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UK one of best countries for social entrepreneurs

September 18 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

UK one of best countries for social entrepreneurs

The UK has been named as one of the top countries to be a social entrepreneur in a new study.

The research, which was carried out by Thomson Reuters in partnership with Deutsche Bank, advice group UnLtd and the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network, is the world’s first poll for locating the best countries for social entrepreneurs. 

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Aviva and Founders Factory searching for fintech start-ups

September 16 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Aviva and Founders Factory searching for fintech start-ups

Founders Factory is searching for start-ups to participate in its accelerator programme, which was set up in partnership with insurance company Aviva.

The programme, which lasts for six months, was launched earlier this year in May and will be selecting five start-ups each year. There are currently three places left on the programme.

 

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Research reveals UK cities with cheapest startup costs

September 15 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Research reveals UK cities with cheapest startup costs

The UK’s cheapest cities for starting up a business have been revealed in research from business finance solutions company LDF.

Newcastle upon Tyne has been named the cheapest location in the UK for setting up a new business, costing an average of £17,008. 

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UK ranked top G20 country for digital businesses

September 12 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

UK ranked top G20 country for digital businesses

The UK has been named as the best G20 country for starting up a digital business in EY’s G20 Digital Entrepreneurship Barometer, which is the basis of a report entitled Digital Disruption – Threat or Opportunity for Entrepreneurship?

The Barometer identified the nations with the best digital environment, with the UK scoring the best marks for the time taken to start up a digital business, taxation frameworks, recruitment practices, and legal efficiency.

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Venture capital firm to target London tech startups

September 06 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Venture capital firm to target London tech startups

A venture capital firm has launched a £252 million fund to invest in early-stage tech startups across Europe.

Northzone, which is based in Sweden, is looking to invest in early-stage tech startups across Europe, with a particular focus on startups from the finance and health sectors in London. 

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Winter accelerator programme now looking for innovative start-ups

September 05 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Winter accelerator programme now looking for innovative start-ups

TrueStart is searching for innovative start-ups in the retail sector to participate in its winter accelerator programme.

The company’s accelerator programme runs for four months, starting from 2nd December.

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£70,000 cash prize offered to disabled entrepreneurs

August 31 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

£70,000 cash prize offered to disabled entrepreneurs

A cash prize of £70,000 is to be offered to disabled entrepreneurs or businesses that employ or offer support for disabled people.

The prize is being offered by entrepreneur Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and Leonard Cheshire Disability as part of the Stelios Award 2016. 

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Increase in job seekers expected in September, study shows

August 26 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Increase in job seekers expected in September, study shows

The number of people looking for work is expected to increase in September, according to a study by CV-Library.

According to the data, SMEs should expect more interest from candidates, with over 50 per cent of employees being more likely to consider a new job as the end of summer approaches.

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London startups received £1 billion in funding this year

August 23 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

London startups received £1 billion in funding this year

London’s startups received more funding this year than in any other European city, according to figures from Statista.

The research, which used figures from EY’s Startup Barometer Germany report, showed that startups in the city raised €1.3 billion (£1.1 billion) in the first six months of this year, up from €1 billion in the first half of 2015. 

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Wind and solar power could challenge nuclear energy

August 22 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Wind and solar power could challenge nuclear energy

The value of nuclear energy, and in particular the troubled Hinkley Point, is being questioned in light of the possibilities offered by alternative and renewable technologies.

One of Hinkley Point’s main advantages is offering continuous, “on-all-the-time” power. However, technology and its lower costs may be erasing the need for the plant to be built.

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England’s small businesses have ability to double apprenticeships

August 10 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

England’s small businesses have ability to double apprenticeships

A new report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) states that England’s small businesses have the ability to double the number of apprentices they hire to more than two million. This will be possible only if the Government offers more attractive incentives and support packages.

The report stated that it was necessary to bring in apprenticeship reform if small businesses in England are to achieve the target of three million apprentices by 2020. This target has been set by the Government. 

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Research identifies key areas for salary growth

August 05 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Research identifies key areas for salary growth

UK salaries have increased by 3 per cent in July compared to last year, according to data from job site CV-Library.

The research identified the key areas for salary growth and also the locations and sectors with the highest increases.

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KPMG to speed up recruitment process for graduates

August 03 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

KPMG to speed up recruitment process for graduates

Accountancy firm KPMG is moving on from its multistage interview process after research showed that graduates are frustrated by lengthy interview processes.

