Business development

Should your business take on an apprentice?

Hiring trainees suits certain professions more than others.

Skills shortages hamper exporters

2 in 3 manufacturers face difficulty recruiting.

Retailers committed to increasing apprenticeships

Apprenticeships to increase more than 2.5 times for 2017/18.

Most firms call for apprenticeship levy replacement

Existing levy does little to encourage training, research shows.

Technology could solve SME productivity problem

SMEs are optimistic about upskilling through technology.

Christmas Party - is it worthwhile inviting a homeless person in to your party?

It is that time of year when goodwill flows at Xmas parties, but you are only allowed to spend £150 per employee in the whole year ..... or are you?

‘Complex’ levy affects apprenticeships

SMEs urged to get to grips with the apprenticeship system.

Online traders add £11bn to UK exports

Business is booming for SMEs trading on Amazon or eBay.

Digital spending for SMEs passes £1.2bn

Most government spending on digital services has gone to SMEs.

Firms planning to increase or maintain development spending

Are you planning to increase or maintain business development? 70% of firms are doing so, according to the Confederation of Business Industry.

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