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  • 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.

  • Small British communications business increases staff by 10%

    Small British communications agency, Kindred, has increased its staff by 10% per year after winning a government contract.

    Background

    Kindred has just over 70 members of staff and over the last few years around 20% of their work has come from HM Government.

  • Google’s mobile-first index: Seven myths dispelled

    Here, we look at the most common myths heard around Google’s move to a mobile-first index, and address each in turn.

    Google is well on its way to crawling the entire web using the mobile version of their bot – and as a result, your content will soon be ranked primarily on the content it serves to mobile user-agents.

    Below, we’ve collected the most common myths heard around Google’s move to a mobile-first index, and address each in turn.

  • Business owners are not taking measures to make their office eco-friendly

    Nearly half of business owners spend over £1,000 on energy each month, neglecting their obligation to make an eco-friendly office.

    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 and make their office eco-friendly?

  • ‘Brand Britannia’ dominates the field at world’s largest music, film and interactive media festival

    Department for International Trade (DIT) to lead UK’s largest ever delegation of musicians, designers and businesses at South by Southwest Festival in Texas.

    Brit Award and Turner Prize winners, including Rag n’ Bone Man, will join over 70 leading UK tech and digital businesses showcasing ‘Brand UK’ at the world’s largest creative festival in Texas this weekend.

  • UK and New Zealand reaffirm commitment to global trade liberalisation

    Liam Fox and Lord Price met New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay today, strengthening the trading relationship between the 2 countries.

    International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox and Minister for Trade Policy Lord Price met New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay today to reaffirm their joint commitment to global trade liberalisation, and lay the foundations for the future trade relationship between the UK and New Zealand.

  • Venturefest East Midlands: business growth and innovation support

    If you're an entrepreneur or innovator you could benefit from a networking event to help grow your business through smart use of technology.


    Venturefest East Midlands
     will invite businesses and investors to come together next month to network and share expertise. The event - supported by Innovate UK - is being held on Wednesday 22 March 2017 at Derby Arena, Derby. Entry is free.

  • Budget 2017: The Spring Budget for small businesses at a glance

    Here, we give you a quick summary of how Chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Budget will affect you.

    Chancellor Philip Hammond today announced the government’s Spring Budget. In this piece, we summarise how it will impact on small businesses.

    Economy

  • UK’s research and innovation bodies welcome budget

    First tranche of challenges supported by the Industrial Strategy challenge fund (ISCF) has been welcomed by research and innovation leaders.

    The spring budget announced an initial investment of £270 million in 2017 to 2018. This is to kick-start the development of disruptive technologies that have the potential to transform the UK economy.

    First challenges announced

  • £120 million funding boost for incoming NI Executive

    Philip Hammond today delivered his Spring Budget, which included almost £120m of increased funding for Northern Ireland.

    The Chancellor Philip Hammond has today set out his plans to make the most of the opportunities ahead by laying the foundations for a stronger, fairer, better United Kingdom outside the European Union – a country that works for everyone.

  • Budget 2017: UK jobs boost for the SME sector ahead of the Spring Budget

    Ahead of the Chancellors Spring Budget tomorrow, Hitachi Capital's British Business Barometer reveals that one in six small businesses plan to employ new staff by the end of April.

  • Consumers concerned about data security and privacy

    New study indicates need for organisations to strike the right balance between personalised service, data security and transparency.

    Results of an international study from Verint Systems Inc have shown that concerns around data privacy and security remain at the top of the consumer agenda.

  • Waste firm AWM fined £125,000 for causing odour pollution

    Problems occurred at the company's facilities in Leeds and Bradford

    Waste firm Associated Waste Management Ltd has been fined £125,000 for causing odour pollution at its sites in Leeds and Bradford.

    The company was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on 6 March 2017 after previously admitting two environmental offences relating to its waste transfer facilities in Gelderd Road, Leeds and Canal Road, Bradford.

  • SMEs fail to receive benefits of sterling depreciation post Brexit

    SMEs to increase investment in the UK to combat the depreciation in sterling as more plan to grow their business in 2017.

    The number of small businesses planning to expand their UK customer base has risen in the last year, from 42 per cent to 51 per cent, despite the post-Brexit fall in sterling making it cheaper for businesses to export internationally, reveals research by Moore Stephens.

  • LendInvest publishes a blueprint for government treatment of property SMEs

    The UK risks losing another generation of property SMEs as four in five SME housebuilders have disappeared since last housebuilding boom.

    LendInvest, the online property finance marketplace, is calling on the government to revise its treatment of small and medium-sized property investment and development companies, and recognise the positive contribution they can make to resolving the UK’s deep-rooted housing crisis.

  • Technologies of the future: apply for business funding

    Businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million for innovation projects that will inspire the products and services of tomorrow.

    Innovate UK has up to £15 million to support business projects that stimulate new products and services through emerging and enabling technologies. These technologies could be the basis for billion-pound industries of the future.

    Emerging technologies

  • Number of workers on a zero-hours contract hits record high

    Number of workers on a zero-hours contract hits record high of 910,000, but slowdown in last six months suggests firms’ appetite for ZHCs may be waning.

    The number of people on a zero-hours contract (ZHC) hit a record high of 910,000 in the last three months of 2016, according to new analysis of official data published by the Resolution Foundation.

  • £20,000 grant announced to help small businesses go global

    To help businesses survive, FedEx Express launches one £20,000 grant and one £10,000 grant to allow businesses to grow.

    A £20,000 grant to support businesses to go global has been announced today by FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp and the world’s largest express transportation company.

  • £20 million for D-Day landings memorial

    British servicemen and women who gave their lives in the D-Day landings to be commemorated with a new memorial.

    The British servicemen and women who gave their lives in the D-Day landings and in the Normandy Campaign will be commemorated with a new memorial, supported by £20 million, the Prime Minister and Chancellor today announced.

  • Business and finance terminology stops almost half of UK SMEs applying for finance

    Half of UK SMEs are so terrified by common business jargon that they avoid applying for finance all together, a study reveals.

    With a number of the UK’s five and half million SMEs facing uncertainty after last year’s Brexit vote, and official reports showing that over £26 billion is owed to small firms across the country, nearly half say they have been deterred from applying for finance simply because of the terminology used.

  • Millions of savers are being let down by auto-enrolment

    Millions of British workers are being let down by the current auto-enrolment system and the rising retirement age.

    Millions of workers are rising to the retirement challenge by saving into their workplace pensions, but millions are being let down by the current system of auto-enrolment.

  • SME owners look for mobile phone alternatives following stricter driving penalties

    Small businesses are urged to understand new government policies surrounding driving whilst using a mobile phone.

    Small business owners are increasingly looking for ways to handle their calls following the introduction of the Department for Transport’s new policy on mobile phone usage, says Moneypenny.

  • Britain is open for business: a commitment to open trade

    Speech by Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox at SuperReturn International Private Equity conference in Berlin.

    Good morning.

    It is a pleasure to be here today to address the SuperReturn Conference, and so many leading representatives of the Private Equity Industry.

  • Children living in workless households at lowest level since records began

    There has been a rise in the number of working households, with around 9 in 10 children living with at least one working adult.

    The number of households where no one works has fallen by 828,000 since 2010 and is now at its lowest level in more than a decade, according to new independent figures released today.

    Over 17.6 million households now have at least one working adult, meaning that around 9 in every 10 children live with a working adult.