Manchester has received over £136 million in European funding, which has supported investment in businesses and helped to create job opportunities, according to research from Britain Stronger in Europe.
The research found that during the 2007-2013 European Structural Funds Programme, which is made up of the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund, Manchester received £136.2 million in European funding.
A campaign that was launched at the end of last year is now aiming to help three million small businesses in the UK to develop online skills.
Do It Digital was launched by Michelle Ovens, director of Small Business Saturday, a campaign that is held every year to encourage consumers to shop at their local independent stores to support small businesses.
A business group in Ilford is holding drop-in events to provide help and advice to start-up businesses and entrepreneurs in the area.
The Seven Kings Business and Community Partnership (SKBCP) launched its first information event on 7th March at the Seven Kings Library in High Road and will now be holding the sessions every fortnight until May.
The deadline for this year’s Startups 100 index has been extended. The annual initiative, which was launched in 2008 by Startups.co.uk, is a countdown of the best start-up companies in the UK.
Described as “the longest running index of its kind”, the scheme searches for the UK’s most “exciting and innovative early-stage businesses with fast-growth potential, original concepts and forward-thinking founders” that have launched within the last three years.
Several UK banks have committed to signing up for a charter to promote gender balance in the workplace.
Major companies such as Virgin Money, Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland are showing their support after the government urged companies to sign up for the charter, which aims to get more women working in senior roles in the finance sector.
Over 20 per cent of young people aged between 15 and 18 are interested in setting up their own business, according to a survey by YouGov.
The survey, which was commissioned by Google, showed that over 30 per cent of teenagers believe that starting up a business would be beneficial, whilst 47 per cent said that they were not afraid of taking risks when making money.
Employers in Brighton and Hove are being asked to sign a pledge of support to create jobs and raise opportunities and to help young people prepare for work.
Brighton and Hove City Council has urged employers to show their support after announcing that it will be creating 100 apprenticeships in 2016/2017 and a further 150 in 2017/2018. The council has launched the scheme to help tackle the decline of apprenticeships in the city.
Around 750 SMEs in Dorset are taking advantage of a scheme that enables them to have access to faster broadband.
The Connection Vouchers Scheme, which was run by Dorset County Council on behalf of Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth, was set up to offer small businesses up to £3,000 towards faster and more reliable broadband.
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has teamed up with the Big Four to launch a new apprenticeship tax scheme.
The accountancy body will be working with KPMG, PwC, EY and Deloitte to develop a scheme for the audit, accountancy and tax professions. The scheme, known as Accountancy/Tax Technician Standard, will enable school leavers to qualify with a higher apprenticeship and is linked to the Government’s Trailblazer scheme.
Apprenticeships are one of the most important factors for business growth, according to research for the Funding Skills Agency.
The research, which was released as part of National Apprenticeship Week, found that nearly half of managers in growing companies in the West Midlands believe that hiring the right employees and having employees with the right skills are the most important factors when it comes to expanding a business.
Developers of Cobalt Business Park have announced that it has almost reached its full capacity. Cobalt Business Park is now one of the biggest in the UK, providing space for companies such as Accenture, Hewlett Packard and DNV.
All three firms have expanded, with Accenture now occupying 88,000 sq ft of space over two buildings, Hewlett Packard 200,000 sq ft of space over three buildings, and DNV 10,000 sq ft of space.
Funding Circle is to dedicate a floor of its new London-based headquarters to younger startups. The peer-to-peer lending company, which is worth over £1 million, moved into 71 Queen Victoria Street in Mansion House last year but took on more space than it needed.
The company is now giving startups the opportunity to make use of the extra space on one of its trading floors. It is offering 400 desks, which small businesses and freelancers can now book on property marketplace website Hubble.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has partnered up with PwC to launch the ICAEW IPSAS Certificate, an online learning programme for public sector accountants.
The “practical and user friendly” programme will enable accountants to develop their skills, providing them with technical guidance, revision aids and practical examples. There are no entry requirements for the programme.
Boris Johnson has unveiled plans to create a business hub in East London. According to Johnson, the proposals will “transform further parts of the Docks and adjoining Beckton Riverside to become a world-class business destination.”
The proposals include recommendations for improved transport infrastructure and will help to create industrial space, as well as open up further developable land on the north banks, which could help to bring 24,000 homes and 60,000 jobs to the area.