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I have been a reasonably active member of the local section of the Federation of Small Businesses - a good opportunity for local networking - and have been on their Branch Commitee for the last year. However, the organisation has been severely dragged away from where I think it should be at the local level in the last few months - and that's not a local but a national move. Our branch chairman has been dragged through the mud, and words like "Kangeroo Court" have been bandied about but cannot be used officially as everything is happening behind closed doors. Rather odd - you would have thought that the FSB board ...
establishes small business size standards on an industry-by-industry basis, but generally specifies a small business as having fewer than 500 employees for manufacturing businesses and less than $7 million in annual receipts for most nonmanufacturing businesses. In the European Union , a small business generally has under 50 employees. However, in Australia , a small business is defined by the Fair Work Act 2009 as one with fewer than 15 employees. By comparison, a medium sized business or mid-sized business has under 500 employees in the US, 250 in the European Union and fewer than 200 in Australia. In addition to number of ...
There's None So Blind As A Scottish Publican | Dick Puddlecote
Sure. A decent education has never been a pre-requisite for running a pub, but one would have thought that, when their business is threatened, an ability to at least attack the correct target would come in handy. MANY struggling pubs across Scotland can now only afford to open at weekends as drinkers turn to cheap supermarket booze, beleaguered landlords have warned. Scores of bars have been forced to close during the week due to a devastating dip in trade. Some pubs in Glasgow are only open for EIGHT HOURS a FORTNIGHT - relying on punters watching big football matches to survive. Yep. It's a dire state of affairs, so it ... market research, surveys and trends
Small Business Can Think Really Big in Today's Technology
Few could have imagined the vast dependence on e-mail, the thought of the Web becoming a worldwide auction house or that cell phones would access tiny versions of the online world. Now, a minor disruption in our communication devices and platforms makes us wonder how we ever worked without them. Technology also makes this a great time to be in a small business. Accessibility and rapid advances of technology, coupled with changes in the traditional corporate career ladder, have spurred a change in the small business community. Many people are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and are starting their own businesses as sole ... market research, surveys and trends


Over 2.5 million people jobless in Britain
LONDON - The new government in Britain was faced with a new crisis when official statistics Wednesday revealed the number of jobless people in the country to be over 2.5 million, while 8.17 million were “economically inactive”. The number of people looking for work in the country in 2010 rose by 53,000 to 2.51 million, while the employment rate slumped to 72 percent, the lowest since 1996, figures from the Office for National Statistics said. Other statistics revealed Wednesday said the number of people classified as “economically inactive” increased by 88,000 in 2010 and has reached a record high of 8.17 ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
PRESS DIGEST - Financial Times - May 1 | Reuters
Figures from the annual NatWest British Franchise Association survey show the franchise industry has grown in spite of the recession, with the sector's revenue increasing by 400 million pounds to 11.8 billion pounds in 2009. The number of franchise systems active in the UK increased to 842 from 835 in 2009, while the number of employees of franchise business units operating in the UK fell by 2,000 during 2009 to 465,000 staff, including both full-time and part-time workers. On average, franchises reduced the number of full-time staff in 2009, while hiring more part-time staff. SMALL BUSINESSES AVOID BANKS A survey of 1,400 ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Businesses step into the Diss Dragons' Den
THE FIRST small business owners entered the Diss Dragons’ Den to pitch their firm in the hope of winning a prize worth £3,000. There were sweaty palms as questions were fired by the Diss Dragons trying to find which business would most benefit from a marketing, branding, PR and website revamp package, business mentoring and publicity in the Diss Express. The four Dragons were Gislingham business coach David Baker, who is also vice-chairman of the Suffolk branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, Jenna Cox, Diss Business Forum spokesman and managing partner of marketing and design agency Articulate HLC, Marion ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
An Interview with Anne of Delightful Living
I recently interviewed the lovely Anne of Delightful Living, if your thinking about making the leap to becoming self-employed there are some very useful pointers here, very inspirational! Who’s behind Delightful living? Behind Delightful Living is me – Anne Hyde and my partner, Paul McGreevy. Where did you start out in your creative career? My background is in graphic design and Paul is an actor. So we are both creatives, but in different ways, which brings a good balance and an interesting mix of ideas. What led you to start out on your own? Having spent many years in graphic design, which is predominantly computer-led, I ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


NFIB Small Business Economic Trends Survey - January 2010
NFIB Small BuSINeSS. ecoNomIc TreNdS. NFIB Small BuSINeSS. ecoNomIc TreNdS. William C. Dunkelberg. Holly Wade. January 2010. SMALL BUSINESS OPTIMISM INDEX ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
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The DBEDT has a variety of business assistance services. They range from Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone No. 9 to business loans, product promotion assistance, economic and social data compilation and analysis, energy and ocean resources development, and others. The following programs of the DBEDT are specifically designed to help small businesses:   Business Action Center (BAC) DBEDT'S Business Action Center is a satellite of the Business Information Service. The Center helps new and on-going businesses obtain the licenses and permits necessary to conduct business in the State of Hawaii. The Center provides informatin and ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Making Lemonade: Small Businesses Get Innovative | News at KSU
Some small businesses are not just surviving but thriving -- even benefiting -- from the economic weakness that has battered so many other smaller firms. Some have carved a niche few rivals can match. Others are capitalizing on a fallen dollar to boost their exports. Or they're providing a service that defies a pullback in consumer spending. And if they haven't piled up too much debt, some small businesses can still get loans, despite tougher lending standards since the financial crisis erupted. -- Equinox Chemicals, a company in Albany, Ga., that's thrived by mixing a broad domestic customer base with ...
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Are UK credit rating agencies being unfair to SMEs? | LinkedIn ... entitled Britain's "SMEs face battle to secure credit". The crux of the article is that often the only information available to credit agencies is publicly available accounts which can be out of date and very limited (Companies with less than £6.5m turnover usually need to only file a balance sheet and a few notes). I was astounded to see that "Federation of Small Businesses spokeswoman said: ‘The Federation of Small Businesses is not in favour of increasing the administrational and financial burden on small firms, which ...
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All questions on organizational development, sales & marketing, sales management, virtual office space, what to look for, how to avoid scams in the on-line home business community, financing a small business, the truth about grants and grant writing. Experience Started my home business Feb 2006 coming from a Fortune 500 background as VP Marketing. Specialized in organizational structure, development, promotions, and conference planning. Also work with the DOD as a Business Analyst with organizational structure and development of web-based/automated tools to maximize productivity. In addition to a successful MLM Business, I ...