Small Businesses

Business rates

Demand for fair business rates

By Ellie Bothwell

Last week, more than 100 companies, including leading firms in the pub trade, signed an open letter calling for an overhaul of the business rates system. They labelled the tax as a “critical problem” that is “no longer fit for the 21st century”. Ahead...

Top Tips: Raising funds for your pub business

Top Tips: Raising funds for your pub business

By Phil Mellows

Looking to grow your pub empire? Think there’s a shortage of money around? Well, think again. There are plenty of potential investors out there — it’s just that the organisations who have got it, are afraid to use it.

Thrive on 5%: support grows

FSB backs VAT cut for pubs

By Adam Pescod

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has thrown its support behind the Publican's Morning Advertiser's 'Thrive on Five' campaign.

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...

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...

Maternity leave: fears over EU plans

Fears over EU plans on maternity leave

By John Harrington

EU plans to extend maternity leave to 20 weeks on full pay would harm small companies, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The FSB is...

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.

FSB: members want more detail on Budget

FSB members want robust Budget

By Lesley Foottit

The Government must outline robust plans for reducing the UK's budget deficit, according to nine out of 10 small businesses. The Federation of Small...

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...

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.

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...

Bank of England has cut rates again

Interest rates cut to all-time low

By Ewan Turney

The Bank of England has cut interest rates by a further 0.5% to 1.5% — the lowest in its 315-year history. The historic move is designed to spark...

Pubs offer plenty of on-the-job training

FSB: on-the-job training must be recognised

By Ewan Turney

Small businesses, such as pubs, which offer on-the-job training must be recognised with official accreditation, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).