Business development

More than half of SMEs expecting growth

Small business confidence is at an all-time high, with more than half (51 per cent) of SMEs looking to grow their business in the next 12 months, according to findings from the BDRC Continental Finance Monitor for SME lending.

Burnley named 'most enterprising' place

The Lancashire town of Burnley has been awarded the title of Britain's 'most enterprising place' at the 2013 Enterprise Britain Awards.

Business finance scheme picks up lending

Lending through the Government's Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme to small businesses picked up to £84 million the second quarter of 2013 following a period of decline.

Are your emails "mobile friendly"? - they need to be

Are you fully embracing changes in technology in communicating with your customers and prospective customers.

Local SMEs boost local economy, says report

A significantly larger proportion of the money spent by local authorities with small businesses is re-invested back into the local economy, extensive research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

SME confidence hits three-year high

SMEs are highly optimistic about their turnover prospects and are showing increased business confidence, two separate reports released this week have shown.

Businesses struggle to find skilled staff

Almost two fifths of businesses that need employees with science, technology, engineering and maths skills have trouble finding the right people, a report by the Confederation of British Industry has found.

Government support for exports up £2 billion

The Government's export credit agency, UK Export Finance, gave £4.3 billion worth of support to British businesses in 2012/13. This is an increase of £2 billion on the previous year and the highest since 2000/01.

Business groups want growth measures in Spending Review

Measures to stimulate small business growth and investment should be a priority in next month's Government Spending Review, business groups have said.

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