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Budget 2017 - Key points at a glance

Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget as chancellor yesterday, we summarise the key points for small businesses.
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09/03/2017
Government sets out post-Brexit digital strategy

The government has launched its plan to keep the UK at the forefront of the digital revolution in the wake of its impending exit from the European Union.
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01/03/2017
UK growth forecast upgraded amid warning over inflation

Leading economic thinktank the NIESR expects 1.7% growth this year but says Brexit will hit trade in the long term.
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01/02/2017
Autumn Statement 2016 – key points

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered his first autumn Statement today, highlighting that “the government will build an economy that works for everyone”.  
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24/11/2016
Government to boost tech investment by £2bn with new Industrial Strategy

Industrial Strategy Fund will look to take advantage of commercial opportunities in AI, robotics and biotechnology and get the economy firing on all cylinders.
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21/11/2016
British businesses fear they will face digital disruption by 2018

Growing use of technology fuels fears of digital disruption in UK businesses, a new study finds.
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31/10/2016
Supercharging the UK’s digital economy

What has digital technology ever done for us? When you’re in our sector it’s easy to dismiss this as obvious – but it is worth taking a step back to consider the true impact on people’s daily lives.
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06/10/2016
London SMEs urged to get digital

New research shows only 15% of the capital’s businesses are online, here are a few SMEs who have benefited from investing in their digital operations.
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03/10/2016
Introduction of the Digital Economy Bill

Government has introduced the Digital Economy Bill to Parliament, as part of its ambition for the UK to be the most digital nation in the world.
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30/09/2016
UK lags behind US and Germany for digital entrepreneurship

Telefonica's new digital index has analysed 34 countries worldwide and has scored the UK 82.6 out of 100 for its digital business support.
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27/09/2016
Should British businesses invest more in Research and Development?

Research and development (R&D) plays a crucial role in driving business growth. When businesses are able to innovate products and services, organisations can better serve customers.
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16/09/2016
Services rescue UK economy from worsening downturn

The services industries have come to the rescue of the British economy. In the first quarter of this year, output fell in manufacturing, construction, agriculture and from the North Sea oil and gas fields
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12/09/2016
UK businesses are set to be at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution

The EU Commission has published details on how businesses across the EU, including those in the UK, can get better access to the technologies that will help them to modernise.
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08/09/2016
Press Release - David Moule appointed CEO of business consultancy Exemplas

David Moule has been appointed CEO of business consultancy, Exemplas.  
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20/04/2016
Businesses will invest in technology this year

Transforming into digital has never been an easy task for businesses, but they’re ready to take the challenge on and confront the obstacles that are standing in their way.
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11/04/2016
Are millennials the future of franchising?

There has been a lot of discussion about the millennial generation lately – some of it very negative saying that they are ‘entitled’ or not prepared to start at the bottom and work their way up. But is this really the case and what does that mean for the next generation of franchisees and franchisors?
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06/04/2016
Twitter's tenth birthday

Having celebrated the tenth birthday of Twitter this week, it is worth stepping back and looking at the influence of the social media tool on the way we communicate online.
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22/03/2016
UK businesses are becoming more innovative

More UK businesses are coming up with new ideas and launching new products, according to a Government Study. 
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21/03/2016
Budget 2016 – Key Points at a Glance

George Osborne delivered his eighth budget as chancellor today. He promised a “fundamental reform of the business tax system” and a road map for business tax to make the country more competitive. 
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16/03/2016
British Chambers of Commerce cuts UK growth forecast due to global slowdown

The British Chambers of Commerce cut its forecast for economic growth on Friday, blaming a weaker global economy, and said the country's performance was lacklustre compared to the past.
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14/03/2016
Baroness Mone publishes ‘Be the boss’ review

Findings of an independent review to help increase business start-ups in the most disadvantaged communities across Great Britain.
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02/03/2016
Businesses overlook skills of senior workers

Companies are failing to help older workers use their skills and expertise for the benefit of the business, a study shows.
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25/02/2016
The sharing economy: apply for business funding for new ideas

Businesses can win up to £30,000 and work with market leaders on innovative ideas to grow use of the sharing economy in a variety of areas.
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16/02/2016
Making Cyberspace “CyberSafe” – New Government initiative for Cyber start-ups will drive innovation

A new programme to support cyber security start- ups will help develop innovative technical solutions to keep the UK safe from cyber attacks, the Government has announced. This is part of the new £1.9 billion investment in cyber security.
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09/02/2016
Creating a digital single economy

The creation of a digital single economy is a central policy area for the European Commission which wants to use it to foster innovation and economic growth. 
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02/02/2016
I want to make the UK a beacon of UK innovation

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid talks about his plan to lead the fourth industrial revolution through UK innovation.
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28/01/2016
World Economic Forum 2016

The 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum took place last week in Davos, Switzerland under the theme “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.  
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27/01/2016
What small businesses need to know about employment law in 2016

With a number of impending amends already confirmed, and several more rumored changes in the pipeline, read on to find out more about key updates. 
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15/01/2016
UK named one of the best in Europe for job opportunities

The UK, Estonia, Norway and Austria offer the best job prospects in Europe, according to a study that ranks employment prospects across the continent.
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07/01/2016
Businesses support devolution, but there needs to be greater consultation

A recent poll of UK businesses has found business leaders are supportive of the Governments devolution agenda, although almost 80% of these have received little or no communication on the matter.
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22/12/2015
Bank of England Funding for Lending Scheme – Usage and Lending Data

The Bank of England has recently published data on the use of the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS). 
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18/12/2015
Small Business Employment Up by More Than 1.6 million

Latest Government figures show that employment by small businesses has increased by 1,618,000 over the last 5 years.
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16/12/2015
Small Business Saturday Supports Small Business

Small Business Saturday is on 5th December this year and is one of the most successful small business campaigns. Run by Small is Big CIC, a community interest company that is not for profit, it was founded in 2010 in the US by American Express.   
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27/11/2015
Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015

Yesterday Chancellor George Osborne set out his spending plans for the next four years in the Autumn Statement and Spending Review. 
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26/11/2015
CMA Moved to Boost Small Businesses’ Competition Law Knowledge

Research has revealed a lack of knowledge about competition law among smaller firms, meaning many could become the victims of others breaking the law, or fall foul themselves.
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25/11/2015