Author: Sophie Lewis

FSB respond to Labour Party’s SME pledges

Labour plans to launch ’20 pledges to business’ to help smaller sized firms and rejuvenate Britain’s high streets.

SMEs more worried about rising energy costs than Brexit

Nearly half of SMEs have slashed staff working hours to pay for rising energy bills, with nine per cent seeing their energy bills jump by a massive 500GBP or more per year.

Employers urged to address engineering skills gap caused by retirement

WR Engineering: ‘With an ageing workforce meaning hundreds of thousands of engineering roles will need replacing, companies must do their utmost to encourage young people to become engineers and skilled technicians.’

Recruitment sector remains strong

Margins across the recruitment profession remain strong, but staff attrition and a need to upskill teams remain key challenges along with Brexit.

Government calls for evidence on improving cyber security

This latest call is part of the government’s current review of cyber security incentives and regulations.

IPSE praises New Enterprise Allowance

The IPSE has praised the New Enterprise Allowance scheme as being a ‘vital tool’ for the self-employed.

Autumn Budget must address SME issues, says FSB

FSB: ‘We need to see the Chancellor step-up to the mark next month with measures that will reinject optimism into the small business community and enable growth’.

Employers advised on how to protect lone workers

‘Out of sight out of mind’ used to be the mantra for lone workers, but as the number increases in the UK, employers are realising that it’s important to ensure their safety and wellbeing.