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.
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.
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.
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.
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.