Business start-ups

Investment in tech start-ups hits new high

The UK’s technology sector has raised more than £2.4 billion in venture capital funding, according to figures by London & Partners.

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Skill shortages and finance top concerns for start-ups

Obtaining finance and skills shortages are the top concerns among start-ups.

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Business closures at lowest rate since 2008

The number of business starting operations increased by 1.2% from 346,000 to 351,000 between 2013 and 2014.

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SME confidence falls

SMEs have seen a decrease in confidence over the last 6 months, Aon’s Small Business Change Index shows.

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1 in 8 SMEs use personal loans for funding

1 in 8 SMEs has used credit cards and personal loans to fund their businesses over the last 12 months, according to new research by Santander Corporate & Commercial.

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Graduates embrace entrepreneurial spirit

Almost a sixth of graduates plan to start their own business, according to research by Direct Line for Business.

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Pop-up shops popular among aspiring entrepreneurs

Almost a third of British startups will begin trading as pop-up businesses, research by EE has found.

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SMEs not seeking expert advice

SMEs are not making use of expert advice when starting their business, research by Aviva has found.

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SME owners not identifying as entrepreneurs

Small business owners are unlikely to consider themselves entrepreneurs, research by AXA has found.

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Funding for SME business advice

Small businesses will be able to get funding for advice from business schools under a project run by the Small Business Charter.

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