The achievements of a sports nutrition brand have been celebrated at a new awards ceremony for small and medium-sized businesses, growingbusiness.co.uk reports. Maximuscle suitably impressed judges through its market share and growth rate and won three awards: the T Mobile Fast Growth Business of the Year, Angel or VC-backed Business of the Year and Product […]
Posted on 2nd April 2007 in General business.
UK-based businesses are not doing enough to tackle work-place related age discrimination, according to a new survey. Research from Acas, the employment relations firm, has revealed that just eight per cent of firms have expressed concern over the discrimination laws which were enforced in October 2006Moreover, only 17 per cent of those questioned said they […]
Posted on 31st March 2007 in Regional News.
Working mothers in the UK feel that employers do not understand how to behave towards pregnant staff.A survey conducted by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) in partnership with Netmums has found that one in six mums said they were not treated properly by their employer while pregnant.The two-year research project also revealed that one in […]
Posted on 31st March 2007 in Regional News.
Small businesses will find it easier to lease shops and offices thanks to a new code of practice announced today. The Code for Leasing Business Premises has been improved by the government to create a new framework which puts landlords and tenants in a "partnership relationship". SMEs will find it much easier to see what […]
Posted on 30th March 2007 in General business.
The recruitment of new staff is perceived as the biggest challenge for business by UK-based firms – and being eco-friendly is not a great concern.Shirlaws, the international business coaching organisation, has released research which shows that the challenges facing businesses in the next five years do not include tackling environmental issues. Just 6.6 per cent […]
Posted on 30th March 2007 in Regional News.
The extension of a VAT scheme designed to increase "cashflow in small firms" will come into operation this Sunday. Changes to the Cash Accounting Scheme (CAS) will mean that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will no longer have to pay off VAT when they issue and receive invoices and will instead be able to wait […]
Posted on 29th March 2007 in City News.
The use of internet phone calls among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will increase by almost 25 per cent by this time next year. Research commissioned by BT Business has shown that Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) will be adopted by 48 per cent of SMEs – rising from the current figure of 25 per […]
Posted on 29th March 2007 in Tech.
The vast majority of British entrepreneurs are motivated by a sense of personal achievement.Research by MasterCard Global Commercial Products has shown that 95 per cent of small business owners feel encouraged to "go it alone" by the prospect of controlling their own future and achieving self-fulfilment.And in the week that has seen the launch of […]
Posted on 29th March 2007 in General business.
Workers in the UK are creating security risks for their employers by attempting to gain access to protected data.New research by Websense, a content security company, surveyed 100 people and found that over a fifth of the respondents (21 per cent) had tried to gain access to sensitive information such as HR and finance data.The […]
Posted on 28th March 2007 in Open to Export.
The deadline for entry into a major entrepreneurial competition is fast approaching, reports startups.co.uk.Enterprising Britain is looking for the town, city or area which is the best in the country for enterprise. There will be 12 finalists selected at the regional stage of the competition, who will then compete in the national phase. The overall […]
Posted on 28th March 2007 in General business.
The shadow chancellor has pledged to support small business in the UK, a move which has been welcomed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). In response to George Osborne’s speech at the FSB National Conference in Belfast, John Walker, FSB national policy chairman, said: "Mr Osborne is right to focus on the millstone round […]
Posted on 27th March 2007 in General business.
Small businesses are being advised to rent company cars rather then buy them outright, fleetnews.co.uk reports.According to the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), a number of SMEs are unnecessarily spending vast sums of money on vehicles for employees and ignoring the cheaper alternative of contract hire. The BVRLA claims that small firms have […]
Posted on 27th March 2007 in City News.