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Working for free is necessary for small businesses, survey shows

June 23 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Working for free is necessary for small businesses, survey shows

Over 25 per cent of small business owners believe that working for free is a necessary step when starting up a business, according to research from micro-business company Chorus.

The research showed that over 60 per cent of micro-business owners have worked for free in order to get their business started up. 

 

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Cybercrime costing UK economy £5.26 billion, according to FSB

June 21 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Cybercrime costing UK economy £5.26 billion, according to FSB

Smaller businesses are collectively attacked 7 million times per year by cyber criminals, which is costing the UK economy £5.26 billion, according to a report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The report, Cyber Resilience: How to protect small firms in the digital economy, showed that despite over 90 per cent of smaller businesses taking action to prevent digital threats, over 60 per cent have fallen victim to cybercrime over the past two years. 

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Increasing employment rate could add £105 billion to economy

June 16 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Increasing employment rate could add £105 billion to economy

Increasing the employment rate of workers over 55 could add £105 billion to the economy, according to Big Four company PwC.

The study compared employment rates of workers across 34 OECD countries and found that whilst the UK performs well in terms of employment rates for older workers when compared to other EU countries, it does less well when compared to countries outside the EU, such as the US and Japan. 

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ACCA publishes financial guide for entrepreneurs

June 12 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

ACCA publishes financial guide for entrepreneurs

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has published a financial guide for entrepreneurs.

The report, entitled Financial management and business success – a guide for entrepreneurs, has been launched to help entrepreneurs understand how financial management can help their business and offers advice on how to successfully grow a business. 

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Accelerator to help entrepreneurs tackle cybercrime

June 10 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Accelerator to help entrepreneurs tackle cybercrime

A government-backed cyber security accelerator is searching for entrepreneurs looking to combat cybercrime.

The HutZero accelerator, which is run by Cyber London (CyLon) and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), will also give entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn new skills that will enable them to start up their own cyber security company. 

 

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Pension startup secures £3.3 million in funding

June 08 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Pension startup secures £3.3 million in funding

A London-based startup company has secured £3.3 million in funding to enable it to expand its customer base.

Smart Pension is an auto-enrolment pension company that provides pension solutions for small businesses. 

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Entrepreneurs planning to expand workforce, according to survey

June 07 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Entrepreneurs planning to expand workforce, according to survey

More than six in ten entrepreneurs in the UK are planning to increase their workforce, according to the EY Global Job Creation Survey 2016.

The research surveyed over 400 entrepreneurs and found that 63 per cent are expecting to add to their payrolls over the next 12 months, up from 44.5 per cent who expected to increase their hiring in the same period last year. 

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Small businesses to invest more over next 12 months

June 06 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Small businesses to invest more over next 12 months

Over 60 per cent of small businesses are planning to increase their spending over the next 12 months, according to research from eBay.

The ecommerce company found that two-thirds of small businesses in the UK are expected to ramp up investment through 2016-17, with 45 per cent placing more focus on marketing. 

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Finance and accounting jobs continuing to rise, research shows

June 03 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Finance and accounting jobs continuing to rise, research shows

Jobs in the finance and accounting sector continued to rise in the first quarter, according to research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

The research showed that vacancies continued to increase by 10.2 per cent year-on-year in the months leading up to March, despite warnings that a Brexit could result in thousands of job losses in the sector.

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Hundreds of jobs to be created at Manchester Airport

June 02 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Hundreds of jobs to be created at Manchester Airport

Over 450 job roles are to be created at Manchester Airport following its plans to expand.

The public will have the chance to learn more about the roles being offered at a jobs fair, which is scheduled to take place on Monday 6th June. 

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More people working beyond retirement age, survey shows

May 31 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

More people working beyond retirement age, survey shows

More people over the age of 65 are choosing not retire because they enjoy being in work, according to a new survey.

The research, which was carried out by insurance company LV=, found that nine out of ten people aged over 65 are happy to continue working; just one in ten felt that they need to carry on working for the money.

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Royal Mail launches online mailshot tool to help small businesses

May 26 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Royal Mail launches online mailshot tool to help small businesses

Royal Mail has launched a mailshot tool for small businesses. The company has created the online tool to enable businesses to easily connect with their customers.

Businesses will be able to create their own mailshots from 49p, which they will be able to have delivered to customers within three working days. The mailshots can be sent to any location in the UK.

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British parents want to start their own businesses, report shows

May 24 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

British parents want to start their own businesses, report shows

Over 60 per cent of British parents want to set up their own business, according to a survey carried out by the Start Up Loans Company.

The research, which surveyed 2,000 adults aged 18 and over, found that the majority of parents want to quit their current job and start up their own business as it would provide them with a better work-life balance. 

