Press & media

Press releases & media relations

Please find below all press releases relating to BackinBusiness. 

If you have any queries, would like to interview one of the team, or would like someone to comment on anything relating to small businesses and freelancers, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Podcast - Wales, lockdowns & firebreaks (11 November)

Of the 200,000 small businesses in Wales 72,000 slipped through the support net. Why isn’t the chancellor listening to the pleas of the self-employed?

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Podcast - Musicians (26 October)

Freelance musicians are being treated like ‘second-class workers’ and without support, this £5.5 billion industry could be under threat by Christmas, says

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Podcast - Self-employment (13 October)

The big winter freeze: Freelancers and small businesses to face ‘long, cold and hungry winter’ warns

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Podcast - Government schemes (5 October)

Restrictions and lockdowns need to be matched by compensation for affected businesses or effective retraining for millions of unemployed, says

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Podcast - Hospitality (30 September)

The latest government restrictions could be the ‘10pm death knell’ for many restaurants and pubs warns, if no suitable support is given to curb the impact.

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Chancellor Statement response (24 September) welcomes the chancellor’s job support schemes and the extension to the grants and loans available to the self-employed, but warns that millions still may be left without any support.

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Interview with Toby Perkins MP, Chair of APPG on Pubs (24 August)

Britain’s pub trade is still in a volatile state warns and more needs to be done to support this industry in the long-term.

Despite our local pubs opening again with social distancing, hand sanitiser and customers leaving contact details, our pub trade is in a very fragile state.

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Interview with Gary Turner, Xero (17 August)

We need a Government Minister responsible for digital adoption says Gary Turner, MD UK and EMEA at Xero.

Gary Turner, MD UK and EMEA at Xero talks to’s CEO Liz Barclay about what small businesses need to survive and thrive.

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Podcast - Supply Chains (10 August)

Supply chains are the hidden casualties of the Covid crisis and if businesses that form these links do not get better support, it could affect the UK’s economic recovery.

Some firms are finding they have no problem getting their usual supplies to sell on to their customers. Others are finding their supply chains are fraying. Supply chains are the pipework of the UK economy. They are to the businesses of the UK what electricity cables, water pipes and broadband wires are to our homes

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Podcast - Events industry (4 August)

The party’s over for the events sector unless the Government extends the furlough scheme. is urgently calling on the government to support the events sector by extending the furlough scheme.

The people behind events, from the Olympics and city marathons to weddings and children’s parties do the job because they love it. Their skills range from catering and planning, to finding the right places, music, and entertainment for the right events at the right time. They spread joy and laughter, create jobs and help power the UK economy.


Podcast - Rural businesses (28 July)

Mental health pandemic is looming say rural business owners: the lack of clarity from the Government and isolation is causing a crisis

Rural businesses aren’t just farms. Rural areas are full of innovative small businesses doing everything from accountants in sheds at the bottom of gardens, to artists making jewellery and pottery, and IT consultants and freelancers working in many different sectors.

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Podcast - Lost Generation (20 July)

COVID compounds millennial disadvantage: Rockstar Rishi and the conservative party need to act quickly to avoid losing their talent for good warns

Around 85% of the furloughed workforce is aged over 25 and largely includes the genera:on that suffered the most in the 2008 recession. That disruption caused a whole generation to miss out on economic opportunities.

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Podcast - Theatres (13 July)

As outdoor theatre raises the curtain – traditional theatre waits in the wings.

Theatre, film and TV Actor Adam James tells “We welcome the £1.6 billion earmarked for arts and culture but it will have to spread a long way. If we lose our theatres we won’t get them back. We mustn’t lose what is after all a source of national pride and international significance, nor lose the next generation of talent or the huge steps we have made in diversifying our audiences and our workforce.”

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Chancellor statement response (8 July) welcomes many of the measures outlined by the Chancellor in his summer statement to kick-start the economy, but warns it may be a gamble if a second wave of Covid-19 hits the UK. published ten points for the chancellor to consider in his ‘mini’ budget, to help small businesses, the self-employed and freelancers – many of which were dealt with.

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Podcast - Sport & leisure (6 July)

Innovation is the name of the game for London’s oldest Football Club Cray Wanderers and its newest strength conditioning space ‘Strong Her Women’.

They need clarity from the Government Says

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Podcast - Mothers in Business (29 June)

Mother-led businesses will be collateral damage in this Covid crisis says

There’s been a massive increase in self-employment since the last recession with the majority of those roles created by women. There are 610,000 self-employed mothers and this crisis has been worse for them says Julia Ruse of Manchester Met Business School: “Freedom to invest time in their business is up for negotiation at home and if your partner is in full-time employment you’re likely to lose that negotiation with the childcare falling to you. It’s shocking that the Government closed schools without putting any measures in place to help mothers to cope with their jobs and that’s even worse for self-employed mothers.”

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Podcast - Hair & Beauty Sector (23 June)

Grasping the opportunities of the Covid crisis will pay big dividends for many small businesses says

Hairdressers and beauticians are getting ready to open again but many haven’t been idle.

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Podcast - Convenience stores (15 June)

Changing the Sunday trading rules would be a kick in the teeth for small local convenience stores says

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Podcast - Hospitality (8 June)

There are opportunities for small businesses as well as challenges in getting back to work says

The UK’s 5.9 million small businesses are gradually opening again. The doomsayers predict that one in 5 won’t reopen. That presents a wealth of opportunities for survivors who innovate to fill the gaps and attract the customers.

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Podcast - Late Payments (1 June)

Late Payments fuelling cash cataclysm for small businesses during Covid Crisis says

The 5.9 million small businesses need to be paid on time or they won’t survive. Dire predictions are that 4 out of 10 only have 6 months cash and one in 5 won’t reopen. If the very backbone of the UK economy isn’t being paid what they’re owed, we’ll lose the driving force for our recovery.

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Podcast - Debt (24 May)

Repaying the loans the Government intended as the saviour of small businesses threatens their future and the UK’s recovery, says

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Podcast - Self-employed (18 May)

Recovery is at risk as Self-employed innovators slip through the safety net  says

Self-employed people and freelancers are the very backbone of the UK economy and they will lead the recovery yet they’re last in the queue for help from the Government.

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Podcast - Shadow Chancellor interview (4 May) Podcast presenter and CEO Liz Barclay has been talking to the Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds and asking whether the Government has done enough to save small businesses and freelancers; whether there’s more that should be done and for longer; how well or badly she feels the banks have handled their role, what UK PLC will look like when we all come blinking out into the light again, whether the supplies chains have been irreparably damaged,  how we should prepare for the relaxing of lockdown rules, and what kind of a society we should all be working to build and what the role of small business people is in that new world.

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Podcast - Pub Trade (4 May)

We all know our local pubs and favourite restaurants are closed, and the hospitality trade is in a very fragile state. How will it ever open up again?

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BackinBusiness launch (4 May)

Broadcasters Mickey Clark (BBC Wake Up to Money); Declan Curry (Business journalist and BBC 1 Working Lunch) and Liz Barclay (former Radio 4 You and Yours presenter) have launched their podcasting, blogging and information site for small business owners and freelance workers.

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