Small businesses: the big picture

Business news and opinion

7 September 2021

An in-depth look at the experience of the UK's small and medium businesses during the pandemic - and a guide to supporting them in the future.

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How business owners can support their teams in the transition to smart working

Business news and opinion

21 July 2021

Mental Health Lead at AXA Health explains how businesses can support their staff in the transition to home or smart working.

Budget 2021: what does it mean for small business and the self-employed?

Business news and opinion

9 March 2021

AXA summarises the 2021 Budget with the need-to-know information for small business owners and the self employed

15 things we love about local shops

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Business news and opinion

19 September 2019

They’re the heart of the community for a reason... or 15 reasons!

Budget 2018: what SMEs need to know

Business news and opinion

1 November 2018

Examining how the Chancellor’s Budget could impact how small businesses operate.

How our mums help shape our businesses

Business news and opinion

9 March 2018

This Mother’s Day, celebrate everything mums do for us – and our businesses.

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The Small Business Brexit Pulse Check

Business news and opinion

1 March 2018

AXA takes the pulse of small businesses in the UK to get their take on the future.

How women overcome barriers to success

Business news and opinion

9 November 2017

What barriers do women still face in business, and how can these be overcome?

UK proposes new data protection changes

Business news and opinion

26 September 2017

With new data protection rules coming, what does it mean for business?

Five unexpected family-run businesses

Business news and opinion

16 June 2017

We look at five businesses which have managed to keep it in the family

A General Election for small businesses?

Business news and opinion

31 May 2017

What are the main political parties promising small businesses in the election?

Pancake Day: why not take a break?

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Starting up

27 February 2017

The Manchester Cakehouse shows us how to treat your business this Pancake Day

Why losing our local shops matters

Business news and opinion

20 February 2017

The loss of a local shop is devastating for the owner, and the UK as a whole.

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Marketing lessons small businesses can learn from the John Lewis Christmas advert

Business news and opinion

30 November 2016

It's become a much-anticipated part of the festive build: the John Lewis Christmas ad. AXA looks at what small businesses can learn from the tradition.

In conversation with Ed Bussey

Business news and opinion

17 November 2016

The Great British Entrepreneur of the Year gives his advice to budding start-ups

UK inflation reaches two-year high

Business news and opinion

8 November 2016

What does the Consumer Price Index have in store for UK business?

Do good by stealth: five ways local businesses quietly give back to the community

Business news and opinion

2 November 2016

Local shops are at the heart of the community, so much so they're often leading the effort to improve the area. AXA reveals five ways businesses give back.

John Lewis supports SMEs 'Made Locally'

Growth and strategy

25 August 2016

New campaign aims to promote artisan SMEs and local produce in stores