Business Admin

29
Nov

UK’s services sector growing unexpectedly strongly into the autumn!

The services sector’s purchasing managers’ index, a survey conducted by HIS Markit, reached 55.6 in October – up from 53.6 in the previous month – significantly beating expectations of 53.3 (where a score in excess of 50 indicates growth). The sector therefore joins the manufacturing industry which is also growing unexpectedly strongly into the autumn, whilst the survey for all

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29
Nov

Business & academic community sets out vision for UK to be world leader in 4th industrial revolution

Proposals to boost UK manufacturing have been unveiled. The ‘Made Smarter Review’ has been published ahead of its launch at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry this morning. The government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper (launched in January) identified industrial digitalisation as one of the five early sector deals, along with 3D printing, augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. For

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29
Nov

Why airports such as Bournemouth serve as more than just transport hubs

“Airports serve as incredibly effective places for business” says Lynda Shillaw, the CEO of MAG Property. “They are natural hubs, creating connections between people, places and the businesses that locate there”. Bournemouth is one of MAG’s four international airports and helps to fuel the success of Dorset’s and the wider region’s economy. For the complete picture please read Lynda’s article

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8
Nov

UK businesses are prospering despite Brexit uncertainty!

According to a survey conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, companies’ finances are in increasingly good shape, with profits and exports growing at their fastest pace since before the Brexit vote, whilst capital investment is at a two year high! For the full story please read the article below which appeared in The Daily Telegraph

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8
Nov

Manufacturers report growth acceleration and increased optimism

The purchasing managers’ index for October, based on a survey conducted by HIS Markit, indicates continuing growth in the UK manufacturing sector. In addition, increased confidence and the fact that manufacturers have recently been hiring staff at their fastest rate in more than three years reveals increasing optimism in the sector. For more detail please read the article below which

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27
Oct

Taunton – the only new ‘garden town’ in the South West

Earlier this year the government named Taunton as the only new garden town in the region. Now, the town’s status as one of the UK’s new garden towns has boosted by its council’s approval of two development schemes to build 1,600 houses and associated infrastructure. The completion of such development should certainly provide a significant stimulus to the local economy

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25
Oct

£500m fund to help businesses to improve productivity via investments in new technology & equipment

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has just launched a £500m growth fund to provide asset finance which will enable firms to buy capital goods and spread the cost over their lifetime. This, of course, will eliminate the need for large up-front investments by facilitating the opportunity for firms to make smaller payments over long periods of time. For the full story

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25
Oct

Financial help available to enable SMEs to export

UK Export Finance – the UK government’s export credit agency – provides flexible finance solutions to UK exporters, thereby ensuring that no viable UK export fails for lack of financial support. This should prove to be extremely beneficial for firms who would like to export but aren’t competing due to financial constraints – something which an Insider survey of SMEs

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24
Oct

£1.8m funding available to help Gloucestershire SMEs increase apprenticeships

Stroud and South Gloucestershire College and its partners Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd., the University of Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire College will be funded to assist Gloucestershire based SMEs, which have 250 or less staff, to increase the number of apprenticeships they employ. The funding is being provided by a European Social Funded project. For the full story please read the bulletin below

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18
Oct

Funding support to help SMEs with export trade

Government-backed trade finance is to be made available – through UK Export Finance (UKEF) in partnership with five major high street banks – to help small to medium-size businesses to sell overseas. This financial assistance will be available not only to those companies already exporting but also to those that have not yet developed an overseas trade. Great news for

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