Only Some Small Businesses and Self-Employed Helped in Budget 2021

As the dust settles on a Chancellor’s Budget speech that was more an animated short, rather than the summer blockbuster we all hoped for, there is a sense of relief for the majority of self-employed and small business owners around the UK. But there are still over 2 million self-employed and small business owners that are shaking their heads in further frustrations as quite simply, nothing has changed.

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Small Businesses Wait to See What’s in The Budget For Them

Some are saying this is one of the most important budget speeches since World War 2. Others are frustrated at the Governments continuous ‘leaks’ to the press about what’s going to be announced later this afternoon. But there could well be more help for the self-employed which are due to be announced in the Budget, including the possibility of first grants for an estimated 600,000 people.

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17 Ultimate Business Card Designs for Small Businesses

Lockdown has forced virtually everyone ‘online’ for networking. Which probably means that printers have got a little uncomfortable knowing that one income stream has gone by-the-by for the last 12 months. Business cards.

There are those small business owners that will throw them out like they own a business card machine gun at every networking event. Many will sit at the bottom of bags, or in back pockets never to be seen again. But what about doing something fun, memorable and really makes a mark?

Well here are 17 business cards for small business owners that certainly will do that for your potential customers and networking events as the year goes on…

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The Apprentice Levy Has Failed Every Small Business

Since the days of the Youth Training Scheme, the Government has always tried to publicly ‘push’ the idea of Apprentices and what they can do for businesses both large and small. However the reality of Apprenticeships is less a mixed bag of results, more a bag of pitiful re-engineering that is not fit for purpose.

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From Kitchen Business to International Award Winner? Paddington Bear Would Be Proud

It’s no surprise that many people have spent more time in the kitchen than at any other time in their lives probably. One of the more old fashioned home based, small businesses has always been jam and marmalade making.  Put those two things together and we have brand new entrants for an award marking the finest of breakfast staples; marmalade.

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365 Days and 1000’s of Men No Longer On The Edge

For many men the thought of talking about their issues and mental health fills many with a sense of dread. (There’s one writing this.) But thanks to Kenny Mammarella-D’Cruz, there are thousands more that have had the space and time to talk of their issues over the last twelve months. And what a twelve months it’s been. 

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Small Businesses Can Lead The Charge on Dealing With Plastic Waste

New data has revealed that almost three-quarters of UK consumers (71%) think brands, retailers and small businesses are NOT doing enough to make their beauty and personal care* purchases more sustainable. They also identified plastic waste as the main culprit – around half (46%) see it as the biggest sustainability challenge facing the industry.

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Small Businesses Should Prepare Themselves for Redundancies

Smaller businesses looking to reduce their workforces should urgently prepare for the costs of redundancies, following changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme made late last year.
That’s the warning from human resources experts The HR Dept, which provides human resources advice and support for more than 6,500 small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across the UK and Ireland.

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Half of Staff Like The Work/Life Balance – Double Trouble for Small Businesses

Do you run a small business that employs staff currently working from home?
How are they doing?
Do you know what they’re doing when they’re meant to be working for you?
Is this the way you see the future of your business?

Well according to one survey, nearly half of employees think they’d rather quit their job than work in the ‘office’ again.

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The Fake Reviews Hurting Your Small Business Today

Fake reviews for goods sold on Amazon’s Marketplace are being touted “in bulk” for as little as £5 each, according to a consumer group. ‘Which?’ found 10 sites openly offering review manipulation services to third-party sellers on the retail giant’s online platform, which could be costing your small business thousands of pounds.

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