Degun

Licensees have welcomed the £2.5m fine issued to British Gas for not handling complaints from small businesses and domestic users appropriately.

(L-R): FLVA president Nigel Williams, BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds, Punch Taverns MD Roger Whiteside, Enterprise COO Simon Townsend and BII's Neil Robertson

Pubcos grilled on statutory code

By Ewan Turney & Michelle Perrett

Senior pubco executives were grilled on the need for a statutory code of practice to govern the pubco-tenant relationship at yesterday's meeting of...

Cable: onus of proof will then fall on Whitehall to prove why the regulation needs to stay

Cable pledges to cut red tape

By Mark Wingett, M&C Report

Business secretary Vince Cable is to outline plans today on how the Government will cut red tape for small businesses, including no new domestic laws...

Will banks start lending on pubs?

Pubs sector: do banks care?

By Gurjit Degun

Following the news that banks will fund more small businesses, the MA looks at what it is likely to mean for pubs.

Nectar: searching for UK's best businesses

Nectar launches search for top businesses

By Lesley Foottit

Nectar Business has launched its search for the UK's top small businesses of 2011. The Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2011 recognises small...

Empty pubs: will have to pay rates

Fears over empty property rates plan

By Gurjit Degun

Empty pub owners may be hit with higher business rates than if the pub was open, under new Government plans. Since 2009, empty pubs with a rateable...

Pubs have been hit hard by the snow

FSB: help needed for snow-hit businesses

By Ewan Turney

The Government, banks and landlords need to act to provide some breathing space for small businesses as they struggle in the cold snap, the...

Licensees will not have to fill in forms to claim rate relief

Pubs to benefit from automatic rate relief

By Gurjit Degun

Hundreds of pubs will benefit from automatic business rate relief under new Government plans. Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles today...

Neill with Kate and David Deacon of The Shoulder of Mutton in Kirkby Overblow, Yokrshire

Cut red tape, new pubs minister urged

By John Harrington

New community pubs minister Bob Neill has been urged to ease the "jaw-dropping" burden of bureaucracy and red tape currently choking the life out of...

George Osborne: urged to help small firms

FSB: Chancellor missed a trick

By John Harrington

The "missing link" in the Chancellor's Comprehensive Spending Review is a programme to help small businesses grow, says the FSB.

Many crimes are not reported to police

FSB wants tougher police action on crime

By Lesley Foottit

The FSB is calling for national definition of crimes against small businesses after it found more than two thirds are victims of crime.

Changes could cost the industry dear

Licence hikes and levy could cost £15.5m

By John Harrington

The proposed late night levy could cost the industry up to £9m per year — while the higher licence fees would add a further £6.5m annually....

FSB: offering members a say on regulation

Licensees get a say in regulation

By Lesley Foottit

Licensees have the opportunity to tell the Government which laws should be scrapped to reduce the regulatory burden via a new website. Your Freedom...

Some pubs will get rates holiday

Rates holiday for pubs

By Gemma McKenna

Thousands of pubs will pay no business rates for a year — or will see rate relief double — from October. The Morning Advertiser can reveal that...

Alastair Darling's Budget: small businesses not paying too much attention

Small businesses 'unconcerned' about Budget

By Ewan Turney

Only a fifth of small business owners believe this week's Budget will have a significant impact on them — because they expect another one after the...

Many pubs have seen rateable values increase

Warning over 'cowboy' ratings appeals

By Lesley Foottit

Pubs are being warned that rogue rating surveyors are trying to profit from the recent rates revaluation. The Forum of Private Businesses (FPB)...