Over 4 million people in the UK are now self-employed, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
Figures showed that the number of self-employed people increased by 182,000 from January to March. The total number of self-employed people in the UK now stands at 4.69 million, with self-employed workers accounting for 15 per cent of the workforce.Read more >>
Capital One is to launch a tech accelerator for early-stage start-up businesses. The credit card company will be launching the Capital One Growth Labs in Nottingham in partnership with L Marks, which brings together established businesses and growing companies.
According to Capital One, the hub will “shape the future of finance”, supporting start-ups in the financial sector to help them develop innovative technologies.Read more >>
Over 50 per cent of British women would like to give up their job and become self-employed, according to new research.
The survey, which was conducted on behalf of the Start Up Loans Company, highlighted the main reasons why women would like to run their own business and identified the top business sectors in self-employment.Read more >>
Britain’s most in-demand jobs have been revealed by Adzuna. The website, which brings together millions of job ads to enable jobseekers to find their ideal role, revealed the top sectors for highly skilled job hunters.
Research showed that 40 out of 56 cities have more jobs available than the number of people searching for jobs. However, sectors such as retail, manufacturing and logistics have experienced a drop in the number of roles available.Read more >>
Ryanair has opened a new training centre at Stansted Airport, which will create hundreds of new jobs across the company’s UK-based airports.
The European Training Centre was opened earlier this week by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.Read more >>
The annual Startups 100 list for 2016 has been revealed.
The index, published by Startups.co.uk, lists UK businesses that have shown the best growth potential since being launched on or after 1st January 2013.Read more >>
The Government is looking for recruits to fill 480 posts at the tax office in Cardiff due to the upcoming closure of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) office at Ty Glas in Llanishen.
The closure comes as HMRC plans to restructure its tax offices, replacing its current network of offices with a smaller number of larger centres.
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A support programme has been launched to help budding entrepreneurs in Bassetlaw to set up a new business.
Sheffield City Region Launchpad is a £4 million project that is being offered to entrepreneurs through the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub and backed by Sheffield City Region Combined Authority.Read more >>
The Church of England has partnered with a company called WiSpire to launch a broadband service across rural areas in the UK.
This will help to meet David Cameron’s pledge to bring superfast broadband to every home in the UK by 2020.Read more >>
The Festival of Digital Disruption is returning to Reading next month. The event is being hosted by ConnectTVT’s Grow@GreenPark and will run for seven days from 11th June.
The festival will give children the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities, as well as bringing together tech mentors, leaders, and digital innovators.Read more >>
Inspirational women were honoured at the 24th Inspiring Women Awards last week. The event, which took place on Friday 13th May, celebrates women who have made a difference in the Greater Manchester area.
This year’s awards were held at the Midland Hotel in the city centre, with the winners being announced at a gala lunch.
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A competition to give young entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors has been relaunched.
NACUE is now searching for students and graduates across the UK to take part in its Varsity Pitch 2016 competition, which is in its sixth year.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>