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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
The UK Government has unveiled plans to support financial technology businesses as part of a scheme to make the UK the “FinTech capital of the world.”
UK Treasury Economic Secretary Harriet Baldwin announced that three initiatives will be launched to provide support for businesses in the industry.Read more >>
Businesses in Droitwich are being urged to sign up for a free event that will highlight the benefits of offering apprenticeships.
The Droitwich Apprenticeships Employer Event, which is being held by Wychavon District Council and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, will take place at St Andrew’s Town Hotel, in St Andrew's Drive, on 4th May between 12:30pm and 2:00pm.Read more >>
A London-based investment company has raised an additional £100 million to enable early-stage entrepreneurs across Europe to grow their companies.
Octopus Ventures, which is part of the Octopus Group, provides support for companies through all stages, from start-up stage to later growth. The company’s early stage funds are now in excess of £400 million.Read more >>
One of the largest software providers in the UK has opened a new hub in Birmingham, which is expected to create 400 jobs.
Advanced Computer Software’s new flagship hub is based in Birmingham’s Mailbox complex.Read more >>
A new group has been launched in Bristol to enable local business people to share tips and advice. The Bristol Small Business Forum was launched in March, and monthly meetings will now be held at the Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.
The group was launched to provide local people with the chance to experience the benefits of becoming a member. The launch featured local public speaker, Julian Okoye, who opened the event with his talk, “How judo helped me in public speaking: tips for small businesses.”Read more >>
Businesses in the North West are being urged to attend events during Exporting is GREAT week, a programme that is part of the Exporting is GREAT campaign, which aims to inspire businesses to grow overseas.
A range of events is being organised by UKTI North West and its partners during the week, with over 300 delegates expected to participate across the UK.Read more >>
Small and medium-sized businesses in the North West are remaining confident despite the uncertainty of the UK referendum.
According to the latest SME Confidence Tracker, they are set to invest almost double the UK average.Read more >>
Accountants are one of the many types of workers now in demand as a skills shortage hits companies.
According to research from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), companies are searching for skilled workers such as accountants, project managers, sales staff, engineers and quantity surveyors to fill permanent positions.Read more >>