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Lloyds Bank offers training for Liverpool entrepreneurs

Lloyds Bank and the School for Social Entrepreneurs will be providing entrepreneurs in Liverpool with the opportunity to make a social impact by offering a training programme.

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme consists of a start-up and scale-up programme. The Start Up Programme provides support to enable entrepreneurs to get their business up and running, whilst the Scale Up Programme enables entrepreneurs to grow a sustainable social enterprise.

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Business owners urged to understand importance of leadership

February 05 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Business owners have been urged to understand the importance of leadership after a recent survey showed that over 40% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not offer their staff management training.

The Close Brothers Business Barometer surveyed UK SME owners and senior managers from a variety of sectors, and found that this statistic is despite a majority of businesses believing that strong leadership skills contribute to success.

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Digital technology crucial to success of UK businesses, says report

February 05 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

Digital technology is crucial to the success of UK businesses, according to a report titled Understanding Digital Natives by IT provider Computacenter.

The report, which surveyed over 1,000 employees and IT managers, showed that whilst 77% of employees in the UK find technology frustrating, over 80% of employees believe that it is crucial to the success of a business. 

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UK small business finance market is recovering, claims report

February 04 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

The UK’s small business finance market is on the road to recovery, according to the British Business Bank’s Small Business Finance Market Report. The report showed that bank lending is still the most popular form of finance, with growth increasing for four consecutive quarters.

Figures also showed an increase of 43% in equity finance deals in small UK businesses up to October 2015, along with a significant increase in peer-to-peer lending.

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Norwich voted the happiest city to work in UK

February 04 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Norwich has been voted the top city for work happiness, according to a survey by business psychology experts OPP. Ten cities were selected by UK workers for the poll, with Norwich being voted number one for its “strong local identity” and “strong sense of community."

Liverpool was voted second, with workers stating that it offers “friendly, collaborative, supportive people”, whilst Birmingham came in at number three for its “huge sense of optimism.” 

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Sage Live launched for UK accountants

February 04 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

Software company Sage has launched Sage Live for UK accountants and entrepreneurs.

The company stated that the product is designed to enable small and medium-sized businesses in the UK to easily manage their finances.

 

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UK employment at highest ever rate, says DWP

February 03 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Employment has reached a record high in the UK, with over 30 million people in work, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Unemployment in the UK has dropped to 5.1%, the lowest since 2006, whilst long-term unemployment has fallen at a rate of 25%, the lowest in six years. 

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Data privacy self-assessment tool launched for SMEs

February 03 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

A data privacy self-assessment tool for SMEs has been launched by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to help them ensure that they are complying with the Data Protection Act.

The self-assessment tool will consist of a single questionnaire or a selection of checklists which can be completed online.

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Lancashire businesswomen urged to inspire female entrepreneurs

February 03 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Female managers, directors and business leaders in Lancashire are being urged to join a project to inspire young female entrepreneurs. The Oysters and Pearls project has been organised to help women achieve success in business.

The project, which is being supported by the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, will launch on 8th March, on International Women’s Day.

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Finance sector sees salary increase, shows Mercer survey

February 02 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Businesses in the finance sector cut staff bonuses but increased their salaries last year, according to a survey by consulting firm Mercer.

Banks, insurers and investment managers cut bonuses by around 5% whilst increasing salaries by more than 5%. The research follows recent news that fund managers are fighting to block bonus cap extension.

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New study shows what makes entrepreneurs successful

February 02 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

A new study has shown the methods that successful entrepreneurs use compared to those who fail. Software company Zero carried out the research, surveying 2,000 entrepreneurs across the US and UK. All of the respondents were owners of small businesses with 20 employees or less.

The research provided some surprising results, showing that the habits and practices used by entrepreneurs to achieve success are not ones that people would expect.

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Budding entrepreneurs need hands-on experience, say Pro UK Consultants

February 02 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Budding entrepreneurs need first-hand experience, according to marketing firm Pro UK Consultants. Whilst online entrepreneurship programs have grown in popularity and are a hit with employers, Pro UK Consultants voiced concerns that they may not add value to those looking to become an entrepreneur.

The Birmingham-based company, which focuses on providing support for young entrepreneurs, stated that the only way in which budding entrepreneurs can fully understand the challenges of running a business is to experience it first-hand rather than studying an entrepreneurship course online. 

