Business development

New loan fund open for business in Northern Ireland

A new £5 million loan fund aimed at individuals, SMEs and micro-sized businesses in Northern Ireland has been announced by the country's enterprise minister Arlene Foster.

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Network of mentors launched to help SMEs

A national network of 27,000 business mentors aimed at supporting start-ups and growing businesses has been launched by business minister Michael Fallon.

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SMEs are tech-savvy - but struggle switching off

The majority of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have mastered the use of technology in the workplace but feel overwhelmed by the intrusion it is causing in their personal lives, according to research from business insurer Hiscox.

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Digital industry pumps £800 million into Northern Ireland economy

The IT and telecoms industry contributes in excess of £800 million a year to Northern Ireland's economy - accounting for 1.4 per cent of its gross value - according to data from the UK Technology Insights 2012 report from e-skills UK.

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Business groups respond to EU referendum proposals

Business groups have been responding to Prime Minister David Cameron's proposals for a referendum on the UK's relationship with the European Union.

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Scotland one of four UK regions to see shopper numbers rise

Scotland was one of just four areas in the UK to see a rise in shopper numbers in December, according to data from the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC).

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Business investment in plant, machinery and IT grows

There was a significant increase last year in the amount of finance provided to businesses for plant, machinery and IT investment, according to figures released by trade association the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA).

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Calls to adopt 'Small Business Saturday' to UK high streets

Labour is calling for a US-style 'Small Business Saturday' to encourage consumers to shop at small, local independent shops in the UK.

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£1.1 million boost for open-data business innovation

Businesses making use of public open data may be able to apply for £1.1 million worth of new 'innovation vouchers' to improve their processes and target new markets, the Government has announced.

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Scrap town centre parking charges, says business group

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is urging local authorities across the UK to scrap town centre car parking charges in order to help struggling retailers.

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