Business development

Employers 'feel the pinch' of skills shortages

More than three quarters of employers have experienced recruitment difficulties in the past year, according to research by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.

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SMEs not seeking expert advice

SMEs are not making use of expert advice when starting their business, research by Aviva has found.

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Freelance earnings outstrip employee salaries

Freelancers' average earnings have outperformed the average employee salary so far this year, according to the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed.

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Businesses hold back on capital investment

Almost two thirds of UK businesses generated a cash surplus this year, according to research by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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SME owners work 15 months a year

SME owners work the equivalent of an extra 3 months in a year, according to a survey by the British Insurance Brokers' Association.

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Small firms to get productivity boost

A new fund designed to boost the productivity of small businesses has been launched by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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Employees lack access to digital services

Less than half of employees think they are able to do their jobs properly due to insufficient access to digital technology, according to a survey by Fujitsu.

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Small business productivity in need of boost

Improving the productivity of UK small businesses is "one of the biggest challenges" for policymakers, according to a report by the All Party Parliamentary Small Business Group.

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Small firms concerned about cloud computing

Almost 4 in 10 small businesses are concerned about the security of using cloud accounting services, according to research by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Business support scheme reform needed, says FSB

Small businesses are not getting enough local or national support, according to a report by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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