Business development

Freelancers optimistic for 2015

The freelance sector will grow during 2015, according to new research by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed.

Setting and measuring KPIs

Using Key Performance Indicators in your business

Involve employers in university studies, says education body

Employers should have more input into the design of university courses, according to a report by a higher education body.

SMEs enjoy strong 2014

Three-quarters of SMEs maintained or increased their turnover in 2014, research by LV has revealed.

Shop prices fall for 20th consecutive month

Shop price deflation slowed to 1.7% in December 2014, down from 1.9% the previous month, according to figures released by the British Retail Consortium.

Small firms predict 2015 growth

Almost two thirds of small businesses are predicting business growth in 2015, according to a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses.

SME manufacturers plan investment

Almost three quarters of SME manufacturers are planning to invest in technology, premises or machinery in the next 6 months, a report by the Manufacturing Advisory Service has found.

SMEs confident about growth prospects

Small and medium-sized businesses are predicting strong growth in turnover during the next 5 years, according to a survey by Santander.

Small firms lack savings accounts

Less than a third of small and micro-sized businesses put money into a business savings account, research by Aldermore has found.

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