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  • 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.

  • British firms are in danger of missing out on boom in online sales

    The gap between how much we spend online with smaller British firms and larger companies is growing dramatically, small business support group Enterprise Nation has claimed.

    Thousands of Britain’s smallest firms are in danger of missing out on the boom in online sales as the UK’s e-commerce habit continues to explode, a campaign claims.

  • When is the best time of year to launch a new business?

    Almost nine in ten UK businesses that launch in the spring are a runaway success according to their owners, making it the best time of the year.

    The latest Aldermore Future Attitudes report reveals the majority of SME bosses are boastful about the performance of their firms, with more than four fifths (85 per cent) viewing their business to be a success. Furthermore, UK small businesses that launch in the springtime are flourishing the most.

  • Rolls-Royce Director of Manufacturing to speak at Innovate 2017

    Hamid Mughal will talk about the potential impact of automation and robotics on our lives, with other big issues of the day also up for debate.

  • How to boost creativity and innovation in your business

    Research reveals 81 per cent of workplaces have failed to create a culture that encourages, creativity, new ideas and experimentation.

    UK businesses are failing to support a culture of innovation despite employees believing that their companies would benefit from fresh ideas and innovative ways of working, new research shows.

  • Small firms benefitted from over £12 billion of government spending

    Government spent £12.2 billion with small and medium sized businesses in 2015 to 2016.

    Figures out today show that SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) benefitted from £12.2 billion worth of central government spending in 2015 to 16.

    They also show that the amount government spends directly with SMEs has continued to climb. This now stands at £5.6 billion, representing a significant increase since 2011 to 12 when £4.4 billion was spent.

  • Can the new small business commissioner tackle late payments?

    A new small business commissioner is appointed to tackle late payments, yet just two per cent of micro-businesses believe he will.

    The government has appointed the UK’s first Small Business Commissioner, after a two year search, whose primary role will be to tackle the culture of late payments and ‘become a national spokesperson for small businesses affected by payment issues.’

  • SMEs turning to big data to seek competitive gains

    Nearly two thirds of small businesses are looking to big data to benefit their business, according to new research.

    Nearly two thirds (63 per cent) of small businesses are looking to big data to benefit their business, according to research by Smith & Williamson.

  • Fox/Sky: CMA publishes statement of issues for investigation

    The CMA has set out more detail about what it intends to examine in its investigation into the proposed takeover of Sky Plc by 21st Century Fox.

    On 20 September, Karen Bradley, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport referred Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on public interest grounds.

  • New Minister for Trade and Export Promotion starts at the Department for International Trade

    Baroness Rona Fairhead will today take up her role as the new Minister for Trade and Export Promotion.

    As a former Business Ambassador for UK Trade and Investment with a strong background in global business, Baroness Fairhead brings a wealth of business and economic experience to the department.

  • Master and vessel owner fined for fisheries offences

    Master and vessel owner found guilty of fishing offences in case brought by Marine Management Organisation (MMO)

    Kenneth Savels, master of Belgian beam trawler Van Eyck (Z53) and owner Irina NV (represented by Steven Savels) were sentenced at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on 26 September 2017 in a prosecution brought by the MMO.

  • Think global and export - Welsh Secretary’s message to manufacturers in Wales

    Alun Cairns speaks at Barclays Welsh Manufacturing Event

    Manufacturers in Wales must think global and capitalise on the opportunities presented by overseas markets. That will be the message from the Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns when he addresses representatives of leading manufacturing companies in south Wales today (Monday 9 October).

  • 'Right Waste, Right Place' spot-checks on Thames Valley waste firms

    Waste disposal was the focus of a day of inspections by the Environment Agency.

    A number of businesses across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire are on notice to comply with the law on waste disposal, after a series of unannounced checks by the Environment Agency on Tuesday 3 October.

  • CMA issues strong warning as information sharing fine is upheld

    The Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled in favour of the CMA, upholding its fine on Balmoral Tanks Ltd for illegally exchanging price information.

    In December, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that Balmoral, a supplier of galvanised steel water tanks, along with 3 other businesses, had breached competition law by taking part in an exchange of competitively-sensitive information on prices and pricing intentions.

  • Government plans £80 million smart ticketing rail revolution

    The government has this week set out details of its £80 million programme to introduce smart ticketing across England and Wales by the end of 2018.

    Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:

    Passengers across the country want smart ticketing and this government will deliver it.

  • Brexit curbs planned growth and investments for UK SMEs

    There is a strong trend around SMEs struggling with the fight for talent, due to Brexit, net migration and the disparity in retirees and young workers.


    When it comes to recruitment, these SMEs are also pushing back plans to increase their total number of employees in the next 12 months and a growing number concede they will not be growing headcount in the next year. This is up from 36 per cent to 43 per cent in the last quarter.


  • E-Commerce Grow Seven Times Faster Than Global Retail Average

    Superstars of e-commerce grow seven times faster than global retail average, according to a new report by OC&C Strategy Consultants.