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  • Supercharging the Digital Economy

    Minister for Digital's address to techUK's annual conference

    Thank you for the invitation to join you here today.

    Whenever I’m with techUK, I feel I’m among like minds. Because my roots are in business, and my roots are in tech.

  • UK Government celebrates 35 years of Welsh language broadcasting

    Guto Bebb: S4C's anniversary a landmark for the UK's rich broadcasting sector

    S4C occupies a hugely significant place in the cultural landscape of Wales UK Government Minister Guto Bebb said today (1 November) as the Welsh language broadcaster celebrates 35 years of high quality broadcasting.

  • New matchmaking service for small businesses looking for finance

    Small businesses struggling to access finance from big banks will be matched with alternative finance options, under a new government scheme.

  • A third of UK SMEs are resigned to a ‘Hard Brexit’

    A third of UK SMEs are resigned to a ‘Hard Brexit’ as confidence drops in the face of a messy, prolonged negotiation.

    The reality of Brexit is finally being felt by UK SMEs, although just a fifth (20 per cent) expect Brexit to be achieved by March 2019, according to the latest SME Confidence Tracker from business funder Bibby Financial Services.

  • Finance departments falling behind with digital transformation

    Millions of invoices delivered by hand, fax and post are still manually processed by UK accounts teams, as finance departments neglect digital transformation.

    Four out of five finance professionals have said that their department is not keeping pace with the rest of the organisation’s digital transformation plans, leaving them struggling with productivity, cost and efficiency issues, according to new UK research among senior finance and IT executives.

  • UK entrepreneurs believe a London address means success

    Research from London Executive Offices shows that UK entrepreneurs believe a London address still means success.

    Research conducted by London Executive Offices (LEO) shows that business executives remain confident and enthusiastic about the London office market despite macro uncertainty, and see it as the most prestigious location for businesses of any size.

  • UK Government Investments strengthens and expands senior management team

    UKGI, the Government’s centre of expertise in corporate finance and corporate governance, announces the appointment of four new Directors.

  • Welsh Secretary: UK Government is investing in Swansea’s infrastructure for the long term

    Alun Cairns to announce £800,000 UK Government investment at Swansea University's SPECIFIC centre

  • Scale-ups target US as Brexit dampens appetite for EU expansion

    More than half of scale-ups have plans to expand overseas, with Brexit shifting the UK focus away from Europe to the US.

  • Bethnal Green restauranteurs each disqualified for 6 years

    Two directors of a restaurant in Bethnal Green, London have each been disqualified for six years for employing illegal workers.

    Salahuddin Sahibzada and Muhammad Anjum have each been disqualified for six years having given disqualification undertakings to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, which commenced on 25 September 2017 and 3 October 2017, respectively.

  • Eight year bankruptcy restriction for Leicester man

    Thomas Lewis Langton from Leicester has been made subject to an eight year bankruptcy restriction for falsely claiming reimbursements from banks.

    An investigation by the Insolvency Service found Langton misappropriated £21,517 from three banks by making false claims for reimbursement of sums paid out of his account.

    Mr Langton (24), employed, of Leicester, has agreed to be bound by the restrictions set out in insolvency law until 11 October 2025.

  • Those suffering from problem debt to get vital ‘Breathing Space’

    New plans mean people struggling with serious debt may soon benefit from a ‘breathing space’ from their bills.

  • Welsh SMEs urged to seize new UK government backed export finance opportunity

    Alun Cairns to attend 19th Fast Growth 50 Awards in Cardiff

    Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns will call on Welsh SMEs to capitalise on new UK Government backed finance to help gain access to global growth markets when he attends the Fast Growth 50 awards this evening (20 October 2017).

  • A beacon for the black business leaders of tomorrow

    Communities Secretary Sajid Javid speaks at the fourth annual Black British Business Awards.

    Good afternoon everyone, and thank you to the Black British Business Awards team for inviting me to join you all here today (19 October 2017).

    It’s a real honour to be here.

    And it’s a pleasure to be back in the City. I spent many happy years working in finance, including just up the road at Deutsche Bank.

  • Directors’ conduct in fine wine investment scam leaves sour taste

    Two directors of a company that traded in fine wines have been disqualified for a combined 20 years, following an Insolvency Service investigation.

    Customers who thought they were investing in fine wines investment scheme have been left out of pocket by nearly £1 million.

  • Geovation welcomes a new generation of disruptive property and location data businesses

    Six start-ups to receive funding, business support and the strategic backing of Ordnance Survey (OS) and HM Land Registry (HMLR).

    Geovation has expanded its programme to support three new PropTech start-ups. This is the first time the programme will back PropTech disruptors and follows news that HMLR will begin to collaborate with OS to stimulate the innovative use of land and property technology and data through Geovation.

  • Low pay and progression in the labour market

    Analysis finds that Britain's low-paid workers are permanently stuck in low-paid jobs, and that social mobility in the UK will stall without action.

    Low pay is endemic in the UK and there has been little progress in the number of people managing to escape from poorly paid jobs, a new report by the Social Mobility Commission reveals today (Thursday 19 October).

  • UK &Taiwan Share Experience on Renewable Energy and Green Finance

    A UK trade and technology mission visits Taiwan to share the UK’s experience in the renewable energy sector, focussing particularly on offshore wind.

  • Unemployment remains at lowest rate since 1975

    Official employment figures released today show that unemployment is at 4.3%, the lowest since 1975.

    The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, also show that there are now 32.10 million people in work, 317,000 more than last year.

    These figures have been driven by increases in full-time and permanent work, and in the last year there are 20,000 fewer people relying on zero hour contracts.

  • Rule changes to promote competition in structural warranties market

    The CMA plans to change rules relating to structural warranties, a type of insurance that protects against potential defects in new buildings.

    The revision to existing National House Building Council (NHBC) undertakings, which currently cover over 1.6 million homes in the UK, will protect and encourage growing competition in the structural warranties market.

  • October 2017 labour market statistics for Scotland

    Employment in Scotland increased by 35,000 over the quarter, and increased by 40,000 over the year to stand at 2,655,000

    Commenting on today’s labour market statistics for Scotland, Scottish Secretary David Mundell said:

    It is encouraging to see an increase in employment, which remains close to record levels.

  • SMEs to benefit from vital business services and advice

    Tens of thousands of UK businesses can now benefit from unlimited and vital business services and advice as part of their Chambers membership.

    Tens of thousands of UK Chamber members now have the opportunity to benefit from unlimited access a range of essential business support services thanks to an exclusive new partnership between British Chambers of Commerce and Qdos Consulting, of The Qdos Group.

  • Government outlines plan to become the UK’s most inclusive employer by 2020

    The Government has today announced the plan for how it will become the most inclusive employer in the UK by 2020.

    The Civil Service Diversity & Inclusion Strategy outlines a range of ambitious proposals to achieve this aim, including:

  • Director scamming small businesses hit by large ban

    Sarah White from Manchester disqualified for 10 years for charging small businesses for fake business rates reduction service

    Sarah Elizabeth White, also known as Sarah Regan, has been disqualified from acting as a director following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.