Business management

School leavers ill equipped for work, say businesses

Eight in ten businesses believe school leavers lack the basic skills needed for work and that more should be done to get them prepared for employment, research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

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Half of small business owners rely on their spouse

More than half of small trade businesses rely on their partners to help run the business, research by Direct Line for Business (DL4B) has found.

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Employment tribunals: cheaper for employers to settle?

Employers are choosing to settle employee disputes out of court in order to save legal costs, a law expert has suggested.

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'Make or break' point for employers, says CIPD

One in three private sector firms are holding on to staff despite low levels of demand, a report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel (CIPD) has found.

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Half of employees believe home working boosts productivity

Over half (52 per cent) of Britons would like the opportunity to work from home if they had all the IT resources to do so, a survey from YouGov has found.

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Firms urged to update business records or risk penalties

Business owners are being reminded to keep their business records up to date, following a report that HMRC issued large fines to a company who failed to notify the authority of a change of name.

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Entrepreneur an outdated term?

Only four per cent of business owners consider themselves to be entrepreneurs, research from business software provider Sage has found.

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A quarter of small businesses affected by crime

One in four small businesses (24 per cent) have fallen victim to business related crime in the past two years, research from Direct Line has found.

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Trust in senior management falters in wake of executive scandals

Corporate and executive scandals are eroding employee trust in their employers, warns the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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Late payment improving amongst businesses

UK firms are waiting less time to receive payment from their debtors, according to data from Experian.

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