Small business

How to take advantage of the government's extended Job Retention Scheme
Rishi Sunak
Small business

How to take advantage of the government's extended Job Retention Scheme

The government has reactivated its job-protection programme for small firms. David Prosser explains how it works.
13 Nov 2020
What small-business owners need to know about the Job Support Scheme
The Lanes, Brighton
Small business

What small-business owners need to know about the Job Support Scheme

With the government’s Job Retention Scheme expiring at the end of October, small-business owners need to make sure they know how to get the best out o…
30 Oct 2020
The grants available for small businesses in Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas
Small business

The grants available for small businesses in Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas

Small businesses in areas of the country officially deemed at higher risk of a rapid spread of Covid-19 may be able to claim extra financial support t…
30 Oct 2020
The chancellor's third plan to help the self-employed help
Small business

The chancellor's third plan to help the self-employed help

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a boost to the financial support the state is offering self-employed workers hit by Covid-19, though the latest me…
30 Oct 2020
Last chance to secure a Bounce Back loan for your small business
Rishi Sunak © LEON NEAL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Small business

Last chance to secure a Bounce Back loan for your small business

The government’s Bounce Back loan scheme will only run for another six weeks. Act now if you need to take advantage of it.
16 Oct 2020
Job Support Scheme: new programme will help small businesses support staff
Small business

Job Support Scheme: new programme will help small businesses support staff

All small companies are eligible for the Job Support Scheme, the Treasury’s latest employment programme.
2 Oct 2020
Insurers may be forced to pay out to firms hit by Covid
Small business

Insurers may be forced to pay out to firms hit by Covid

Hundreds of thousands of firms who have been affected by the Covid-91 pandemic may now be able to claim on their insurance policies.
25 Sep 2020

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The pros and cons of the government's new Kickstart jobs scheme
Small business

The pros and cons of the government's new Kickstart jobs scheme

The government’s new work placement scheme, which provides funding for employers to offer work placements to young people, is appealing. But the red t…
11 Sep 2020
The cost to small businesses of the return to the office
Small business

The cost to small businesses of the return to the office

The costs of employees returning to the office may be tough for some small businesses to swallow, and there is financial support for back-to-work cost…
11 Sep 2020
Government opens up second round of help for the self-employed
Small business

Government opens up second round of help for the self-employed

The second round of the government’s SEISS scheme, which offers grants of up to £6,750 to self-employed people, is now open. Applications will be acc…
28 Aug 2020
The final furlough: the job retention scheme is winding down
Small business

The final furlough: the job retention scheme is winding down

The government’s Job Retention Scheme is winding down, says David Prosser. Prepare now.
17 Aug 2020
Will insurers cough up over Covid?
Small business

Will insurers cough up over Covid?

Hundreds of thousands of small businesses should hear in September whether their insurers are legally bound to pay out on business interruption polici…
3 Aug 2020
HMRC defers tax deadline for millions of self-employed people
Small business

HMRC defers tax deadline for millions of self-employed people

The coronavirus pandemic means the 31 July payment on account date has been postponed for six months.
31 Jul 2020
Bounce Back loans pass the one million mark
Small business

Bounce Back loans pass the one million mark

More than one million small and medium-sized enterprises have now taken out Bounce Back loans.
17 Jul 2020
The mini-Budget boost for small companies
Small business

The mini-Budget boost for small companies

Government cash is on offer for small businesses that retain staff and recruit new workers.
17 Jul 2020
How to prepare your business for the return to work
Small business

How to prepare your business for the return to work

Riding the rebound will take careful preparation for small business owners. Here’s what to consider.
5 Jul 2020
Deadline looms for self-employed to get government help
Small business

Deadline looms for self-employed to get government help

Time is running out to secure help from the first round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.
3 Jul 2020
HMRC to claw back unneeded aid from businesses
Small business

HMRC to claw back unneeded aid from businesses

Businesses that claimed money they didn’t need face trouble if they are found to have breached the schemes' terms.
19 Jun 2020
State support for small businesses on the slide
Small business

State support for small businesses on the slide

Government aid for small firms is winding down. Make plans now.
6 Jun 2020
An update for the business-rate support scheme
Small business

An update for the business-rate support scheme

The government has added £600m to plug the gap in its small business rates relief scheme for businesses in shared-office buildings.
5 Jun 2020
Should you put off paying your VAT bill?
Small business

Should you put off paying your VAT bill?

Just because you can put off your VAT bill doesn’t mean you should. It is a loan, not a cancellation of the debt.
5 Jun 2020
Small business: how to prepare your staff for the return to work
Small business

Small business: how to prepare your staff for the return to work

Small businesses contemplating how to respond to the prime minister’s call to return to work need to tread carefully.
27 May 2020