Business start-ups

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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£200 million coaching programme aims to accelerate SME growth

A new £200 million coaching programme aimed at helping up to 26,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to reach their full potential, has been launched by the Government.

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Businesses call for extended jobless entrepreneur funding

Small business groups are calling for the new enterprise allowance (NEA) scheme to be extended to encourage more jobless entrepreneurs to set up businesses.

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Advisory group to track Northern Ireland's global economic competitiveness

Northern Ireland's independent Economic Advisory Group (EAG) is to develop a strategy to accurately measure the country's economic competitiveness.

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Scottish SMEs cautious about zero waste plan

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland have welcomed the Scottish Government's zero waste strategy but remain concerned about potential compliance costs, according to a survey conducted by the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

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UK businesses committed to 'going green'

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK are more committed to sustainability, including saving energy, minimising waste, and recycling, compared to their European Union (EU) counterparts, a new European Commission study has found.

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Confusion over Budget enterprise zones

Businesses based in enterprise zones in Scotland, North Wales, and England are set to benefit from enhanced capital allowances, after announcements made in the Budget, but there is confusion over whether Northern Ireland is to be granted its first enterprise zone.

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Loan scheme for small businesses launched

A new Government backed loan scheme worth £20 billion aimed at boosting lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been launched by the Chancellor.

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Independent report advises alternative methods of SME finance

Proposals to increase access to capital and promote alternative sources of finance for small businesses have been published in an independent taskforce report.

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