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How small businesses are dealing with online giants

How small businesses are dealing with online giants By Tom Espiner Business reporter, BBC News 1 December 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Jonzara Image caption Family shop owners: Jonathan McCann with his sister Sarah and mother Heather Small businesses in the UK face a number of immediate challenges, including a long slowdown in consumer spending. But they also face a struggle with big online competitors such as Amazon. On Small Business Saturday, we take a look at what some businesses are doing to up their e-commerce game. “I do think there’s a great opportunity for small business,”...

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How much of your salary is spent on rent?

By Kevin Peachey and Daniele Palumbo BBC News 1 December 2017 From the section Business Tenants typically spend more than a quarter of their monthly salary before tax on rent, official figures show, but there are wide regional variations. They paid an average of 27% of their gross salary to their landlord in England in 2016, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows. The picture varies across the country. In London, tenants spent nearly half (49%) of their salary on rent. In northern England, this falls to just under a quarter of salary (23%). Given the proportion of...

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