A quarter of Brits want to be self-employed

A recent survey estimated that approximately a quarter of all employees would like to become self-employed and hope to one day launch their own business. The poll, by Lloyds Bank Insurance, found that 1 in 4 is unsatisfied with working for someone else, with many stating that they wanted more control over how they spend…

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An optimistic future for SMEs

The future looks bright for British SMEs, as a recent survey by Albion Ventures, revealed that two thirds of small and medium sized businesses are expecting growth over the next two years. 62% expect either a ‘dramatic’ or ‘moderate’ growth, up from last year’s 59% – demonstrating an infectious optimism among business-owners. And the good news…

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Combining employment and self-employment

As we reported last week, the number of people who are now self-employed has risen significantly in recent years. However, not all of those people are earning money solely from their own business venture. Last week, the Financial Times reported that there has been a surge of people who are now both employed as well…

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The benefits of self-employment

In the last few years, the number of workers who are self-employed has risen considerably. Figures suggest that there are currently 4.54 million people in the UK who are self employed (an 8% rise from the previous year) and of the 780,000 who gained employment this year, 40% of those people are self-employed. It is…

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Prepare your small business for auto-enrolment

Come 2017, every UK business that employs staff will be required by law to offer and contribute to workplace pensions – including new and small businesses. This is big (and possibly daunting) news for many SMEs, especially considering the difficulties faced by many in the current economy. However the rule change follows numerous measures to…

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An Overview of the Small Business Bill

It was revealed during the Queen’s Speech today that the government is introducing a new Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. The bill has been designed to address the needs of small businesses, which the government has previously described as being lifeblood of the British economy. It tackles a range of issues which currently affect UK SMEs,…

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