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Older workers come of age

Staff in their fifties can be more productive than younger ones. And there are going to be a lot of them. Holding on to staff and overcoming skill shortages are often two of the priorities for chief executives. A solution to both could lie with the talents and knowledge of an ever-expanding g...
Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 14:12

How to find a job when you’re over 50

More than 100 readers joined the Telegraph’s job-hunting Q&A to ask for advice and tips on how to find a decent job. Many job hunters over-50 told our experts they were being discriminated against during recruitment because of their age, asking what they can do to beat age prejudice...
Posted on Jan 14, 2013 at 11:49

IT skills shortfall impacts growth of UK small businesses

UK small businesses are stuck in growth and profits ‘limbo’ due to a shortfall in IT skills, according to new research by Simply Business, the UK’s largest business insurance provider. The 2012 techSME index, which questioned over 4,000 small businesses (with up to ten employees...
Posted on Jan 11, 2013 at 10:47

Are you volunteering this year?

January 9, 2013: UK retirees are embracing voluntary work and providing vital help to families, charities and local communities, according to Aviva's latest Real Retirement Report. With 10.4 million over-65s typically giving up 10 hours each week to volunteer and support their families, the c...
Posted on Dec 18, 2012 at 14:59

Pension planning 'inadequate' among over 50s

November 30, 2012: Many over 50s are "sleepwalking into their old age", a pensions group says, as research suggests people are over-optimistic about retirement income. The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) said people must conduct a healthcheck of their workplace pension....
Posted on Nov 30, 2012 at 16:43

Autumn Statement must put UK small businesses at the heart of reforms

November 26, 2012: The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging the Chancellor to use his Autumn Statement to put a firm plan in place for small firms to grow, which can be fully delivered at Budget 2013. The FSB has long called for more competition in the banking sector as small firms ...
Posted on Nov 26, 2012 at 10:27

80% of jobseekers aged over 50 are victims of age discrimination

November 19, 2012: Over 80% of people aged over 50 say they have suffered age discrimination when job seeking, according to a study conducted by a service that helps older jobseekers find employment and stay economically active. Just 4% had not experienced discrimination first hand and 14% were u...
Posted on Nov 19, 2012 at 10:34

Beating the recruitment machines

November 9, 2012: Many of the biggest companies in the world are using software to recruit their workforce, so how can you beat the odds in the most competitive job market in history? If you take the time to fill in a job application, you might think someone would at least have the courtesy t...
Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 18:07

Goldman Sachs scheme puts entrepreneurs on track

November 9, 2012: When Vince Cable met a group of Yorkshire small business owners last Friday, he appeared braced for more complaints about red tape and miserly banks. Instead, he left with an unappetising sounding “beer cake” – the result of a collaboration betwe...
Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 11:46

Hiring intentions continue to grow for small firms

29th October 2012 - Small firms and other British businesses are set to continue hiring over the next six months because of flexibility in the UK labour market. That is according to new research from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and recruiter Harvey Nash, who concluded that the...
Posted on Oct 30, 2012 at 10:33

78 per cent of workers want more flexible schedule

October 19, 2012: 78 per cent of UK office workers want a more flexible work schedule to boost job satisfaction in the absence of pay increases, as the UK economy continues to stagnate, according to new research from online meeting provider TeamViewer. The survey also found that 68 per cent w...
Posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 12:08

45,000 jobs would be created by extending the NICs holiday

October 8, 2012: Extending the National Insurance Contributions (NICs) holiday to all micro-firms across the UK would create 45,000 jobs according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The FSB's research shows that over a two year period, if the scheme were to be...
Posted on Oct 8, 2012 at 12:01

Small businesses want to create almost 500,000 new jobs in the UK

September 27, 2012: Small businesses want to create more than 500,000 new jobs, research suggests. Small and medium-sized firms already employ around 13.8 million people in the UK, and a study by Funding Circle found that bosses want to increase recruitment levels by 546,480. The ...
Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 11:30

Small firms vital to tackling unemployment

September 12, 2012: With unemployment little changed at eight per cent, new findings from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) show just how vital small firms are to the recovery, as almost nine in 10 (88%) unemployed people that find jobs in the private sector either start up or work fo...
Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 12:48

Millions of over-50s worse off because of economic stimulus

September 6, 2012:  A “toxic combination” of rising prices and historically low interest rates intended to generate growth have hit pensioners and those nearing retirement harder than other groups in society, a new report from Saga concludes.   As a result many...
Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 12:49

Army of low cost ‘Silver Bullets’ aged 50 plus recruited

August 28: A service that helps people aged over 50 find employment has created a hit squad of 400 senior business trouble-shooters to fill skills gaps experienced by small businesses.  Called the ‘Skilled People Silver Bullets’, the idea is to give small business owners easy...
Posted on Aug 28, 2012 at 10:32

Half of small business owners rely on their spouse

August 24, 2012: More than half of small trade businesses rely on their partners to help run the business, research by Direct Line for Business (DL4B) has found. Focusing on small tradespeople, it found that spouses and partners are called in to help on average for two days a week, with nearl...
Posted on Aug 24, 2012 at 10:11

Businesses outline ‘wish list’ for economic recovery

August 17, 2012: Report on the findings from the University of Nottingham‟s Barometer project Businesses have placed easier access to bank loans and Government-funded projects to boost employment at the top of their wish list to tackle the tough current market conditions. SMEs quizzed b...
Posted on Aug 17, 2012 at 13:50

Funding for lending scheme 'will boost the economy'

August 1, 2012:  The Treasury and Bank of England's Funding for Lending scheme will make money available to banks on the condition they pass it on in the form of cheaper loans and mortgages to boost the flagging economy. Under the scheme, British banks are being offered funding a...
Posted on Aug 2, 2012 at 12:33

Prince helps to train older entrepreneurs

July 31, 2012: A charity is helping older Londoners who are out of work by encouraging them to set up their own business. With more than 38,000 over 50s looking for jobs in the capital, The Prince's Initiative is hoping to ignite people's entrepreneurial spirit to get them working for...
Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 16:06

Small firms in North East very worried about survival

July 30, 2012: THE bleak economic outlook has made more than one in 10 small businesses nationally - and one in six in the North - consider closing down in the past three months. And the majority – 84% – say they are either fairly or very concerned about the current economic outlo...
Posted on Jul 30, 2012 at 12:36

Councils 'should do more to help small businesses'

Print Week, July 25, 2012 Local authorities spend just a third of procurement budgets with local businesses, according to research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).  The survey of 148 UK councils revealed that on average they spend 34.8% of their procurement budget with ...
Posted on Jul 25, 2012 at 13:45

Treasury's Income Tax relief cap could 'restrain small business investment'

The Treasury has unveiled how it hopes to cap Income Tax relief in the next tax year in a move it believes will ensure the system remains as fair as possible. http://www.taxassist.co.uk/News/Tax/Treasury-s-Income-Tax-relief-cap-could-restrain-small-business-investment-12822.html  Mi...
Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 12:37

Business leaders attack Osborne

The Guardian July 23, 2012 Head of British Chambers of Commerce launches outspoken tirade against chancellor, accusing him of stifling growth  http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jul/22/economicgrowth-economics Chancellor George Osborneappears to be fast losing the support an...
Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 12:35

Small Talk: The new tax break for small firms that may go begging

The Independent, July 23, 2012 How many small and medium-sized enterprises will take advantage of the 'patent box' regime that comes into force next April? It's a potentially valuable new relief that rewards businesses which have generated profits from intellectual property by cha...
Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 12:30
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