Business development

Lack of financial education amongst workers holding back business

A lack of basic financial knowledge in the workplace could be contributing to employee anxiety and stress related absence, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has warned.

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Small businesses and health sector to benefit from £10 million funding boost

SMEs and academics working in the life sciences industry have been awarded £10 million in funding, ministers have announced.

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SMEs diversifying in tough trading conditions

SMEs are turning to new business tactics and slashing prices in a bid to capitalise on this summer's events, research from Aviva has found.

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Regional Growth Fund too costly and complicated for businesses

The Government's £2.4 billion Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has been criticised for poor management and being 'too costly' for businesses applying for funding.

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Local councils in the dark over spending and contracts

The Government must encourage local councils to monitor and assess their spending to maximise the benefit to local communities, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said.

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Small businesses want looser ties to EU

Eight out of ten small businesses in the UK do not want further integration with the European Union (EU), a poll by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has found.

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Green businesses have £20 billion economic potential

Green businesses in the UK have the potential to boost the country's GDP by up to £20 billion by 2015, says a new report by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

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UK 'short-changed' by EU funding

MPs are calling for reforms to the way certain European funding is distributed, after a report revealed the UK receives less money than it originally puts in.

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UK experiencing a lost decade of innovation investment

The UK's investment in innovation has fallen by £24 billion since the 2008 recession, says a report by charity research fund Nesta.

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New guidance for SMEs on alternative finance

New guidance on how to raise finance through alternative forms of lending has been launched for start-ups and small businesses.

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