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David Cameron meets one of the Start Up Loans scheme recipients

Start Up Loans scheme moves past £100 million mark

Lord Young's Start Up Loans programme has now awarded its 20,000 commitment, taking its overall activity beyond £100 million.

The nation's roads are full of uninsured and untrained business drivers

Third of British business drivers on the road uninsured 

An increasing number of UK workers are driving as part of their job without the necessary protection or training, new research suggests.

Seedcamp has built up an extensive list of business mentors

Scaling up, not starting up, at heart of new Seedcamp investment fund

Start-up accelerator Seedcamp has raised a third fund as part of its mission to create $1 billion businesses throughout Europe.

Alternative finance is growing in prominence as SMEs move away from banks

RateSetter latest P2P lender to get business bank cash

Business finance platform RateSetter has secured £10 million of capital from the British business bank as part of the financial institution's efforts to improve SME lending.

Oxford uses a base of academic institutions to create disruptive technology firms

Oxford churns out £1 billion of technology exits inside a year

The Oxford technology cluster is more than pulling its weight when it comes to commercial successes, according to new findings.

New technology has made flexible working more accessible and practical

Flexible working shakeup to boost morale and productivity, says Nick Clegg

New legislation brought in by the coalition government has opened up flexible working to employees across Britain.

The M&A Awards are now in their eighth year of celebrating the best dealmakers

CitySprint's Patrick Gallagher named Dealmaker of the Year at M&A Awards

Having closed four acquisitions in the last year, Patrick Gallagher was lauded for his efforts in closing deals and driving growth forward at CitySprint.

Sports Direct came under fire last year for its use of zero hours contracts

Zero hours contracts back on government agenda due to 'unscrupulous employers'

Staff hired under zero hours contracts will soon have the power to seek employment from more than one source under government plans.

Cash option: Invoice finance allows businesses to lend against unpaid invoices

Large business community embraces asset-based finance in the UK

A five-fold increase has been noted amongst businesses with turnovers of £100 million and over using asset-based finance in the last ten years.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, left, has built the River Cottage brand using TV

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall uses crowdfunding for River Cottage fundraising

River Cottage has become the second restaurant business to utilise a bond-based crowdfunding system set up by Crowdcube.

The agreement has been described a 'blue print' for other banks to follow

Funding Circle and Santander lead charge with banking referrals

The high street banking and crowdfunding worlds are coming together to provide SMEs with a different route following a failed loan application.

Business promotion: Sherry Coutu believes science is boosting the economy

Hermann Hauser and Sherry Coutu unveil list of fast growth Science Fifty companies

To further champion the past and future growth of the sector, a ranking of the best-performing businesses in the British science and enterprise sectors has been compiled.

On the up: London is seeing tech growth surpassing that of even California

Tech entrepreneurial spirit in London thriving, says Richard Branson

Entrepreneur and Virgin founder Richard Branson has declared that London is growing in terms of great ideas, investors and working spaces for the technology sector on the day that the maiden London Technology Week kicked off.

London has firmly established itself as a global technology heavyweight

What to see at London Technology Week 2014 for entrepreneurs

London’s burgeoning technology sector will be the focus during a week of industry events from 16-20 June 2014.

Coding has been added to the UK curriculum to provide the right kind of tools

Tech surge fails to ignite parental aspirations for career path

Despite the rapid of growth of technology companies in the UK, British parents still favour a 'safe' professional career for their children.

Firms must make sure enough of a financial buffer is created to handle the rise

Rise in interest rate set to hit underprepared businesses

Businesses are failing to budget for expected rises in interest rates during 2015, new research reveals.

David Cameron and his government are entering an election year

Full transcript of the Queen's Speech 2014

Having announced that the government is looking to make the UK the most attractive place to start, finance and grow a business, we have a full transcript of the Queen's Speech.

The Queen set out the agenda of the government and parliament for the year

Small Business Bill opens door for banking referrals to alternative lenders

The Queen's Speech has made reference to a range of new measures, which will attempt to make the lives of small business owners easier when it comes to finance, employment and prompt payment.

Optimism amongst entrepreneurs is leading to a desire for more hiring

Entrepreneurs set to boost their workforces as technology drives new hires

The rapid growth of start-up technology companies is set to contribute a big up-tick in employment, EY's Global Job Creation Survey says.

Valuable assets: borro allows consumers to use goods to access capital

The 10 biggest technology venture capital investments of Q1 2014

On the back of one of the busiest investment quarters the UK has seen in a number of years, GrowthBusiness looks at some of the biggest deals involving Tradeshift, Hailo and eCommera.

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