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The HR guide to recruitment

In order to select the very best job applicants and not waste thousands of pounds on your recruitment process it’s always useful to take on board advice from HR professionals.

8 things to know before you become a franchise owner

According to some studies the failure rate for a franchise is around 5% - far lower than a ‘normal’ start-up business.

Employee engagement is evolving: How to stay ahead

Global employee engagement is on the increase, although levels have remained the same in Europe in the last accountable year, according to the Aon Hewitt Employee Engagement survey.

Exporting not the only road to small business growth

Small and medium sized enterprises are missing out on a wealth of public sector contract opportunities and are being urged to revise their outdated view of a system they see as overly complicated.

Student entrepreneurs: A quarter of students start a business while at Uni

Thousands of university students across the UK run businesses with estimated collective revenues of more than £44 million per year, according to research from Santander Universities UK.

Five core strategies for business survival

Small business owners, whether they are business professionals creating a consulting firm or entrepreneurs introducing a new product or service to the marketplace, need to study the principles of business survival because statistics compiled by the the Bureau of the Census for the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration suggest that most new businesses only survive between one and ten years.

Are UK small businesses building their futures on a financial house of cards?

AXA Business Insurance asks if unsound financial culture is the biggest threat to the millions of small businesses that are driving the economic recovery.

How to successfully integrate interns into your small business

Over recent years, the small business sector has been taken on a financial rollercoaster ride by the global markets, forcing these companies into searching for ever more economical ways to structure staffing requirements.

Digital services suppliers urged to register for new EU VAT service

Businesses supplying digital services across the European Union will be able to register for a new online VAT service from 20 October.

SMEs confident of funding for investment plans

The majority of UK SMEs believe they would be successful if they applied for a bank loan to fund their investment plans, with three in five feeling confident they would be accepted, according to new research by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks.

What’s the alternative? SMEs miss out on new funding options

New research from Aviva reveals that SMEs may be missing out on new funding options due to a lack of awareness and understanding.

Foreign professionals add £210billion boost to the UK economy

Inward talent is making an increasingly important contribution to the UK’s professional workforce and helps the economy prosper according to research by Lloyds Bank.

Nearly a million SMEs are waiting at least three months for payment

Three in five SMEs (61%) have had clients or customers not pay invoices by their due date over the past year, according to new research from automated credit control firm Satago.

Video games companies to begin claiming tax relief

Video games companies across the UK are now able to begin claiming tax relief up to 25% on their production costs.

Backing for home-based business boom

Budding entrepreneurs will be given greater freedom to start and grow a business from their home under new measures the government has annouced.