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A smaller increase in business rates will provide breathing space for SMEs

Autumn Statement 2013: Business rates capped at 2 per cent to aid SMEs

In an effort to provide relief to struggling businesses, chancellor George Osborne has revealed that business rates will be limited to 2 per cent.

France, the UK and the Netherlands dominated the Deloitte ranking

British businesses figure highly in Deloitte 2013 Technology Fast 500

The UK has finished second behind France in Deloitte's 2013 Technology Fast 500 of fastest-growing tech companies in Europe.

Over half of decision-makers admit delaying strategic decisions

Strategic management of SMEs called into question

SMEs have a lack of faith in people in charge, as businesses strive to achieve potential.

Uncertainty: Zero hour contracts can often leave people quickly out of work

Zero hour contracts ‘demonised’ but in need of improvement, says CIPD

Those employed under zero hour contracts are as happy when it comes to job satisfaction as the average UK employee, new research suggest.

EVP plan: Employers should consider developing an implementation road map

Financial benefits for companies using employee value propositions effectively

Businesses are not sufficiently preparing employee value propositions to outline what staff can expect from their jobs, new research suggests.

Shazam was one of the big winners with its £26 million July venture capital deal

Third quarter UK technology venture capital total falls away

The amount of capital invested by venture capital firms in the UK technology market has fallen from £192 million in the second quarter of the year to £178 million in the third, new figures show.

Business secretary Vince Cable meets school children at the launch event

Vince Cable and Luke Johnson laud efforts of UK business builders at start of Global Entrepreneurship week

Global Entrepreneurship Week has kicked off with news that the vast majority of business builders believe that the coming two years will see an uptick in revenues.

Linking from website to Twitter account means more followers for firms

Venture capital and private equity firms failing on communication front

A lack of communication from private equity and venture capital firms is having a detrimental impact on reputation, a new survey suggests.

Greater access to information through technology is fuelling 'iWorkers'

Rise of ‘iWorkers’ to keep up with technology-led change in business

The proportion of 'intelligent workers' who have constant access to business information is expected to rise in the next five years, new research suggests.

Vince Cable meets British businesses at the launch of Business is Great Britain

Business bank hands out £45 million to two new lending partners

The new business bank has unveiled its latest funding allocations as part of a £300 million investment programme.

Acquisitions: Less British executives are planning deals of over $50 million

UK executives forecast a year of more small acquisitions

Growing confidence in the UK market has led 37 per cent of executives to declare that M&A is on the table in the coming year, a new survey shows.

Is bank lending criteria as secretive as an aeroplane's flight recorder?

Bank lending decision criteria a 'black box' for SMEs

Small and medium-sized businesses in the UK are unaware of simple things like having a good credit rating and realistic business plan when it comes to lending, new research suggests.

Cash flow: Invoice finance allows businesses to claim on unpaid amounts

Invoice finance rises as search term on Google amongst SMEs in the UK

The proportion of business searching for 'invoice finance' online has grown in recent years as companies seek different funding options.

Richard Branson is hoping to help out the countries budding entrepreneurs

Richard Branson joins forces with James Caan to launch start-up finance and advice programme

Virgin is partnering with the Start-Up Loans Company to crate a not-for-profit company aimed at helping British entrepreneurs.

Business creation in Yorkshire cities such as Sheffield has been noted

Surge in business creation results in SMEs contributing 48 per cent of private sector turnover

A total of 102,000 private sector businesses have been created during the last year in the UK.

MediaCityUK is a 200-acre site on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal

Healthy population of businesses under 50 staff occupying Manchester’s MediaCityUK

The amount of businesses operating out of Manchester's MediaCityUK has moved beyond the 100 mark, new figures show.

IPO route: Tech City UK CEO Joanna Shields is heading up the growth drive

Future Fifty programme picks Hailo, Mind Candy and Just Eat as candidates for IPO

Well-known UK technology companies including Hailo, Just Eat, Zoopla and Skyscanner are amongst the first crop of high-growth companies named in the Future Fifty programme.

Adult learning is increasingly being valued as a benefit to employers

Part-time study while employed valued more than full-time graduate courses

Staff studying part-time whilst holding down a job are being looked upon favourably, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills declares.

Prime minister David Cameron assembled the taskforce back in June

M&S, Kingfisher and Diageo heads draw up suggestions for EU business regulation

A business taskforce including M&S chief Marc Bolland, Kingfisher's Ian Cheshire and Paul Walsh of Diageo has drawn up 30 proposals to cut red tape in the EU.

Cambridge has a growing number of high-growth technology companies

‘Valley of death’ VC fund backed by ARM and University of Cambridge

A new fund set up to invest in Cambridge technology companies has received contributions from ARM and the University of Cambridge Endowment Fund.

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