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Growth building: The programme has both public and private backing

New public and private-backed growth programme launches

Designed by entrepreneurs, the Government, universities and UK leading corporates, Growth Builder is now open for applications

Quoted Company Awards 2016: The winners

Here, we look at the great and good of the smaller company sector. 

Out of ideas: How do you react when inspiration runs dry?

How to grow your business if you’ve run out of ideas

Running out of ideas can seem like a dead-end: but there are ways you can work through a creative block in your business thinking, say Amasty

Committed fans: How far would you go for your team?

Football fans reveal extreme actions they would take for their club to buy in transfer window

Fans discuss giving up phones and even sex if it would help their favourite team to sign a star player

Self-medicating: Many business owners use alcohol to manages stress

One in three small business owners hit the bottle to deal with stress

Research by suggests self-medication among the UK’s entrepreneurs is reaching worrying levels

Future brands: What will be the big trends of 2016?

Brands of Tomorrow 2016 unveiled

Renowned monitors of taste Walpole reveal the brands they think will be making waves in the next 12 months

MBOs: How well do you know the process?

An introduction to the process of management buy-outs

Management buy-outs (MBOs) are a common process within M&A activity: but how much do you know about the process?

Blue winter: Do the seasons affect your motivation?

Eight in ten workers suffer from ‘seasonally adjusted motivation’ 

Large majority of workers believe their mood and motivation are adversely affected during winter

Productivity puzzle: Is there a solution in sight?

Productivity continues to flatline, says ONS 

The figures for November, released this week, show a minimal year-on-year increase and a dip in the fourth quarter of 2015

Technology investment: Drones have won huge funding through crowdfunding

Crowdfunded technology investment to top $8bn by 2020

Total funds raised on technology-based campaigns could see a seven-fold increase, according to a report by Juniper

Full shortlist for Quoted Company Awards 2016 unveiled

The industry-renowned event, now in its 12th year, returns in its January slot at the Natural History Museum

Pick-up artist: Richard La Ruina

Pick-up coach hoping to drag industry from the gutter by preaching respect for women

Richard La Ruina runs a business that coaches men on how to approach women (and vice versa) and has written a best-selling book on the subject: but he is keen to distance himself from contemporaries who have recently incurred the wrath of feminist groups and the Home Office

Slow progress: Salary growth stalled at the end of 2015

Permanent salary growth slumps to 26-month low

Turgid end to 2015 as both staff appointments and pay stall

Sharing economy: Is the UK its natural home?

Why the UK is the natural home of the global sharing economy

The global sharing economy is the biggest financial phenomenon of the 21st Century: and thankfully the UK finds itself right at the heart of it

Quiz time: How well do you remember 2015?

The Growth Business news quiz of the year

How well do you know the facts and figures associated with some of the biggest stories to break in 2015?

Angel Investors: Will the new platform make coverage consistent?

Online marketplace for angel investors launched

The UKBAA DealShare Platform is aimed at private investors, angel investment organisations and early-stage venture capital investors

Manchester tech: How are networks helping the city's start-ups?

North-West tech start-ups ‘tapping in’ to networks to flourish

The young companies of the North-West are now better equipped than ever to secure funding and growth: but more can still be done, according to Mils & Reeve partner Paul Knight

Rule change: But VCTs look set to stay strong

Rule changes unlikely to halt the momentum of VCTs

Paul Latham, Managing Director of Octopus Investments, explains why recent changes to legislation shouldn’t be misinterpreted as a lack of support for VCTs themselves

Community benefit societies go for solar

Community energy projects raise record funds

Solar projects raise record £7.8 million in month as Treasury removes EIS tax relief for clean-energy investments

What are the outcomes of the UN climate change conference?

Industry experts comment on Paris summit

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