Business development

Online retail market to reach £77bn in 2012

The value of the UK's online retail market is set to grow by £77 billion this year, according to figures by the Interactive Media Retail Group (IMRG).

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UK firms hampered by export barriers

The number of businesses in the UK exporting goods and services has risen in the past year, despite many saying they are held back by 'external barriers', a survey has found.

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Social media top for finding new customers

Over one third of UK small businesses say they use social media sites to find new customers, research has found.

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International patent system to be simplified

Businesses are to benefit from a faster and more efficient system when applying for international patents due to a relaxation of rules, says the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO).

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Heathrow capacity hindering Northern Ireland economy, says lobby group

Over stretched capacity at Heathrow airport will damage Northern Ireland's economic growth, says the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

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HMRC staff and local MPs take part in small business work experience

Tax officials and local politicians will gain hands-on experience working within small businesses as part of a Forum of Private Business (FPB) initiative.

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Rural businesses hampered by slow broadband

Six in ten rural small and medium sized enterprises SMEs suffer with poor broadband connection, research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

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£200 million coaching programme aims to accelerate SME growth

A new £200 million coaching programme aimed at helping up to 26,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to reach their full potential, has been launched by the Government.

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Small businesses struggling with ineffective infrastructure

Rising energy costs and access to effective telecommunications, including broadband and mobile phone reception, have topped the polls as some of the most important infrastructure issues for small businesses, new research from the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has found.

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Falls in employee sickness levels stall

The long term downward trend in workplace sickness absence is stalling, according to a report, fuelling concerns that the Government should be doing more to reduce the cost of sickness to employers, taxpayers and the economy.

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