Small business news roundup: May 10-17

NewspapersWe bring you the latest small business news as it happens, and here’s our quick roundup of the small business news stories we’ve covered this week:

On Monday, new research found that almost half of consumers turn to social media before committing to an online purchase. Respondents in a YouGov survey also said they use social media to vent when they’ve had a bad experience with a company.

Next, it was announced that the Start-Up Loans scheme will be extended to over-30s. Previously only available for 18-30 year olds, budding entrepreneurs of any age will soon be able to borrow up to £2,500 to help get their business off the ground.

On Wednesday, we told you small businesses are abandoning traditional marketing in favour of online and mobile channels. Over a fifth had given up on traditional marketing altogether in favour of mobile sites, QR codes and SEO.

Yesterday, we revealed that one in four small UK businesses still don’t have a website. Research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows that only a third of small business sites are used for making sales.

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