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British workforce confident in their skills, according to survey

June 11 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

British workforce confident in their skills, according to survey

The majority of British workers feel confident about their skills, according to The City & Guilds Group’s first Skills Confidence Report.

The report, which surveyed 8,000 works from the UK, US, South Africa and India, found that British workers do not feel threatened by the expected rise in automation and artificial intelligence. 

 

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York voted UK’s top spot for freelancers

June 10 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

York voted UK’s top spot for freelancers

York has been named the UK’s top spot for freelancers in a report by PeoplePerHour.com.

The research identified where the UK’s freelance workers and contractors are based, and found that York has the fastest-growing number of self-employed people.

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One in 30 people are now business owners, according to research

June 09 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

One in 30 people are now business owners, according to research

One in 30 people in the UK own a business, according to research from Direct Line for Business.

The research looked at the number of microbusinesses in the UK and found that they represent 89 per cent of all UK businesses.

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Top employers for school and college leavers revealed

June 07 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Top employers for school and college leavers revealed

The 100 companies that were voted the top UK employers in a nationwide survey were revealed at London’s City Hall on Sunday.

The results were announced as part of the AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk’s Top 100 Employers for School & College Leavers 2016 awards ceremony, with categories including training, company culture and career development. 

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International trade expected to boost SME growth by 25%, survey shows

June 03 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

International trade expected to boost SME growth by 25%, survey shows

According to research from EE, international trade will boost the growth of Britain’s SMEs by 25 per cent. 

The EE SME International Ambitions survey interviewed 1,000 businesses, as well as identifying the top target markets for small businesses.

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Facebook launches initiative to help women start businesses

May 31 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Facebook launches initiative to help women start businesses

Facebook has launched an entrepreneurship initiative for women after research showed that more female businesswomen would help to boost the UK’s economy by £10.01 billion.

The social networking website has launched SheMeansBusiness to help more women set up their own company.

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Children surrounded by books will earn more, says study

May 29 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Children surrounded by books will earn more, says study

Children who grow up surrounded by lots of books tend to be high earners, according to research from economists Giorgio Brunello, Guglielmo Weber and Christoph Weiss.

The research surveyed 6,000 men who were born in European countries during the mid-20th century and looked at how many books they had in their home. 

 

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SMEs leading the way on cost cutting

May 27 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

SMEs leading the way on cost cutting

SMEs are more cost-conscious and spend more time comparing prices than larger businesses, according to research from Applegate PRO.

The research, which surveyed 726 SMEs, found that they are more careful with their spending, enabling them to make considerable savings.

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Traditional office life no longer relevant, according to report

May 25 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Traditional office life no longer relevant, according to report

Over 70 per cent of workers believe that traditional office life is no longer relevant, according to a report from computer software company TeamViewer.

The report, titled “The End of Nine-to-Five”, showed that UK office workers feel that a traditional nine-to-five job is no longer necessary, with more people now wishing to work remotely instead. 

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Financial education should be taught in primary schools, say UK MPs

May 24 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Financial education should be taught in primary schools, say UK MPs

Financial education should be taught in primary schools, MPs have said.

A report released this week called for the subject to become compulsory in primary schools to enable children to learn day-to-day financial skills.

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British women want to start their own business, survey shows

May 19 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

British women want to start their own business, survey shows

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.

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Businesswomen honoured at Inspiring Women Awards gala

May 15 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Businesswomen honoured at Inspiring Women Awards gala

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. 

 

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Next phase of Gloucester development to create 700 jobs

May 13 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Next phase of Gloucester development to create 700 jobs

A further £100 million investment into the development of Gloucester city is expected to create 700 jobs.

Over 3,000 full-time and part-time jobs have already been created in the city following a £260 million investment from Peel Holdings.

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Leeds startup helps inventors to become entrepreneurs

May 11 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Leeds startup helps inventors to become entrepreneurs

A startup company based in Leeds has launched an innovative platform to help aspiring inventors become entrepreneurs.

Oliver Yates and Owen Williams co-managed a small product development and design agency before launching Invent Me: a start-up that gives inventors the chance to share and develop their ideas.

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Liverpool women work more than rest of UK, shows survey

May 11 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Liverpool women work more than rest of UK, shows survey

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. 

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HullBID Awards to celebrate businesses in Hull

May 09 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

HullBID Awards to celebrate businesses in Hull

The HullBID Awards will be returning for the third time in 2016 to celebrate businesses in Hull city centre.

The Hull Daily Mail will once again be partnering up with Hull Business Improvement District (HullBID) for the awards, which are now open for nominations.

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Awards ceremony to celebrate entrepreneurship in the North East

May 03 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Awards ceremony to celebrate entrepreneurship in the North East

Nominations for an awards ceremony that celebrates the best entrepreneurs in the North East are now open.

The 13th annual North East Entrepreneurial Awards will be accepting nominations until Friday 27th May. The event is organised by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, a support forum that helps entrepreneurs and business leaders get inspired.

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Scottish Conservatives aiming to create 10,000 apprenticeships

May 02 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Scottish Conservatives aiming to create 10,000 apprenticeships

Scottish Conservatives candidate for Banffshire and Buchan Coast Peter Chapman has announced that the party is aiming to create 10,000 apprenticeships to help more young people to get into work.

Chapman made the pledge during a visit to Score Group, an engineering firm that is already taking on over 200 apprentices. 

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Swansea hub gets fastest internet connection in UK

April 28 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Swansea hub gets fastest internet connection in UK

A tech hub based in Swansea is to expand and offer the fastest internet connection of any hub in the UK.

TechHub Swansea was originally launched in 2013 but has now re-opened with a new building, increasing its space by 300 per cent

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Children’s charity Barnardo’s launches new employment training centre

April 26 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Children’s charity Barnardo’s launches new employment training centre

A children’s charity has launched a new employment training centre in Bradford.

Barnardo’s, which helps vulnerable children throughout the UK, will be providing a new employment, training, and skills service at its site in West Riding House, Cheapside.

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Support for female entrepreneurs could boost UK economy, says report

April 24 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Support for female entrepreneurs could boost UK economy, says report

Providing more help for early-stage female entrepreneurs could help to boost the UK economy by £100 billion, according to a report compiled by Deloitte for the Women’s Business Council.

Recent research showed that there are fewer women (less than six per cent) engaging in entrepreneurial activities compared to men (more than ten per cent).

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SMEs in line for prize at CIPD awards

April 22 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

SMEs in line for prize at CIPD awards

SMEs that can show how human resources and development (HR&D) insight has benefitted their company could be up for winning a prize in the CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards 2016.

The annual awards, which are now in their tenth year, will take place on 16th June 2016 at the Newcastle Marriot Hotel.

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Digital skills education is patchy, says Capgemini chairman

April 21 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Digital skills education is patchy, says Capgemini chairman

Capgemini UK Chairman Christine Hodgson has spoken out about the lack of digital skills in the UK, stating that digital skills education in schools is “patchy.”

According to Hodgson, schools are finding it difficult to keep up with technology as a result of it changing so often.

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Ghanaian business event to be held in London

April 19 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

Ghanaian business event to be held in London

A business event that aims to increase trade between the UK and Ghana is coming to South East London next month.

The GUBA Greenwich Expo 2016 will run from Friday 20th May until Sunday 22nd May.

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UK digital agency to offer support to global entrepreneurs

April 14 ,2016 | by Helen Gould

UK digital agency to offer support to global entrepreneurs

A UK digital agency is to become part of a support programme for global entrepreneurs.

David Henderson Design (DHD) partner with LA-based start-up factory Wonka Lab to provide development opportunities for 25 early-stage businesses across the world.

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