Skip to main content
We're here with practical information for your business. Learn about business planning, running a business and more.

Search

For a successful business, you need a viable business idea, the skills to make it work and the funding. Discover whether your idea has what it takes.

Forming your business correctly is essential to ensure you are protected and you comply with the rules. Learn how to set up your business.

It is likely you will need funding to start your business unless you have your own money. Discover some of the main sources of start up funding.

Businesses and individuals must account for and pay various taxes. Understand your tax obligations and how to file, account and pay any taxes you owe.

Businesses are required to comply with a wide range of business laws. We introduce the main rules and regulations you must comply with.

Learn why business planning is an essential exercise if your business is to start and grow successfully, attract funding or target new markets.

Marketing matters. It drives sales and helps promote your brand and products. Discover how to market your business and reach your target customers.

Some businesses need a high street location whilst others can be run from home. Understand the key factors from cost to location, size to security.

Your employees can your biggest asset. They can also be your biggest challenge. We explain how to recruitment and manage staff successfully.

It is likely your business could not function without some form of IT. Learn how to specify, buy, maintain and secure your business IT.

Few businesses manage the leap from start up to high-growth business. Learn what it takes to scale up and take your business to the next level.

Business theft on the rise

13 August 2019

Man taking laptops from an office during the nightThe UK has seen a 9% increase in business theft over the past three years but some parts of the country are seeing much bigger rises, according to new research.

Business theft is on the rise across the UK and the value of goods stolen from businesses has increased by over £2m since 2015, according to new data published by Ebuyer, following Freedom of Information requests being sent to police constabularies across the country.

The figures have revealed significant differences across the UK, with some areas seeing huge rises in business crime. Since 2015 there has been a 9% increase in the number of reported thefts affecting businesses across the UK as a whole. However, Cleveland police force, in north east England, has seen a staggering 3,292% increase over the three-year period, with 1,323 reported thefts in 2018 compared to 39 in 2015.

Out of 23 police constabularies that responded to the data request, 19 (83%) experienced increases in business-related thefts between 2015 and 2018. The top five constabularies which have seen the largest increases in business theft are:

  • Cleveland Police (3,292%);
  • Dorset Police (1,757%);
  • Durham Police (1,640%);
  • Dyfed-Powys Police (704%);
  • Surrey Police (659%).

Bucking this national trend are the police authorities in Bedfordshire and Derbyshire, which have both seen a decrease in business thefts since 2015. Bedfordshire has seen such reports drop by 54%, while in Wiltshire the number of thefts has fallen by 48%.

Meanwhile, London has reported by far the highest number of thefts. In 2018, businesses in this area contacted the police 339,337 times about stolen goods - 14 times more than the national average (24,058).

"The significant increase in the number of business thefts indicates that the risk to business security is higher and more unpredictable than ever," said Lee Weymouth, commercial director at Ebuyer. "As concerning as this is for businesses, there are now a number of ways that firms can protect themselves, including CCTV and thermal sensors."

Written by Rachel Miller.

Stay up-to-date with business advice and news

Sign up to this lively and colourful newsletter for new and more established small businesses.

Contact us

Make an enquiry