Business planning

Small firms rely on planning not luck

Luck does not play a big role in a firm's success according to nearly 3 quarters of small business owners, research by software provider Sage has found.

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Call for age diverse workforces

Employers need to do more to take full advantage of 'age diverse' workforces, according to research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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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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Corporate insolvencies at six year low

The number of corporate insolvencies fell in 2013 to its lowest level since 2007, according to Government figures.

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Small manufacturers plan investment

Small manufacturers are planning to increase investment during 2014, according to a survey by the Confederation of British Industry.

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Businesses urged to consider succession planning

Farmers in Northern Ireland are being urged to put proper succession plans in place in order to protect their businesses.

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Businesses at risk over key personnel loss

More than half of UK businesses would cease trading if they lost one or more key employees to illness or death, research from Scottish Widows has found.

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Cyber crime costs SMEs up to £800 million

Cyber security breaches and fraud are costing small businesses around £785 million a year, a report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

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SMEs at increasing threat of cyber-attacks

Small businesses are being urged to do more to tighten their computer security after research revealed the number of cyber-attacks hitting businesses increased over the last year.

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SME's fear of risk could further stunt economic growth

Financial volatility and a flat-lining British economy are leaving many small businesses fearing risk, a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has said.

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