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Self-employment 'at highest level since 1992': FreelanceUK

A debate over whether Britain’s self-employed ranks are only growing thanks to an army of laid-off employees, or due to individuals’ sheer entrepreneurial spirit, is being stoked by official figures. Released by the Office of National Statistics this week, the data show that unemploym...
Posted on May 18, 2012 at 12:00

Royal Mail price hike will hurt, say travel SMEs: Travel Weekly

Four out of five small and medium-sized (SME) travel and tourism companies believe this week’s hike in UK postal charges will affect their business. Almost one in ten fear the increases could be damaging enough to put them out of business, according to a survey for business communications...
Posted on May 2, 2012 at 09:10

Reports reveals 45% of over 50s will have to work after SPA: Ashall Glover

Almost half of today's over 50s may have to continue working for 11 years or more after they reach State Pension Age (SPA). This is according to research published by the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI), which found 45 per cent of workers will need to remain in employment if they wish to ...
Posted on Apr 27, 2012 at 14:44

SME confidence shows promise: smallbusiness.co.uk

Business confidence has bounced back to the highest level in two years, a study finds. A net balance of +19.1 per cent of company leaders show confidence for the prospects of their business, up from -12.4 per cent in Q4, according to a survey by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (...
Posted on Apr 20, 2012 at 12:24

So UK unemployment has fallen? Tell that to the over 50s!

Todays’ figures show no respite for the Britain’s over 50s unemployed - •There are currently 431,000 unemployed over 50s •This is a rise of 3,000 since last month’s figures This age group finds re-employment extremely difficult as proven in today’s figures: Those...
Posted on Apr 18, 2012 at 11:24

Why skilledpeople.com is different is jobseekers aged over 50 and for employers recruiting skilled a

We focus on helping small and medium sized businesses recruit experienced people. Our flat-fee job posting charge of £95 is one of the lowest available, and there are no extra charges. This makes it economical for companies with limited resources to hire quality experienced staff. A sma...
Posted on Apr 13, 2012 at 09:09

Use the skills, experience and expertise of the over 50s to grow your business at lower cost

Small businesses play a vital role in the current and future economic growth of the UK accounting for over half of private sector employment and nearly half of all private sector turnovers. Yet when it comes to recruiting talent and expertise, they frequently lose out to their larger counterparts...
Posted on Apr 3, 2012 at 11:52

Who will hire men and women in their 50s and 60s?

A fast growing number of businesses will - due to the shrinking skilled labour pool in the UK today, many businesses are looking beyond their usual recruitment criteria and are turning to the more mature work pool for a wide variety of jobs. In fact, recent legislation on age descrimination wil...
Posted on Apr 2, 2012 at 11:45

'Little evidence' UK employers are engaging and retaining workers over 50, finds report for Acas.

  There is “little evidence” of UK employers taking proactive steps to engage and retain older workers according to new research conducted by Cranfield School of Management and Nottingham Business School for Acas. The authors of the research paper The Employment Relations Cha...
Posted on Apr 2, 2012 at 08:41

Employers failing to engage older workers, says Acas. From: People Management

Employers failing to engage older workers, says Acas Retention of experience should be key to business, argues research paper. Employers are failing to engage and retain older workers despite their growing importance in the UK economy, Acas commissioned research has found. To fully benefit fr...
Posted on Mar 29, 2012 at 11:50

Twitter launches its self-service ad platform for small business, from The Wall

Twitter launches its self-service ad platform for small businesses   Twitter has formally launched its self-service ad platform for small businesses, which it announced earlier this year as its answer to Google’s AdWords. It massively expands the number of advertisers using Tw...
Posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 15:01

Government SME adviser resigns over frustrations

A UK businessman has resigned from the government's panel on small to medium sized enterprises - a group that directly advises Francis Maude - with claims that Whitehall has not been listening and that figures on more business being given to smaller firms still need to be proven. But the governm...
Posted on Mar 25, 2012 at 19:16

Unemployment Statistics and the Over 50s

January’s statistics reveal that: •There are currently 432,000 unemployed in the 50+ group •This is a jump of 23,000 since last month’s figures were released •The total number of 50+ out of work for 12 months or more is 182,000 •This increase in the 50+ une...
Posted on Jan 19, 2012 at 08:45

