UK Small Business

Small Firms 'Wary of Scottish Independence'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics

Almost half of small business owners in Scotland think independence would be bad for their company, a new survey suggested. The research found 48% ...

Miliband To Demand Immediate Energy Price Freeze

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband is set to demand an immediate energy price freeze for business and domestic customers by calling for a vote in the House of Commons next w...

Why Has Osborne Not Spent Over £2bn Meant For New Jobs?

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics

Most of a government fund set up to boost regional economies remains unspent, while the cost of creating jobs has increased, according to a new report...

Chuka Declares War On BLUE Tape

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Politics

Chuka Umunna has threatened to expose companies that are persistently late paying their suppliers under new Labour plans to crack down on so called bu...

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Ex-Obama Cabinet Member Warns UK Govt Lacks Plan For Small Business

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Politics

Ministers' failure to give small businesses a presence "at the highest levels" of government risks hampering the economic recovery, warned Karen Mills...

What Did Dave Avoid Saying He Agreed With Boris About?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has refused to say if he agrees with Boris Johnson's call for the 45p upper rate of tax to be cut even further to 40p. Under questio...

'Even Daily Mail Readers Support Our 50p Tax Plans'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Politics

Chuka Umunna has launched a staunch defence of Labour's plan to bring back the 50p upper rate of income tax for those earning over £150,000, insistin...

How're Small Firms Preparing For The Christmas Rush?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK

Christmas is a fabulous festive chance for Brits to relax and tuck into their turkey, but many businesses are working harder than ever as the holidays...

Here's Where To Get The Best Boxing Day Deals

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.12.2013 | UK

Shoppers are swarming to the high street for the Boxing Day sales as they hunt down the best cut-price post-Christmas goods.. You can expect the u...

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Small Business Saturday: All You Need To Know And How To Help

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK

Small Business Saturday has hit the UK for the first time, with politicians across all parties urging Brits to go out and shop at small businesses. ...

Ministers Unveil Plans To Help Small Businesses

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Ministers have marked today's Small Business Saturday by proposing a raft of measures to help small businesses, including faster broadband, reduced en...

'Point Scoring' Clegg Sets Up £1.25bn Bank In His Own Constituency

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has been accused of political "point scoring" after revealing a new government "business bank" is set for his home city of Sheffield The...

'Hit Squad' Bankers Killing Off Thousands Of UK Firms

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK

Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds caused the 'financial downfall' of thousands of small businesses through "unscrupulous" business practices, accordin...

Starbucks Accused Of 'Ripping Off' New Food Craze 'Duffins'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK

Starbucks has been forced to admit that its new "duffin", a doughnut-muffin combination, was not an original creation despite the coffee chain's suppl...

How Is Ed Planning To Woo Small Business?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband will offer an £800m tax break to smaller firms as part of a mission to make Labour "the party of small business". Miliband will reveal...

You Think Your Boss Is Bad? Ten Tales Of Nightmare Bosses

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK

Workers take nice bosses for granted, a recent business study found. Staff can go through a lot, with tales of employees being 'forced to dance' i...

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Profits? Originality? 10 'Essentials' You DON'T Need To Succeed

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK

Entrepreneurs looking to start out can get deluged with business advice on how to succeed. Business mantras and tips frequently fly that viewers of...

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Will Madrid 2020 Olympics Help Or Hurt Business?

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK

London’s Olympic Games ended more than a year ago to fireworks, applause and fanfare as mayor Boris Johnson handed the flag over to Rio de Janeiro,...

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How Are Hummus Bros Planning To Sweep London?

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK

Hummus Bros, a cafe chain based around the a hummus-based cafe chain, came about as an idea after Christian Mouysset and Ronen Givon met at universit...

What Has Lord Ashcroft Bought Now?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics

Lord Ashcroft has broken into the English sparkling wine market after completing a £7m deal to buy Gusborne Estate, a Kent vineyard which was develop...

Wonga Chief Mocks Archbishop Welby's Rival Credit Unions

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK

Credit unions, the financial groups championed by the Archbishop of Cantebury Justin Welby, would need state support to rival payday lenders, the boss...

Wonga Made Over £1m-A-Week In Profit

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK

Wonga has posted record profits on Tuesday of more than £1 million per week for 2012, despite the firm being caught up in controversy over payday len...

How Hard Work Built A £120 Million Telecoms Empire

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK

Milind Kangle is chief executive of Lycamobile, which offers cheap international calls to consumers using pay-as-you-go SIM cards. It is also the...

Chuka Umunna's Call To End 'Squabbling' Descends Into.. Squabbling

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics

Chuka Umunna has come under fire from other politicians after calling for an end to political "squabbling" over business issues. Labour's shadow ...

Minimum Wage Flouting Firms To Be Named On Twitter

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK

Employers who fail to pay staff the national minimum wage will be named and shamed on Twitter as part of a newly revised government scheme coming into...