Small Business News Roundup: December 12-19

This week we’ve brought you all the top news that could affect your small business. Here’s what we’ve been talking about over the past seven days:

Most of us find roadworks to be an inconvenience, but it emerged last week that they cost businesses thousands every week. Works often close roads, prevent parking and delay deliveries, leading to lost profits for shops – in some cases, up to £7,500 a week. Read more.

Next, eBay released a report that showed how its service is turning small businesses into international sellers. A staggering 80% of small businesses on eBay sell internationally to at least five countries, with Russia a surprise customer for exports from the UK. Read more.

On Friday we exposed home workers as the rowdiest people at the office Christmas party. Most people said they view the office party as a way to network, but 38% admitted they had drunk too much at past events. Home workers are most likely to behave badly, with surprisingly high amounts of people admitting they had verbally abused a colleague and even kissed the boss. Read more.

On Monday the Forum of Private Business led a call for councils to cut parking charges, a move which the Forum believes could benefit small businesses and save the High Street. It is thought that a cut in parking charges would help to lure customers back from out-of-town centres where parking is often free. Read more.

And yesterday we learned that small businesses are cautiously optimistic about their future as they head into 2013. Confidence levels are fairly low, but are a massive 18.9 points higher than they were at this time last year, according to the Federation of Small Businesses’ latest Small Business Index. Read more.

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