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ACCA outlines key priorities for accountancy success

January 04 ,2017 | by Helen Gould

ACCA outlines key priorities for accountancy success

The Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) has released a checklist outlining the key priorities for achieving success in the accountancy profession in the new year.

The checklist is aimed at accountancy professionals, business leaders and policy makers and consists of a wish list to help professionals deal with uncertainties in 2017, including the upcoming negotiations over Brexit. 

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Research shows increase in Christmas tax returns

December 30 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Research shows increase in Christmas tax returns

Research from HM Revenue and Customs has shown that more self-employed workers are choosing to complete their tax return early, with 14,000 people filing their return over the Christmas period.

The research found that 1,944 people filed their tax return online on Christmas Day, a decrease of 100 from last year.

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Businesses optimistic about future after Brexit, according to survey

December 27 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Businesses optimistic about future after Brexit, according to survey

British businesses are feeling positive about their future, according to a survey from the Institute of Directors (IoD).                     

The IoD surveyed 34,000 businesses, questioning them on how they believe Brexit will affect their future, and found that 60 per cent of British businesses are “optimistic” or “very optimistic” about the upcoming year.

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Guide launched to promote London as a start-up hub

December 16 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Guide launched to promote London as a start-up hub

A new guide has been launched to promote London as a start-up hub and encourage people to set up and grow their business in the city.

The StartUp Guide London was produced by content publishing company StartupEverywhere.com in partnership with innovation consultancy newmedia2.0 and aims to market the city internationally following the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

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Workers more attracted to jobs that offer homeworking, study shows

December 08 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Workers more attracted to jobs that offer homeworking, study shows

Over 40 per cent of workers in the UK would accept a new job if they were able to work from home, according to a new study.

The research also found that workers would be more attracted to a job role that offers staff the option of having a nap.

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Small business owners feel positive about their future, survey shows

December 01 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Small business owners feel positive about their future, survey shows

Small business owners are feeling positive about the future of their company, according to research from the organisers of upcoming event Small Business Saturday.

The research found that owning a small business can make business owners feel happier and more confident.

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Entrepreneurs believe start-ups must evolve, says survey

November 18 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Entrepreneurs believe start-ups must evolve, says survey

A report by Fujitsu has found that over 90 per cent of European entrepreneurs believe that their business must evolve in order to succeed.

The research found that 60 per cent of the respondents believe that digital disruption is the biggest challenge that their business is currently facing.

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UK ranked eighth best place to start a business

November 15 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

UK ranked eighth best place to start a business

The United Kingdom has been ranked eighth out of 137 countries worldwide and fifth out of 41 European countries for starting a business in a report from Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The Global Entrepreneurship Index 2017, which was produced by the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute, gave the UK an over-all score of 71 per cent, making it one of the top ten places in the world for starting up a business.

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Flexible working one of top three benefits for employees

November 15 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Flexible working one of top three benefits for employees

Flexible working has been named one of the three most important priorities for employees when they are presented with a package of benefits, cited by over three quarters of respondents in a survey by BT.

The company’s Mobile multiplier report surveyed 1,528 employees in offices throughout the UK, France, Germany and Spain, and similarly found that over 65 per cent of respondents consider being able to work independent of location and use good technology flexibly better benefits than a company car

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Biba publishes under-insurance guide for small businesses

November 11 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Biba publishes under-insurance guide for small businesses

The British Insurance Brokers' Association (Biba) has published a guide for small businesses to help them avoid under-insurance.

The new guide intends to help small businesses obtain the appropriate level of insurance cover to properly protect them against damage to or loss of their property, or injury caused to staff or others by their business.

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Search for young entrepreneurs launched in Cumbria

November 01 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Search for young entrepreneurs launched in Cumbria

A scheme has been launched to search for entrepreneurs as young as five in Cumbria, with 20 schools from the county teaming up with businesses to help pupils develop business skills.

The Bright Stars 2017 scheme will begin on January 16 next year and will run until 13th March, giving pupils the opportunity to receive mentoring from a wide range of businesses. 

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Majority of insurers to invest in insurtech by 2018

October 28 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Majority of insurers to invest in insurtech by 2018

Nearly two-thirds of the world’s biggest insurers have invested in insurtech and plan to continue investing in technology start-ups over the next two years, according to research from Gartner.

The research showed that over 60 per cent of major global insurers have invested in insurtech, and it is estimated that 80 per cent of P&C insurers worldwide will team up with or acquire insurtechs by 2018. 

