Business development

SME's fear of risk could further stunt economic growth

Financial volatility and a flat-lining British economy are leaving many small businesses fearing risk, a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has said.

Social media vital in creating 'employee voice'

Lack of understanding and a resistance to embracing social media is preventing greater employee communication and holding businesses back, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has claimed.

SMEs' lack of marketing costs £122 billion

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK are losing out on up to £122 billion in sales revenue by failing to keep on top of their marketing, new research has claimed.

Non-EU exports growing fastest in east of England

The east of England is the UK's fastest growing exporter to countries outside the European Union. The total value of exports from the region reached £6.7 billion during the final three months of 2012.

Growing optimism amongst small businesses

Small businesses in the UK are showing signs of growing optimism ahead of the Chancellor's 20 March Budget, a report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

SME exporters unaware of government support

Small- and medium-sized enterprises are largely unaware of the export support available to them from government, according to a report from the House of Lords Committee on SMEs.

Services sector optimistic despite disappointing quarter

Businesses in the UK services sector are optimistic about growth and employment prospects for the next three months despite posting disappointing figures for the last quarter, according to a survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

New loan fund open for business in Northern Ireland

A new £5 million loan fund aimed at individuals, SMEs and micro-sized businesses in Northern Ireland has been announced by the country's enterprise minister Arlene Foster.

Network of mentors launched to help SMEs

A national network of 27,000 business mentors aimed at supporting start-ups and growing businesses has been launched by business minister Michael Fallon.

SMEs are tech-savvy - but struggle switching off

The majority of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have mastered the use of technology in the workplace but feel overwhelmed by the intrusion it is causing in their personal lives, according to research from business insurer Hiscox.

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