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Economic growth strongest in West and East Midlands

February 10 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

The UK economy grew at its fastest pace in the West Midlands and East Midlands for six months, according to a report by Markit for Lloyds Bank.

Research showed that output increased in January as the services sector performed well, but some areas, such as the North East, experienced slow growth due to job losses. Scotland was found to have experienced the slowest economic growth as a result of the oil price collapse, which has led to job losses. 

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Peterborough outperforms Cambridge for startup growth

Peterborough outperformed Cambridge for the number of startup businesses last year, according to data from the Office of National Statistics.

Cambridgeshire was found to have the slowest growth for start-up businesses, behind Hertfordshire, Essex and Bedfordshire.

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Volunteers help to tackle unemployment in Somerset

February 09 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Volunteers in Somerset are helping to tackle unemployment in the area by forming hubs that enable people to learn the skills they need to get back into work. The hubs, which are held in Minehead, Watchet and Williton, will help to provide “longer-term solutions” for locals.

The hubs are particularly ideal for people out of work who do not have access to a computer or transport. 

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Liverpool most entrepreneurial city, shows new survey

February 09 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Liverpool has been voted the most entrepreneurial city, with a startup population of 16 per cent, according to new data from Companies House by Instant Offices. The research looked at the startup population of each city and compared it with the overall population.

Liverpool was found to have the highest population of startups, with over 57,000 new businesses being formed over the past two years. Birmingham was next with a start-up population of 14.5 per cent, with Manchester close behind at 14 per cent.

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Co-working helps startups to thrive, says study

February 09 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

Shared workplaces help startups to thrive, according to a survey by Regus, a company that provides global workspace.

Research showed that over 70 per cent of business owners and senior managers in Scotland believe that co-working is the best working environment for businesses that are just starting out.

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Startups can avoid failure by ‘staying humble’, says expert

February 08 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Startups can avoid failure by keeping their feet firmly on the ground and staying humble, according to Sarah Bakai.

In an article for startups.co.uk, Bakai said that over 90% of startups fail, with some sources stating that more than half of new businesses fail in their first year. She said the causes of failure are “nearly always avoidable” and she provided several tips to help startups avoid becoming just another statistic. 

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New business hub in Walsall to benefit entrepreneurs

February 07 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

A new business hub is set to open in Walsall, providing more opportunities for entrepreneurs, start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The 15,194 sq ft Citibase business centre will be located inside the Victorian Old Foundry, an historic building situated on Bath Street in the centre of the city.

Whilst the building has been refurbished to provide modern office space for up to 260 entrepreneurs in the local area, it has still kept some of its historic features, providing a unique setting for small and large businesses.

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Bristol named as the top city for start-ups

February 06 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Bristol is the top city for entrepreneurs to start a business, according to research from University College London’s School of Management. The study looked at areas such as availability, cost of office space and broadband speeds to find out which cities are ideal for entrepreneurs.

Bristol was voted the top spot for entrepreneurs, scoring high for its fast broadband speeds, which were found to be above the UK average of 26Mbps. 

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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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