A new survey has found that 1.4 million of the UK’s 4.7 million family-owned businesses are run by couples, or ‘copreneurs’, with the figure expected to rise within the year.
MPs, business groups and owners have been up in arms about the imminent revaluation of business rates, amid warnings that the changes could lead to “eye-watering” bill rises for some businesses.
Local authorities have called on the Government to allow council-run schools to sponsor weaker academies.
The Association for Licensed Multiple Retailers (AMLR) has written to Chancellor Philip Hammond asking him to dilute the impact of business rate rises due in April, claiming that many pubs and restaurants could go out of business because of the increases.
The Startups 100 2017 index is now open for applications from the UK’s high-potential, early-stage businesses in a bid to find the top 100 most inspirational and disruptive start-ups launched in the UK in the past three years.
Twenty-three academy trusts flouted regulatory rules last year by paying companies with links to members of their staff or trustees, Schools Week has revealed.
Although acknowledging that small business confidence has bounced back to levels seen before the UK voted to leave the European Union, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging Chancellor Philip Hammond to give small firms as much help as possible in his Budget next month.
The concerns keeping new business owners awake at night include marketing, access to finance, hiring talented people and the feeling that all they’re doing is ‘winging it’.
Ministers have revealed that more than half of all academy schools in England have lacked enough income to cover their annual expenditure.
Recent figures reveal that one in 10 people in the UK plan to start their own business this year, which means that 3.2 million more are expected to be running their own enterprise by this time next year.