Small businesses are the ‘real’ job creators in Europe: The Times

Small businesses, rather than large companies, have been responsible for most of the new jobs created across the European Union during the past decade. However, they are also more vulnerable to the current economic and financial crisis, according to a study to be released by the European Commis...
Posted on Jan 16, 2012 at 17:49

Unemployment at 17 year high, from: Sharecast.com

UK unemployment rose by 128,00 in the three months to October to a reach a total of 2.64m, according to the Office for National Statistics. The rise was not as big as forecast by some economists, who predicted the figure would come in at 140,000. However, the number of unemployed people is th...
Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 11:18

UK businesses fear of social media hurting Christmas sales, from: CBR New Media

According to research by Epson, nearly one in three small businesses in the UK are hesitant to embrace e-commerce channels and view it as threatening. Only 59% see it as a business opportunity compared with 72% across Europe. The UK Government is even offering a series of free e commerce scheme...
Posted on Dec 8, 2011 at 15:47

2011: A record year for business startups, from: Real Business

It's been a tough year, but the entrepreneurial spirit of the Great British public is alive and kicking – insolvencies may be up, but so are the number of startups. Insolvencies are set to be four per cent higher than last year, but 2011 will mostly be remembered for its record number...
Posted on Dec 7, 2011 at 11:41

Finance: One in three of those over 50 supporting grown-up kids with cash, from: Thame Gazette

After a turbulent year, the Saga Quality of Life Index finally shows signs of stabilising. In its latest quarterly report, the Saga QOLI index remains steady on the previous quarter, albeit still firmly in negative territory. True to form, despite their own economic woes this year, one in thr...
Posted on Nov 28, 2011 at 11:39

Where did you get your big idea? from: Real Business

Nearly half of British entrepreneurs came up with their business idea in bed, a new survey reveals. Where did you get your big idea? The number one spot for having your business idea is "while at work", research by Business Link among 500 UK entrepreneurs shows. Yet, while 72 per cent o...
Posted on Nov 24, 2011 at 10:35

Two thirds of bosses value experience over qualifications, from: Fresh Buisness Thinking

Research from an online HR consultancy has revealed that when considering hiring a new member of staff, small businesses across the UK value experience over qualifications. The study also found that interviewers value ‘cleanliness’ more so than ‘politeness’. As part o...
Posted on Nov 23, 2011 at 15:16

QR Codes: The Next Big Thing In Recruiting Technology? from: ere.net

QR codes are a second-generation barcode that allows potential candidates to quickly and directly access supporting materials and websites using only a camera equipped smartphone. QR codes have many uses, but are most often used to direct target audiences to online content that cannot be easily c...
Posted on Nov 23, 2011 at 14:07

Entrepreneurs Show "Resilience in Adversity" from: PR Newswire

More SMEs are optimistic than pessimistic in spite of the difficult economic climate Euro uncertainty: 44% of SMEs in the EU countries surveyed had been influenced in their plans by the threat of instability in the eurozone SME finances are tight: only 12% found finance easy to find, but 73% ...
Posted on Nov 23, 2011 at 09:27

Government claims SME supplier success, from:Microscope

The Government has claimed that the volume of IT contracts being won by SME suppliers has seen a dramatic increase during the course of 2011. At Monday's The Crown and Suppliers: A new way of working, procurement conference in London the Government's chief procurement officer John Colling...
Posted on Nov 23, 2011 at 09:23

CBI: Britain's economic recovery 'blown off course'

Britain’s economic recovery is at risk of being “blown off course” by the Eurozone crisis and gloomy forecasts for growth at home, business leaders have warned. The CBI called on ministers to overhaul new European Union laws giving “gold plated” employment rights t...
Posted on Nov 14, 2011 at 10:12

Top banks say they are on track to meet lending commitments, from the Guardian

Five banks that make up Project Merlin said they have lent £157.6bn to UK businesses in the first nine months of the year. Britain's banks say they are on track to meet lending targets set by the government under 'Project Merlin', but the figures were immediately disputed by s...
Posted on Nov 11, 2011 at 13:05
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