Sales and marketing

Export success for recession-era SMEs

Two thirds of exporting SMEs that were set up during the recession began exporting within their first year, research by Barclays has found.

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Brand Britain boosts businesses

Products labelled Made in Britain are more attractive to overseas consumers than those with no declared country of origin, a study by Barclays Corporate Banking has found.

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Exporting UK SMEs outperform European rivals

UK SMEs have seen bigger increases in their export turnover than their European counterparts, a survey by UPS has found.

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Pension changes boost confidence

More than 4 in 10 pension savers feel more confident about their pension schemes following the reforms announced at the 2014 Budget, a survey for the Association of Investment Companies has found.

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Online sales growth at 10-month high

The online retail sector grew by 18% in the year to August 2014, according to e-retail industry body IMRG.

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Exporter confidence rises

More than two thirds of British exporters expect their turnover to increase over the next 12 months, a joint British Chambers of Commerce/DHL Express survey has revealed.

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Online sales up in July

Retail sales in July 2014 were 0.3% lower than July 2013 but total sales grew by 1.3% in the last year, according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium.

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SMEs want more export support

More than one third of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) think exports are important for growth but only one quarter are active overseas, research by FedEx Express has found.

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UK firms lack export ambition

Less than half of British firms (43%) have ambitions to expand into overseas markets, according to a survey from the British Chambers of Commerce.

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Retail sales increase but hours worked falls

British retail sales experienced solid growth in the year to July 2014 as nearly half of businesses saw their sales increase, according to a survey by the Confederation of British Industry.

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