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Gloucestershire County Council to invest £2m to help jobseekers

April 29 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Gloucestershire County Council is to invest more than £2 million to help over 4,000 adults to develop new skills, find a job, or gain an apprenticeship.

The council has set up a funding agreement with the Skills Funding Agency for the service, which will provide a number of opportunities for adults with low skill levels.

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Entrepreneurs gather in London for Virgin Media business competition

April 29 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

Entrepreneurs gathered in London on Wednesday to celebrate Virgin Media’s business competition. It was announced earlier this year that the company would once again be launching its Virgin Media Business VOOM event.

The competition was created to provide entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses in Britain and Ireland with the chance to pitch their ideas to Sir Richard Branson. 

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Freelancers contribute over £100bn to UK economy, research shows

April 28 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Freelancers contributed over £100 billion to the UK economy in 2015, according to research published by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE).

The research showed that freelancers now make up 6 per cent of the UK’s workforce, with 1.91 million people freelancing at the end of 2015 - up by 36 per cent since 2008.

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British entrepreneurs in demand in Australia, according to survey

British entrepreneurs are wanted in Australia, according to research carried out by Crown Relocations National Manager John Morris.

The survey revealed that nine out of ten Australians would like more British entrepreneurs to emigrate to the country, whilst one in five believe there are not enough entrepreneurs in the country. Over 80 per cent of those surveyed said that they would welcome more British expats into Australia. 

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Swansea hub gets fastest internet connection in UK

A tech hub based in Swansea is to expand and offer the fastest internet connection of any hub in the UK.

TechHub Swansea was originally launched in 2013 but has now re-opened with a new building, increasing its space by 300 per cent

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Lloyds entrepreneur programme sees increase in applications

A social entrepreneurs programme launched by Lloyds Bank earlier this year has seen an increase in applications.

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, which was created to provide help for start-up companies, has reported a 17 per cent increase in the number of applications received from entrepreneurs in the Liverpool region.

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UK business hub searching for budding entrepreneurs

A business hub launched in Bishop Auckland is searching for ambitious entrepreneurs to fill its studios.

The hub, which is known as Pod and located in the town’s Market Place, is offering studios for entrepreneurs who are in need of space where they can exhibit and sell their work. 

 

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British government to investigate barriers to innovation

The Government has announced that it will be investigating employment rules that are stifling entrepreneurs and preventing them from being innovative.

The investigation, which was announced by Business Secretary Sajid Javid, will involve questioning businesses on topics such as what difficulties they face when trying to fund innovation.

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Video: Great Minds series - LSBF interviews Michael Gray, General Manager of the Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill

April 26 ,2016 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Michael Gray, General Manager of the Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill, and Area Vice President for the UK and Ireland for Hyatt International, has spoken out about the hospitality industry and the great career paths it has to offer.

Speaking to London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) as part of the Great Minds video series in the luxurious surroundings of The Churchill (the company’s London branch under his management), Mr Gray described hospitality sector careers as ‘wonderful’.

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East Sussex scheme to provide opportunities for young people

April 26 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

East Sussex County Council has secured funding for a scheme that will help young people in Forest Row to receive training and improve their chances of employment.

The council has secured £200,000 of new funding on behalf of Skills East Sussex (SES) for a project called Progress, which will run until June next year and work with schools and colleges in the area.

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Danske Bank launches digital hub for Northern Ireland businesses

A bank based in Northern Ireland has launched a digital hub for small businesses in the area.

Danske Bank has created the hub to help entrepreneurs overcome the challenges of running a small business.

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Children’s charity Barnardo’s launches new employment training centre

A children’s charity has launched a new employment training centre in Bradford.

Barnardo’s, which helps vulnerable children throughout the UK, will be providing a new employment, training, and skills service at its site in West Riding House, Cheapside.

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Google boss encourages businesses to learn digital skills

Businesses are being encouraged to enter the digital world by Google Managing Director for the UK and Ireland, Eileen Naughton.

Naughton was discussing Google’s Digital Garage, a programme that aims to provide training opportunities to help people develop digital skills, at a conference in Newcastle.

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Support for female entrepreneurs could boost UK economy, says report

April 24 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Providing more help for early-stage female entrepreneurs could help to boost the UK economy by £100 billion, according to a report compiled by Deloitte for the Women’s Business Council.

Recent research showed that there are fewer women (less than six per cent) engaging in entrepreneurial activities compared to men (more than ten per cent).

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‘Small Business Saturday’ to return later this year

An event that provides support and inspiration to small businesses is to return later this year.

Small Business Saturday, an annual nationwide event which is now in its fourth year, is set to take place on 3rd December 2016.

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“Skills mismatch” in job market, says data website

April 22 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

A new data website has shown a “skills mismatch” in the UK job market.

The data found that there is a mismatch in the skills that employers in Scotland are looking for and the qualifications that jobseekers actually have.

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More than 200 leading UK entrepreneurs warn against Brexit

More than 200 entrepreneurs are backing the campaign for Britain to remain in the EU. They warn that a Brexit could cause an economic shock that would be “hugely damaging” to small businesses and could lead to a loss of jobs.

An open letter backing an in-vote contains signatures from some of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, including founders of successful businesses such as Zoopla, Skype, Net-a-Porter, Lastminute.com, and Ebookers.

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SMEs in line for prize at CIPD awards

SMEs that can show how human resources and development (HR&D) insight has benefitted their company could be up for winning a prize in the CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards 2016.

The annual awards, which are now in their tenth year, will take place on 16th June 2016 at the Newcastle Marriot Hotel.

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Demand for alternative financing on the rise, research shows

April 21 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

The demand for alternative financing is rising, according to research from lender Amicus Finance. The UK’s alternative finance industry is now worth £3.2 billion, up from £1.74 billion in 2014.

The research, which surveyed 400 small business owners, revealed the types of alternative financing that are now being used by businesses. 

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Digital skills education is patchy, says Capgemini chairman

Capgemini UK Chairman Christine Hodgson has spoken out about the lack of digital skills in the UK, stating that digital skills education in schools is “patchy.”

According to Hodgson, schools are finding it difficult to keep up with technology as a result of it changing so often.

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Study highlights challenges faced by female entrepreneurs

April 21 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

A study by business insurance company AXA has highlighted the challenges that female entrepreneurs face when working from home.

Irregular hours, caring for children and unpaid work were found to be the main challenges for female entrepreneurs. 

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Number of UK exporters at record high, reveals UKTI

April 20 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

The number of UK exporters has hit a record high as a result of the Government providing more opportunities, according to new figures from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

The statistics were released on the first day of Exporting is GREAT Week.

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Santander to host business support and advice event in Glasgow

Santander will be hosting a five-day business event in Glasgow to provide inspiration and advice for businesses in the local community.

The Breakthrough Moments Festival, which will be held at Blythswood Square from 25th to 29th April, will include free events and talks from successful entrepreneurs.

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Barclays to help UK SMEs to grow

April 20 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

Barclays is to launch a new service for small and medium-sized businesses in the UK. SmartBusiness, an online data service, will enable businesses to analyse data, identify trends and compare themselves with other businesses in their region.

Over 500,000 businesses will be able to have access to the service, which is set to launch in May as part of Barclay’s online banking service. 

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Ghanaian business event to be held in London

April 19 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

A business event that aims to increase trade between the UK and Ghana is coming to South East London next month.

The GUBA Greenwich Expo 2016 will run from Friday 20th May until Sunday 22nd May.

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