Small Business

A third of food and drink entrepreneurs will be too busy to celebrate Christmas this year

Christmas cancelled for a third of SME food firm owners

By Mike Stones

Christmas celebrations will be cancelled for a third of food and drink small business owners this festive season, due to business and work commitments, reveals a new survey from financial specialist Ultimate Finance.

FMEA judge Dale Fiddy gives his take on this year's entries

FMEA judge impressed by small companies

By Matt Atherton

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEA) judge Dale Fiddy said the quality of entries from small to medium-sized enterprises caught his attention in this year’s judging process.

Jones said the barriers between food businesses and retailers were broken down at the event

Break down barriers to retail buyers

By Laurence Gibbons

Barriers to retail buyers can be smashed by food and drink entrepreneurs, according to the founder of business support organisation Enterprise Nation.

Late payments are leaving small firms out of pocket and unable to invest in jobs

Late payments hinder food jobs

By Laurence Gibbons

Late payments are preventing small food and drink businesses from securing growth and taking on new employees, according to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

There needs to be tougher action against firms that do not pay suppliers when agreed

Cross-party group to tackle supply chain bullying

By Laurence Gibbons

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has assembled a cross-party group of members of parliament (MPs) to tackle supply chain bullying following criticism of the practices of 2 Sisters Food Group and Premier Foods.

2 Sisters claimed the supplier letter was only intended as a starting point for negotiations

2 Sisters Food Group slammed for supplier letter

By Rod Addy

2 Sisters Food Group faces criticism from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) after BBC’s Newsnight programme revealed a letter to suppliers claiming they could wait over four months for payments.

Small businesses need help to avoid are missing out on online sales

SMEs need more support to avoid losing online sales

By Laurence Gibbons

Small businesses should receive more government funding to help boost their online presence and prevent them missing out on £165bn of online sales, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

A proposed new regulation is only a small step in helping SMEs secure funding

Government funding proposals for SMEs fall short

By Laurence Gibbons

Government action to improve cash support for small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is only a small step in the right direction, according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

Jason Potter, general manager of Besmoke with the giant Advent calendar

Giant advent calendar showcases food firm’s growth

By Laurence Gibbons

A giant advent calendar arrived in Brighton today (December 11) to showcase food ingredients firm Besmoke as one of 24 business that have benefited from government support over the past year.

Late payments have hit 23% of small business surveyed by the Forum of Private Business

Late payments hit 23% of small businesses

By Laurence Gibbons

Almost a quarter of small businesses have felt the effects of late payments over the past year, according to research by the national small business group the Forum of Private Business.

George Osborne's claims that his plans to revive the economy were working were dismissed as 'complacent boasts' by Ed Balls

Chancellor’s Autumn Statement – in quotes

By Michael Stones

Chancellor George Osborne used the Autumn Statement today (December 5) to insist that his plans to revive the British economy were working. But shadow chancellor Ed Balls dismissed the claims as “complacent boasts”. Here we capture the key points of the...

Paul Wilkinson: DEFRA should launch an Entrepreneurs’ Fund to help small firms become big firms

Business Leaders' Forum

Food manufacturers need ‘Entrepreneurs’ Fund’

By Rick Pendrous

Business leaders have issued an urgent call for a new ‘Entrepreneurs’ Fund’ to be set up to help new food and drink manufacturers make the next step in their growth.

Cash-strapped: Small-scale food manufacturers could boost output if banks boosted lending

Small food manufacturers’ growth plans stifled by banks

By Gary Scattergood

Small food and drink firms make a crucial contribution to the £1,000bn driven through local economies by small businesses each year, but it could be far greater if banks loosened their purse strings.

Food firms and small businesses have responded positively to Osborne's plans

Autumn Statement welcomed by food and drink firms

By Dan Colombini

Chancellor George Osborne did his best for small firms in yesterday’s (November 29) budget speech despite “limited room for manoeuvre”, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Feedback: the breakfast of champions at Authentic Food

Feedback: the breakfast of champions at Authentic Food

Foot massages, cash prizes and a packed social calendar to inspire the troops? They are not a substitute for decent pay and career development, but part of a package of measures that makes The Authentic Food Company one of the best small companies to...


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