Business development

Small firms fuel economic growth

More than a third of economic growth in 2013 was created by fast growing small firms, a report by Octopus Investments and the Centre for Economics and Business Research has found.

Funding for SME business advice

Small businesses will be able to get funding for advice from business schools under a project run by the Small Business Charter.

Majority of firms lack faith in young people

Nearly 9 in 10 businesses think young people leaving school are not prepared for the workplace, a study by the British Chambers of Commerce has found.

Micro-business numbers surge

The number of micro businesses in the UK has grown by 43% since 2000, a report by insurance group RSA has found.

Funding your fashion brand

Our fashion clients often ask us for advice about raising finance. Some need help getting off the ground, whilst others want to know how they can take their established business to the next level.

Whether you are seeking finance to fund your first industrial sewing machine or need to secure new premises, our advice is always the same: start with the basics.

SMEs look to fund investment plans

Three in 5 SMEs are confident they can secure a bank loan to fund investment plans, research by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks has found.

SMEs want better government support

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) have mixed feelings about government initiatives to help them grow, research by Aviva has found.

Local councils fail to meet payment deadlines

Contractors wait more than 40 days for payment from some local councils, the Asset Based Finance Association has found.

Exporter confidence rises

More than two thirds of British exporters expect their turnover to increase over the next 12 months, a joint British Chambers of Commerce/DHL Express survey has revealed.

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