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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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HSBC to launch £450 million lending fund for SMEs

April 19 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

HSBC is to launch a £450 million lending fund to meet demand from small and medium-sized businesses in Scotland.

The fund, which will be the largest package of support for SMEs in the country, is an increase on the £400 million fund that the company provided for Scotland last year.

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Charity launches digital project in pubs across Cornwall

A charity has launched a pioneering scheme to help people learn and share computer skills whilst enjoying a drink in local pubs across Cornwall.

The Cornwall Rural Community Charity set up the Digital Champion project, which is funded by Cornwall Council, to help people improve their IT skills and gain confidence when using a computer.

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Plans for new business centre in Essex unveiled

Plans to create a £1.3 million business centre in Harwich, Essex, have been unveiled.

Over 25 businesses have already shown an interest in occupying space at the centre, and the project could help to create over 85 jobs in the area.

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First ever UK Employability Day launched

April 17 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

The first ever UK Employability Day has been launched. The event, which was co-ordinated by the Employment Related Services Association, took place on 15 April.

The event was celebrated by employment support providers from throughout the UK, with over 70 employment centres across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland being opened. 

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Amazon’s Edinburgh development centre to increase staff

April 16 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Amazon is planning to expand its research and development centre in Edinburgh by taking on over 30 new employees.

The online retailer will be recruiting at least 35 managers, software engineers and scientists, who will join around 100 staff already working at the centre. 

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Small business growth restricted by lack of leadership, says FSB report

April 15 ,2016 | by Hari Sri

The potential growth of small businesses is being hampered by a lack of leadership and management skills, according to a report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The report, “Leading the way: boosting leadership and management in small firms”, found that whilst over 55 per cent of small business owners update their business knowledge and skills every year, there is still a lack of management training. 

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East Sussex County Council secures funding for growth hub

East Sussex County Council has secured over £200,000 of government funding for the Business East Sussex growth hub for the next two years.

The hub, which was launched last year, provides support for companies that are at any stage of growth, including start-ups and companies that are aiming to expand.

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Freelancers to receive £40 extra from UK state pension

April 14 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

Freelancers can now receive up to £40 extra per week after changes to the UK state pension system were introduced last week.

The new state pension changes apply to people who reach state pension age on or after 6th April 2016. This includes women born on or after 6th April 1953 and men born on or after 6th April 1951.

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UK digital agency to offer support to global entrepreneurs

A UK digital agency is to become part of a support programme for global entrepreneurs.

David Henderson Design (DHD) partner with LA-based start-up factory Wonka Lab to provide development opportunities for 25 early-stage businesses across the world.

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