Government Initiatives

Shared Parental Leave comes into effect

New Shared Parental Leave regulations have come into effect, allowing parents more flexibility in how they look after their child during the first year after birth.

Pension reforms questioned by industry body

The government's pension reforms still raise many "questions and uncertainties", the National Association of Pension Funds has said.

EU regulation cuts benefit SMEs

British businesses have saved more than £200 million during the first year of a government campaign to reduce EU regulations, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced.

SMEs warned about cyber threats

Small and medium-sized businesses should do more to protect themselves against online fraud and IT security risks, a panel of experts has said.

Female representation on boards increases

The number of women on the boards of FTSE 100-listed companies has continued to increase, government figures have shown.

New support for online exporters

UK businesses will have access to a new package of services designed to boost online exports, UK Trade and Investment has announced.

Public sector contract boost for Scottish SMEs

A training scheme to help Scottish SMEs and voluntary sector businesses bid for public sector contracts has been given a £360,000 funding boost, the Scottish Government has announced.

IT and digital support for SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises can now apply for IT and digital support worth up to £2,000, after the UK IT Association joined the Government’s Growth Voucher programme.

House prices rise 0.7% in May 2014

The average price of UK homes rose 0.7% in May 2014, slowing slightly from the 1.2% increase in April 2014, figures from Nationwide reveal.

Northern Ireland apprenticeship scheme launches

A new apprenticeship scheme has been launched in Northern Ireland for the information, communications and technology sector.

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