At the Government’s National Manufacturing Summit being held at the Bristol & Bath Science Park today, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is set to announce that the government has provided an extra £1 billion for businesses seeking support to help them create new jobs and grow.
With fewer than 200 days to go to the 2012 Olympic Games, it is now more important than ever for businesses to make plans to minimise the number of employees who do not come to work during the Games
Ten SMEs are in the running for a national HSBC business award that will help boost their UK expansion on a national or international scale. The ten finalists are from across Great Britain, with four receiving a £50,000 HSBC Business Growth Grants.
United in the belief that the UK’s education system is failing both British business and its workforce, a group of senior business leaders is today calling upon the Government, educators and fellow employers to work more closely together to ensure that the employees of tomorrow have the critical skills needed to secure employment – a mix of qualifications and interpersonal skills – that they have found are missing in too many young people today.
An increasing number of SMEs are facing cash-flow problems with two thirds of debt recovery specialists having noticed a substantial rise in the number of small and medium sized businesses chasing large debts over the past 12 months.
One year since Exeter-based entrepreneurs Darren Westlake and Luke Lang launched Crowdcube, they claim to have helped business raise £2.3 million from investors – members of the public and high net worth individuals.
With ‘National Apprenticeship Week 2012’ next week, Theo Paphitis, former apprentice and retail expert, is calling on UK companies to continue to invest in apprenticeships and training despite the economic slump.
For husband and wife teams running companies, the pressures of the economic climate can be further compounded by the challenges of working and living together.
Raising finance is very difficult and as many are starting the process with a view to driving their businesses forward in this new year, but with banks still unwilling to lend to many we spoke to Guy Rigby, entrepreneur, mentor and now Head of Entrepreneurial Services at Smith & Williamson, the accountancy and investment management group who is an expert on the topic of raising equity finance.
Several pieces of research have emerged that show many small businesses are failing to maximise the online opportunities available to them, despite the rise in e-commerce and digital marketing.
With over half of the entire UK population having a Facebook account, it is claimed that employers are losing £14 billion per year as a direct result of employees accessing social media sites during work hours, yet their hands are tied when it comes to disciplinary action resulting in a minefield for employers and the rules of what is acceptable and what is not are very hazy.