Business development

Growth continues for SME manufacturers

Small and medium-sized (SME) manufacturers saw another strong quarter of orders and output growth in Q2 2014, a survey by the Confederation of British Industry has found.

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Business insolvencies fall

Business insolvencies fell nearly 7% in the second quarter of 2014 but personal bankruptcies rose significantly, latest figures from the Insolvency Service have revealed.

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UK broadband coverage 'not up to speed'

The government's targets for rolling out high-speed broadband to businesses across the UK need to be "much more" ambitious, according to a report by the Federation of Small businesses.

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SMEs reluctant to borrow

High growth small and medium-sized enterprises are reluctant to seek finance from banks to fund growth, a study by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland has found.

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SME skills gap widens

Nearly a third (29.9%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are concerned that skills shortages are impeding growth, according to research from the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Fall in Scottish retail sales

Consumer spending in Scotland fell slightly in May 2014 as total sales figures dropped 0.2% compared to April 2014, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium.

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Northern Ireland international trade scheme launched

A support scheme designed to help businesses in Northern Ireland trade internationally has been launched by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce.

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Public sector contract boost for Scottish SMEs

A training scheme to help Scottish SMEs and voluntary sector businesses bid for public sector contracts has been given a £360,000 funding boost, the Scottish Government has announced.

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IT and digital support for SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises can now apply for IT and digital support worth up to £2,000, after the UK IT Association joined the Government’s Growth Voucher programme.

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Service sector optimism increases

Businesses in the service sector want to take on more staff as optimism rises, according to research from the Confederation of British Industry.

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