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The latest tax, employment, business and economic news affecting firms and individuals alike. Updated each day.

Hike in unfair dismissal claims

03 Feb 09

The economic downturn has seen a rise in the number of insurance claims made by SMEs facing legal action from employees who are citing unfair dismissal.

Businesses to get help in securing finance

02 Feb 09

The government has unveiled details of plans designed to provide SMEs with easier access to credit and to help with the cash flow problems afflicting many firms as the economic downturn deepens. The support package will see the government guaranteeing up to 50 per cent of some £20 billion worth of bank loans to small businesses.

Business Payment Support Scheme: what every business owner needs to know

02 Feb 09

Britain’s businesses will face enough challenges over the coming months without having to worry unduly about their responsibilities to the Treasury. So the government have launched a brand new Business Payment Support Scheme to give worried entrepreneurs some breathing space. It’s called Time to Pay.

Applying for a government grant

02 Feb 09

With the banks still reluctant to lend, one possible alternative source of business finance is a government grant.

Avoiding redundancies

02 Feb 09

Keeping hold of valuable and experienced staff.

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