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Digital workshops to help small Essex businesses

February 01 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Several free workshops are being launched to help small Essex-based entrepreneurs build up their businesses.

The workshops will focus on the importance of businesses having high-speed broadband, as well as covering other areas such as competitors, business promotions, social media, online sales, how to attract new customers, and blogging.

 

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UK economy improves in fourth quarter, according to ONS

January 31 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

The UK economy showed improvement in the three months to December with a growth of 0.5%, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Overall growth in 2015 was 2.2%, a figure that was predicted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Whilst the annual growth rate has been slow over the past few years, the UK economy is still one of the fastest growing of the developed nations.

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Wales is top spot for businesses in finance sector

January 30 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Wales is the UK’s top spot for business growth in the finance sector, according to research from accountancy firm, Nixon Williams. The number of start-ups in the financial services sector increased by 11.2% in 2015, higher than in any other location in the UK.

Research showed that the total number of financial services businesses, including services such as banking, fund management and insurance, rose from 2,400 to 2,695 between 2014 and 2015. Scotland came in second, with an increase of 10.9% since 2014, whilst London, north east England, Yorkshire and Humberside reached third place at 9.7%. 

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Management accounting skills in demand in Grimsby

January 29 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Grimsby has become an ideal location for those looking for a career in management accountancy.

Members of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in the Yorkshire and Humber area earned almost double the UK national average salary in 2015.

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Bloomberg publishes list of most innovative UK startups

January 29 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

Bloomberg has published a list of the most innovative startups in the UK. The list, titled “Business Innovators 2016”, was selected by a panel of judges along with Bloomberg Head of European Technology News Nate Lanxon and Bloomberg Television’s Caroline Hyde.

The panel comprised ten business experts, including finnCap Ltd founder and CEO, Sam Smith, and ENTIQ Managing Director, Eric van der Kleij. 

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London rent concern for young professionals

January 28 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Rentals in London are now so high that even young professionals in the financial sector are unable to keep up with costs, despite the average wage being 30 per cent higher than in other sectors.

Business experts have warned that rising costs could affect the city’s role as a leading financial centre, as young bankers may end up being unable to afford to continue living in the city. 

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Three-fifths of SMEs in danger of security breach, shows study

January 28 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

More than half of SMEs are in danger of a security breach, according to new research.

A study by Digital ID found that businesses do not have enough security measures in place, with 23 per cent having very little visitor security and 36 per cent having no visitor security at all.

 

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UK female entrepreneurs urge Britons to stay in EU

January 28 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Some of the UK’s leading female entrepreneurs have united in a bid to urge Britons to stay in the European Union (EU).

Fifty successful females, including business leaders, authors and entrepreneurs, have joined a campaign set up by Women IN chair Jenny Halpern Prince to encourage an in-vote.

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Brexit will cause economic shock for UK, say Credit Suisse analysts

January 27 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

A UK vote to leave the EU will cause an economic and financial shock for the UK, analysts at Credit Suisse have warned. Whilst analysts predict that the UK will vote to stay in the EU, they say that the consequences will be “drastic and long lasting” if a Brexit does occur.

Credit Suisse economists, Neville Hill and Sonali Punhani, said that a drop in business investment, hiring and confidence is expected. 

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London ranks as the number one city for start-ups

London has been named the number one city for start-ups in Europe, according to the European Digital City Index (EDCI), which was developed by charity Nesta in association with the European Digital Forum.

The analysis named the best cities for digital start-ups and innovation, and was created to provide a “holistic and local view across Europe, describing what ecosystem factors are most conducive to encouraging digital start-ups (and scale-ups).”

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PwC acquires cyber identity consultancy Praxism

January 26 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

PwC has acquired Praxism, the specialist identity and access management consultancy based in Edinburgh.

The move is the latest in the Big Four firm's extensions of its own cybersecurity practice and a further recognition of the importance of the issue to the financial sector.

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Creative industries add £84bn to UK economy

January 26 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

The creative industries contributed £84.1billion to the UK economy in 2014, which is a rise of £7billion from 2013.

The sector grew almost twice as fast as the wider economy, according to figures released by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

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Hiring spree planned by British bosses

January 26 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

According to recruiters, the bosses of a majority of British companies expect to hire more staff this year.

Executives in the finance, accounting and marketing sectors are particularly interested in expanding their workforces in the next 12 months due to sustained economic growth.

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