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Britain’s future in the EU debated at Institute of Directors

May 27 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

British MPs Iain Duncan Smith and Stephen Kinnock went head-to-head in an EU Referendum debate in Central London on Wednesday night.

The Brexit Business Case Debate took place at the Institute of Directors on Pall Mall in Central London, where Conservative MP for Chingford and Woodford Green Iain Duncan Smith was joined by former Director General of the BCC, John Longworth, both of whom support the 'Leave' campaign. CBI President, Paul Drechsler CBE, sat alongside Labour MP for Aberavon Stephen Kinnock representing the 'Remain' camp.

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SMEs leading the way on cost cutting

May 27 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

SMEs are more cost-conscious and spend more time comparing prices than larger businesses, according to research from Applegate PRO.

The research, which surveyed 726 SMEs, found that they are more careful with their spending, enabling them to make considerable savings.

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Companies working hard to address skills gap, says bank

Companies are working hard to tackle the skills gap, and those who have not already done so should act now, according to specialist lending and savings bank Aldermore.

The bank’s report, which was conducted in conjunction with YouGov and CEBR, showed that just 29 per cent of businesses are not suffering a skills gap.

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Research reveals best place to start a business

New research from Vonage has shown the best locations in the UK for entrepreneurs and fledgling companies.

The study shows the survival rate of start-ups since 2014, when over 500,000 new companies were launched. Graduate pools in local areas, broadband speeds and property prices were also looked at in the research. 

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Royal Mail launches online mailshot tool to help small businesses

Royal Mail has launched a mailshot tool for small businesses. The company has created the online tool to enable businesses to easily connect with their customers.

Businesses will be able to create their own mailshots from 49p, which they will be able to have delivered to customers within three working days. The mailshots can be sent to any location in the UK.

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British Business Bank launches £30 million funding pot

May 25 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

The British Business Bank has launched the first instalment of a funding scheme to help businesses to grow.

The Help to Grow programme will provide loans of up to £200 million to small businesses to encourage growth and innovation. The first £30 million instalment of the funding has now been made available to growing businesses.

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Traditional office life no longer relevant, according to report

May 25 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Over 70 per cent of workers believe that traditional office life is no longer relevant, according to a report from computer software company TeamViewer.

The report, titled “The End of Nine-to-Five”, showed that UK office workers feel that a traditional nine-to-five job is no longer necessary, with more people now wishing to work remotely instead. 

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Heathrow expansion will boost Britain’s economy, believes airport’s chairman

May 24 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

The expansion of Heathrow Airport’s runway will help to boost Britain’s economy, according to Lord Paul Deighton.

Heathrow Airport’s new Chairman made his first official visit to Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) yesterday and highlighted the benefits of an expansion in an election-style manifesto. 

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Financial education should be taught in primary schools, say UK MPs

May 24 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Financial education should be taught in primary schools, MPs have said.

A report released this week called for the subject to become compulsory in primary schools to enable children to learn day-to-day financial skills.

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British parents want to start their own businesses, report shows

Over 60 per cent of British parents want to set up their own business, according to a survey carried out by the Start Up Loans Company.

The research, which surveyed 2,000 adults aged 18 and over, found that the majority of parents want to quit their current job and start up their own business as it would provide them with a better work-life balance. 

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South Lakeland business service helps young entrepreneurs

A business service in South Lakeland is helping young local entrepreneurs to succeed.

The programme, which is run by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC), focuses on helping businesses to grow by providing them with expert business advisors.

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Business owners will base EU decision on facts, says report

May 22 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Over 50 per cent of business owners say that they will base their decision on whether or not the UK should leave the EU on facts, according to a report by software company Sage.

The report showed that the majority of business owners are not interested in what celebrities or politicians think about the upcoming EU, with 56 per cent saying that facts will have the biggest impact on their decision. 

