Business start-ups

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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Business births up by 8,000 in 2012

The number of new business registrations in the UK increased by 8,000 (3.1 per cent) in 2012, data from the Office for National Statistics has shown.

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Government pledges extra financial support for entrepreneurs

UK entrepreneurs are to benefit from an additional £69 million of Government funding to help start-up and grow small businesses, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.

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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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Home businesses number 2.5 million

Small business owners operating from home now number 2.5 million in the UK, accounting for 52 per cent of all small businesses, according to Direct Line for Business.

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Remove age cap on start-up loans, says adviser

A report by the Prime Minister's adviser on enterprise, Lord Young, has recommended removing the age cap on the Government's loan scheme for start-ups.

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Funding for Lending Scheme extended for SMEs

The Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS), designed to boost lending to businesses and households, is to be extended until January 2015, the Bank of England has announced.

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Start-up loans scheme eligibility and investment expanded

The Government will invest an extra £30 million over the next three years in its start-up loans scheme, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. The scheme has also been extended to those aged 25 to 30.

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Government launches pop-up shop space for retail entrepreneurs

The Department for Communities and Local Government this week launched a pop-up shop in its own London headquarters, as part of a government drive to rejuvenate Britain's high streets and support entrepreneurs.

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£1.1 million boost for open-data business innovation

Businesses making use of public open data may be able to apply for £1.1 million worth of new 'innovation vouchers' to improve their processes and target new markets, the Government has announced.

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