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Will new service assist print’s Davids against Goliath clients?

Among measures on the EU referendum, housing, trade unions and immigration announced in the Queen’s Speech at the end of last month nestled The Small Business Conciliation Service, a proposed independent arbiter of payment disputes between large and small businesses. Few details are yet available, as the government is holding a consultation first, but the idea is it will help small businesses get paid without unduly upsetting their clients.

Will NIC reforms live up to the hype?

The government says 1.25m businesses and charities will see their National Insurance contributions (NICs) cut by up to £2,000 each when the new Employment Allowance is introduced next year. Business leaders have welcomed this, but how does it all stack up for printers?

Print may be a strong player but throughput could be better

On the face of it, current labour productivity levels in the UK are pretty dire to say the least. Last month’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures show that hourly output fell 0.5% in Q1 of this year, pushing productivity below levels recorded before the financial crash.

Green shoots prompt investment in leaner, meaner sector

Infinity Finishing was one of the lucky ones, but just how lucky only time will tell. The business started in mid October, but unlike many would-be start-ups, this one was made possible with a loan from an unlikely source - a high-street bank.

Concerns grow over apprenticeships

On the government’s ongoing plans to reform apprenticeships, training guru Jonathan Ledger has cautionary words for printers toying with training: “Be careful what you wish for.”

Government details plans to tackle late payments to SME

Late payment from customers to suppliers is an ongoing problem that can have severe consequences for small businesses. Not being paid on time hurts companies financially because it creates cashflow issues that are sometimes impossible to recover from.

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