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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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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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Competition for young entrepreneurs is relaunched

A competition to give young entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors has been relaunched.

NACUE is now searching for students and graduates across the UK to take part in its Varsity Pitch 2016 competition, which is in its sixth year. 

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Next phase of Gloucester development to create 700 jobs

May 13 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

A further £100 million investment into the development of Gloucester city is expected to create 700 jobs.

Over 3,000 full-time and part-time jobs have already been created in the city following a £260 million investment from Peel Holdings.

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Barclays launches data analysis system for small businesses

Barclays has launched its new data analysis system for small and medium-sized businesses. The service, called SmartBusiness, will enable small business owners to keep track of performance trends and their customers.

SmartBusiness is now available to over 500,000 of Barclays small and medium-sized business customers for £4.95 a month plus VAT. 

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Mobile-friendly websites vital to business growth, according to research

Over 30 per cent of small businesses now believe that a mobile-friendly website is vital to business growth, with nearly two-thirds of businesses expecting an increase in their mobile sales, according to research from YouGov and eBay UK.

The research, which surveyed 400 online businesses, found that 36 per cent of small businesses expect their mobile sales to increase by up to 10 per cent in 2016. 

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Bank of Ireland to launch programme for small businesses

Bank of Ireland will be launching its Enterprise Week programme this week to help small businesses in Northern Ireland.

The event will support SMEs and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their business and receive advice from experienced entrepreneurs.

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Schools should teach digital technology, says former Education Secretary

Schools need to place more focus on teaching young people digital skills, according to former Education Secretary Lord Kenneth Baker.

Baker, who is Chairman of education charity the Edge Foundation, warned that millions of jobs are under threat from automation and that jobs in professions that were once considered careers for life are being lost. 

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Leeds startup helps inventors to become entrepreneurs

A startup company based in Leeds has launched an innovative platform to help aspiring inventors become entrepreneurs.

Oliver Yates and Owen Williams co-managed a small product development and design agency before launching Invent Me: a start-up that gives inventors the chance to share and develop their ideas.

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Liverpool women work more than rest of UK, shows survey

May 11 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Women in Liverpool work 1,626 hours more than the rest of the female workforce in the UK, according to research by online beauty company blowLTD.

The research identified the locations in which women work the most hours, and found that women in London work 75 more hours than the rest of the UK’s female workforce, whilst women in Scotland work 70 hours more. 

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