Small Business news feeds

Nearly half of UK employees spend most of their time on organisational, planning and other admin tasks - rather than the actual job in hand.
New Government figures show that less than half of eligible English councils have begun allocating their share of the £300 million business rates hardship fund launched six months ago.
With the latest trade data for August showing a further widening of the trade deficit, business groups are calling for more Government help for small firms that want to export.
New research shows that small firms can cut the wait for payments if they automate processes such as credit control, payments and receipts.
On World Mental Health Day, business groups are calling for more to be done to help employers tackle mental health issues in the workplace.
A new poll shows that small and micro-businesses are doubtful that the Government's new small business commissioner will adequately tackle the issue of late payment.
The productivity of UK workers has fallen for the second quarter in a row in a trend that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has called a "productivity puzzle".
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has averted over a million visits to a number of unauthorised websites that promote misleading and costly helpline numbers.
Small businesses are not keeping up with online shopping trends, as mobile commerce goes mainstream.
One-third of freelancers and micro-business owners work longer than the UK maximum of 48 hours per week but most say they are happy with their work-life balance.