Business start-ups

£1.1 million boost for open-data business innovation

Businesses making use of public open data may be able to apply for £1.1 million worth of new 'innovation vouchers' to improve their processes and target new markets, the Government has announced.

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Northern Ireland's entrepreneurs to receive support programme

Entrepreneurs and start-ups in Northern Ireland are to receive a new support programme to get their business ideas off the ground; Northern Ireland's enterprise minister Arlene Foster has announced.

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Entrepreneur scheme extended to boost enterprise

The New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme has been extended to give 33,000 extra jobseekers help to set up their own business.

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Entrepreneur an outdated term?

Only four per cent of business owners consider themselves to be entrepreneurs, research from business software provider Sage has found.

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Venture capital investments between EU countries causing tax issues

A consultation into tax problems arising from venture capital investment made across different EU states has been launched by the European Commission (EC).

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New guidance for SMEs on alternative finance

New guidance on how to raise finance through alternative forms of lending has been launched for start-ups and small businesses.

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Average cost of starting a business edges close to six-figures

Entrepreneurs require an average of £94,000 in capital to get their business off the ground, research from personal asset lender Borro has found.

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Disused Government properties available for start-ups

Start-ups and small businesses will be able to take advantage of 20 disused Government properties at low rental costs, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced.

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Technology makes it 'easier than ever' to start a business

Technological developments mean that today it is 'easier than it has ever been to start a business, and quicker than it ever has been to grow', a report into SMEs claims.

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StartUp Loans launched to kick-start young businesses

A new loan scheme to provide entrepreneurial 18 to 24 year olds with the funds they need to get their business started has been launched.

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