Small business

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

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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
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
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
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
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
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