Business development

SME websites key in driving sales and job growth

Small firms in the UK are being encouraged to increase their online engagement in order to boost sales and employment growth.

Help more SMEs embrace technology, says report

Small businesses spent an average of £3,500 on technology in the last year, as more employers embrace new methods to grow and create jobs, a report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

Funding for Lending Scheme extended for SMEs

The Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS), designed to boost lending to businesses and households, is to be extended until January 2015, the Bank of England has announced.

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).

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