Business management

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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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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Business leaders call for apprenticeship boost

Business leaders are calling on the Government to encourage businesses to hire more apprentices ahead of National Apprenticeship Week.

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Corporate insolvencies at six year low

The number of corporate insolvencies fell in 2013 to its lowest level since 2007, according to Government figures.

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Business groups call for prompt payment reform

Business groups have called for reform of the Prompt Payment Code after data showed that more than half of Federation of Small Businesses members were not paid by the agreed date.

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Employee ownership model making progress

A review of the progress that has been made in promoting and expanding employee ownership of UK businesses has said that "significant progress has been made" this year.

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Government clamps down on minimum wage

Employers who pay their staff less than the national minimum wage (NMW) risk damaging their business reputation and suffer from low productivity and high staff turnover, a Government survey has found.

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Business group launches guide for new employers

Many growing businesses are unsure about their obligations when taking on employees for the first time, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

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Record number of businesses in the UK

The number of private sector businesses in the UK reached a record 4.9 million at the start of 2013, figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown.

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Forgotten invoices cost SMEs dear

UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) could be losing up to £3.7 billion as a result of poor internal systems and financial accounting, according to a survey by Exact.

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