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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.

The signs are good for European buy and build private equity activity

Value of private equity buy and build activity jumps

Buy and build deal activity value has climbed substantially in Europe, despite volumes remaining largely the same.

The Biomedical Catalyst was designed to target the 'valley of death' funding gap

Spending review outlines raft of new healthcare sector business investments

The Biomedical Catalyst is allocating £25.9 million as part of a new support package for businesses and academic projects in the health industry.

A PAYE scheme is a better representation of a functioning start-up, Crunch says

Freedom of Information request finds disparity between reported and actual number of start-ups

A discrepancy between the number of start-ups reported to be springing up by Companies House, and the actual number in working existence, has been discovered.

New hires: Vince Cable meets with Rolls Royce apprentices at Goodwood Festival

More changes to apprenticeships announced on back of Doug Richard report

Direct funding for employers wanting to buy apprenticeship training is being tabled by the government as part of Doug Richard's report on the employment process.

Upward curve: The past two months of data point towards a healthier outlook

SMEs the big winners in fall of insolvency rates

The overall business insolvency rate in the UK has fallen from 0.08 per cent to 0.07 per cent during the month of June.

Tech cluster: The incubator will be in East London, dubbed Silicon Roundabout

Tech City-based EcoMachines Incubator set to shake up the energy and cleantech funding space

A new business accelerator aimed at energy and cleantech ventures has been launched in London.

Big decisions: A failure to address new innovation could be detrimental

Lack of CEO emphasis on innovation and workforce development potentially ‘dangerous’

UK CEOs are lagging behind when it comes to focusing on innovation rather than customer relations, a new study suggests.

Final frontier: The UK is ramping up efforts to commercialise the space sector

Government puts more money into space sector as it targets 10 per cent share

The UK space industry is set to receive £200 million of new funding, as the government moves towards its goal of making the sector worth £30 billion by 2030.

High net worths: Angels play an important part in the funding ecosystem

Greater angel collaboration and London-bias identified in Deloitte and UKBAA report

Angels are increasingly clubbing together to form syndications which can then lead larger investment rounds, new research shows.

Market economics: SMEs in Sunderland are found to be too reliant on locals

UK SMEs need to focus on diversifying customer bases, business health study suggests

Businesses located in Hull, Liverpool and Blackburn are predicted to be hit hardest by a lack of consumer spending, a new report concludes.

State cash: Nick Clegg visits a firm in Crewe as part of the Regional Growth Fund

Expanded Regional Growth Fund fourth pot dishes out £506 million through 102 offers

The fourth round of the Regional Growth Fund finance scheme has seen 102 companies and projects receive conditional offers.

Red tape: Business minister Michael Fallon is hoping to save money with cuts

Employment tribunals, health and safety and environment on agenda for government regulation cuts

The government's latest six-month Statement of New Regulation has seen the introduction of measures which are forecast to save businesses millions.

Early-stage backing: EIS and SEIS encourage investment in risker ventures

EIS and SEIS contribute to surge in use of government funding schemes

The creation of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) has led to a sharp rise in the amount of businesses applying for government funding initiatives.

Business finance: Dragons Den is about to enter its eleventh season

Dragons’ Den exposure for businesses failing to ignite funding search

Entrepreneurs entering Dragons’ Den to pitch for investment are failing to pursue the traditional forms of business finance before taking their businesses on the show, new research shows.

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