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  • CMA steps in to give people a better deal on comparison sites

    Following an in-depth study, the CMA is setting clear ground rules for all online comparison tools and opening an investigation into one site.

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its final reportfollowing a market study into the use of price comparison sites and other apps.

  • Subsidy free solar comes to the UK

    The UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm will be officially opened today (Tuesday 26 September) by Climate Change Minister Claire Perry.

    The 45 acre Clayhill solar farm and energy storage facility near Flitwick in Bedfordshire, built by energy provider Anesco, is made up of over 30,000 solar panels - enough to power 2,500 homes.

  • 5 year ban for Merseyside takeaway owner who under-declared VAT

    Ricky Yan Kay Sum, director of a Chinese takeaway restaurant in Rainhill, has been disqualified for five years for under-declaring cash sales and VAT

    Ricky Yan Kay Sum, director of Yat Yeen Limited, which traded under the name of Chung Ku, also failed to pay the under-declared VAT.

  • London Borough of Ealing wins prestigious Touchstone Award 2017

    The Touchstone Award, sponsored by the British Hallmarking Council (BHC), is a national award for trading standards in hallmarking.

  • Motorbikes to large trucks: developing zero emission vehicles

    Businesses can apply for a share of £20 million to support development of technologies that allow a range of vehicles to be zero emission.

    Businesses can lead research and development projects into low emission technologies for cars, motorbikes, lorries and vans as part of a long-term funding plan for the UK to lead the way in new vehicle developments.

  • Social Enterprise UK report lifts the lid on the future of business

    A major new report into how business is conducted in the UK today reveals the continued growth of the Social Enterprise movement.

    Nearly one million people are now employed in the sector that aims to use the power of business and enterprise as a force for good, with over 70,000 businesses contributing more than £24 billion to the UK economy.

  • How digital technology can help SMEs fight fraud

    Aziz Rahman has teamed up with anti-fraud experts and produced a guide on how implementing digital tech can help SMEs prevent fraud crimes, most importantly, trade-based money laundering.

    In the digital age, the immense scale of multi-layered global trade chains – and the many legitimate trading processes and structures these allow – provide a number of ways for trade-based money laundering (TBML) fraud to be carried out by criminals.

  • Hong Kong to host technology festival for cutting-edge British businesses

    International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, today announced that UK will host a festival showcasing the best of British innovation in Hong Kong.

    The UK government will host a GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong to showcase the power of UK innovation and technology to the world, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox today announced (21 September).

  • SMEs in line for share of £360m through apprenticeship framework

    A new Crown Commercial Service framework will help government train the next generation of civil servants.

    Government is expected to invest more than £360m in developing the next generation of public servants, through a new Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework.

  • Vehicle data merger to go ahead after firms address competition concerns

    The CMA has accepted proposals to resolve competition concerns in the merger of Solera Holdings, Inc. and Autodata Publishing Group Limited.

    The companies are the 2 main suppliers of data services for mechanics across the UK. Garages and workshops use this data to help diagnose, service and repair vehicles.

  • Hull named most enterprising place in Britain

    The City of Hull has been named the most Enterprising Place in Britain by the Enterprising Britain Awards.

  • Hong Kong Trade Development Council Dinner: Chancellor's speech

    Chancellor's speech at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council Dinner.

    Chief Executive, distinguished guests, Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen.

    It is an honour to be here this evening.

    As everyone in this room knows, this year’s annual dinner marks a very special anniversary.

    On 1st July 1997, Prince Charles and Lord Patten sailed away on the Royal Yacht Britannia…

  • Welsh Secretary in celebration of Welsh start-ups

    Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns recognises outstanding achievements of Welsh firms at start-up awards.

    Alun Cairns MP will speak to leading Welsh start-ups at tonight’s Wales Start-Up Awards at Depot (15 September), in the heart of Cardiff’s digital landscape.

    The Secretary of State will recognise the outstanding achievements and contribution of shortlisted firms such as Stratium Ltd, Elidir Health Ltd and Amplyfi to the Welsh economy.

  • ‘Give Pudsey your round pounds’, new partnership urges

    BBC Children in Need, The Royal Mint and HM Treasury launch Pudsey's Round Pound Countdown.

    Today (20 September) it was announced that BBC Children in Need will be partnering with The Royal Mint and HM Treasury on their £1 coin campaign, joining forces for Pudsey’s Round Pound Countdown.

  • Government and unions welcome 'important step' for UK steel industry

    Tata Steel Limited and ThyssenKrupp sign formal agreement that could secure the future of Port Talbot

    The Business Secretary and the lead representative of the UK’s three steel unions today (20 September) welcomed an ‘important step’ for the country’s steel industry after Tata Steel Limited and ThyssenKrupp signed a formal agreement that could secure the future of Port Talbot.

  • High Street Conference will help independent retailers stay competitive

    SaveTheHighStreet.org is holding an inaugural event to level the playing field on the UK's high streets.

    SmallBusiness.co.uk will be joining SaveTheHighStreet.org, the nationwide movement promoting the interests of independent businesses, at the first High Street Conference on September 25th.

  • Be concerned’, SMEs told, as HMRC targets SMEs over tax avoidance

    HMRC collected an additional £474 million in corporate tax as a result of investigations into SMEs during the 2016/17 tax year.

    Small business owners should be taking steps to improve their record keeping and seeking specialist advice following new research that has suggested HMRC is targeting SMEs rather than larger businesses over potential tax avoidance because it perceives them to be an easier target.

  • Mundell: Leaving the EU will transform global trade

    In a speech in Paraguay, David Mundell set out how leaving the EU will transform the UK’s trade with the rest of the world.

  • Ice cream director out in the cold for accounting records failure

    The director of Manchester-based Gerards Ice Cream Co has been banned for six and a half years for failing to maintain proper records

    Robert Scappaticci, who acted as a director of Gerards Ice Cream Co Ltd, has been disqualified for six years and six months for failing to ensure that the company maintained or preserved adequate accounting records.

  • UK government launches plan to accelerate growth of green finance

    New measures will build on the UK's global leadership in green finance as part of the move to a low carbon economy.

  • Three quarters of consumers find shopping a frustrating experience

    Year-long research shows that despite a seven per cent decline in frustration-levels over the last 12 months, many areas of omni-channel operation still fail to meet consumer shopping expectations.

    Three quarters (72 per cent) of consumers say the experience of shopping in the UK leaves them frustrated, research by Omnico finds.

  • British Small Business Awards: Sole Trader of the Year shortlist announced

    The shortlisted businesses in the Sole Trader of the Year category have been announced for the British Small Business Awards.

  • Retailers reducing in-store friction in pursuit of “5-star” customer experiences

    Friction-free shopping is a competitive advantage in retail stores, as congestion and not being able to find what you want leave customers shopping elsewhere.

  • Minister for Europe delivers key speech at Ukraine conference

    Sir Alan Duncan reaffirms UK’s unwavering support for Ukraine on first official visit.

    Two months on from the London Ukraine Reform Conference, Sir Alan Duncan will travel to Ukraine where he will meet representatives of the Ukrainian government, including the Vice Prime Minister for European Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze. He will also hear about the deteriorating human rights situation in Crimea, illegally annexed by Russia, when he meets with Crimean human rights defenders.