With recent research suggesting that SMEs currently have a worse survival rate than before the recession, and with small businesses struggling to find the finance they need from banks time and time again, it comes as no surprise that such companies are increasingly looking toward alternative finance for a chance to make it past their fifth birthday's. One such method is Dragons Den, with entrepreneurs Duncan Bannatyne, Kelly Hoppen, Piers Linney and Peter Jones looking to invest their cash.
New statistics compiled by Vince Cable’s British Business Banks have identified a growing sense of positivity amongst small and growing companies in the UK.
Demand for professional talent has grown 27 per cent year-on-year, and it's the engineering and IT sectors that are driving the increase in recruitment.
After he and his soon-to-be business partner kept themselves fuelled for late-night study sessions using hummus, Christian Mouysset decided the savoury snack was the best ingredient to feed a burning entrepreneurial ambition.
It's day ten of the Christmas Countdown and we are by no means in short supply of 2014 material.
The omnipresent rise of the smartphone and ecommerce means more shoppers are checking prices online while they shop – so-called “showrooming” – meaning smaller and independent retailers face losing sales to low-margin websites.
Living in the UK makes it all too easy to become preoccupied by our own Christmas traditions. The last minute panic on the 24th, excessive eating on the 25th and chaotic 'Boxing Day' sales on the 26th, are all part and parcel of the UK holiday season. But there’s a whole world out there; a world in which many countries and cultures don’t celebrate Christmas, and if they do… well it’s not like any Christmas we’ll ever experience.
A 24 per cent rise in startup launches during 2014 over the last year has been identified, marking the biggest growth of the past five years.
The government is launching a major push on maths, science and technology to equip more pupils with the skills needed to work and succeed in high-tech and science-based industries.
Retailer John Lewis has beaten off competition from a number of technology companies to finish highly in a ranking of the best businesses to work for in the UK.
The UK and Germany are fiercely loyal when it comes to supporting home-grown businesses, according to Pitney Bowes’ Global Online Shopping Study.
In recent years we have seen an exponential growth in the number of online crowdfunding platforms in the UK as businesses and individuals seek alternative ways of raising funds. There are, however, a number of regulatory and other legal issues to consider when setting up a crowdfunding platform (CFP).