Posted By Helen Gould
Small and medium-sized businesses in the North West are remaining confident despite the uncertainty of the UK referendum.
According to the latest SME Confidence Tracker, they are set to invest almost double the UK average.Read more >>
Investment body UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) has teamed up with Barclays to launch Angel Hubs in Birmingham.
The collaboration will host a pilot session for entrepreneurs in Barclays’ Eagle Lab in the city.Read more >>
A new enterprise centre is to open in Peckham to provide support and space for young entrepreneurs.
The Peckham Enterprise Centre, which has been set up by the London Youth Support Trust, will be located in the former Bell’s Garden Community Centre on Buller Close.Read more >>
A start-up company based in Hackney has secured funding to continue helping mums to get back into work.
Digital Mums, which provides online social media training and flexible work, has secured £285,000 to enable it to expand.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
London and Manchester have been named as the best hubs for high-growth small businesses (HGSBs) by Octopus Investments. The company listed 32 of the top cities for HGSBs in the Urban Hub League Table.
The cities were ranked on the factors that small businesses believe are the most important to them when scaling and growing, such as talent and connectivity and access to finance.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
A growth hub based in Birmingham has secured a £1 million funding package to enable it to provide more support for local businesses to help them to grow.
The Greater Birmingham Growth Hub received funding from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to expand its programme and offer “greater levels of expert knowledge” to businesses.Read more >>
A funding scheme has been launched to support entrepreneurs in the Isle of Axholme.
UK Steel Enterprise has partnered up with North Lincolnshire Council and the Growth Hub to launch the Kickstart Fund, which will provide grants of between £500 and £1,000 to help aspiring entrepreneurs to establish a business or become self-employed.Read more >>
Accountants and other finance professionals are becoming more aware of the risks of cybercrime, according to a study by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).
The study, titled Cybersecurity – Fighting Crime’s Enfant Terrible, stated that cybercrime is becoming too dangerous for accountants to ignore. However, it found that the majority of accountants and finance professionals clearly understand the importance of the issue, with over 80% saying that their management are concerned about cybercrime.Read more >>
A new business hub in East Yorkshire could help to create up to 3,000 jobs.
Plans for the hub were put forward by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Sterling Capitol, and permission has now been granted by East Riding Council.Read more >>
A report has revealed a list of locations with the most inspiring businesses in Britain.
The report, which was compiled by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), provides a list of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized businesses from a number of locations in the UK.Read more >>
BT is to create 50 apprenticeship and graduate jobs in the North West in 2016. The telecoms and TV company will employ around 1,400 apprentices and graduates in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, research and innovation.
The company said that it will be recruiting apprentices in Accrington, Ellesmere Port, Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester. EE and Openreach, both subsidiaries of BT, will also be taking on new apprentices and graduates.Read more >>
A new business hub in Chard is set to be given a boost by councillors. The £227,200 hub will be located at the Holyrood Lace Mill and will help to provide extra office space for businesses and more employment opportunities in the area.
The project aims to provide support for 12 start-up companies in the area and help the development of 30 other businesses. The hub is expected to create 15 new jobs.Read more >>
The UK’s digital businesses are growing 32% faster than other sectors in the economy, according to research from Tech City UK.
The latest Tech Nation 2016 report, which surveyed 2,000 digital businesses, showed that the they had a combined annual turnover of £161bn.Read more >>
Consumers are looking for business owners who are “visible and engaged”, according to a report by Brands2Life.
The report showed that British consumers are looking for more high-profile business leaders, such as Sir Richard Branson.Read more >>
Liverpool has been voted the most entrepreneurial city, with a startup population of 16 per cent, according to new data from Companies House by Instant Offices. The research looked at the startup population of each city and compared it with the overall population.
Liverpool was found to have the highest population of startups, with over 57,000 new businesses being formed over the past two years. Birmingham was next with a start-up population of 14.5 per cent, with Manchester close behind at 14 per cent.Read more >>
A new business hub is set to open in Walsall, providing more opportunities for entrepreneurs, start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The 15,194 sq ft Citibase business centre will be located inside the Victorian Old Foundry, an historic building situated on Bath Street in the centre of the city.
Whilst the building has been refurbished to provide modern office space for up to 260 entrepreneurs in the local area, it has still kept some of its historic features, providing a unique setting for small and large businesses.Read more >>
Business owners have been urged to understand the importance of leadership after a recent survey showed that over 40% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not offer their staff management training.
The Close Brothers Business Barometer surveyed UK SME owners and senior managers from a variety of sectors, and found that this statistic is despite a majority of businesses believing that strong leadership skills contribute to success.Read more >>
Businesses in the finance sector cut staff bonuses but increased their salaries last year, according to a survey by consulting firm Mercer.
Banks, insurers and investment managers cut bonuses by around 5% whilst increasing salaries by more than 5%. The research follows recent news that fund managers are fighting to block bonus cap extension.Read more >>
Grimsby has become an ideal location for those looking for a career in management accountancy.
Members of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in the Yorkshire and Humber area earned almost double the UK national average salary in 2015.Read more >>