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Market campaign to provide opportunities for young entrepreneurs

A campaign is offering opportunities for young entrepreneurs in Leighton Buzzard. Young people aged 16 to 25 will be offered free pitches at Leighton Buzzard Market for the Love Your Local Market 2016 campaign.

Leighton-Linslade Town Council will be participating in the campaign, which is led by the National Association of British Market Authorities. 

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Red telephone boxes to be transformed into mini-offices

May 05 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

Britain’s red telephone boxes are to be transformed into mini-offices for workers to use whilst on the go.

Bar Works Inc is a US company that provides co-working space, and its Chief Executive Jonathan Black announced plans to launch Pod Works, a project that will see Britain’s red telephone boxes being refurbished and refitted in several major cities. 

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ASOS searching for world’s most innovative startups

Online fashion store ASOS is searching for fashion technology startups to help it enhance its e-commerce site.

The company has partnered up with Wayra UK for the programme, which will provide support to startups to help the company to develop products and services that will reward its customers. 

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UK freelancers more confident on business outlook, survey shows

UK freelancers are more confident about the year ahead despite a drop in confidence in the economy, according to research from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE).

The research showed that freelancers have more confidence on their business outlook than they did at this point last year, and also showed an increase in work levels. Freelancers worked for 84 per cent of the first quarter of 2016 compared to 80 per cent in 2015.

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Hertfordshire Growth Hub celebrates first anniversary

A business hub has celebrated its first anniversary and is to continue providing support for companies.

The Hertfordshire Growth Hub has supported over 500 small and medium-sized businesses since it first launched, with almost 200 businesses benefitting from advice provided by the hub’s specialist team. 

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Business group to invest £2m in Birkenhead town centre

May 03 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Plans to invest over £2 million in Birkenhead’s town centre have been announced.

Wirral’s Business Improvement District, which has been renamed Birkenhead First, will be using the money to carry out improvements on the town centre and provide business support services over the next five years.

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Awards ceremony to celebrate entrepreneurship in the North East

Nominations for an awards ceremony that celebrates the best entrepreneurs in the North East are now open.

The 13th annual North East Entrepreneurial Awards will be accepting nominations until Friday 27th May. The event is organised by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, a support forum that helps entrepreneurs and business leaders get inspired.

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Entrepreneurial Spark provides entrepreneurs with cash boost

Entrepreneurial Spark has provided six entrepreneurs with a cash boost at its annual #GoDoAcceler8 event.

The business accelerator, which provides support for new businesses, presented the cash awards at its hub in Manchester.

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Scottish Conservatives aiming to create 10,000 apprenticeships

May 02 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Scottish Conservatives candidate for Banffshire and Buchan Coast Peter Chapman has announced that the party is aiming to create 10,000 apprenticeships to help more young people to get into work.

Chapman made the pledge during a visit to Score Group, an engineering firm that is already taking on over 200 apprentices. 

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London primary school pupils complete business and enterprise course

Around 200 London-based primary school pupils have completed a course to help them learn business skills. Consultancy company Stride Ventures set up Putting Young Minds to Work after the Government called for business and enterprise skills to be introduced to children.

Business owners from the Bermondsey Pub Company, who sponsored the course, shared their experiences of running a business and helped to judge business ideas pitched by the children. 

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Topshop launches start-up accelerator programme

Topshop has launched a start-up accelerator programme to find “stylish” and “functional” wearable technologies that will appeal to its consumers.

The British retailer will be partnering up with early-stage investment company L Marks to launch Top Pitch, which the brand will use to identify and co-develop prototypes to advance wearable technology. 

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Workspace provider Regus opens new office in London

April 29 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Global workspace provider Regus has opened a new office in London to provide flexible space for businesses.

The building, which is located at 63 St Mary Axe, will offer a number of facilities for start-up companies, remote workers and businesses that are looking to grow. 

