Business planning

Business marketing spending up for third successive quarter

Business marketing budgets were revised up for the first quarter of 2012, marking a third successive quarter of increased spending, a survey by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) has found.

Small businesses urged to consider alternative buying methods to reduce costs

Small recession-hit businesses faced with increased business costs may be able to save money through group buying, research carried out by the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has claimed.

SMEs 'losing battle' for public sector work, says business group

Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) are continuing to lose out on public sector contracts, despite recent Government initiatives, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Government publishes potential business contracts worth £70 billion

£70 billion worth of potential future government contracts have been published by cabinet office minister Francis Maude and business secretary Vince Cable, in a bid to boost UK economic growth.

Mixed reactions to Northern Ireland enterprise zone

Proposals for an extended enterprise zone covering the whole of Northern Ireland have been criticised by Northern Ireland's finance minister Sammy Wilson.

'Vital' family owned SMEs urged to seek business support

Greater business management and support is vital for family owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs), a sector that is crucial to the recovering UK economy, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

SMEs to be given a helping hand to boost growth

A new Government training programme aimed specifically at developing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is scheduled to begin in March 2012.

Auto-enrolment pension dates confirmed

The Government has released the revised timetable for auto-enrolment pension roll out.

Is your business protected against the loss of key employees?

Businesses are failing to protect against the loss of one of their key assets - their employees.

Employers taking more optimistic view on job creation

Employers are adopting a longer-term approach to recruitment and hiring as optimism about the future increases.

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