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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.