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  • Retailers hail the rise of the male shopper

    With demand and supply of men’s products increasing in the past five years, one in four retailers now sell predominantly to male shoppers.

    Despite common assumptions, men are the biggest spenders when it comes to fashion and beauty, according to new research from Barclaycard.

  • Freeze put on scam heating system company

    Manchester-based Xefro Trade Limited which misrepresented graphene heating systems to the public, was wound-up by the High Court

    Xefro Trade Ltd sold its products on the basis of misrepresentations made in promotional material and an investigation by the Insolvency Service found the company misled the public and failed to install systems safely. The company was wound up on 17 October 2017.

  • Binary Option Companies Placed In Provisional Liquidation

    Two companies have been placed in provisional liquidation following an investigation by Company Investigations of the Insolvency Service.

    The companies, Right Corp Limited and Curve Point Limited, operated a website which offered a binary options trading online platform to members of the public.

  • New opportunities for Midlands businesses to deliver UK aid

    DFID holds first supplier engagement event to help local businesses in the Midlands to make the most of opportunities to deliver UK aid.

    The Department for International Development (DFID) held its first supplier engagement event today (Friday 3 November 2017) to help local businesses in the Midlands make the most of opportunities to deliver UK aid, following the International Development Secretary Priti Patel’s fundamental review of how DFID works with suppliers.

  • Call for Chancellor to end ‘business rates chaos’ for small companies

    Phillip Hammond should end the staircase tax, bring business rates bill increases under control and commit to more frequent rates revaluations at the Autumn Budget, according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

    The FSB has called for urgent action to address the UK’s ‘business rates chaos’ ahead of the Autumn Budget.

  • Londoners feel the pinch as inflation outstrips rest of UK by a third over 20 years

    Londoners have experienced inflation almost a third higher than those outside the capital over the last 20 years, research finds.

  • Supercharging the Digital Economy

    Minister for Digital's address to techUK's annual conference

    Thank you for the invitation to join you here today.

    Whenever I’m with techUK, I feel I’m among like minds. Because my roots are in business, and my roots are in tech.

  • UK Government celebrates 35 years of Welsh language broadcasting

    Guto Bebb: S4C's anniversary a landmark for the UK's rich broadcasting sector

    S4C occupies a hugely significant place in the cultural landscape of Wales UK Government Minister Guto Bebb said today (1 November) as the Welsh language broadcaster celebrates 35 years of high quality broadcasting.

  • New matchmaking service for small businesses looking for finance

    Small businesses struggling to access finance from big banks will be matched with alternative finance options, under a new government scheme.

  • A third of UK SMEs are resigned to a ‘Hard Brexit’

    A third of UK SMEs are resigned to a ‘Hard Brexit’ as confidence drops in the face of a messy, prolonged negotiation.

    The reality of Brexit is finally being felt by UK SMEs, although just a fifth (20 per cent) expect Brexit to be achieved by March 2019, according to the latest SME Confidence Tracker from business funder Bibby Financial Services.

  • Finance departments falling behind with digital transformation

    Millions of invoices delivered by hand, fax and post are still manually processed by UK accounts teams, as finance departments neglect digital transformation.

    Four out of five finance professionals have said that their department is not keeping pace with the rest of the organisation’s digital transformation plans, leaving them struggling with productivity, cost and efficiency issues, according to new UK research among senior finance and IT executives.

  • UK entrepreneurs believe a London address means success

    Research from London Executive Offices shows that UK entrepreneurs believe a London address still means success.

    Research conducted by London Executive Offices (LEO) shows that business executives remain confident and enthusiastic about the London office market despite macro uncertainty, and see it as the most prestigious location for businesses of any size.

  • UK Government Investments strengthens and expands senior management team

    UKGI, the Government’s centre of expertise in corporate finance and corporate governance, announces the appointment of four new Directors.

  • Welsh Secretary: UK Government is investing in Swansea’s infrastructure for the long term

    Alun Cairns to announce £800,000 UK Government investment at Swansea University's SPECIFIC centre

  • Scale-ups target US as Brexit dampens appetite for EU expansion

    More than half of scale-ups have plans to expand overseas, with Brexit shifting the UK focus away from Europe to the US.

  • Bethnal Green restauranteurs each disqualified for 6 years

    Two directors of a restaurant in Bethnal Green, London have each been disqualified for six years for employing illegal workers.

    Salahuddin Sahibzada and Muhammad Anjum have each been disqualified for six years having given disqualification undertakings to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, which commenced on 25 September 2017 and 3 October 2017, respectively.

  • Eight year bankruptcy restriction for Leicester man

    Thomas Lewis Langton from Leicester has been made subject to an eight year bankruptcy restriction for falsely claiming reimbursements from banks.

    An investigation by the Insolvency Service found Langton misappropriated £21,517 from three banks by making false claims for reimbursement of sums paid out of his account.

    Mr Langton (24), employed, of Leicester, has agreed to be bound by the restrictions set out in insolvency law until 11 October 2025.

  • Those suffering from problem debt to get vital ‘Breathing Space’

    New plans mean people struggling with serious debt may soon benefit from a ‘breathing space’ from their bills.

  • Welsh SMEs urged to seize new UK government backed export finance opportunity

    Alun Cairns to attend 19th Fast Growth 50 Awards in Cardiff

    Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns will call on Welsh SMEs to capitalise on new UK Government backed finance to help gain access to global growth markets when he attends the Fast Growth 50 awards this evening (20 October 2017).

  • A beacon for the black business leaders of tomorrow

    Communities Secretary Sajid Javid speaks at the fourth annual Black British Business Awards.

    Good afternoon everyone, and thank you to the Black British Business Awards team for inviting me to join you all here today (19 October 2017).

    It’s a real honour to be here.

    And it’s a pleasure to be back in the City. I spent many happy years working in finance, including just up the road at Deutsche Bank.

  • Directors’ conduct in fine wine investment scam leaves sour taste

    Two directors of a company that traded in fine wines have been disqualified for a combined 20 years, following an Insolvency Service investigation.

    Customers who thought they were investing in fine wines investment scheme have been left out of pocket by nearly £1 million.

  • Geovation welcomes a new generation of disruptive property and location data businesses

    Six start-ups to receive funding, business support and the strategic backing of Ordnance Survey (OS) and HM Land Registry (HMLR).

    Geovation has expanded its programme to support three new PropTech start-ups. This is the first time the programme will back PropTech disruptors and follows news that HMLR will begin to collaborate with OS to stimulate the innovative use of land and property technology and data through Geovation.

  • Low pay and progression in the labour market

    Analysis finds that Britain's low-paid workers are permanently stuck in low-paid jobs, and that social mobility in the UK will stall without action.

    Low pay is endemic in the UK and there has been little progress in the number of people managing to escape from poorly paid jobs, a new report by the Social Mobility Commission reveals today (Thursday 19 October).

  • UK &Taiwan Share Experience on Renewable Energy and Green Finance

    A UK trade and technology mission visits Taiwan to share the UK’s experience in the renewable energy sector, focussing particularly on offshore wind.