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43% of SMEs have purchased new software in order to work remotely

Almost half (43%) of small- and medium-sized businesses had to buy or install new software for remote working in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Capterra. A furt...

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Majority of SMEs in North Wales and North West set to expand in 2018, survey finds

The majority of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in North Wales and the North West will take on new staff in 2018, a survey has revealed. The JVP Group’s Business Barom...

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One in three SMEs unaware of cost of absenteeism, research reveals

Absenteeism is costing the UK economy billions each year, with small-to-medium-sized enterprises often hit hardest. However, one in three SMEs don’t know how much absenteeism is...

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Absenteeism impacting profitability, according to 71% of SMEs

Absenteeism is having a big impact on profitability say UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This is according to 71% of firms questioned in a survey commissioned by Moorepay...

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Half of UK SMEs face major talent management challenge in next 12 months, research finds

The latest ‘UK SME Confidence Index’ from Vistage has revealed that talent management will be a major challenge for half (47%) of UK SMEs over the next 12 months. The research, ...

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Optimistic SMEs face costs challenges in year ahead, research finds

Britain’s small and medium-sized enterprises are cautiously optimistic about their prospects for the year ahead, new research from Close Brothers shows, but nervous about the ex...

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FCSA outraged that HMRC continues to hamper small businesses as software fails to cope with dividend tax changes

As the first tax returns are being filed since HMRC introduced the dividend tax allowance in 2016, FCSA has learned that HMRC’s software is preventing the UK’s freelancers and c...

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Over half of SMEs have no plans to take on staff in 2017, research reveals

Small and medium-sized enterprises are reluctant to take on new staff during 2017, new research from Close Brothers warns, amid nervousness about the prospects for the economy a...

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86% of SMEs spend up to 10 extra hours a week on hiring activities

New research has found that business decision makers within SMEs are spending up to ten hours a week on hiring related activities, on top of the demands of their own job role. F...

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Three-quarters of SMEs feel ‘life admin’ squeeze, finds research

Life admin – those unavoidable tasks and events that interrupt our everyday lives – is squeezing SMEs, new research from AXA PPP healthcare has found. With nine out of ten (88%)...