March 25, 2011

FSB warns budget doesn’t go far enough on job creation

by Jan Harris

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed some aspects of Wednesday’s budget but claims that planned new employment laws could hinder job creation. The new laws are expected to significantly increase the cost of creating new jobs and employing people. John Walker, national chairman of the FSB, said that failing to include existing businesses […]




March 21, 2011

VAT loophole to be closed in budget

by Jan Harris

It seems that the Chancellor has listened to the concerns of small businesses about a loophole in the law which allows companies to import items costing less than £18 from the Channel Islands without paying any VAT. The Telegraph reports that George Osborne’s budget speech will include plans to tighten the loophole, which allows large […]




July 27, 2010

Hannspree SN10 budget netbook unleashed

by Darren Allan

Hannspree is best known for its efforts in the display field, although the company has expanded into computer territory in the recent past, and now has another portable coming out. The SN10 netbook is priced at a very competitive £229, and will be available exclusively from The Carphone Warehouse. It’s loaded up with a 1.66GHz […]




July 22, 2010

No need for SMB websites to be works of art

by Darren Allan

There is no need for your small business website to be a finely honed work of art, says the Chairman of Daryl Willcox Publishing, a company which specialises in marketing advice. Not that it will do you any harm, but there’s no point in spending unnecessary amounts of cash on an all-singing-and-dancing site if you […]




July 12, 2010

Government spending challenge website: What would you cut?

by Darren Allan

The UK government has launched a website, and a Facebook page, dubbed the “spending challenge”. And it’s nothing like the previous Labour government’s spending challenge, which appeared to be to slosh as much money up against the wall as possible without a single thought for the future. The coalition’s spending challenge is basically the chance […]




March 29, 2010

Increased employment costs could put jobs at risk

by Jan Harris

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has warned that the 2.2 per cent increase in the minimum wage, announced in the recent budget, could put thousands of jobs at risk. The CIPD is concerned that the joint impact of an increase in the minimum wage from £5.80 to £5.93 and the planed rise […]




Tories promise to reverse NI increase

by Kay Mitchell

As part of its election campaign, the UK’s Conservative Party has today pledged to reverse the Labour Government’s plans to increase national insurance contributions by 1%, as part of plans to cut the UK’s deficit. Last week’s Budget confirmed that the Labour Government will raise the levy by a further 0.5% from next year, on […]




March 25, 2010

Budget gives games companies a break

by Darren Allan

The final budget before the general election brought with it a crackdown on tax dodgers, as well as the predictable added duty on fuel, ciggies and alcohol. Particularly cider and alcopops, as the government can slab a good wedge of duty on top of them in the guise of stopping the young ‘uns from drinking. […]




March 24, 2010

Chancellor outlines tax crackdown in Budget

by Kay Mitchell

In today’s Pre-Election Budget, Chancellor Alistair Darling outlined plans to crackdown on tax evaders via new agreements with the Governments of Dominica, Grenada and Belize. Mr Darling told MPs that the Treasury is on the verge of signing tax information exchange agreements with the above mentioned with the new measures expected to bring in an […]