Small business news roundup October 14th-18th

close up on stack of papersHave you been keeping up with all this week’s small business news? If not, don’t worry – we’ve got it all in our quick roundup:

On Monday, we heard that small business owners struggle to find headspace to reflect on their business, with almost half so busy they take their work home with them. Business owners revealed the places they manage to find headspace, including at home (29%), while commuting (26%), exercising (11%) and walking the dog (10%).

Next, we welcomed the news that more businesses are adopting flexible working patterns in an attempt to reduce absences. In a survey, 85% of employers said they had adjusted their working patterns this year, with 70% reporting a positive impact on employee motivation and engagement.

On Wednesday, we heard that IT downtime in small businesses is wasting hundreds of working hours each year. Office workers believe that the perfect IT set-up could save them 4.3 hours per week, or 27 days per year. Workers were so keen to improve IT that they would sacrifice their Christmas party (44%) or part of their salary (7% of 18-24s).

And yesterday, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) urged councils to cut car parking charges on Small Business Saturday. The event on 7th December is being run to encourage shoppers to spend money in local businesses. The FPB believes that cutting parking charges on the day with further encourage sales.

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