Business development

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.

Most start-ups based at home

Seventy per cent of all new businesses are started at home, research by AXA Business Insurance and the Enterprise Nation business network has found.

Greater competition needed for Scottish SME finance

Scotland needs new sources of credit to help small and medium-sized businesses access finance, the Scottish Parliament's economy, energy and tourism committee has said.

Business leaders call for apprenticeship boost

Business leaders are calling on the Government to encourage businesses to hire more apprentices ahead of National Apprenticeship Week.

Corporate insolvencies at six year low

The number of corporate insolvencies fell in 2013 to its lowest level since 2007, according to Government figures.

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