Chambers News

Access to finance challenge for small businesses

Accessing finance is becoming more difficult for a large number of SMEs, according to new data.  

Around half (49%) of business surveyed who accessed finance felt that getting funding had become more challenging over the past three years.  Only 13% said it was getting easier.

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Major package of reforms to support small businesses

Prime Minister to announce major reform package to boost apprenticeships and cut red tape for thousands of small businesses. Setting out a major package of reforms to support businesses to deliver more apprenticeship places, cut red tape for SMEs and leverage more private investment in female founders.

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Presidents Blog: 5 ways small businesses can use AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a concept of the future. It’s here, and it’s transforming the way businesses operate. For small businesses in Dorset, AI offers a range of opportunities to streamline operations, enhance customer service, and drive growth.

Here our President Steve Bulley looks at five ways small businesses can leverage AI

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Budget summary March 2024

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has unveiled the contents of this year’s Budget in the House of Commons.

It is the last scheduled Budget before the next general election, which is expected to take place later this year.

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Mortgage Rates on the rise

It is reported that HSBC, NatWest and Virgin Money are increasing interest rates on loans.

More mortgage providers will increase their rates on new fixed deals on today (23 Feb) following a series of changes since the start of the year.

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