How public sector procurement can have social value

With public sector organisations becoming increasingly aware that their procurement decisions have an impact on local communities, some are rethinking how they award contracts

Lending revolution: fintechs vs banks

Are emerging fintechs levelling the playing field with high street banks in the SME lending market?

Why the patents system needs a revamp

Lack of a universal patent system to protect intellectual property leaves innovating companies open to potentially ruinous infringements

Why SMEs are big targets for cyber crime

Professionals at a laptop

Small and medium-sized enterprises are increasingly in the sights of cyber criminals, sometimes as a means to attack corporate associates where there are riches to plunder

Small businesses wake up to benefits of outsourcing


Outsourcing is no longer the preserve of big corporations as smaller companies and startups realise the advantages to be had

KashFlow is king for small businesses and accountants


Small businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy and yet many are putting their future at risk by failing to organise finances properly

Exports make business stronger


As UK exports show worrying signs of a slowdown, the government is anxious for smaller businesses to venture overseas

Strengthening UK’s business backbone

John Cridland

The UK’s medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the economy: despite making up less than 2 per cent of all companies, they generate almost a quarter of private-sector GDP and employ one in every six people