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Star show: The awards were held at the Natural History Museum in London

Europe’s top entrepreneurs and investors light up awards night

The efforts of SoundCloud’s Alexander Ljung and Arieso’s Shirin Dehghan were acknowledged at the 11th annual Investor AllStars awards.

The changes to workplace pensions began back in October 2012

UK businesses set to shun pension auto-enrolment guidelines

A lack of awareness and regard for the government's auto-enrolment legislation on pensions could stymie its introduction, new research shows.

UK investor: Rod Richards led the firm's 2001 MBO from Foreign & Colonial

Kurt Geiger backer Graphite Capital closes new investment fund for UK companies

London-based private equity firm Graphite Capital has built on some strong exit activity by raising a new investment fund worth £500 million.

Aviation capacity in the UK is a concern among businesses

UK infrastructure for business 'not up to scratch'

Report by the CBI and KPMG shows that businesses have little faith in government infrastructure policies.

Cybersecurity is a growing problem in the UK

Cybersecurity incidents among SMEs explode over 12-month period

A worrying increase in cyber threats reveals problem is greater in the UK than the rest of the world.

Business confidence is at its highest for three years

Business confidence peaks for SMEs

Study shows companies have faith in business growth over the next few years.

EU membership is important to the majority of business owners in the UK

Study finds that SMEs are largely in favour of EU membership

The majority of respondents feel EU membership has a positive effect on their business.

Economic conditions are preventing the young from founding businesses

Fear of risk and lack of opportunity turning off potential European entrepreneurs

Young people in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America are far more likely than Europeans to feel positive about starting up a business, a new survey shows.

UK growth: Lord Green hopes the programme will bring inward investment

Young foreign entrepreneurs targeted by new UKTI mentoring and investment programme

In an effort to attract new entrepreneurs to Britain, the UK government has launched a new scheme through UK Trade & Investment.

The value of inbound deals was skewed by Glencore's buy of Xstrata

Value of UK acquisitions by overseas buyers soars

The value of purchases of UK companies by foreign businesses climbed to £23.4 billion during the second quarter of the year, new statistics reveal.

Business loans: Barclays has been identified as a lender increasingly utilising FLS

Nationwide, Lloyds, Barclays and Virgin Money lead the way in Funding for Lending activity

The government's Funding for Lending Scheme has posted an increase in activity over the last quarter, the Bank of England says.

Building high: New skyscrapers in London are providing fresh office space

Amazon and lead surge in office space demand from TMTs

Companies including Amazon and Publicis are contributing to a growing need from technology, media and telecom companies for office space in the City of London.

The North: Burnley is bringing businesses together to attract outside investment

Burnley scoops most enterprising town award ahead of European competition in November

The Lancashire town of Burnley has been named the most enterprising location in Britain by a government competition.

Every little counts: The national minimum wage for over 21s is set to rise to £6.31

Name and shame threat for underpaying businesses

Companies which do not pay staff at least the national minimum wage will be publicly identified by the government under new proposals.

Smaller sectors such as building materials have shown solid growth

Output from UK manufacturers grows at fastest pace in two years

Production has swelled at UK manufacturers to coincide with improved order books, the Confederation of British Industry says.

Listing: Businesses such as blur Group have picked an IPO over venture capital

Royal Mail listing set to kick-start UK IPO market

The UK Initial Public Offering market is expected to reach £7.2 billion during 2013, research from Capita suggests.

High street: Chemists in the UK are growing revenues by adding new products

Private equity looks to pharmacy market for solid returns through consolidation

The steady income streams and low risk profiles of pharmacy businesses are proving increasingly attractive for private equity investors, new figures suggest.

Traditional export allies like Germany, the US and France are retrenching

UK falling as goods exporter despite shining beacon of Midlands performance

A study of export prospects in the UK has found that Britain is likely to lag behind the rest of Europe over the coming years.

Space tech: The Satellite Applications Catapult is located in Harwell, Oxfordshire

Vince Cable reveals plans to add two business Catapults to the current crop of seven

Two new government Catapult centres will target the energy systems and healthcare sectors, under plans unveiled by the government.

Good customer service can make all the difference for an SME

Poor customer service is huge bugbear for consumers

More than two thirds of people who endure bad customer service will share their experience with friends and family, according to a study.

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