The UK’s rate of inflation rose unexpectedly in February 2023, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed. Inflation increased to 10.4% in February, up from its rate of 10.1% in January. The ONS said the rise was partly driven by shortages of salad items and vegetables. These shortages helped to push food […]
Lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK is the lowest it has ever been, with fewer than one in ten small businesses applying for finance in the first quarter, according to data from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The FSB’s quarterly Small Business Index also revealed that of those who apply […]
Small business is the lifeblood of the British economy yet it’s the sector that struggles the most when seeking investment to grow and prosper. HMRC’s various Venture Capital schemes, introduced by the Government to encourage private investment into high growth potential ventures, not only provide a real alternative to high street lending for the business […]
Small business is the lifeblood of the British economy yet it’s the sector that struggles the most when seeking investment to grow and prosper – hence the EIS scheme, introduced by the Government to incentivise private investment into high growth potential ventures, tempting investors with a cocktail of tantalising tax free goodies.