The company made the decision after collaborating with market research company High Fliers Research to survey over 400 people who have recently graduated from university.

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Work-life balance biggest motivator for entrepreneurs, study finds

July 29 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Work-life balance biggest motivator for entrepreneurs, study finds

More control over work-life balance is one of the main motivations for small business owners, according to a survey from AXA Business Insurance.

The research surveyed over 800 entrepreneurs in the UK to find out what motivates them to run their own business.

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Small business banking firm receives $2 million in seed funding

July 28 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Small business banking firm receives $2 million in seed funding

A company that enables small businesses to set up a bank account has received $2 million in seed funding to help it to grow.

Tide, which is based in the UK, offers a mobile banking tool for SMEs to enable them to quickly set up an account without any monthly or annual fees. 

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British Business Bank invested £527 million into UK businesses

July 24 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

British Business Bank invested £527 million into UK businesses

The British Business Bank invested £527 million into the UK’s small businesses from 2015 to 2016, according to its annual performance review.

The government-owned bank increased finance to small companies by 45 per cent in 2015 and now works with 90 finance partners to support over 48,000 businesses. The bank revealed that it took on nine new partners from 2015 to 2016. 

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SMEs need better access to broadband, according to government report

July 22 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

SMEs need better access to broadband, according to government report

Small and medium-sized enterprises need access to better broadband services, according to a report from the cross-party Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

The report stated that the quality of the current level of broadband service is poor and that services need to be improved.

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Skills shortages holding back businesses, according to survey

July 20 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Skills shortages holding back businesses, according to survey

Skills shortages are holding back businesses, with over two-thirds of businesses not feeling confident about filling high-skilled jobs in the future, according to this year’s CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey.

The survey highlighted the areas in which there is a skills shortage, with sectors such as construction, manufacturing and professional services being affected. 

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Digital startup lab opens second programme for entrepreneurs

July 15 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Digital startup lab opens second programme for entrepreneurs

A new digital startup lab has announced that applications are now open for its second accelerator programme.

Activate Capital, which is based in London, is searching for budding entrepreneurs to participate in its programme, which will enable them to develop their business ideas.

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Small businesses taking risks when hiring staff, research shows

July 14 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Small businesses taking risks when hiring staff, research shows

Small businesses in the UK are taking risks when hiring and managing staff, according to research from job marketplace Jobandtalent.

The research, which surveyed 500 small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners found that businesses are at risk as a result of a lack of HR expertise, with only 37% having a good understanding of employee rights and regulations.

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ICAEW launches digital financial guide for start-ups and SMEs

July 12 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

ICAEW launches digital financial guide for start-ups and SMEs

The ICAEW has launched the British Finance Guide, which offers free advice on lending and investment for small businesses.

It also contains contributions from the British Business Bank and over 20 other bodies from the business and finance sectors.

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Amazon to create 1000 permanent jobs across UK

July 08 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Amazon to create 1000 permanent jobs across UK

Amazon plans to create 1000 permanent jobs across the UK in addition to 2500 jobs announced earlier this year, which will bring its total number of UK employees to 15,500 by the end of 2016.

The company will be offering a wide range of roles at its head office, R&D centres and fulfilment centres, with the jobs being spread across London, Manchester, Cambridge, Leicestershire and Edinburgh.

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Small Business Mentoring competition to support UK companies

July 06 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Small Business Mentoring competition to support UK companies

Barclaycard will be partnering up with The Guardian Small Business Network to give UK businesses the chance to receive advice from leading mentors.

Successful applicants to the Small Business Mentoring competition will receive support. The competition is open to British SMEs with less than £15 million turnover in the retail, professional services, and hospitality sectors.

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UK’s tech firms put expansion plans on hold after Brexit

June 26 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

UK’s tech firms put expansion plans on hold after Brexit

Britain’s tech companies are putting expansion plans on hold following the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Companies are now concerned about how the loss of access to European markets could affect the UK’s financial technology sector, with some considering moving to a continental location. 

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Deloitte launches cloud-based accounting service for SMEs

June 24 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Deloitte launches cloud-based accounting service for SMEs

Deloitte has launched a cloud-based accounting and analytics service for start-ups and SMEs. The Big Four company has invested £2.5 million into the project, which is called Propel.

Propel will provide a wide range of services, which will be available to the UK’s 5.4 million small business owners. 

 

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