Small business news roundup May 24th-31st

Reading the newsWe bring you the top small business news every day – but don’t worry if you’ve missed any this week, here’s our quick roundup from the past seven days:

Last Friday, a new study was released which showed more than half of small businesses are unhappy with their domain name. Around half settled on their current domain name as their first choice was taken, and feel they have lost business because of this.

On Monday, there was more confirmation that a strong online presence is vital to customers. A massive 80% of respondents to a survey said they expect small businesses to have a website. Nearly half said a website is their preferred first contact point.

Next, we revealed the number of spare time businesses has increased by 34% in the last 12 months. Starting up a business is now considered easier than ever, with most people running their spare time business from their bedroom, and 9% in their garden shed!

On Wednesday, there were fears of a high street meltdown by 2018. New research show that 22% of today’s high street shops could close in the next five years. Neighbourhood stores are likely to decrease by 26% as a result of the rise of online shopping.

And yesterday, we told you a smile could be the secret to business success. Most (59%) consumers said a simple smile and friendly hello is enough to make them loyal to a small business. Customers also appreciate when businesses remember their regular orders.

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