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Technology such as CRM allows SMEs to compete with larger enterprises.

SMEs that maximise digital technology show faster growth

Study reveals more tech-savvy companies enjoy quicker development

The European Investment Fund will guarantee 50% of the facility

British Business Bank agrees £51M facility to increase asset finance for SMEs

Transaction is second of British Business Bank’s new ‘ENABLE Funding’ programme

‘The UK's technology sector is absolutely thriving, as shown by the record levels of investment in 2015’

Return of Tech Invest forum will connect early-stage tech firms with investors

Early-stage, fast-growth technology companies will get the opportunity to present their business to a room of top investors

Seedrs holds 37% market share of UK equity crowdfunding activity

Crowdfunding investments on Seedrs surpasses £100 million 

More than £100 million has been invested in early-stage and growth businesses through the equity crowdfunding platform

‘Clearly crowdfunding platforms need to be putting forward more robust and profitable businesses'

Only 8% of companies seeking crowdfunding are in profit

92% of companies seeking to raise finance on crowdfunding platforms are unprofitable or have no trading history

Projects that help the environment are in line for a cash reward

Bristol sustainable energy projects eye cash rewards

Bristol community groups could grab a share of £10,000 for their efforts

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

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