Small business news roundup May 3-10

newsHave you missed out on any small business news this week? We’ve gathered the top stories from the past seven days that could affect your small business, see our quick roundup below:

Last week the Government announced a new £25m fund for small businesses starting up in London. Mayor Boris Johnson announced the fund last Friday as part of a £111m drive to revive the city’s economy.

On Monday we revealed that small businesses are unprepared for the security threats posed by new technologies. Less than half offer data security training to their staff despite up to 87% being affected by a security breach in the past 12 months.

Next we explored the traits that make up the nightmare co-worker. A new study found that arriving late for work or meetings is the top irritation for colleagues. Respondents also highlighted gossip, excessive cigarette breaks and loud mobile phones as top bugbears.

On Wednesday debt charity StepChange highlighted an “alarming” level of debt among self-employed people. This average self-employed debt has increased by £10,000 over the past year and is considerably higher than the employed and unemployed.

And yesterday, the Federation of Small Businesses reacted to new Bills set out in the Queen’s Speech. The speech announced low interest rates for businesses, a new employment allowance, and promised deregulation for many small business issues.

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