Business start-ups

Low earning self-employed need more support

Changes are needed to the level of financial support for low earning self-employed workers, according to The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group.

Investment in tech start-ups hits new high

The UK’s technology sector has raised more than £2.4 billion in venture capital funding, according to figures by London & Partners.

Skill shortages and finance top concerns for start-ups

Obtaining finance and skills shortages are the top concerns among start-ups.

Business closures at lowest rate since 2008

The number of business starting operations increased by 1.2% from 346,000 to 351,000 between 2013 and 2014.

SME confidence falls

SMEs have seen a decrease in confidence over the last 6 months, Aon’s Small Business Change Index shows.

1 in 8 SMEs use personal loans for funding

1 in 8 SMEs has used credit cards and personal loans to fund their businesses over the last 12 months, according to new research by Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Graduates embrace entrepreneurial spirit

Almost a sixth of graduates plan to start their own business, according to research by Direct Line for Business.

Pop-up shops popular among aspiring entrepreneurs

Almost a third of British startups will begin trading as pop-up businesses, research by EE has found.

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