Business development

Apprenticeship funding to benefit businesses and young workers

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a new round of funding which will support thousands of young workers through new apprenticeship schemes.

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SMEs to be given a helping hand to boost growth

A new Government training programme aimed specifically at developing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is scheduled to begin in March 2012.

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Modern customers 'expect' digital interaction with companies, says research

The modern social customer now 'expects' to digitally engage with companies, according to new research published today by First Direct and social media consultancy ItsOpen.

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Every business 'needs to go digital' as internet economy will double by 2016

Every business needs to 'go digital' to capitalise on the dramatic growth predicted in the internet economy, according to a report from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

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Small businesses raise Olympic concerns

The Olympics may not have the positive effect that was promised according to a number of small businesses.

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2012 to offer golden opportunities to businesses

The year ahead will offer golden opportunities for some businesses, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said.

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Business confidence rises despite economic fears

Businesses remain confident of their prospects for the next six months, despite losing confidence in the global economy.

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Creative industries key to economic growth

Creative industries such as music, publishing, video games, and film, are expected to be a key driver of economic recovery, the CBI has claimed.

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Poor online services could cost businesses millions

The importance of an innovative and integrated website and other online services has been highlighted today by a report that shows retailers could be losing out on millions.

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Fund boss urges new ways to finance firms

The chief executive of the Business Growth Fund has lent his support to encouraging alternatives to bank funding for businesses.

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