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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 Salesforce.com 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.

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.

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