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Over 4 million UK residents now self-employed, according to ONS

May 20 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Over 4 million UK residents now self-employed, according to ONS

Over 4 million people in the UK are now self-employed, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Figures showed that the number of self-employed people increased by 182,000 from January to March. The total number of self-employed people in the UK now stands at 4.69 million, with self-employed workers accounting for 15 per cent of the workforce. 

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Capital One launches tech accelerator for financial sector start-ups

May 19 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Capital One launches tech accelerator for financial sector start-ups

Capital One is to launch a tech accelerator for early-stage start-up businesses. The credit card company will be launching the Capital One Growth Labs in Nottingham in partnership with L Marks, which brings together established businesses and growing companies.

According to Capital One, the hub will “shape the future of finance”, supporting start-ups in the financial sector to help them develop innovative technologies. 

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Annual Startups 100 2016 reveals UK’s best new businesses

May 18 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Annual Startups 100 2016 reveals UK’s best new businesses

The annual Startups 100 list for 2016 has been revealed.

The index, published by Startups.co.uk, lists UK businesses that have shown the best growth potential since being launched on or after 1st January 2013.

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Competition for young entrepreneurs is relaunched

May 14 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Competition for young entrepreneurs is relaunched

A competition to give young entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors has been relaunched.

NACUE is now searching for students and graduates across the UK to take part in its Varsity Pitch 2016 competition, which is in its sixth year. 

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Barclays launches data analysis system for small businesses

May 13 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Barclays launches data analysis system for small businesses

Barclays has launched its new data analysis system for small and medium-sized businesses. The service, called SmartBusiness, will enable small business owners to keep track of performance trends and their customers.

SmartBusiness is now available to over 500,000 of Barclays small and medium-sized business customers for £4.95 a month plus VAT. 

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Teesside businesses urged to bid for £1.8bn funding pot

May 10 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Teesside businesses urged to bid for £1.8bn funding pot

Businesses in Teesside are being urged to bid for a £1.8 billion funding pot after Northern Powerhouse Minister, James Wharton, announced that the Local Growth Fund still has money to be allocated.

Wharton stated that the funding could help to provide a boost for Teesside, which has experienced many difficulties in recent months, including the closure of the SSI steelworks site. 

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Businesses urged to take steps to prevent cyberattacks

May 07 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Businesses urged to take steps to prevent cyberattacks

Businesses have been urged to take action to protect themselves from cybersecurity breaches after research revealed that two-thirds of large businesses in Britain have been a victim of an attack within the past 12 months.

The Cyber Breaches Security Survey, which was carried out by market research company Ipsos Mori for the UK Government, found that over 80 per cent of consumers are concerned over which businesses have access to their data. 

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Market campaign to provide opportunities for young entrepreneurs

May 06 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Market campaign to provide opportunities for young entrepreneurs

A campaign is offering opportunities for young entrepreneurs in Leighton Buzzard. Young people aged 16 to 25 will be offered free pitches at Leighton Buzzard Market for the Love Your Local Market 2016 campaign.

Leighton-Linslade Town Council will be participating in the campaign, which is led by the National Association of British Market Authorities. 

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Hertfordshire Growth Hub celebrates first anniversary

May 04 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Hertfordshire Growth Hub celebrates first anniversary

A business hub has celebrated its first anniversary and is to continue providing support for companies.

The Hertfordshire Growth Hub has supported over 500 small and medium-sized businesses since it first launched, with almost 200 businesses benefitting from advice provided by the hub’s specialist team. 

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British entrepreneurs in demand in Australia, according to survey

April 28 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

British entrepreneurs in demand in Australia, according to survey

British entrepreneurs are wanted in Australia, according to research carried out by Crown Relocations National Manager John Morris.

The survey revealed that nine out of ten Australians would like more British entrepreneurs to emigrate to the country, whilst one in five believe there are not enough entrepreneurs in the country. Over 80 per cent of those surveyed said that they would welcome more British expats into Australia. 

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UK business hub searching for budding entrepreneurs

April 27 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

UK business hub searching for budding entrepreneurs

A business hub launched in Bishop Auckland is searching for ambitious entrepreneurs to fill its studios.

The hub, which is known as Pod and located in the town’s Market Place, is offering studios for entrepreneurs who are in need of space where they can exhibit and sell their work. 

 

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Santander to host business support and advice event in Glasgow

April 20 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Santander to host business support and advice event in Glasgow

Santander will be hosting a five-day business event in Glasgow to provide inspiration and advice for businesses in the local community.

The Breakthrough Moments Festival, which will be held at Blythswood Square from 25th to 29th April, will include free events and talks from successful entrepreneurs.

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