Business development

Northern Ireland businesses urged to export

Northern Ireland's enterprise minister, Arlene Foster, has encouraged experienced exporters and first-timers to investigate business opportunities in new overseas markets.

UK manufacturers optimistic for growth

Optimism among small and medium-sized manufacturers grew at a record pace in the third quarter of this year, according to a survey by the Confederation of British Industry.

Record number of businesses in the UK

The number of private sector businesses in the UK reached a record 4.9 million at the start of 2013, figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown.

Growth in online retail searches

The volume of searches for online goods increased by 12 per cent in the third quarter of 2013 when compared like-for-like with Q3 2012, according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Google.

Campaign aims for Northern Ireland export growth

An event to inspire more businesses in Northern Ireland to launch, grow and export has been attended by over 500 small business owners in the country.

SMEs look set to hire

Small businesses in the UK are looking to take on more staff in the final months of 2013 compared with the previous quarter, according to a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

UK entrepreneurs work shorter hours

Small business owners in the UK work shorter hours compared to their European and American counterparts, according to research carried out by insurance provider Hiscox.

More than half of SMEs expecting growth

Small business confidence is at an all-time high, with more than half (51 per cent) of SMEs looking to grow their business in the next 12 months, according to findings from the BDRC Continental Finance Monitor for SME lending.

Burnley named 'most enterprising' place

The Lancashire town of Burnley has been awarded the title of Britain's 'most enterprising place' at the 2013 Enterprise Britain Awards.

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