Current Affairs

Trade deficit falls

UK’s trade deficit fell to £3.2 billion in November 2015, a narrowing of £0.3 billion from October 2015.

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.

Lowest unemployment rate in a decade

UK unemployment fell at 5.2% between August and October 2015, its lowest rate in nearly 10 years.

Skill shortages and finance top concerns for start-ups

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

Home buyers benefit from stamp duty changes

The average home buyer is £4,500 better-off after stamp duty changes were introduced on 4 December 2014.

Zero-hours contract employees as satisfied as other workers

Employees on zero-hours contracts experience similar levels of job satisfaction, work-life balance and personal well-being to employees on permanent, full-time contracts.

SME broadband access falls behind residential consumers

Small and medium sized enterprises' access to superfast broadband continues to fall behind residential consumers.

Small businesses haven't grown since 2010

1 in 3 small businesses haven't grown in the last 5 years, according to research by Association of Accounting Technicians.

SMEs consider alternative finance

SMEs in the communications sector are most likely to consider alternative sources to finance their businesses.

Benefits in kind remained steady in 2012/13

The number of recipients of taxable benefits in kind remained steady at 3.7 million in the 2012/13 tax year, the latest figures by HMRC shows.

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