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All respondents in the pharmaceutical industry expect growth of more than 10 per cent over the next three years

SMEs see encouraging growth but attracting key talent is a concern

Research shows an increased headcount and turnover among established businesses – but skills shortages worry entrepreneurs. 

ECI has backed 109 companies since 1990 and exited over 90 investments

ECI Partners raises half a billion pounds for new fund

A technology buy-out fund worth £500 million has been raised by London-based investment firm ECI Partners, after the fundraising was ‘significantly oversubscribed’.

The British technology boom has been led by the growth of London's Tech City

British tech leaders publish manifesto for digital innovation domination

The Startup Manifesto has brought together 182 UK entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and academics in an effort to protect Britain's status as a world leader in the digital market.

Existing deals: DN Capital are investors in Shazam and its CEO Rich Riley

Shazam investor DN Capital launches new mobile and e-commerce fund

DN Capital has raised $200 million for its new GVC III fund, three times the amount it banked the last time the firm went out fundraising.

Farfetch founder Jose Neves helped his business raise the most of Q2 2014

The 10 biggest technology venture capital investments of Q2 2014

Online fashion boutique Farfetch has topped the list of big-ticket UK and Ireland technology investments after banking £39 million from backers including Vitruvian Partners and Conde Nast International.

Simple measures such as new systems or updating are not being completed

Windows XP and Internet Explorer usage leading to corporate hackings

Staff failing to update technology are putting employers at risk from cyber attacks, new research finds.

David Cameron unveiled the Launchpad at the CEBIT conference back in March

Tech City UK Internet of Things Launchpad signs up big brands

An initiative set up in partnership between the government and Tech City UK to provide support for start-ups and growth companies in the Internet of Things sector has boosted its offering.

Big deal: Twitch represents Amazon's biggest ever company acquisition

Twitch acquisition by Amazon takes tech M&A to highest level since 2000

Amazon's proposed $970 million purchase of Twitch has pushed year-to-date technology corporate deal levels to heights not seen since the dot.com bubble.

The report identifies Chile as a particular growth market for UK exporters

UK exporters predict upturn in turnover in run up to government 2020 target 

New research finds that 70 per cent of British businesses exporting believe that turnover will improve in the coming 12 months.

20,000 new roles were pledged during National Apprenticeship Week 2014

Government launches new apprenticeship programme alongside Google and Sky

A campaign called Get in. Go Far has been kicked off by David Cameron's coalition to boost apprenticeships in Britain.

Chancellor George Osborne wants to further promote fintech in the UK

Industry reaction to banking referrals legislation from George Osborne

Having been promoted by the alternative finance market, and debated by the government, banks will now be required to offer businesses referrals to other funding sources if a firm is rejected.

The changes will release the stranglehold banks have on business lending

George Osborne unveils fintech-boosting initiatives as market continues to grow

In his efforts to 'cement Britain's position as the centre of global finance' chancellor George Osborne is introducing a range of new measures aimed at supporting growth in the sector.

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.

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