Business development

Northern Ireland's entrepreneurs to receive support programme

Entrepreneurs and start-ups in Northern Ireland are to receive a new support programme to get their business ideas off the ground; Northern Ireland's enterprise minister Arlene Foster has announced.

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Heseltine Review calls for regional growth

More power should be passed down from Whitehall to local councils to boost economic growth and competitiveness in the UK, an official review of the economy has stated.

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SMEs failing to reach local markets online

Three in four small and medium sized enterprises are missing out on local business opportunities by failing to make the most of being online, research commissioned by Bdaily has found.

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Record number of Scottish SMEs benefit from reduced rate scheme

Around 89,087 Scottish businesses have benefited from the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) in the past year, Government data has revealed.

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Number of UK businesses hits record high

The number of businesses in the UK stood at a record high at the start of 2012, official figures from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have revealed.

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Research indicates mobile sites are vital for business

The majority (89 per cent) of retailers believe mobile phone sites and transactions are an essential part of their future business strategy, research from mCommerce has found.

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Funding for Lending Scheme crawls towards target

Five of the UK's six largest lenders have joined the Bank of England's (BoE's) Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) designed to increase lending to households and businesses.

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Start-Up Loan scheme to help launch 30,000 young entrepreneurs

A new Government start-up scheme is set to launch up to 30,000 young entrepreneurs towards starting their own companies.

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Small business confidence knocked in third quarter

Challenging economic conditions, access to finance and squeezed consumer spending have all knocked small business's confidence in the third quarter of 2012, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Northern Ireland's SMEs urged to embrace innovation

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster is calling for Northern Ireland's businesses to take advantage of up to £4,000 of EU funding aimed directly at developing innovative projects.

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