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Video: Great Minds series - LSBF interviews Kath Easthope, Managing Director of Bite Global

May 20 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

In a live interview with London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), Kath Easthope, Managing Director of Bite Global – an agency which delivers innovative marketing and communications solutions, spoke about how the industry’s landscape has become more exciting to be a part of.

“I personally believe this is the most exciting time to be in communications,” she said. “The whole landscape we work in has changed […]It used to be that you created a client story and got coverage and were measured on the volume of coverage. But we are now competing with everyone.

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Employment rate reaches record high after changes to retirement age

Employment rate for women reached a record high in March, increasing to 31.58 million, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS stated that the increase could be linked to the Government making changes to the retirement age for women to keep them in work for longer. 

 

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Over 4 million UK residents now self-employed, according to ONS

May 20 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Over 4 million people in the UK are now self-employed, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Figures showed that the number of self-employed people increased by 182,000 from January to March. The total number of self-employed people in the UK now stands at 4.69 million, with self-employed workers accounting for 15 per cent of the workforce. 

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Capital One launches tech accelerator for financial sector start-ups

Capital One is to launch a tech accelerator for early-stage start-up businesses. The credit card company will be launching the Capital One Growth Labs in Nottingham in partnership with L Marks, which brings together established businesses and growing companies.

According to Capital One, the hub will “shape the future of finance”, supporting start-ups in the financial sector to help them develop innovative technologies. 

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British women want to start their own business, survey shows

May 19 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Over 50 per cent of British women would like to give up their job and become self-employed, according to new research.

The survey, which was conducted on behalf of the Start Up Loans Company, highlighted the main reasons why women would like to run their own business and identified the top business sectors in self-employment.

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Study reveals most in-demand jobs in Britain

Britain’s most in-demand jobs have been revealed by Adzuna. The website, which brings together millions of job ads to enable jobseekers to find their ideal role, revealed the top sectors for highly skilled job hunters.

Research showed that 40 out of 56 cities have more jobs available than the number of people searching for jobs. However, sectors such as retail, manufacturing and logistics have experienced a drop in the number of roles available. 

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Ryanair to create 100s of jobs with new training centre at Stansted Airport

Ryanair has opened a new training centre at Stansted Airport, which will create hundreds of new jobs across the company’s UK-based airports.

The European Training Centre was opened earlier this week by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. 

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Annual Startups 100 2016 reveals UK’s best new businesses

The annual Startups 100 list for 2016 has been revealed.

The index, published by Startups.co.uk, lists UK businesses that have shown the best growth potential since being launched on or after 1st January 2013.

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Government tax office in Cardiff announces 480 jobs

The Government is looking for recruits to fill 480 posts at the tax office in Cardiff due to the upcoming closure of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) office at Ty Glas in Llanishen.

The closure comes as HMRC plans to restructure its tax offices, replacing its current network of offices with a smaller number of larger centres. 

 

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Support programme launched to help entrepreneurs

A support programme has been launched to help budding entrepreneurs in Bassetlaw to set up a new business.

Sheffield City Region Launchpad is a £4 million project that is being offered to entrepreneurs through the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub and backed by Sheffield City Region Combined Authority. 

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Church of England partners with company to provide fast broadband

The Church of England has partnered with a company called WiSpire to launch a broadband service across rural areas in the UK.

This will help to meet David Cameron’s pledge to bring superfast broadband to every home in the UK by 2020.

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Digital festival to return to Reading

The Festival of Digital Disruption is returning to Reading next month. The event is being hosted by ConnectTVT’s Grow@GreenPark and will run for seven days from 11th June.

The festival will give children the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities, as well as bringing together tech mentors, leaders, and digital innovators.

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Businesswomen honoured at Inspiring Women Awards gala

May 15 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Inspirational women were honoured at the 24th Inspiring Women Awards last week. The event, which took place on Friday 13th May, celebrates women who have made a difference in the Greater Manchester area.

This year’s awards were held at the Midland Hotel in the city centre, with the winners being announced at a gala lunch. 

 

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