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  • Criminal Finances Bill receives Royal Assent

    The Criminal Finances Bill has today (Thursday 27 April) received Royal Assent.

    The Criminal Finances Act 2017 will give law enforcement agencies and partners, further capabilities and powers to recover the proceeds of crime, tackle money laundering, tax evasion and corruption, and combat the financing of terrorism.

    The act:

  • Excessive employee permissions expose SMES to insider threats

    Stale data and excessive employee permissions continue to expose organisations to insider threats, ransomware and other risks.

  • British entrepreneurs reveal the business milestones that mean most

    A new survey sees UK business owners sharing what they care about most when it comes to company milestones.

    The private investment specialists at Current Capital asked 1,000 British business owners which company milestones mean most to them – and from making their first profit to landing their first big contract, it looks like the UK’s entrepreneurs put plenty of stock in finances.

  • What British businesses are doing right with email marketing

    The top 100 retailers who are excelling with email marketing campaigns are identified by dotmailer’s new Hitting the Mark report.

    Dotmailer, an email marketing platform provider, releases its Hitting the Mark report, a deep dive into the email marketing strategies of 100 influential global retailers.

  • Branded content is forgotten by 80 per cent of consumers, study reveals

    Prezi unveils new insight into consumer engagement with content and demonstrates the value of a conversational approach.

  • Excessive employee permissions expose SMES to insider threats

    Stale data and excessive employee permissions continue to expose organisations to insider threats, ransomware and other risks.

  • Industry leading organisations are more likely to use pre-hire assessments

    British firms are increasingly utilising pre-hire assessments during the process of interviewing candidates for a job.

    Global talent acquisition and management firm, Alexander Mann Solutions, highlights the need for firms to utilise data in the pre-hire stage in order to secure the best candidates, particularly when it comes to critical hiring decisions.

  • Three in five SMEs admit to having no succession plan

    Majority of UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) admit to having no clear plan in place to ensure their business does not suffer when a key employee leaves.

    The Aldermore Future Attitudes report finds that more than three fifths (61 per cent) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – equating to 3.4 million UK firms with fewer than 250 employees – have no clear succession plan in place to ensure that their businesses do not suffer when key staff leave.

  • GDPR could cripple business, say UK firms

    Nearly half of organisations are afraid they won’t meet the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation, inadequate technology cited as core challenge.

  • RACE DRIVEN to support driverless cars

    UKAEA’s state of the art robotics technology centre at Culham Science Centre to be test site for driverless cars

    RACE – UKAEA’s state of the art robotics technology centre at Culham Science Centre – is to consolidate its position as a test site for driverless cars as a number of major investments in this area were announced today.

  • British SMEs enter the election season on a wave of optimism

    British optimism from SMEs is higher than in the last quarter of 2016 and at its highest point going into the election season.



  • UK retail sales post biggest quarterly fall since 2010

    Retail sales in the UK hit its lowest quarterly fall since 2010, according to the office of national statistics.

    British retail sales posted the biggest quarterly fall in seven years during the first three months of 2017, as rising prices since last year’s Brexit vote started to pressure consumers.

  • Business rates hike will ‘potentially finish small businesses’

    Small business owners have spoken out about the shake-up in business rates that threatens to hit the smallest companies the hardest. 

    Small business owners have spoken out about the shake-up in business rates that threatens to strike the smallest companies the hardest.

  • Growth Street wins over 600 investors in five months

    The alternative business finance platform, Growth Street, grows quickly, picking up 600 investors through 2017.

    Growth Street, an alternative business finance platform, announces today that more than 600 investors have now chosen to back fast growing, profitable SMEs, since it launched in late 2016.

  • Business owners still failing to make their office eco-friendly

    A third of all business owners are not taking measures to make their office eco-friendly, a new study reveals.

    With computers buzzing, lights shining and air-con switched on, a typical UK office uses a large amount of energy each day. Whilst essential, energy emissions affect both the environment and bank balance, so what are business owners doing to curb their output?

  • Over 170 British businesses recognised for enterprise excellence on Her Majesty’s 91st birthday

    Business Secretary names the winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2017.

  • Encouraging cycling and walking: apply for business funding

    Organisations can apply for a share of up to £470,000 for innovative proposals to encourage people to make more journeys by bike or on foot.

    Up to £470,000 is available for organisations with innovative projects that lead to people walking and cycling more. Innovations may include technology, infrastructure, manufacturing or behavioural change.

  • Changes to UK anti-money laundering measures

    Anti-money laundering measures are changing on 26 June.

    On 26 June 2017 changes will be made to UK anti-money laundering measures to help prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. It’ll increase the transparency of who owns and controls companies in the UK. This legislation will make changes to current requirements about people with significant control (PSC) information.

    Impact on companies

  • £21 million investment for MAST Upgrade

    The investment will tackle key challenge in fusion power development

    The UK’s new fusion experiment MAST Upgrade at Culham, Oxfordshire is to receive funding to tackle one of the hottest issues in fusion energy research – plasma exhaust.

  • The leather goods entrepreneur: Expanding in the face of challenge

    William Forshaw discusses the challenges of growing his leather goods company, from navigating Google algorithm changes to bouncing back from laying off staff.

    Maxwell Scott is a luxury online retailer selling Italian leather goods, based in the UK. Here, managing director William Forshaw discusses how he increased revenues from £1 million to £2.5 million in the last two years..

  • SMEs frustrated with high cost online advertising

    Small businesses report frustration at comparing high costs of online advertising with direct sales and results to their company.

    New research by online advertising experts Expressly reveals that 24 per cent of small-to-medium businesses believe current advertising systems, such as those pioneered by Google and Facebook, need to be more effective. More than a quarter of SMEs find current methods of online advertising too expensive.

  • Urban challenges in Malaysia: apply for business funding

    UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £3 million to work with Malaysian partners on solving urban challenges in the country.

    Innovate UK has up to £3 million to invest in innovative business research projects addressing urban mobility, waste and water management in Malaysia.

  • £22.7 Million awarded to support older veterans

    The Aged Veterans Fund has awarded £22.7 million of LIBOR funding to ten charities to improve support and introduce new services to help older veterans.

    The money will help organisations across the country to continue the invaluable work they do to support older veterans, which includes providing access to health care and carers, support with using the internet, and offering general advice.

    Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said:

  • UK to protect 200 million people from tropical diseases

    UK announces a doubling of support to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases, such as trachoma, Guinea worm and river blindness, over the next 5 years.

    The UK will protect over 200 million people from the pain and disfigurement caused by treatable tropical diseases, International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced today.