Business development

Growth in online retail searches

The volume of searches for online goods increased by 12 per cent in the third quarter of 2013 when compared like-for-like with Q3 2012, according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Google.

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Campaign aims for Northern Ireland export growth

An event to inspire more businesses in Northern Ireland to launch, grow and export has been attended by over 500 small business owners in the country.

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SMEs look set to hire

Small businesses in the UK are looking to take on more staff in the final months of 2013 compared with the previous quarter, according to a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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UK entrepreneurs work shorter hours

Small business owners in the UK work shorter hours compared to their European and American counterparts, according to research carried out by insurance provider Hiscox.

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More than half of SMEs expecting growth

Small business confidence is at an all-time high, with more than half (51 per cent) of SMEs looking to grow their business in the next 12 months, according to findings from the BDRC Continental Finance Monitor for SME lending.

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Burnley named 'most enterprising' place

The Lancashire town of Burnley has been awarded the title of Britain's 'most enterprising place' at the 2013 Enterprise Britain Awards.

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Business finance scheme picks up lending

Lending through the Government's Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme to small businesses picked up to £84 million the second quarter of 2013 following a period of decline.

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Local SMEs boost local economy, says report

A significantly larger proportion of the money spent by local authorities with small businesses is re-invested back into the local economy, extensive research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

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SME confidence hits three-year high

SMEs are highly optimistic about their turnover prospects and are showing increased business confidence, two separate reports released this week have shown.

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Businesses struggle to find skilled staff

Almost two fifths of businesses that need employees with science, technology, engineering and maths skills have trouble finding the right people, a report by the Confederation of British Industry has found.

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