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Research shows SMEs seeking finance are not presenting the correct management accounts to lenders. PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 January 2010 14:18

Recession-hit small businesses are actively managing their cash flow yet struggling to access finance because they are not presenting their management accounts in the correct format to the finance and credit industry.
 
The news follows the latest research from the Forum of Private Business (FPB), commissioned by CreditPal, the free accounts analysis system for SMEs*.

 
The FPB is calling for greater collaboration between banks and businesses by asking that lending decisions based on realistic assessments of up-to-date risk of individual businesses. In turn, business owners must be prepared to help themselves by working more closely with lenders by providing latest detailed management accounts information.
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Supermarket watchdog welcome, but more is needed to help small shops and suppliers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 21:26

Small suppliers are finally being given protection from supermarkets in the form of an ombudsman, but the Forum of Private Business (FPB) is calling for further measures to help both suppliers and shops.
 
The FPB is welcoming today’s news that the Government has accepted a recommendation for a body to enforce the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP). It was made by the Competition Commission in 2008 after a two-year inquiry into alleged abuses in the groceries market.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 January 2010 21:31
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Council Scheme allows free parking at weekends to boost festive trade. Why not in Knutsford? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Len Thomson   
Friday, 13 November 2009 07:22

Free weekend parking is being introduced in Rotherham town centre from November 21st after 3.00pm and at the weekends to boost town trade in the run up to Christmas. The scheme applies to all council-operated car parks and on-street parking bays throughout each weekend and after 3.00pm for the rest of the week. Wirral Council, offered 'free after3' parking initiative on every Thursday for Birkenhead, Liscard and Heswell and West Kirby in the run up to Christmas.
The initiative funding was made possible by the Government's national cut in VAT from 17.5% to 15% last December 2008, which was not passed on to the public and would fund  the scheme.

In Knutsford we have seen increases in parking payable from April 1st 2009 and an increase in traffic wardens on our streets to help deter shoppers from parking in our town.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 November 2009 11:55
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Forum of Private Business and Accept Cards Ltd help firms save money on merchant services PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 November 2009 14:48
FPB and Accept Cards Ltd help firms save money on merchant services
 
The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is helping small businesses cut adrift by the providers of credit card merchant services or struggling with the cost of processing card payments.

 
The FPB has joined forces with Accept Cards Ltd (ACL) in order to reduce the expense of taking card payments and the hassle of seeking out alternative providers.
 
Many business owners are paying steep rates because they do not have the time or resources to shop around for a better deal. Some are not aware they can use the credit card merchant services provided by lenders other than their existing banks.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 15:04
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Gascoigne Halman's goulishly creative competition provides perfect outlet for children's imagination in Knutsford PDF Print E-mail
Written by Len Thomson   
Sunday, 01 November 2009 03:22

Spooky, creepy, fun and kid-friendly staff from Gascoigne Halman Knutsford, invited local children to enter their Pumpkin Carving Competition and were treated to a Spook-tacular Halloween Display of creative talent. An array of prizes were awarded to entrants for the most spooky, the best carving, outstandingly creative, with an additional category for the home grown pumpkin having to be created on the day.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 09:33
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