Broadband needs more fibre

15 August 2018

The biggest benefit to UK companies of better broadband services would be enabling staff to work more flexibly.

Slow summer supplants spring surge

14 August 2018

The second quarter of the year (2018 Q2) saw strong growth in both output and new orders among small and medium-sized (SME) manufacturers.

SMEs warm to boiler scrappage scheme

10 August 2018

Small businesses in London that install a new boiler could get almost half of the cost back thanks to a new initiative announced by Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Councils to keep three-quarters of business rates

9 August 2018

A new Government initiative could see local authorities in England retaining 75% of the income raised through business rates. From April 2019, this will be trialled in selected pilot areas.

Government must make "no-deal" guidance available

8 August 2018

With Bank of England Governor Mark Carney warning that the possibility of a no-deal Brexit is “uncomfortably high”, a leading employers’ group has called on the Government to speed up publication of its guidance on that possibility.

New steps for LEPs

7 August 2018

In what is described as a step change in its approach to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), the Government has set out a series of reforms intended to “supercharge economic growth and drive forward investment in local businesses across the country”.

EU hits consumer electronics firms with huge competition fines

3 August 2018

Despite cooperating with a European Commission investigation, and thereby earning a reduction in fines of up to 50%, four consumer electronics manufacturers are facing penalties totalling over €111 million for breaking EU competition rules.

How to fill the skills gap

2 August 2018

With skills shortages at near record levels, a new survey of over 1000 businesspeople across all sizes and sectors by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) examines the ways that employers are coping with the problem.