Prince Charles’ Business in the Community charity is looking for ‘ambitious’ social entrepreneurs to take part in its annual programme. The charity is looking to support social enterprises by helping them to grow and create jobs in London and Northern England.
The programme, which is backed by BP, Asda and Interserve, provides many opportunities for entrepreneurs, including free advice from expert business leaders on subjects such as marketing, strategy and branding. Entrants of the programme will also receive training and discounts on office rates.Read more >>
Regus has announced the opening of its second business centre in West Yorkshire.
The new business centre is based in Halifax and will provide flexible workspace for start-up businesses and remote workers.
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A new business hub in Chard is set to be given a boost by councillors. The £227,200 hub will be located at the Holyrood Lace Mill and will help to provide extra office space for businesses and more employment opportunities in the area.
The project aims to provide support for 12 start-up companies in the area and help the development of 30 other businesses. The hub is expected to create 15 new jobs.Read more >>
Business experts have said that companies should consider training to “reduce wage inequality”.
The national living wage is set to increase to £7.20 an hour from April, but research from the Social Market Foundation has found that one in four businesses will face “significant productivity challenges” as a result of the change.Read more >>
Over 60 per cent of employers are now offering more flexible job roles in order to attract the best talent, according to research carried out by Totaljobs. Almost a quarter of the 4,000 British jobseekers and recruiters surveyed said that job flexibility is more important than salary and career opportunities.
Over 60 per cent of respondents said that the opportunity of working from home is crucial for job flexibility, whilst nearly half stated that job sharing offers more flexible working conditions.Read more >>
Digital literacy is a “key requisite” in the workplace, according to new research from YouGov. The survey, which was commissioned by Capgemini UK, showed that young people in the UK are lacking the knowledge and experience required to be digitally savvy in the workplace.
Over 1,000 employers were surveyed, with over 80% agreeing that digital literacy is needed in the workplace, and 18% stating that young employees, whilst digitally savvy, are lacking the necessary digital skills required for working in a business environment.Read more >>
A competition for budding female entrepreneurs in Scotland has received an “overwhelming response”, with 16 companies making it through to the finals.
Over 100 start-ups and established businesses entered the competition, which was set up by AccelerateHER, a company that focuses on women’s business development.Read more >>
The financial services sector is one of the best-paying sectors for junior marketing professionals, according to research from salary comparison website Emolument.
Research showed that junior marketing professionals working for banks and financial services companies earn an average salary of £37,000 with a £2,000 bonus.Read more >>
Small UK businesses are hoping to expand in 2016, according to Simply Business writer Jade Wimbledon. Wimbledon provided several predictions for UK businesses in 2016, listing growth as one of the top trends.
Recent research from Close Brothers Asset Finance showed that around 1.35 million SMEs are planning to expand over the new few months, with 20% believing that their business is performing well in the current economy.Read more >>
The Royal Bank of Scotland has teamed up with Entrepreneurial Spark (ESpark) to open up a business hub for budding entrepreneurs at its headquarters.
The opening of the hub comes after it was announced that NatWest, which is part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, has opened a hub in Manchester to provide help for fledgling companies.Read more >>
The UK’s digital businesses are growing 32% faster than other sectors in the economy, according to research from Tech City UK.
The latest Tech Nation 2016 report, which surveyed 2,000 digital businesses, showed that the they had a combined annual turnover of £161bn.Read more >>
A new business hub to help entrepreneurs build up their business has been launched by NatWest. The company has opened the Entrepreneurial Spark business hub at its Hardman Boulevard office in Manchester.
Research carried out by market research company Populus for NatWest showed that 23 per cent of people in the North West wish to start up their own business, but over a third believe that the process is too risky.Read more >>
A new £20m Dundee Waterfront hub will help to create jobs and grow the economy, according to developers. Plans have been announced for the creation of a new city square, which will include a “Design and Innovation Quarter.”
The project is being developed by Our Enterprise and will help to provide opportunities for the city’s graduates and entrepreneurs, as well as hosting a variety of businesses. The development also aims to attract creative industries and provide extra jobs and living opportunities in the area.Read more >>
Consumers are looking for business owners who are “visible and engaged”, according to a report by Brands2Life.
The report showed that British consumers are looking for more high-profile business leaders, such as Sir Richard Branson.Read more >>
Two groups in Cambridge have teamed up to form a new project that will help to tackle the skills gap in the city.
Whilst the city’s economy is growing fast, businesses have said that they are facing the challenge of attracting employees with the right skills. Young people are investing in higher education but are unsure of what their employment opportunities will be.Read more >>
The accountancy sector is more resilient to recession than other employment sector in the UK, according to research from recruitment agency Randstad.
Research showed that the aggregate salary bill for the accountancy profession has increased more over the past 12 years than in other sectors, with a growth of 11.5 per cent, whilst the average wage bill for all professions in the private sector has dropped by 36.8 per cent.
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Over 5,000 recruitment start-ups launched in the UK last year, according to research from Sonovate.
The data comes after the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) found that turnover in the recruitment industry increased by 9.7 per cent to £31.5 billion in 2015.Read more >>
The UK economy grew at its fastest pace in the West Midlands and East Midlands for six months, according to a report by Markit for Lloyds Bank.
Research showed that output increased in January as the services sector performed well, but some areas, such as the North East, experienced slow growth due to job losses. Scotland was found to have experienced the slowest economic growth as a result of the oil price collapse, which has led to job losses.Read more >>
Peterborough outperformed Cambridge for the number of startup businesses last year, according to data from the Office of National Statistics.
Cambridgeshire was found to have the slowest growth for start-up businesses, behind Hertfordshire, Essex and Bedfordshire.Read more >>
Volunteers in Somerset are helping to tackle unemployment in the area by forming hubs that enable people to learn the skills they need to get back into work. The hubs, which are held in Minehead, Watchet and Williton, will help to provide “longer-term solutions” for locals.
The hubs are particularly ideal for people out of work who do not have access to a computer or transport.Read more >>
Liverpool has been voted the most entrepreneurial city, with a startup population of 16 per cent, according to new data from Companies House by Instant Offices. The research looked at the startup population of each city and compared it with the overall population.
Liverpool was found to have the highest population of startups, with over 57,000 new businesses being formed over the past two years. Birmingham was next with a start-up population of 14.5 per cent, with Manchester close behind at 14 per cent.Read more >>
Shared workplaces help startups to thrive, according to a survey by Regus, a company that provides global workspace.
Research showed that over 70 per cent of business owners and senior managers in Scotland believe that co-working is the best working environment for businesses that are just starting out.Read more >>
Startups can avoid failure by keeping their feet firmly on the ground and staying humble, according to Sarah Bakai.
In an article for startups.co.uk, Bakai said that over 90% of startups fail, with some sources stating that more than half of new businesses fail in their first year. She said the causes of failure are “nearly always avoidable” and she provided several tips to help startups avoid becoming just another statistic.Read more >>
A new business hub is set to open in Walsall, providing more opportunities for entrepreneurs, start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The 15,194 sq ft Citibase business centre will be located inside the Victorian Old Foundry, an historic building situated on Bath Street in the centre of the city.
Whilst the building has been refurbished to provide modern office space for up to 260 entrepreneurs in the local area, it has still kept some of its historic features, providing a unique setting for small and large businesses.Read more >>
Bristol is the top city for entrepreneurs to start a business, according to research from University College London’s School of Management. The study looked at areas such as availability, cost of office space and broadband speeds to find out which cities are ideal for entrepreneurs.
Bristol was voted the top spot for entrepreneurs, scoring high for its fast broadband speeds, which were found to be above the UK average of 26Mbps.Read more >>