Small businesses

All Commons Briefing Papers
30 Documents
26.10.2016Business statistics
Businesses since 2000, small businesses, business by region, businesses by industry, business births and deaths and information on female representation in business. It also features some discussion of the sources of business statistics and their coverage.
25.08.2016Support for Small Firms
This Paper is a guide to current government schemes designed to improve access to funding and other advice and support to the small firms sector.
14.04.2016New Enterprise Allowance
The New Enterprise Allowance is a government scheme designed to help unemployed people who want to start their own business.
18.03.2016Budget 2016: a summary
A summary of Budget 2016 and the Office for Budget Responsibility's forecasts for the economy and public finances.
27.01.2016Late Payment of debts
This note provides a history of the UK's legislation and other initiatives on late payment of debts.
27.01.2016Enterprise Bill [HL] 2015-16
This briefing provides an overview of the Enterprise Bill [HL] 2015-16
10.11.2015Policy on small firms 1997-2015
This Paper describes policy initiatives between 1997 and 2015 designed to meet the needs of small firms. It outlines their original purpose and what happened to them.
15.10.2015Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) describes a range of methods (such as mediation and arbitration) designed to avoid the need to go to court to enforce legal rights. Usually these methods are a cheaper and quicker route for resolving a dispute. The EU Directive on Consumer ADR and an EU Regulation on Consumer Online Dispute Resolution were published in July 2013. The requirements of the Directive were implemented into UK law by the Alternative Dispute Resolution for Disputes (Competent Authorities and Information) Regulations 2015.This briefing Paper outlines the background to, and the main provisions of, the new ADR Regulations 2015. Like the Regulations, this Paper is only concerned with consumer ADR (i.e. a dispute between a trader and a consumer).
03.07.2015Public procurement
One third of public sector spending is on procurement of goods and services. This briefing looks at the rules for public procurement, at government priorities and at how well public contracts are being managed and delivered.
09.12.2014Small businesses and the UK economy
This note presents a statistical analysis of small businesses in the UK, the role of small businesses in international trade, small businesses and GDP, small businesses and tax receipts and information on government policy towards small businesses.
17.11.2014Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Committee stage report
This is a report on the House of Commons Committee stage of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.
04.09.2014Business support schemes - statistics
Statistics on take up and cost of Government schemes that support businesses and SMEs
10.07.2014Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill will receive its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 16 July 2014.
31.01.2014Public procurement: small businesses and savings
This archived note briefly discussed public procurement with a particular focus on small and medium-sized enterprises and savings. It has been superseded by SN6029 (Public Procurement).
09.09.2013VAT Registration
All businesses must register for VAT if their turnover of taxable goods and/or services is above a given threshold. This note discusses how the registration threshold has been set in recent years and the debate there has been about whether the threshold is too high or too low.
13.07.2012Support for Small Business
Government policy on support for small business has been evolving in the current economic downturn. This note covers existing arrangements and schemes introduced under the previous administration.
25.04.2012Lending to business
This note sets out statistics available on lending to business and discusses recent trends in the data.
16.12.2011Business tenancies: rent reviews
Business tenancies: rent reviews. By Wendy Wilson. SN/SP/849. This note outlines the law and practice around rent setting for commercial lease agreements with emphasis on upwards-only rent reviews.
03.06.2011The economic crisis: policy responses
This note brings together the various elements of Government action to deal with the current economic crisis
12.05.2010Regulation of tattooing and body piercing businesses
This note summarises the law under which tattooing and body piercing business are licensed and regulated
08.05.2009Taxing small businesses: Budget 2000 to Budget 2006
This historical note examines the difficulty of designing effective tax incentives for small companies, in the context of the four year history of the zero rate of corporation tax, introduced in April 2002.
08.05.2009Taxing small businesses: recent developments
This note discusses the reforms to taxing small businesses set out in the 2007 Budget - in particular, the phased increase in the small companies tax rate - before looking at the recent change in the Government's approach, signalled in the 2008 Pre-Budget Report.
03.03.2009Small Business Rate Relief (Automatic Payment) Bill (Bill 13 of 2008-09)
The purpose of this Bill is to make the payment of rate relief for small businesses in England automatic. Currently, businesses have to apply to their billing authority once within each revaluation period (five years) to receive the relief during this period.
25.11.2008Small Business, Insolvency and Redundancy
HC Research Paper 08/87 Small Business, Insolvency and Redundancy
21.10.2008Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme
Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme. By Louise Smith & Vincent Keter. SN/BT/827.
08.07.2008Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [HL] Committee Stage Report
16.05.2008Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [HL] 2007-08
Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill (HL) 2007-08. (Bill 103 of 2007-08). House of Commons Library Research Paper 08/46.
28.06.2004Small firms: Red Tape
Small firms: red tape. House of Commons Research Paper 04/52.
14.03.2001Regulatory Reform Bill (HL):background to red tape issues (Bill 51 of 2000-01)
Regulatory Reform Bill (HL):background to red tape issues (Bill 51 of 2000/01). House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/26.
02.04.1998Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill (HL) 1997/98 (Bill 132)
Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill (HL) 1997/98 (Bill 132). House of Commons Library Research Paper 98/42.