Economy

News stories on the economy and its impact on small business finance, funding and growth.

Weak pound’s big impact on UK SMEs

Importers struggle with costs while exporters spot new opportunities as sterling remains weak.

By News Desk | 8th July 2009 at 8:19 | Read more ...

Current Inflation Rate – May 2009

Inflation continues to slow with deflation the ongoing trend for the Retail Price Index during May 2009.

By News Desk | 16th June 2009 at 17:51 | Read more ...

Budget 2009 – small business reaction and impact

Alistair Darling sets out precious little by way of support for small businesses in his 2009 Budget. But what do SMEs really think?

By News Desk | 22nd April 2009 at 16:30 | Read more ...

Current Inflation Rate – March 09

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) falls again and the Retail Prices Index (RPI) enters negative territory for the first time in nearly 50 years.

By News Desk | 21st April 2009 at 13:28 | Read more ...

Recession fraud threat to small businesses on the rise

Small firms in danger of falling victim to rise in fraud sparked by the opportunistic and desperate as recession bites.

By News Desk | 30th March 2009 at 17:35 | Read more ...

Current Inflation Rate – Feb 09 & small business deflation

Annual RPI falls to 0.0% as looming deflation proves a mixed blessing for UK small business.

By News Desk | 24th March 2009 at 11:35 | Read more ...

CBI crystal ball predictably gloomy on UK economic outlook

Sharp decline in economic activity, high unemployment and recession to continue throughout 2009, with little or no growth anticipated in 2010.

By News Desk | 16th February 2009 at 1:01 | Read more ...

UK recession official as small firms confront employment issues

As the ‘R’ word becomes statistically official, some small businesses are already looking to the future when it comes to employment opportunities.

By News Desk | 23rd January 2009 at 13:42 | Read more ...

Current Inflation Rate – Dec 08

Dramatic slowdown in inflation as Consumer Price Index falls by 1% during December 2008. But are we heading for deflation this year?

By News Desk | 20th January 2009 at 17:39 | Read more ...

Travel and advertising victims of small business budget cuts

While advertising and travel are top of the list of budget cuts for UK SMEs, IT spending looks set to hold up.

By News Desk | 19th January 2009 at 10:42 | Read more ...

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