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Employee Benefits Awards return for 15th year

October 26 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Employee Benefits Awards return for 15th year

An awards ceremony that celebrates employers who have made a significant contribution to their business through reward strategies has returned for its 15th year.

The Employee Benefits Awards 2017, which are sponsored by businesses including AON, Wealth at Work and Xerox, are now accepting entries.

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Report indicates more small businesses moving outside London

October 24 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Report indicates more small businesses moving outside London

Research from Trainline suggests that more businesses are choosing to be based outside of London, taking advantage of lower costs and increased mobility and interconnectivity between locations.

The research also found that small and medium-sized business rail travel to hubs outside of London has increased by up to 65 per cent since 2012, with Brighton having seen the biggest growth at 230 per cent.

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Average cost of start-up business is £12,601

October 21 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Average cost of start-up business is £12,601

Research from Lloyds Bank has shown that the average cost of a start-up business that is not home-based is £12,601.

According to the survey, 30 per cent of new business owners found that the cost of starting up a new business was more expensive than they thought, with just 6 per cent saying that the cost was lower than their budget.

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£2m fund available to North East SMEs

October 18 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

£2m fund available to North East SMEs

SMEs from the North East are being invited to apply for a share of a £2 million cash pot.

The North East Business Support Fund, which is run by enterprise agency NBSL, is providing funding for over 1,400 businesses in the region.

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Employees feel more productive at home, survey finds

September 30 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Employees feel more productive at home, survey finds

A survey from Flexjobs asked employees when they feel least and most productive.

They found that most feel more productive at home, with 50 per cent preferring to work from home rather than in the office.

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Citibase launch new centres for Scottish businesses

September 28 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Citibase launch new centres for Scottish businesses

Office space provider Citibase has announced plans to expand in Scotland, with two new centres being launched in Aberdeen and North Lanarkshire.

The new centres will see Citibase doubling its number of business hubs in Scotland, which will provide flexible workspace for 500 Scottish businesses and boost the country’s economy. 

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North East tech sector growing fast, research shows

September 27 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

North East tech sector growing fast, research shows

The North East has one of the fastest growing tech sectors in England, according to research from accountancy firm Nixon Williams.

The report found that the number of technology businesses in the North East increased from 9,695 to 10,285 from 2014 to 2015 – a growth of 9.2 per cent. This makes the region’s tech growth second only to London, which saw an increase of 11.7 per cent.

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Majority of young people want to start businesses, shows survey

September 21 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Majority of young people want to start businesses, shows survey

Research from ABE has found that 82 per cent of the UK’s young people want to become entrepreneurs.

The research showed that many young people are planning to set up their own business in the future, with 4 per cent already having done so.

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Migrant-led businesses boosting UK economy, says report

September 15 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Migrant-led businesses boosting UK economy, says report

Businesses led by migrants are helping to boost the UK economy, according to a report by the Institute of Directors (IoD) and mi-hub, which provides co-working space specifically for migrant entrepreneurs.

The report, entitled Migrant Entrepreneurship in the UK: celebrating the benefits to Britain, showed that migrants are making a valuable contribution to the UK, helping to create jobs rather than taking them. 

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North East businesses to support 100 start-ups

September 14 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

North East businesses to support 100 start-ups

Two businesses from the North East have teamed up for a scheme that will benefit 100 start-ups in the region and boost the local economy by £5 million.

Harlands Accountants will partner with TEDCO Business Support to provide businesses with support and guidance.

 

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Leeds named Britain’s best city for work-life balance

September 13 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Leeds named Britain’s best city for work-life balance

In the Sustainable Cities report by Arcadis, Leeds was named Britain’s best city for work-life balance.

The report compared different cities around the world, measuring factors such as work-life balance, income inequality, health, education, crime and affordability.

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Local shops a vital source of employment, report shows

September 09 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Local shops a vital source of employment, report shows

A report published by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has found that local shops are a valuable source of flexible jobs for people with commitments.

The report showed that local shops are now a vital source of employment, with the sector employing 390,000 people.

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Royal Mail helping small businesses start exporting

September 07 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Royal Mail helping small businesses start exporting

Royal Mail is helping small businesses to sell internationally after research from the company found that 60 per cent of businesses are missing out as a result of not exporting abroad.

The company’s International Delivery Matters report also identified the areas that small businesses believe would generate the most sales, with 35 per cent believing that Europe holds the most potential, followed by the US and North America at 28 per cent. 

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