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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
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An update for the business-rate support scheme
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak ©  JULIAN SIMMONDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
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
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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
Small business: how to approach job cuts
Small business

Small business: how to approach job cuts

Strict rules govern the redundancy process. Prepare very carefully if you're intending to cut jobs in your business.
27 May 2020

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Small firms get trade-credit lifeline
Small business

Small firms get trade-credit lifeline

Small businesses dependent on trade-credit insurance have been thrown a lifeline by a new government pledge to stand behind such policies.
22 May 2020
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New grants for the self-employed
Small business

New grants for the self-employed

Self-employed workers can now apply for government support if their income has been affected by Covid-19.
22 May 2020
Small businesses: dealing with your landlord and suppliers
Small business

Small businesses: dealing with your landlord and suppliers

For many small businesses, the key to getting through the Covid-19 pandemic may be negotiating a sympathetic arrangement with the landlord or key supp…
12 May 2020
Beefed up government loan scheme brings big help for small firms
Small business

Beefed up government loan scheme brings big help for small firms

The government’s Bounce Back loan package for small businesses affected by the Covid-19 crisis is exceptionally generous.
7 May 2020
Government patches up small business loan scheme
Small business

Government patches up small business loan scheme

Changes to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, under which the government guarantees 80% of loans made by banks and lenders, are having…
24 Apr 2020
Government revamps loan scheme for small businesses
Small business

Government revamps loan scheme for small businesses

The tweaks to the government’s coronavirus aid package should help small companies
10 Apr 2020
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Start-ups could be finished without government help
Small business

Start-ups could be finished without government help

Many start-up companies are unlikely to qualify for help from the government’s Business Interruption Loan Scheme.
10 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: help for the self-employed
Small business

Coronavirus: help for the self-employed

The government has unveiled new measures for sole traders. But it is complicated – so read the small print carefully.
4 Apr 2020
How to use the business bailout
Small business

How to use the business bailout

The government has provided unprecedented support to small businesses. Here’s how to benefit.
31 Mar 2020
Furlough: what does it mean and how does it affect me?
Small business

Furlough: what does it mean and how does it affect me?

Many companies have “furloughed” employees after they have shut down because of the coronavirus. But what does furlough mean and how does the scheme w…
30 Mar 2020
It’s not all doom and gloom
UK Economy

It’s not all doom and gloom

In some ways at least, there’s never been a better time to launch a start-up, says Matthew Lynn. The government should help.
29 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: where the self-employed can turn for help
Small business

Coronavirus: where the self-employed can turn for help

Freelancers and the self-employed should check what help they may be eligible for.
27 Mar 2020
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What IR35 means for you
Small business

What IR35 means for you

The rules distinguishing freelancers from employees are being updated. Here’s what you need to know.
18 Mar 2020
Small business loans: how best to finance your firm's assets
Small business

Small business loans: how best to finance your firm's assets

Banks won’t lend much to small businesses, but there are plenty of other sources of cash.
4 Mar 2020
How to start exporting with your small business
Small business

How to start exporting with your small business

Small businesses aren’t exporting enough. They need to do their homework, says David Prosser
19 Feb 2020