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SMEs unaware of initiatives to support them

A study by AXA Business Insurance across more than 500 SMEs and micro SMEs in the UK suggests that many are unaware of the initiatives in place designed to help them. The research, carried out shortly after the March 2013 budget, revealed that a quarter of small business owners were unaware

Budget 2013: lending let down for Leeds small businesses, says local specialist

Small businesses across Leeds have suffered a lending letdown in the Budget, according to a local tax and accountancy specialist. Will Swift, who runs TaxAssist Accountants in Horsforth, said:  Despite some welcome news on cutting employer’s National Insurance costs and scrapping planned fuel duty rises, our recent survey* of small businesses showed

FSB’s first economic report of 2013

Small firms’ confidence has increased, but their investment intentions have fallen as the domestic economy and access to finance act as a barrier to growth, show the results from the quarter one 2013  ‘Voice of Small Business’ Index from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) The report, which surveyed 2,686 people