Business development

Service sector optimism increases

Businesses in the service sector want to take on more staff as optimism rises, according to research from the Confederation of British Industry.

1.4 million on zero-hours contracts

Around 1.4 million people are employed on zero-hours contracts, an Office for National Statistics study has suggested.

Retail jobs growth in Q1

The number of full-time jobs in the retail sector increased 1.8% in the first quarter of 2014, according to the British Retail Consortium.

'Exceptionally strong' outlook for UK economy

The UK economy's growth prospects for the next three months are "exceptionally strong", according to the Confederation of British Industry.

Business lending continues to fall

The annual rate of growth in lending to UK businesses decreased by £0.5 billion in the 3 months to February 2014, according to the Bank of England.

28,400 jobs for Northern Ireland economy

The Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy has predicted that 28,400 jobs will be created in Northern Ireland by 2018.

SMEs look to export

More small and medium-sized businesses than ever intend to export goods and services, according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

New measures for SMEs announced

The Government is introducing new measures to support small businesses, Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock has announced.

Women hold fifth of FTSE100 board positions

Women now hold more than a fifth of all board positions in FTSE100 companies, according to the latest figures.

Call for age diverse workforces

Employers need to do more to take full advantage of 'age diverse' workforces, according to research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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