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Gloucestershire County Council to invest £2m to help jobseekers

April 29 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Gloucestershire County Council is to invest more than £2 million to help over 4,000 adults to develop new skills, find a job, or gain an apprenticeship.

The council has set up a funding agreement with the Skills Funding Agency for the service, which will provide a number of opportunities for adults with low skill levels.

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Entrepreneurs gather in London for Virgin Media business competition

April 29 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

Entrepreneurs gathered in London on Wednesday to celebrate Virgin Media’s business competition. It was announced earlier this year that the company would once again be launching its Virgin Media Business VOOM event.

The competition was created to provide entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses in Britain and Ireland with the chance to pitch their ideas to Sir Richard Branson. 

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Freelancers contribute over £100bn to UK economy, research shows

April 28 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Freelancers contributed over £100 billion to the UK economy in 2015, according to research published by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE).

The research showed that freelancers now make up 6 per cent of the UK’s workforce, with 1.91 million people freelancing at the end of 2015 - up by 36 per cent since 2008.

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British entrepreneurs in demand in Australia, according to survey

British entrepreneurs are wanted in Australia, according to research carried out by Crown Relocations National Manager John Morris.

The survey revealed that nine out of ten Australians would like more British entrepreneurs to emigrate to the country, whilst one in five believe there are not enough entrepreneurs in the country. Over 80 per cent of those surveyed said that they would welcome more British expats into Australia. 

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Swansea hub gets fastest internet connection in UK

A tech hub based in Swansea is to expand and offer the fastest internet connection of any hub in the UK.

TechHub Swansea was originally launched in 2013 but has now re-opened with a new building, increasing its space by 300 per cent

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Lloyds entrepreneur programme sees increase in applications

A social entrepreneurs programme launched by Lloyds Bank earlier this year has seen an increase in applications.

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, which was created to provide help for start-up companies, has reported a 17 per cent increase in the number of applications received from entrepreneurs in the Liverpool region.

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UK business hub searching for budding entrepreneurs

A business hub launched in Bishop Auckland is searching for ambitious entrepreneurs to fill its studios.

The hub, which is known as Pod and located in the town’s Market Place, is offering studios for entrepreneurs who are in need of space where they can exhibit and sell their work. 

 

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British government to investigate barriers to innovation

The Government has announced that it will be investigating employment rules that are stifling entrepreneurs and preventing them from being innovative.

The investigation, which was announced by Business Secretary Sajid Javid, will involve questioning businesses on topics such as what difficulties they face when trying to fund innovation.

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East Sussex scheme to provide opportunities for young people

April 26 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

East Sussex County Council has secured funding for a scheme that will help young people in Forest Row to receive training and improve their chances of employment.

The council has secured £200,000 of new funding on behalf of Skills East Sussex (SES) for a project called Progress, which will run until June next year and work with schools and colleges in the area.

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Danske Bank launches digital hub for Northern Ireland businesses

A bank based in Northern Ireland has launched a digital hub for small businesses in the area.

Danske Bank has created the hub to help entrepreneurs overcome the challenges of running a small business.

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Children’s charity Barnardo’s launches new employment training centre

A children’s charity has launched a new employment training centre in Bradford.

Barnardo’s, which helps vulnerable children throughout the UK, will be providing a new employment, training, and skills service at its site in West Riding House, Cheapside.

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Google boss encourages businesses to learn digital skills

Businesses are being encouraged to enter the digital world by Google Managing Director for the UK and Ireland, Eileen Naughton.

Naughton was discussing Google’s Digital Garage, a programme that aims to provide training opportunities to help people develop digital skills, at a conference in Newcastle.

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Support for female entrepreneurs could boost UK economy, says report

April 24 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Providing more help for early-stage female entrepreneurs could help to boost the UK economy by £100 billion, according to a report compiled by Deloitte for the Women’s Business Council.

Recent research showed that there are fewer women (less than six per cent) engaging in entrepreneurial activities compared to men (more than ten per cent).

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