Business development

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.

Export growth hampered by skill shortages

'Major shortfalls' in foreign language skills and commercial knowledge are holding many businesses back from successful exporting and growth potential, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has claimed.

Networking - it can be so relatively easy if you have a system

Do you feel like "Billy No-Mates" when you go networking? If so read this blog where I explain how I try to get round this problem

Scottish SMEs encouraged to innovate and collaborate

Businesses in Scotland are being urged to focus on innovation and work more collaboratively in order to expand and create economic growth.

National Insurance allowance to boost SME job creation

One in five small businesses is feeling optimistic about growth and expansion following the Government's announcement to introduce a £2,000 allowance towards employer National Insurance contributions (NICs).

Businesses say high streets 'can be revitalised'

More than half of independent retailers in England think that their town centre is performing 'poorly' but 70 per cent think that better relationships with local authorities would improve the situation, according to research from the Federation of Small Businesses.

G8 expected to boost Northern Ireland economy

Businesses in Northern Ireland are expecting a £40 million boost from the G8 Summit being held in County Fermanagh next month, research carried out by the Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy (NICEP) has found.

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