Business development

Digital spending for SMEs passes £1.2bn

Most government spending on digital services has gone to SMEs.

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Firms planning to increase or maintain development spending

Are you planning to increase or maintain business development? 70% of firms are doing so, according to the Confederation of Business Industry.

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Inclusive workplaces linked to productivity

Businesses need to take more action in making their workplaces inclusive to staff, according to the Confederation of Business Industry.

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Businesses falling behind on digital technology adoption

Is your business adopting digital technologies? A 'digital divide' is opening up between the 55% of businesses that are adopting digital technologies and the 45% who are falling behind.

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Businesses call for clarity on apprenticeship levy

Businesses are calling for more clarity on the logistics and affordability of apprenticeship levy.

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‘Skill-shortage vacancies’ a challenge for businesses

The challenge that many businesses are facing in trying to get the right people for their workforce has been detailed in a UKCES Employer Skills Survey.

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Scale-up businesses contribute billions to economy

3,000 growing medium-sized businesses contributed £59 billion to the UK economy between 2010 and 2013.

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SME broadband access falls behind residential consumers

Small and medium sized enterprises' access to superfast broadband continues to fall behind residential consumers.

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Creative sector SMEs grow faster than traditional firms

Creative sector SMEs are generating jobs at a faster rate than small businesses in traditional industries such as manufacturing and construction, according to research by the think tank Centre for Cities.

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Apprenticeships levy divides employers

There are concerns amongst employers that the apprenticeship levy will increase the number of apprenticeships at the expense of quality and investment in training and development, according to new research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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