Current Affairs

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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Lowest unemployment rate in a decade

UK unemployment fell at 5.2% between August and October 2015, its lowest rate in nearly 10 years.

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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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Home buyers benefit from stamp duty changes

The average home buyer is £4,500 better-off after stamp duty changes were introduced on 4 December 2014.

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Zero-hours contract employees as satisfied as other workers

Employees on zero-hours contracts experience similar levels of job satisfaction, work-life balance and personal well-being to employees on permanent, full-time contracts.

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SME broadband access falls behind residential consumers

Small and medium sized enterprises' access to superfast broadband continues to fall behind residential consumers.

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Small businesses haven't grown since 2010

1 in 3 small businesses haven't grown in the last 5 years, according to research by Association of Accounting Technicians.

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SMEs consider alternative finance

SMEs in the communications sector are most likely to consider alternative sources to finance their businesses.

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Benefits in kind remained steady in 2012/13

The number of recipients of taxable benefits in kind remained steady at 3.7 million in the 2012/13 tax year, the latest figures by HMRC shows.

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SMEs missing out on innovation finance support

Many small and medium-sized enterprises are not accessing available resources for funding innovation and research and development activities.

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