Business development

Small businesses embrace the internet age

The number of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) using the internet and social networking sites has risen sharply over the past year, a recent business survey by PeoplePerHour has shown.

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Concerns behind January retail boost

UK retailers are increasing cash reserves rather than investing in business expansion and job creation as a result of economic uncertainty, an independent study by Oxford Economics for the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has found.

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Free online training to boost SME mentoring

A new online training tool designed to connect thousands of experienced business mentors with small and medium sized enterprises has been launched by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

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More to be done for small firms, says business group

The Chancellor needs to step up proposals to help small businesses if they are to see a genuine change in growth, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Apprenticeship funding to benefit businesses and young workers

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a new round of funding which will support thousands of young workers through new apprenticeship schemes.

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SMEs to be given a helping hand to boost growth

A new Government training programme aimed specifically at developing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is scheduled to begin in March 2012.

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Modern customers 'expect' digital interaction with companies, says research

The modern social customer now 'expects' to digitally engage with companies, according to new research published today by First Direct and social media consultancy ItsOpen.

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Every business 'needs to go digital' as internet economy will double by 2016

Every business needs to 'go digital' to capitalise on the dramatic growth predicted in the internet economy, according to a report from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

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Small businesses raise Olympic concerns

The Olympics may not have the positive effect that was promised according to a number of small businesses.

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2012 to offer golden opportunities to businesses

The year ahead will offer golden opportunities for some businesses, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said.

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