Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will be providing employment and training opportunities this week at a jobs fair. The event will be held during National Apprenticeship Week on Thursday 17th March at the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd, Wales.
The council recently announced that £550,000 will be invested in its graduate and apprenticeship schemes to provide more employment opportunities for young people.
The majority of the UK’s tech entrepreneurs want Britain to stay in the EU, according to a survey by techUK.Over 250 tech business owners were surveyed, with 70 per cent stating that they were against a Brexit because EU membership is good for business.
Just 15 per cent of tech business owners said that they wanted Britain to exit the EU, whilst 15 per cent said that they were undecided.
Over 100 apprenticeships are to go online this week in Leicester as part of Apprenticeship Week. Apprenticeship Week starts today and will run until Friday 18th March.
In addition to apprenticeship vacancies being offered, young people in the area will also have the opportunity to attend drop-in sessions. The events, which are being organised by the Leicester Apprenticeship Hub, will also include access points for information.
Innovation is on the rise amongst the UK’s small and medium businesses, according to a report by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The report, which surveyed 29,000 enterprises, found that the UK has seen the biggest boost in innovation since 2010.
The survey looked at how businesses were involved in innovation from 2012 to 2014 and found that over half of UK businesses were actively engaged in developing products and introducing new services.
A study carried out by Edinburgh-based recruitment company Core-Asset Consulting has revealed the highest-paid jobs in the finance sector in Scotland. The study showed a surge in the number of people employed in the finance sector in the country, with recruiters predicting further growth in 2016.
Marketing-related roles and asset managers were found to have experienced the biggest surge. Core-Asset Consulting also reported a “recognisable shift in companies being prepared and willing to pay above the market rate, especially for difficult-to-fill roles.”
Amazon is to create new jobs by opening a fulfilment centre in North-West England. The centre, which is set to open later this year, will be located in Manchester and will create 1,000 jobs in the area over the next three years.
Amazon is planning to expand this year, creating 2,500 jobs across the UK. The online retailer’s new centre will join the company’s ten other fulfilment centres, which are located throughout the UK.
Britons are turning their hobbies into successful businesses, according to a study by Weebly. The company found that over 35 per cent of entrepreneurs have turned a hobby or passion into a successful business.
The study also explored the current thoughts and trends amongst the entrepreneurial community and found that nearly 90 per cent of entrepreneurs believe that Britain is an ideal place to start a business.
The job market in the South West is thriving, with more employers looking to hire in the region than in other areas of the country, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
The study, which surveyed 2,100 employers in the UK, was compiled to find out whether employers are planning to recruit additional employees or reduce the size of their workforce in the first quarter of the year.
An accountancy company based in Aberdeen is launching a finance training academy for small businesses. Acumen Accountants & Advisors will be offering Sage One software for new clients, as well as training sessions at its premises on Riverside Drive.
According to recent statistics, over 1,300 start-ups have launched in Aberdeen over the past year. Acumen is now aiming to provide these businesses with the software and skills that they need in order to meet the financial demands of starting up a new small business.
The number of young female entrepreneurs in the UK is rising, according to a report from HSBC. The report, which was released on International Women’s Day, showed that the proportion of female entrepreneurs has almost doubled with each generation.
The findings were backed up by new research from Crunch Accounting, which showed that the number of females choosing to start their own business has increased by 42 per cent since 2010, with nearly a third of start-ups now being founded by women.
Barclays is to offer hi-tech equipment in labs for businesses and entrepreneurs. The labs will provide 3D printers, laser cutters and “incubators” for high-growth companies.
Businesses and entrepreneurs will also be able to receive mentoring and have access to meeting rooms, cybercrime awareness events and workshops. There will also be computer coding classes for local schoolchildren.
A social entrepreneur has launched a pioneering scheme to enable homeless people in London to have access to the internet.
Peter Paduh is providing homeless people in the capital with refurbished laptops to enable them to get online, apply for jobs and learn web skills. The scheme, which is called the Laptops for Homeless Initiative, has been launched in Camden Town by Socialbox.biz, Paduh’s enterprise.
The North of England’s fastest growing technology start-ups have been revealed by technology investment bank, GP Bullhound.
Manchester was found to have the highest number of companies on the list at 28 per cent, followed by 16 per cent in Yorkshire, 14 per cent in Newcastle, and the rest of the businesses located in areas such as Blackpool, Sunderland and Glasgow.
Women-led businesses are the driving force of the UK economy, according to data compiled by Founders4Schools, a company that focuses on inspiring young people to set up their own business.
Figures from the open-government and LinkedIn data sets showed that the average annual turnover for businesses led by women is £11,719,080, more than the average business annual turnover of £11,284,634.
A company based in Leighton Buzzard is to create 150 apprenticeships to help young people develop a wide range of skills. Property firm Connells Group will be creating the apprenticeships as part of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, from 14th to 18th March.
The company first launched the Connells Group Apprenticeship Scheme in 2013 to provide young people aged 16 to 23 with the opportunity to develop the skills required to work in the residential property industry, such as business administration, HR, customer services and residential sales.
NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have scrapped lending fees for small businesses. RBS announced last week that small businesses will no longer have to pay arrangement fees and repayment fees on loans.
Businesses will now be able to borrow up to £500,000 and make repayments at any time without having to worry about any penalties.