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  • £2.4 billion funding boost for England's schools

    Investment will help create 600,000 extra school places, as well as improve or expand thousands of school buildings.

    Thousands of schools across England are to benefit from a £2.4 billion cash injection, Education Secretary Justine Greening announced today (3 April 2017).

  • UK-India economic and trade relations to take centre stage on two-day visit

    Philip Hammond will visit Delhi and Mumbai as part of the 9th UK-India Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD), hosted by Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

  • UK’s top 25 public sector employers – as rated by their staff

    Oxfam triumphs as the UK’s best not-for-profit, public sector employer, with charities dominating the ranking.

    Oxfam is the best not-for-profit, public sector employer in the UK, according to data released by Indeed.

    The charity came top of a ranking of the UK’s best public sector and not-for-profit employers that was compiled from tens of thousands of employee reviews.

  • UK SMEs missing out on over £250 billion of liquid cash flow

    Slow and late invoice payments are costing UK SMEs billions of pounds of liquid cash flow, not to mention hundreds of hours a year in time spent chasing.

    A new report from Siemens Financial Services (SFS) says that slow and late invoice payments mean SMEs in the UK are missing out on billions of pounds of liquid cash flow.

  • UK professionals rely on their mum to help them decide whether to accept a job offer

    More than half of Brits (51.9 per cent) have relied on their mother to help prepare them for working life, research finds. 

    Despite fleeing the nest, the majority of UK workers are still reliant on their mums’ wisdom throughout their careers, with more than half (54.6 per cent) admitting that their mum has helped them to decide whether to accept a job offer or not.

  • Millennial female entrepreneurship in light of Britain’s post-Brexit economy

    Marie Lexa explores what female millennials can do to begin overcoming the hurdles they face in business.

    As Britons anticipate the future of Britain’s post-Brexit economy, the importance of entrepreneurship is increasingly being thrown into the spotlight. Millennial women, in particular, have a huge role to play and hold untapped potential. Research recently carried out by Facebook shows that only a fifth of the UK’s 5.4 million small businesses are founded by women.

  • UK SMEs missing out on over £250 billion of liquid cash flow

    Slow and late invoice payments are costing UK SMEs billions of pounds of liquid cash flow, not to mention hundreds of hours a year in time spent chasing.

    A new report from Siemens Financial Services (SFS) says that slow and late invoice payments mean SMEs in the UK are missing out on billions of pounds of liquid cash flow.

  • Thames Water ordered to pay record £20 million for river pollution

    Thames Water Utilities Ltd sentenced in the largest freshwater pollution case ever taken by the Environment Agency

    Thames Water Utilities Ltd (Thames Water) has today (22 March) been fined an unprecedented £20,361,140.06 in fines and costs for a series of significant pollution incidents on the River Thames. These offences were caused by negligence and led to the death of wildlife and distress to the public.

  • Government announces new support for UK businesses in Argentina

    Government re-introducing export credit financial support for UK businesses looking to trade with Argentina after an almost 20 year hiatus.

    The announcement is being made in Buenos Aires as part of a visit to South America by International Trade Minister Greg Hands, covering Argentina, Brazil and Peru. The minister will today (20 March) confirm that UK Export Finance, the government’s export credit agency, will offer up to £1 billion of support to help UK companies secure business in Argentina.

  • New support to boost grassroots British charities

    International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced an innovative fund to support small development and humanitarian organisations.

    The UK will champion the passion and experience of grassroots British charities working on the frontline to deliver for the world’s poorest, International Development Secretary Priti Patel said today.

  • CMA launches campaign to crack down on cartels

    Whistleblowers are being offered up to £100,000, as the CMA launches its first-ever advertising campaign to crack down on cartels.

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is targeting illegal cartels – businesses which cheat their customers by agreeing not to compete with each other in order to keep their prices high. The practice stops ordinary people and other businesses from getting a fair deal as well as stifling competition.

  • Is working from home a risk to your health?

