NEWS

More employers making life better for employees

September 29 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

More employers are introducing facilities and schemes to make life better for their employees, according to administration and consultancy services provider Barnett Waddingham.

The company’s Why BWell report, which surveyed 300 workers, showed that over 50 per cent of employees feel that their employer is helping them to achieve a good work-life balance. 

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

UK-based company enters top 20 gamification list

September 29 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

UK-based learning technologies company Growth Engineering has been named as one of the top 20 gamification companies for the second year running.

The company was entered into the Top 20 Gamification Companies List, which was compiled by Training Industry, a resource company that publishes top 20 lists of the top providers of training services. 

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

UK’s business population reaches record high

September 28 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

The UK’s business population has reached its “highest ever level”, up by 4 per cent from £2 million last year to £2.1 million, according to research from UHY Hacker Young.

The research found that the number of businesses in the country per capita has increased to 32.7 businesses per 1,000 of the population, nearly reaching the pre-recession level of 32.8. 

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Citibase launch new centres for Scottish businesses

September 28 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Office space provider Citibase has announced plans to expand in Scotland, with two new centres being launched in Aberdeen and North Lanarkshire.

The new centres will see Citibase doubling its number of business hubs in Scotland, which will provide flexible workspace for 500 Scottish businesses and boost the country’s economy. 

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Alternative finance platform to help UK startups

September 28 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Praetura Asset Finance, an alternative finance platform, has secured an £18 million investment from the British Business Bank to help UK startups.

The company, which was launched in 2014, provides a wide range of financial services for small businesses, including asset finance, finance leasing, hire purchase and refinancing facilities of between £10,000 and £2 million.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Birmingham named most enterprising city in Britain

September 27 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Birmingham has been named the most enterprising city in Britain in the 2016 Enterprising Britain Awards.

The Enterprising Britain Awards are run by Investment in Young People on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and celebrate local initiatives to support business and growth.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

North East tech sector growing fast, research shows

September 27 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

The North East has one of the fastest growing tech sectors in England, according to research from accountancy firm Nixon Williams.

The report found that the number of technology businesses in the North East increased from 9,695 to 10,285 from 2014 to 2015 – a growth of 9.2 per cent. This makes the region’s tech growth second only to London, which saw an increase of 11.7 per cent.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Female entrepreneurs advising women to set up business

September 27 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Over 80 per cent of female business owners say that they would recommend that other women set up their own business, as said by the Women-owned Micro Businesses Trend Report from Vistaprint.

The report surveyed 1,200 female entrepreneurs from the UK and US, and revealed that respondents are confident about their business, with over 50 per cent expecting their enterprise to financially improve this year.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

New e-learning initiative for aspiring franchisees

September 26 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Lloyds Bank and the British Franchise Association (bfa) have launched a new online learning initiative for aspiring franchisees.

The Prospect Franchisee Certificate (PFC) will enable people considering starting a franchise to learn about the financial aspects of starting and growing a business.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

DCMS launches cyber innovation centre for startups

September 24 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have teamed up to launch a cyber innovation centre for startup companies.

The centre, which is called Accelerator, will help startup companies to develop new cyber security systems to protect the UK from cyber-attacks. 

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Google launches Digital Garage for Scottish businesses

September 23 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Google has opened a pop-up Digital Garage to provide small Scottish businesses with digital skills training.

The space is being provided in partnership with Glasgow City Council and will run until January 2017.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

More small businesses using Instagram to promote services

September 23 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Over 500,000 companies are now advertising on Instagram, according to the social networking website.

Instagram announced that the number of businesses actively using the website has more than doubled since six months ago.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

New finance programme launched for small charities

September 22 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Charity Finance Group (CFG) has launched a programme to help small charities manage their finances and provide support for community accountants.

The Small Charities Programme for England and Wales will be piloted this year and is set for a full launch in January 2017.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Small Business Saturday launch date announced

September 21 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

The launch date for this year’s Small Business Saturday will be 3rd December.

The event, which was set up to support UK small businesses, is now in its fourth year.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Majority of young people want to start businesses, shows survey

September 21 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Research from ABE has found that 82 per cent of the UK’s young people want to become entrepreneurs.

The research showed that many young people are planning to set up their own business in the future, with 4 per cent already having done so.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

UK’s first boot camp for cyber security entrepreneurs launched

September 21 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

HutZero, a government-funded project, has launched the UK’s first boot camp for cyber security entrepreneurs.

The project is run by Cyber London (CyLon) and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), and is intended to help entrepreneurs build their businesses.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

£600k fund to support rural projects announced

September 20 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

The Prince's Countryside Fund, which was created six years ago to help improve rural businesses and communities, has announced a £600,000 grant funding pot to support rural initiatives.

The fund will help to support projects that provide opportunities, such as training for young and unemployed people, in rural communities. 

 

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Booming fintech could help UK’s law firms

September 20 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

London’s fintech sector could help the UK’s law firms after almost a quarter of finance directors from the country’s top law firms expressed their concerns over an M&A slowdown hitting profitability.

A new report by Thomson Reuters Legal, an organisation that helps professionals in areas such as finance, legal and accounting, states that the number of finance directors concerned over an M&A slowdown was down from 8 per cent last year. 

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Second consecutive year for small business growth

September 19 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Small businesses in the UK have seen a second consecutive year of growth, according to the annual Hiscox DNA of an Entrepreneur report.

The report showed that 64 per cent of small businesses have reported revenue growth over the past 12 months.

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

UK one of best countries for social entrepreneurs

September 18 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

The UK has been named as one of the top countries to be a social entrepreneur in a new study.

The research, which was carried out by Thomson Reuters in partnership with Deutsche Bank, advice group UnLtd and the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network, is the world’s first poll for locating the best countries for social entrepreneurs. 

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Small business lending reaches record high, figures show

September 16 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

Lending to small businesses has reached a record high over the past year, according to new figures from the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB).

The figures showed that lending has risen by 30 per cent to a record £20.7 billion, despite the economic uncertainty surrounding the EU referendum. It is the seventh year in a row of growth for lending to small businesses. 

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Aviva and Founders Factory searching for fintech start-ups

September 16 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Founders Factory is searching for start-ups to participate in its accelerator programme, which was set up in partnership with insurance company Aviva.

The programme, which lasts for six months, was launched earlier this year in May and will be selecting five start-ups each year. There are currently three places left on the programme.

 

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

New measures tackle late payments to small businesses

September 15 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

New measures are being introduced to tackle late payments that affect small businesses. The measures were supported in a letter from Minister for Small Business Margot James to PPC signatories.

The letter, which has been backed by Chartered Institute of Credit Management Executive Philip King, stated that paying invoices within 30 days should become “the norm.”

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Migrant-led businesses boosting UK economy, says report

September 15 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Businesses led by migrants are helping to boost the UK economy, according to a report by the Institute of Directors (IoD) and mi-hub, which provides co-working space specifically for migrant entrepreneurs.

The report, entitled Migrant Entrepreneurship in the UK: celebrating the benefits to Britain, showed that migrants are making a valuable contribution to the UK, helping to create jobs rather than taking them. 

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1

Research reveals UK cities with cheapest startup costs

September 15 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

The UK’s cheapest cities for starting up a business have been revealed in research from business finance solutions company LDF.

Newcastle upon Tyne has been named the cheapest location in the UK for setting up a new business, costing an average of £17,008. 

Read more >>

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn +1