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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.

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.

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.

Statement improves business support but lacks real reform

Much like the curate’s egg, George Osborne’s final Autumn Statement of this parliament contained good and bad news in fairly equal measure.

Cyber crime is a problem that we all need to take seriously

If cyber crime is a term that has until now not pinged on your radar, things are about to change.

Smaller print managers must be smart to stay in the game

At the IPIA annual conference in Leeds last week, BSkyB's head of print management Mark Cruise addressed an audience of print managers and trade printers and outlined the reasons behind Sky's decision to bring its print management in house.

Printers say ill-considered pre-packs still need regulation

Pre-packs, and their more infamous relation, the phoenix, have been a feature of the print industry since the Enterprise Act 2002 made administration the dominant form of insolvency. As with many legislative reforms, the aim was noble but the consequences...

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