HSBC boosts its annual lending fund for small firms

The bank is to lend £12 billion to UK small businesses in the coming year, up by £2 million since 2017.

Four in ten firms not aware of Making Tax Digital

More needs to be done to make businesses aware of their obligations under Making Tax Digital, according to a leading accountancy body.

UK managers face gender confidence gap

Half of UK managers feel their gender or age has diminished colleagues' confidence in them, according to new research.

Most UK small firms fear a no-deal Brexit

Two-thirds of UK small businesses that trade with the EU say a no-deal Brexit will have a negative effect on their ability to do business, according to new research.

Start-up Day 2018 opens its doors

National Start-up Day takes place at the British Library in London and at 17 city libraries across the UK on Thursday 20 September.

IPSE says pensions have a "PR problem"

Freelancer body IPSE is urging the Government and the pensions industry to take steps to overcome what it calls "the pensions PR problem" in order to improve the retirement prospects of millions of self-employed people.

UK exports remain at record high

UK exports reached £629.3 billion in the year to July 2018, according to the latest trade figures.

Energy should be "smarter, cheaper and fairer" for SMEs

A new report is calling on the Government to reform the energy market to make it easier for small businesses to switch providers and access cheaper tariffs.

Brits losing sleep because of work stress

Over half of British workers polled in a new survey say they have problems sleeping because of stress at work.

Businesses face a consumer trust crisis

Two new studies have highlighted ongoing challenges for businesses as consumer trust dwindles and brand loyalty becomes a thing of the past.