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    Retailers and couriers set for 'Everest-sized challenge' at Christmas


    Online retailers and delivery firms are likely to face a "Mount Everest of Christmas peaks" this year, according to one courier. With Covid-19 restrictions ongoing, ParcelHero says online retailers and couriers have already experienced record peak volumes and it is warning that the run-up to Christmas could be 50% busier ...

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    Government launches £238m jobseekers coaching scheme


    A £238 million scheme designed to help jobseekers move into "growing sectors" has been launched by the government. The Job Entry Targeted Support scheme will provide coaching and advice on these sectors to those who have been out of work for three months or more as a result of the ...

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    Cambridge Analytica boss banned from being company director


    The man at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica scandal has been banned from being a company director for seven years. Alexander Nix has been banned by the Insolvency Service for what it described as repeatedly offering "shady political services to potential clients over a number of years”. The disgraced ...

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    Home working 'here to stay'


    More home working is likely to become a permanent thing for a huge number of businesses even after the Covid-19 pandemic ends, according to a new survey. Seventy-four per cent of the near-1,000 businesses surveyed by the Institute of Directors (IoD) said they plan to continue the increased levels of ...


    Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020: Reset for Growth


    Global Entrepreneurship Week UK 2020 will be inspiring entrepreneurs to drive growth by focusing on innovation and job creation. Global Entrepreneurship Week goes live 16-22 November and will be celebrated across the UK and in over 170 countries. GEW UK will be packed with panels, talks, workshops, competitions and awards ...

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    Ministers warned of Covid loan fraud risk


    Government ministers were warned that business loans designed to support small companies impacted by Covid-19 were at a "very high risk of fraud". According to a report by the BBC, the British Business Bank, which operated the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, twice raised its concerns with business secretary Alok Sharma ...

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    Covid-19 'changing HealthTech forever'


    By Michael Baxter, Fresh Business Thinking Covid-19 is changing UK HealthTech forever, according to founders of UK healthcare start-ups at a recent online round table organised by the Great British Entrepreneur Awards and haysmacintyre . “Who are these 5%?” asked Jon Dawson, from the creative, media and tech team ...

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    5 ways to improve your business credit rating


    Image Credit: Deposit Photos By Funding Options The solvency of your business, how up-to-date your business accounts are and how quickly you pay suppliers are all factors that can contribute towards your business credit score . Finance lenders check this information when you apply for a loan to understand ...

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    Short-term business loans - how can they benefit SMEs?


    By Funding Options Short-term business loans can provide you with the finance your company needs. Perhaps you need a loan for cash flow purposes, or maybe you want to set your growth plans into action. Whatever the reason, this guide is designed to help you figure out whether a short-term ...

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    Good health equals high performance


    By Reece Mennie, the CEO of HJ Collection As a hardworking father and businessman who recently decided to prioritise my health and wellbeing, after many years of indulgent consumption, I want to share some great benefits you and your business can receive from just a few simple changes to your ...

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    Bank of England hints at negative interest rates


    One of the Bank of England's policymakers has described evidence surrounding negative interest rates as "encouraging", hinting that a move could be on the horizon. As recently as last week, the Bank's governor, Andrew Bailey, had distanced himself from the idea, insisting that the central bank needed to make sure ...

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    Second Covid-19 wave would be 'knockout punch' for High Street


    A sustained second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic would deliver a "knockout punch" to the UK's High Street, according to a new report. The Global Property Development Trends report found that as much as 12 million m 2 of retail space has been closed down since the start of the ...

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    CBI: EU trade deal 'must be agreed'


    A trade deal with the EU "can and must be made", the head of the CBI has warned as the latest round of negotiations begin in Brussels. With the Brexit transition period ending on 31 December, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that a trade deal must be agreed with ...

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    Pub owners slam 10pm curfew


    New government restrictions requiring pubs and restaurants to close at 10pm will be "the final nail in the coffin" for many businesses, pub owners have warned. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the latest measures for England and Wales in national broadcasts last night, saying they ...

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    Bank of England urges furlough 'rethink'


    Image: Bank of England The governor of the Bank of England is calling on the government to "stop and rethink" its plan to halt the furlough scheme at the end of October. On a webinar hosted by the British Chambers of Commerce, Andrew Bailey repeated calls for targeted, industry-specific ...

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    How to improve a bad credit score in 3 steps


    By Funding Options Most of us are all too aware of the importance of good personal credit when it comes to obtaining finance for mortgages, contracts, and credit cards. For small business owners, establishing business credit can be just as crucial. Even if you’re a solo-led startup running your ...

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    Cash flow lending definition & how it works


    By Funding Options Healthy cash flow – the amount of cash and equivalents that flow in and out of a business – is the lifeblood of most SMEs. Yet dealing with cash flow issues as a startup or small business can be challenging and lack of cash is one of ...

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    Governments urged not to cut spending and raise taxes


    Governments around the world should not cut spending and raise taxes until after their economies have recovered from the Covid-19 crisis, according to the global think tank. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) believes governments should continue further borrowing into 2021 to ensure that the poorest households and ...

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    'Redundancy floodgates' will open without new furlough


    "Redundancy floodgates" will open if the government fails to extend the furlough scheme, according to the Unite union. With the government's Job Retention Scheme coming to an end on 31 October, the union is warning that many workers in the UK should expect a "miserable Christmas". The Chancellor Rishi Sunak ...

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    What are fast business loans?


    By Funding Options In the world of business, things can move at lightning speed and there are times when you might need a bit of extra cash to keep things moving in the right direction. Perhaps you’ve been hit with an unforeseen expense to pay for or maybe you just ...