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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.

The manifesto will be taken from the House of Lords to Downing Street

Separate BIS team for SMEs and SEIS shake-up recommended by E2Exchange

Business leaders in the UK are calling for 'more targeted support' for small and medium-sized businesses.

London Technology Week kicked off at City Hall ahead of events in two weeks

London technology scene still needs more risk capital, says deputy mayor Kit Malthouse

Despite the rapid growth of London's start-up technology scene, the deputy mayor of London still believes that more venture capital support is needed for the city to truly realise its potential.

Wizz Air has grown its offering out of hubs in Central and Eastern Europe

IPO congestion on London Stock Exchange as Zoopla and Wizz Air join the party

Despite clothing retailer Fat Face shelving its plans to list after perceived weak institutional appetite, London's IPO market has experienced its busiest day of 2014.

AIM, based in London's Paternoster Square, is on the rise when it comes to deals

M&A on AIM doubles as market continues revival

Merger and acquisition activity on London's AIM market continued its upward curve by hitting four-year highs, our findings show.

Guy Hands would like to see a change in attitude when it comes to private equity

Private equity shouldn't be labelled 'asset-strippers', says Terra Firma chief Guy Hands

The notion of private equity firms stripping down companies for a quick buck is 'out of date' and would end in a jail sentence, according to one of the most renowned investors in Britain.

The London Stock Exchange is once again the home of UK growth companies

'Great revival of UK stock market' hits private M&A levels

Trade acquisitions in the UK fell by 466 to 355 during the start of 2014 when compared to the same period in 2013, new statistics show.

Businesses are increasingly turning to the online market for finance

Online business lending tops £80 million during April

Direct lenders and peer-to-peer platforms accounted for £2.7 million of capital per day during 2014, new statistics show.

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