Small business news roundup June 28th – July 5th

NewspapersHappy Friday! We’re wrapping up the week with a quick roundup of the best small business news from the last seven days. Here’s what you might have missed:

On Monday, we highlighted the fact that many small businesses are unprepared for upcoming pension changes. The auto-enrolment scheme will affect the smallest businesses from 2015, but 60% say they have not yet budgeted for the changes or even assessed how this would affect their staff contracts.

Next, we looked at the holiday habits of small business managers. A survey found that only half of managers had booked a holiday this year, with many too busy to take a break. Of those who do plan to get away, most will still check their emails, with 12% doing so daily during their holidays.

On Wednesday, we heard that more graduates are turning to freelancing. PeoplePerHour found that the amount of graduates signing up to their service had more than doubled in the past year. More males than females are turning to freelancing, and the most popular skills are website design and mobile app development.

And yesterday, July 4th, UK retailers celebrated Independent’s Day as the US commemorated Independence Day. The small business event was set up to support and promote independent businesses. Shoppers were urged to buy at least one item from an independent retailer in order to show their support.

Make sure you keep visiting bOnline’s Small Business Secrets blog to keep up with the latest small business news, tips and website advice!

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