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General election result leaves smaller firms uneasy

A substantial number of small businesses would like to see another general election six months from now in the hope it will produce a clearer mandate for one party to govern, a new poll has suggested.

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Firms finding it more difficult to defer VAT payments

Increasing numbers of firms are being refused the chance to defer their VAT payments under the Time to Pay scheme.

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General Election 2010: a hung Parliament

With no party capable of commanding an overall majority in the House of Commons, here is a brief recapitulation of what each of the main parties has promised on business, tax and the economy.

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Business plans: the foundation for success

Any business, whether it is just starting out or is considering the next stage in its development, will need a business plan.

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Firms hesitant over asking for loans

Small businesses are showing a continuing reluctance to approach banks for loans and credit.

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What the political parties are promising

With the election looming, the main political parties have outlined what they intend to do on business support and tax.

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Late payments total billions for SMEs

Almost three-quarters of small firms have been hit by the late payment of bills during the past year, new figures suggest.

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Smaller firms still being affected by late payments

Many small firms are having to wait longer to get paid, new research has shown.

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Raising finance

If you are thinking of expanding your business, or starting a new one, you will need to raise finance. This requires careful planning and good professional advice.

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