Small Business

FPB: urging Government to support small businesses

FPB: don't ignore small business

By Ewan Turney

The Government must not sacrifice support for small businesses to plug the gap in public finances, the FPB has warned.

Mandelson: shelving anti-business plans

Mandelson hailed for alcohol code delay

By Ewan Turney

Lord Mandelson has "gone a long way to saving" thousands of pubs by deciding to delay implementation of the mandatory alcohol retailing code. That's...

Carbon Trust: interest free loans available

£100m to help slash pub energy costs

By Ewan Turney

The Carbon Trust has made £100m available in interest free loans to help pubs slash energy costs. The loans are available under the Big Business...

Carlsberg: under fire over payment terms

Carlsberg slammed over payment terms

By Ewan Turney

Small businesses could now wait up to four months to be paid by Danish brewing giant Carlsberg. The brewer has come under fire from the Forum of...

Regulation is taking up valuable time

Red tape crippling pubs

By Ewan Turney

Pubs and other small businesses are having to spend an average of 41 hours a week dealing with red tape, according to a new survey. The Forum of...

Buck up banks: MA is urging banks to start lending to pubs

FSB wants mediator to spark bank lending

By William Rowland

A mediator would go a long way to repairing relations be between banks and small businesses, according to trade chiefs. In a recent poll over 70% of...

Darling: plans to ease cash flow

Government acts on rates burden

By John Harrington

The Government has agreed to reduce increases in business rates and help licensees hit by the scrapping of transitional rate relief. The 5% increase...

Peter Luff tabled the bill calling for rate relief

FSB steps up rate relief campaign

By Ewan Turney

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has launched a new postcard campaign calling for automatic rate relief.

Banks and Government failing small firms

Banks and Government failing small firms

By John Harrington

Government and banks should do more to support small business, according to a new survey from the Forum for Private Business (FPB).

Rate relief has not been ruled out

Hope for automatic rate relief

By John Harrington

Local Government minister Sadiq Khan says the Government won't rule out automatic rate relief for small firms "as an option for the future

Luff: rate relief support

Support for automatic rate relief grows

By Ewan Turney

Over 100 MPs have thrown their support behind a campaign calling for automatic rate relief for small businesses. The MPs have signed up to an Early...

Darling: not a friend of the pub trade

Chancellor raises duty on alcohol...again

By MA team

In a move labelled "staggering", Chancellor Alistair Darling has announced another increase in duty on alcohol and tobacco to off-set a cut in VAT in his Pre-Budget report.

Crisis point: many councils say small firms are struggling

Councils: offer pubs rates breaks

By Gemma McKenna

Council bosses have called for greater powers to give business-rates "breaks" to struggling small firms. This comes in the wake of a new Local...

Wright: welcomed plans to help

Government small business plans welcomed

By Ewan Turney

Government measures set out to help small businesses have been welcomed by two trade organisations. The Government yesterday agreed plans for local...

David Cameron

Tories pledge to help small firms

By John Harrington

The Conservatives have called for action to help struggling small businesses through difficult times. Deferring VAT bills for up to six months, and...

FSB chairman John Wright outside No 10

FSB urges PM to help small firms

By John Harrington

A trade leader has urged Gordon Brown to throw struggling small businesses a lifeline on business rates. In a letter to the Prime Minister,...

FSB wants parking rethink

FSB calls for parking rethink

By Ewan Turney

The Federation of Small Businesses has called on local councils to rethink their parking policy in a bid to help keep trade local.

Fair Pint: Calling for an end to the beer tie

Fair Pint gets FSB backing

By John Harrington

The Federation of Small Business (FSB) has given its backing to the anti-pubco Fair Pint campaign.