Five top tips for charities looking to develop their business arms

Following the news that 92% of charities want to start trading, here are some ideas for voluntary organisations to consider when embracing social enterpriseOn reading this week that 92% of charities want to start trading, my immediate response was to argue that where there may well be a high level of will, the way still […]
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Come fire or high water: how businesses make it back from the brink

What gives small business owners the determination to carry on when disaster strikes? Mark Williams finds outAt 5.30am on a cold February morning earlier this year, Laura Morrow received a phone call telling her of a fire close to her shop, Casa Bebe. The business, which sells Spanish-style baby furniture, accessories and homeware, had only […]
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Dolce and Gabbana in court over tax charges

Italian designers Dolce and Gabbana accused of not paying taxes on royalties of about €1bn (£860m) in high profile caseFashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana should be jailed for two and a half years for alleged tax evasion, a Milan prosecutor said on Wednesday.Dolce and Gabbana are accused of not paying taxes on royalties of […]
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Why Jelly is good for small businesses

Working from home can be great, but it’s good to interact with other business owners sometimes. That’s where Jelly comes inWorking from home has many advantages but also a number of challenges, among which is the danger of becoming isolated. Working alone in your spare room may make you not only feel lonely and cut-off, […]
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Never mind tax havens – the real hidden billions are in company coffers | Richard Seymour

We are in the middle of an investment strike, with UK companies sitting on hundreds of billions that could be the key to recoveryYou know how it goes in a recession: the rivers stop flowing, the factories collapse, the banks crumble and the crops dry up. Or, to put it in another more accurate way, […]
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News story: How to grow your business: live webchat with Lord Young

The webchat coincides with the publication of Lord Young’s latest report Growing Your Business: a report which highlights help available to small and micro firms to develop their confidence and capability to grow. Webchat details When: Monday 13 May at 11am BST Where: Business Zone website Ask a question If you’d like to ask a […]
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Economic recovery: why do we still get it so wrong on small businesses? | Observer editorial

Building a long-term recovery means ensuring these potential star performers have access to long-term growth capitalOur collective urge to don short sleeves and herald the barbecue summer at the first sign of spring is quintessentially British. Last week’s GDP figures may be the tenderest of green shoots, but the psychological impact a triple dip would […]
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George Osborne to extend funding for lending scheme to small businesses

Banks may be offered 10 times access to cheaper loans as an incentive and leasing firms will be able to take part in schemeGeorge Osborne is switching the emphasis of his flagship lending scheme to small businesses by offering banks incentives to lend more to this credit-deprived sector.As the Bank of England announced a year-long […]
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George Osborne to extend funding for lending scheme to small businesses

Banks may be offered 10 times access to cheaper loans as an incentive and leasing firms will be able to take part in schemeGeorge Osborne is switching the emphasis of his flagship lending scheme to small businesses by offering banks incentives to lend more to this credit-deprived sector.As the Bank of England announced a year-long […]
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George Osborne set to expand Funding for Lending Scheme

Chancellor to extend the flagship £80bn scheme to specifically target banks that lend to small businessesGeorge Osborne is expected to expand his flagship £80bn lending scheme on Wednesday in a bid to boost support for small businesses following criticism that most of the funds have been siphoned off by high street banks to cut homeowner’s […]
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