This weekly round-up of news and finance updates for small businesses sees a lot of discussion about the competing parties in the upcoming election – but there’s other news to talk of as well, including a digital shake-up for website owners and a rise in pensioners thinking of becoming entrepreneurs…
Feature of the Week
Party manifesto guide | BBC News
Unless you’ve been hiding from any and all media, then you’ll know that the upcoming General Election on 7th May is a big deal. While there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the various debates, trying to break down their policies can sometimes be easier said than done.
That’s why we’re thankful that the BBC has done the hard work for us. Click on the link above to see all of the main parties’ policies broken down and divided into areas of key interest.
Businesses to pay £221m in overpaid tax as business rate appeals miss March 31 deadline | Western Morning News
Small businesses are thought to be most affected by a recent change in deadline for making business tax appeals. The beginning of April 2015 saw any business tax appeals for overpayment being charged at a new set of rates decided in the Autumn Statement 2014. See the article above for the full information.
If your small business is in the digital or SEO game, then you’ll have heard about a new Google update that punishes websites that are mobile-viewing friendly. Even if you’re not a web whizz, you’ll want to have a think about your website design, as it may be seriously limiting your exposure to customers online. This guide is great for explaining what it is, and how to cope.
FPB sets out its own manifesto for small businesses | Small Business
The FPB (Forum of Private Business) is lobbying for the future government to take greater heed of areas that most affect small businesses. A Manifesto for Small Business has been launched, and offers clear policies to present to the parties – many of which have been vocal advocates of small business.
Pension reforms influence start-ups among older people | Small Business
New pension freedoms mean that more than half a million over-55s are thinking of starting a new business, according to new research from pension investment specialists, AXA Wealth. Are you in the 10% of over-55s thinking of drawing on their pension pot for a new venture? Click on the link above for more information.