1 in 8 SMEs use personal loans for funding

1 in 8 SMEs has used credit cards and personal loans to fund their businesses over the last 12 months, according to new research by Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Funding for SME business advice

Small businesses will be able to get funding for advice from business schools under a project run by the Small Business Charter.

Most start-ups based at home

Seventy per cent of all new businesses are started at home, research by AXA Business Insurance and the Enterprise Nation business network has found.

Business births up by 8,000 in 2012

The number of new business registrations in the UK increased by 8,000 (3.1 per cent) in 2012, data from the Office for National Statistics has shown.

UK entrepreneurs work shorter hours

Small business owners in the UK work shorter hours compared to their European and American counterparts, according to research carried out by insurance provider Hiscox.

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