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Picturesque printer up for sale

A small printing business in one of the most picturesque locations in the country has been put up for sale by its owner.

Chancellor sets sights on late payment culture

Chancellor Philip Hammond has pledged to look at ways to combat the late payment culture impacting SMEs as part of his Spring Statement.

Liquidation can send you down the drain

The failure of Carillion, the UK’s second largest construction business, followed the loss of vast sums of money on big contracts and debts totalling more than £1.5bn, including a huge pension shortfall – officially reported as £587m but which an analysis for Sky News reckons is nearer £2.6bn – and £900m owed to the banks.

Printers back calls for an end to late payment culture

Increasing numbers of print SMEs are being placed under undue pressure as a result of late payments from customers, as the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) calls on the government to crack down on the late payment culture.

How is business confidence faring in the devolved nations?

According to research from accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young, entrepreneurs are four times more likely to start a business in London than in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Entrepreneurial spirit down in devolved nations

Business birth rates in the devolved nations are significantly lower than in England, with a lack of government support highlighted as a major factor.

Cash is king. Long live the king

How many times have you heard variations on ‘Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, but cash is reality’?

Youthful drive can still conquer print

This issue’s interview features Aron Priest, who, along with business partner Andy Smith, is co-founder of Solopress, which, until very recently was one of the UK’s largest, independent online print businesses.

Can new regulations right the wrongs of late payments?

It is the bane of an SME’s life: late payments from a large customer can leave a smaller company in dire straits. For too long, it appears the government has sat back and allowed the big companies contracting out work to SMEs to get away with paying late by up to – and beyond – 90 days.

Vistaprint launches updated SME website builder

Vistaprint has launched an updated version of its website builder for small businesses, incorporating changes that it believes make the product unique in the market.

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