Business development

Should your business take on an apprentice?

Hiring trainees suits certain professions more than others.

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Skills shortages hamper exporters

2 in 3 manufacturers face difficulty recruiting.

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Retailers committed to increasing apprenticeships

Apprenticeships to increase more than 2.5 times for 2017/18.

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Most firms call for apprenticeship levy replacement

Existing levy does little to encourage training, research shows.

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Technology could solve SME productivity problem

SMEs are optimistic about upskilling through technology.

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‘Complex’ levy affects apprenticeships

SMEs urged to get to grips with the apprenticeship system.

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Online traders add £11bn to UK exports

Business is booming for SMEs trading on Amazon or eBay.

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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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