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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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Teesside businesses urged to bid for £1.8bn funding pot

May 10 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Businesses in Teesside are being urged to bid for a £1.8 billion funding pot after Northern Powerhouse Minister, James Wharton, announced that the Local Growth Fund still has money to be allocated.

Wharton stated that the funding could help to provide a boost for Teesside, which has experienced many difficulties in recent months, including the closure of the SSI steelworks site. 

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High Wycombe business launches scheme to help young people

A transport business based in High Wycombe has launched a new scheme to provide young people with opportunities such as on-the-job training.

Geodis UK, which is located in Cressex Business Park, is offering talented young individuals in the local area the opportunity to join the company and receive training and mentoring from experienced staff. 

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Entrepreneur launches discount card to help independent businesses

An entrepreneur has set up a discount card scheme to help support independent businesses.

Kevin Hooper launched the Shop Portsmouth VIP Card, which is the first ever discount card in Portsmouth, to offer discounts to locals on a wide range of independent stores in the city.

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HullBID Awards to celebrate businesses in Hull

May 09 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

The HullBID Awards will be returning for the third time in 2016 to celebrate businesses in Hull city centre.

The Hull Daily Mail will once again be partnering up with Hull Business Improvement District (HullBID) for the awards, which are now open for nominations.

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Accelerator programme a great opportunity, says EMC MD

EMC Managing Director Ross Fraser has described the company’s partnership with Entrepreneurial Spark to create the UK’s largest tech accelerator programme as a “great opportunity.”

It was recently announced that the tech company had joined forces with Entrepreneurial Spark to provide mentoring and training for the accelerator’s entrepreneurs nationwide. 

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Businesses urged to take steps to prevent cyberattacks

Businesses have been urged to take action to protect themselves from cybersecurity breaches after research revealed that two-thirds of large businesses in Britain have been a victim of an attack within the past 12 months.

The Cyber Breaches Security Survey, which was carried out by market research company Ipsos Mori for the UK Government, found that over 80 per cent of consumers are concerned over which businesses have access to their data. 

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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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