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Fall in sterling takes the shine off the bottom line

15 December 2017

Almost two-thirds (63%) of businesses expect their costs to increase in the coming year because of the devaluation in the pound.

US think tank pours cold water over Brexit hopes

14 December 2017

It has been an article of faith among the Government's hard-line "Brexiteers" that the UK would have nothing to fear if it simply left the EU and reverted to business on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms.

Named and shamed over minimum wage failures

13 December 2017

The latest list of businesses that have failed to properly pay their staff the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) contains the details of 260 employers including high street names such as Primark and Sports Direct.

Now for the hard part

12 December 2017

Most UK business groups were relieved that the first stage of the Brexit negotiations seemed to have come to a resolution acceptable to all sides. At the same time, they are keenly aware that there is much more to be done before the Government secures the new trading relationship it has been promising.

Now on to stage two

11 December 2017

After a week in which it seemed that the Brexit negotiations might be derailed by the Government's allies in Parliament, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Prime Minister Theresa May seems to have achieved her aim of progressing to trade talks.

Fears for the family business

8 December 2017

Almost a third (29%) of those operating a family business fear their company will cease to exist when they retire, while almost as many (21%) believe it is unlikely any such family firms will exist in future.

Businesses face complex and costly planning system

7 December 2017

England’s planning system is more complex, costly and difficult for businesses to negotiate than it was five years ago, a new report argues.

Innovative transport firms invited to bid for funds

6 December 2017

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that funding is on offer to small businesses wanting to develop innovative ideas in the field of transport.

Innovative projects compete for official funding

4 December 2017

Funding of up to £35 million is available in Innovate UK’s latest competition.

EU acts on electronic payments

4 December 2017

New rules on electronic payments adopted by the European Commission aim to benefit consumers and to increase security both in shops and online.

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