Business development

1.4 million on zero-hours contracts

Around 1.4 million people are employed on zero-hours contracts, an Office for National Statistics study has suggested.

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Retail jobs growth in Q1

The number of full-time jobs in the retail sector increased 1.8% in the first quarter of 2014, according to the British Retail Consortium.

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'Exceptionally strong' outlook for UK economy

The UK economy's growth prospects for the next three months are "exceptionally strong", according to the Confederation of British Industry.

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Business lending continues to fall

The annual rate of growth in lending to UK businesses decreased by £0.5 billion in the 3 months to February 2014, according to the Bank of England.

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28,400 jobs for Northern Ireland economy

The Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy has predicted that 28,400 jobs will be created in Northern Ireland by 2018.

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SMEs look to export

More small and medium-sized businesses than ever intend to export goods and services, according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

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New measures for SMEs announced

The Government is introducing new measures to support small businesses, Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock has announced.

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Women hold fifth of FTSE100 board positions

Women now hold more than a fifth of all board positions in FTSE100 companies, according to the latest figures.

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Call for age diverse workforces

Employers need to do more to take full advantage of 'age diverse' workforces, according to research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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Most start-ups based at home

Seventy per cent of all new businesses are started at home, research by AXA Business Insurance and the Enterprise Nation business network has found.

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