    17 Mar 2017

    Workers are risking their health by working from home in inappropriate office set ups, according to new research.

    A survey of 1,004 UK workers in full or part time work carried out by Furniture123.co.uk has revealed that while 41 per cent take work home with them at least once per week, the vast majority do not do so from a desk set up.

  • Lack of human interaction loses customers

    Yonder Digital Group research shows that human interaction is key to good customer experience.

  • £23 million boost for hydrogen-powered vehicles and infrastructure

    Funding to accelerate the take up of hydrogen vehicles and infrastructure.

    A new £23 million fund to accelerate the take up of hydrogen vehicles and roll out more cutting-edge infrastructure has been announced by the government today (18 March 2017).

  • Government welcomes £240 million strategic Toyota investment

    Toyota Motor Europe has announced it is investing £240 million to upgrade its car plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire.

    Toyota Motor Europe has announced today, 16 March 2017, that it is investing £240 million to upgrade its car plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire. Toyota’s investment will improve plant competitiveness and additionally it will promote UK supply chain efficiencies.

  • Charity Commission urges trustees to get to grips with financial duties

    Trustees should use essential finance guidance to help improve compliance.

    It was announced last night by Chief Executive Paula Sussex that the Charity Commission has updated a key piece of its financial guidance - Charity finances: trustee essentials (CC25) - in a drive to ensure trustees understand their basic financial responsibilities when running a charity.

  • Innovative fibreboard recycling firm attracts £250,000 investment

    Innovate UK funding for a novel wood fibre recovery process from MDF fibreboard helps unlock a secondary material source for the industry.

    A North Wales company has secured a £250,000 investment from a global waste management services group to commercialise its pioneering process for recycling medium-density fibreboard (MDF).

  • New survey reveals the true cost of IT neglect on UK businesses

    IT issues are costing small businesses valuable time, effort and profits, as they don't have the tools needed to tackle them.

    Two-fifths of SME business owners (42 per cent) say they’ve lost income due to IT issues, according to new survey commissioned by A&O IT Group.

  • Employment rate grows faster in Wales than anywhere else in the UK

    Alun Cairns has welcomed the latest job figures which show the employment rate has grown faster in Wales than anywhere else in the UK.

    The latest labour market statistics published by the Office for National Statistics today (15 March) have revealed that the unemployment rate in Wales remains lower than the UK average, which itself is at its lowest since June to August 1975. The employment level in Wales has increased by 11,000 over the year.

  • UK government unveils over £7 billion of Midlands Engine opportunities for international investors

    New portfolio of investment projects launched at UK government’s first MIPIM pavilion, showing government commitment to the Midlands Engine.

    The UK government has today launched a portfolio of 19 projects showcasing some of the most exciting investment opportunities across the Midlands region to international investors.

  • Number of companies in UK passes four million milestone for first time

    The total number of companies in the UK has just passed the four million milestone for the first time.

    New figures just out show that the number of companies in the UK has reached a record high – breaking the four million threshold for the first time.

    At the end of February 2017 there were 4,005,093 companies and similar businesses registered in the UK – London leading the way with 1,082,600.

  • Poor communication from delivery companies causes nearly a quarter of missed deliveries

    New research reveals that poor communication from delivery companies in the UK results in nearly a quarter of missed deliveries.

  • 10 year disqualification for acting as a company director while bankrupt

    Peter Henry Nicholson was found to be acting as the sales director of a Lincolnshire printing company, a breach of his bankruptcy.

    Mr Nicholson has given an undertaking to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy preventing him from being directly or indirectly involved in the promotion, formation or management of a company for ten years from 20 December 2016.

  • Asset based finance to businesses jumps to £22.2 billion in a year

    Increased funding for merger and acquisition activity has seen a spike in asset based finance for UK businesses.

    Asset based finance to businesses is up 13 per cent since last year, hitting an all-time high of £22.2 billion, rising from £20.6 billion the previous year, says the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA), the body representing the asset based finance industry in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.