A blog post by Andy Coote
There is a lot of debate – not just in the press – about ethics and morality in business. Most of the debate centres on the mega businesses in banking, retail, service provision – and, of course, big media itself. That is an important debate but I’m more interested in smaller businesses, the type that we have most of in this country, and the learning they can offer to bigger business.
For smaller businesses – and I include those that employ tens of people as well as one-man bands – the question is not how to maximise huge profits or to avoid tax. For a large proportion it is about making any sort of profit and keeping up with the administration of their tax affairs. Small business has always been precarious. It is even more so now. It is, for so many, a survival game.
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