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66 enforcement notices for infringements were issued by the ICO between January 2013 and October 2014.

Data Protection Act breaches cost businesses £2.17M in penalties

94% of contraventions are due to poor information security.

Christmas is a boom period for online retailers- and the cyber criminals that prey on them

Retailers optimising transactions but forsaking security this holiday season

Despite record growth in online transactions forecast around the Christmas period, compliance and security is lower than ever

UK midsize firms are behind the EU average when it comes to being ready to protect their company data

UK firms lag far behind European competitors in data protection

A new study has found that the UK consistently trails behind the rest of Europe when it comes to information risk and protecting sensitive information

It may be time to move on from email and embrace more efficient collaboration tools

Businesses losing 20 days of work a year thanks to outdated communications

A new study has found that companies are losing competitiveness by not keeping up with collaboration technology

A significant differential still exists between technology salaries and the rest of the AIM market

AIM-listed tech CEO salaries grow, but still lag behind other sectors

Grant Thornton report identifies the prevailing pay gap between technology and other sectors 

9 out of 10 believe firing weaker performers wouldn’t impact revenue.

70% of sales pros regularly miss targets – survey 

Responsibility for improving sales results lies with business leaders, according to study.

Gervais Williams' new book argues that AIM will be the world's best performing market beyond the credit boom

'The future lies with small companies' says top fund manager

Renowned fund manager Gervais Williams believes smaller companies hold the most growth potential in times of economic stagnation.

‘The modern British workplace is in a state of disarray’

9 in 10 workers suffer from constant distraction

Study shows confusion and disruption reign in the British workplace.

Female business angels on the rise in the UK

The number of women angel investors is higher than ever, according to a new study – and they may be changing the way angel groups invest.

Three quarters of businesses affected by new rules said they were planning to raise prices in response to them

Majority of SMEs unaware of New Year VAT changes and penalties

Nearly two thirds of smaller businesses unaware of radical new VAT rules coming in from 1 Jan 2015.

Deflation can have a dampening effect on consumer spending

UK businesses to suffer effects of deflation in 2015

Weakening global demand caused input prices for UK businesses to take another step towards deflation in October, research finds. 

New figures suggest that the EU is the CBI’s largest financial contributor

1,000 UK business leaders call for referendum on EU membership

Pressure mounts on David Cameron and the CBI as referendum-supporting Business for Britain campaign boasts of growing signatories.

The company raised money through Kickstarter for its handheld scanner

3D scanning company raises seven figures in venture capital

Fuel3D has closed a funding round totalling £4 million led by Chimera Partners. 

The Open Data Institute was set up by World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee

EU pledges €7.8 million to 'open data' start-ups

The EU, together with the Open Data Institute in London, have announced the largest investment in innovative data start-ups in the world to date 

Mid-sized companies are focussing on paying down debts rather than expanding

Growth ambition lacking for mid-sized businesses

Companies are confident about economic outlook but hesitant to invest in growth, according to a study. 

Late payment makes cash flow management difficult for growing businesses

Barclays and Fujitsu join new government late payment advisory board

In an attempt to strengthen the Prompt Payment Code brought into effect in 2008, a panel of businesses and organisations are being assembled to ensure suppliers are paid on time and treated properly.

Universities and employers are not coming together to aid youth employment

Young people failing to match expectation of employers

Despite businesses placing a heavy emphasis on relevant work experience, a quarter of young people do not possess the contacts necessary to secure placements or internships.

The founding trio at UK start-up Funding Circle have now raised $123.2 million

Top five European venture capital deals of Q3 2014

With the value of equity investments into European-based companies climbing steadily during 2014, GrowthBusiness looks at those closing the biggest deals of the last quarter.

Firms with a value up to £10 million are being targeted by PHD Equity Partners

PHD Equity Partners builds on exit activity by launching new fund

The fund management arm of the Dow Schofield Watts Group is looking to raise £25 million to back smaller UK businesses.

Clusters such as Media City UK in Salford have attracted new and growing firms

Northern initiative launched to replicate Tech City in London

The government is coming together with Tech City UK to create a technology hub in the north of England in the hope that the region can 'capitalise on talent'.

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