Older workers could offer the answer to SMEs struggling with the skills shortage

Small businesses should not underestimate the value of more mature employees; that is the advice of researchers from the Newcastle University Institute of Ageing during Small Business Advice Week.

Locked-in Co-op Bank shareholders to be offered share liquidity

Asset Match to host share auction as anticipated IPO is put on hold

Asset Match, the online marketplace to buy and sell shares in UK unquoted companies, announces today that it will be holding a share auction for Co-operative Bank equity investors.

Electoral Commission recommends change to EU Referendum wording

The Electoral Commission has recommended that the proposed wording of the UK European Union In/Out Referendum question to be put to the voters should be changed.

National survey shows self-employed concern over pensions

A national survey from IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, has shown over half (54.4%) of freelancers are concerned about their finances post-retirement.

Euro rallies as Eurozone CPI forecasts are beaten

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Friday’s UK GDP report confirmed sturdy quarterly expansion of 0.7% in the three months through June

UK growth enjoys summer bloom says CBI

Economic growth continued to pick up pace in the three months to August, with strong expectations for the next quarter, according to the latest CBI Growth Indicator.

Amount of income tax paid by non-doms reaches £6.6 Bn

• Figures highlight Non-Doms’ growing contribution to UK economy

• Budget crackdown may encourage some to re-locate

Small Business Advice Week: The biggest challenges facing SMEs

Operational inefficiency, multitasking and  lack of improvement holding SMEs back

Ahead of Small Business Advice Week (31st August – 6th September), research by BSI (British Standards Institution) has revealed that almost half of SMEs

Small Business Advice Week: How Businesses, Small & Large, Can Learn From Each Other

Over 80% of British consumers reported feelings of happiness and contentment when they purchase goods or services from small and independent businesses, compared to just 53% who buy from large chains

Small Business Advice Week: Ensure Your Business is Protected From Online Threats

New research has revealed that almost 4 in 10 (38%) SMEs are impacted immediately if there was an internet failure, and a further half (46%) said it would only take a day to have repercussions

MNI Russia Business Sentiment Rises in August

Lowest Expectations Since December 2013

Russian companies were more upbeat about the business environment in August, in spite of the plunge in oil prices in recent months.

Pound failed to rally despite good GfK Consumer Confidence Index

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Although the UK’s GfK Consumer Confidence Index impressed