Scottish Enterprise (SE) is preparing for the beginning of this year’s eight week Edge project, in which students work together with companies in a bid to boost innovation.This is the third year the well-received scheme has been run, with participants from Scottish, American, Canadian and Polish universities all taking part.The teams of young businesspeople will […]
Posted on 8th June 2007 in General business.
If the postal strike planned by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) goes ahead small businesses may seriously suffer, business leaders have said.CWU members are disputing the 2.4 per cent pay increase offered by Royal Mail, reports the Independent, demanding instead a 27 per cent rise to bring wages in line with national averages.If the strike […]
Posted on 7th June 2007 in General business.
Entrepreneurs who set up their own small business to market a new product or service are crucial to the UK economy, the government has said.New figures from the UK Intellectual Property Office show that almost a third of the patent applications received in the first quarter of 2007 came from individuals.Although typically seen as the […]
Posted on 4th June 2007 in General business.
A large proportion of the UK’s small businesses have still not taken steps to ensure they comply with recently introduced age discrimination laws.Research carried out by Lloyds TSB Business and the Open University found that 75 per cent of firms have not made arrangements to allow employees to work beyond 65.Some 45 per cent of […]
Posted on 1st June 2007 in General business.
A large percentage of Britain’s business leaders are still intimidated by public speaking and find the experience terrifying, a new survey has revealed.According to a study by The Aziz Corporation, 71 per cent of business executives said that they would be worried about speaking in front of a large audience, while 80 per cent admitted […]
Posted on 30th May 2007 in General business.
Confidence among Britain’s businesses is on the up, a new report has revealed.According to research published by KPMG, optimism among UK businesses is at its highest level since 2004, while more than half of all respondents feel the economy is heading in the right direction and is on an upward curve.Researchers questioned business owners with […]
Posted on 30th May 2007 in General business.
More effort needs to be made on the part of businesses and the government to help migrant workers settle into life in the UK, according to a new report.An analysis of three studies by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) revealed that fewer than six per cent of migrant workers planned on staying in Britain indefinitely […]
Posted on 29th May 2007 in General business.
Millions of Brits will put in at least eight hours overtime to compensate for holidays, new research has revealed.According to a study by swiftcover.com, 8.74 million people in the UK will work the equivalent of a full day in overtime either before or after the upcoming bank holiday to make up for lost office time. […]
Posted on 25th May 2007 in General business.
Small business owners and managers do not have access to adequate advice, both formal and informal, according to new research.A study conducted by Yorkshire Bank found that 37 per cent of people who have struck out on their own in order to be their own boss miss having colleagues to act as a sounding board.Just […]
Posted on 24th May 2007 in General business.
UK small businesses benefited from continued growth over the first quarter of 2007, with the number of SMEs reporting increased orders at the highest rate since 1995, a recent report has revealed.According to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), UK SMEs remain confident over the future of the economy despite operating in an increasingly tough […]
Posted on 21st May 2007 in General business.
Reality television programmes such as The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den are having a positive impact on UK business as a whole.That’s according to a survey of business owners and managers by Bibby Financial Services, which revealed that 41 per cent believe such shows have inspired a new "wave of entrepreneurs".Some 46 per cent of those […]
Posted on 18th May 2007 in General business.
Small businesses in the UK are optimistic about their future even in the face of economic challenges, according to a new report.Research carried out by HSBC and the Small Business Research Trust found that 45 per cent of small companies anticipate a growth in sales over the course of this year.Some 16 per cent are […]
Posted on 17th May 2007 in General business.