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Career options for the over 50s

December 18, 2013: The new year is the traditional time to try and reinvent ourselves, with couch potatoes all over the UK resolving to lose weight, give up smoking or join a gym. Many resolve to make far more fundamental changes: writing that novel, for example, or starting their own busines...
Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 10:22

London has biggest share of small business bank lending

December 18, 2013: London's small businesses account for more than one-fifth of bank loans to the sector, data from the British Bankers’ Association showed yesterday. As a result the capital’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) currently owe around £35.8bn. The so...
Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 10:18

Over 50s will work into their 70s

December 11, 2013: More than one in five workers aged over 50 expect to retire in their seventies, despite being eligible for the state pension at age 66. Older workers are coming to realise they will not be able to rely on the state pension to fund their retirement and will need significant ...
Posted on Dec 11, 2013 at 15:24

SMEs in cash flow crisis

December 9, 2013: The UK’s small companies are experiencing a cash crisis, a report has found. Almost half of more than 500 small business owners polled by Everline, a short-term digital lender for SMEs, admitted having cash flow concerns. Seven in 10 respondents stated that regular acc...
Posted on Dec 9, 2013 at 11:43

Professor encourages businesses to make most of over-50s

November 20: Essential skills will be lost unless employers do more to value their older workers, a leading Government adviser from the North East has warned. Newcastle University Professor Tom Kirkwood, an expert on ageing, was responding to survey findings suggesting that few employers were...
Posted on Nov 20, 2013 at 15:27

Experience of older people being lost in economic revival

November 19, 2013: The Government is failing to use the talents of the older generation to help revive the economy, experts warn. The over-50s are being sidelined in a “criminal waste” of knowledge and expertise through ageism. Over-65s contribute more than £65billion to...
Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:19

Positive forecast for entrepreneurs

November 18: New research from Youth Business International (YBI) and the Kauffman Foundation has found that half of UK entrepreneurs (50%) expect their revenue to increase by 30% or more by 2016, with 90% of UK entrepreneurs predicting an overall increase in their revenue. The Entrepreneuria...
Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 10:29

Zero-hours contracts

November 15, 2013: More than 40 per cent of small business owners in the UK say zero-hours contracts are deeply unfair on employees — however 30 per cent use them on their own staff. Research into the attitudes of SME owners across the country focusing on how they hire, pay and view the...
Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 18:05

Study seeks to ‘re-engage’ employers with over-50s workforce

November 14, 2013: A new study has been launched to help organisations re-engage with their older employees in order to benefit both businesses and the individual. The EU-funded project, Workage: Active Ageing Through Work Ability, carried out by Nottingham Trent University and the UK Work Or...
Posted on Nov 14, 2013 at 10:47

UK unemployment fall masks plight of jobless over-50s

November 14, 2013: Over-50s are more likely to fall victim to age discrimination as much as the lack of job vacancies, making them prone to longer spells out of work. Behind the improving jobs figures there are signs that the market remains tough for many. There are a record 1.46m people unde...
Posted on Nov 14, 2013 at 10:31

Economic recovery underway

November 1, 2013: The UK's economic recovery appears to have strengthened during the third quarter of 2013 according to a wide range of indicators. Estimates of output in the services and construction industries both show an acceleration between the second and third quarters, while retail...
Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 10:40

Baby boomers 'happy with financial lot'

October 31, 2013: A global comparison of "financial satisfaction" has found older Britons are happier than their counterparts in other, wealthy countries - including France, Germany and the US. This surprising research, undertaken by academics at Bristol University in conjunction wi...
Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 10:56

Baby boomers 'happy with financial lot'

October 31, 2013: A global comparison of "financial satisfaction" has found older Britons are happier than their counterparts in other, wealthy countries - including France, Germany and the US. This surprising research, undertaken by academics at Bristol University in conjunction wi...
Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 10:56

SMEs trust friends and family most for business advice

Oct 31 2013: Friends and family are the most trusted sources of business advice for small business owners, more so than accountants, financial advisers and solicitors, new research from Bibby Financial Services reveals. The UK’s largest independent invoice finance provider – which...
Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 10:52

Number of retirees still working set to rise even higher

October 28, 2013: The record number of over-65s who are still in work will rise further in the next decade as millions approaching retirement will need to supplement their income once they reach pension age. With the number of people over the age of 65 still in work breaking the one million m...
Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 15:17

The women who are over 50 and on the scrapheap.

News that the unemployment rate had fallen slightly will have come as scant consolation to Audrey Poppy. Over the past three years, she estimates she’s applied for 100 different roles, which have led to just three interviews and no full-time job. ‘It’s incredibly demoral...
Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 14:13

Job search tips for the over 50s.

AFTER five years of living in recession, employment is finally starting to rise. On the whole, this is great news, but for those people now aged over 50 and unemployed, looking for a new job can be nothing short of terrifying. Although age discrimination is illegal, older job seekers are ...
Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 14:10

Small firms start to brim with confidence

October 12, 2013: Confidence is soaring among London’s army of smaller businesses over a sustainable recovery following a buoyant quarter for firms in the capital, exclusive research reveals today. The Evening Standard’s latest London Business Monitor, produced in association with...
Posted on Oct 12, 2013 at 12:36

Small businesses bear the brunt of HMRC crackdown on tax evasion

The taxman raked in £565million during the past year from small businesses caught out by compliance rules - a 31 per cent hike from the previous 12 months. A tougher stance on tax evasion has been implemented nationwide, resulting in HMRC turning up the heat on start-ups and small firms...
Posted on Oct 3, 2013 at 11:10

Pay cut and unemployment risk for over-50s

Nearly half of the over-50s workers made redundant in the past three years have yet to find a new job, new research* from leading independent over-55s adviser Key Retirement Solutions shows. And two-thirds of those who have found other work have had to take a pay cut in order to get back into...
Posted on Oct 2, 2013 at 16:51

Over 50 and over the hill

FIFTY is the new 30. Anyone over 50 knows that. No-one else cares. Most of us in our 50s are fit, fun and capable. Even the dumbest among us have learned something in half a century. We still do the exciting things young people do. We just do them smarter and a little slower which is not alwa...
Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 12:25

Jobless over-50s cashing in on family homes as number of pre-retirees out of work hits 15-year high

Soaring numbers of unemployed over-50s are easing their cash flow problems by releasing money from their homes. More than 56,600 pre-retirees have now been out of work for more than two years, figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal — the highest tally for 15 years. A...
Posted on Sep 26, 2013 at 13:53

Over-50s vote 60 as ‘ideal retirement age’

The majority of over-50s agree 60 is the perfect time to retire and make the most of life, according to research from Engage Mutual Assurance. They look forward to spending time with grandchildren, travelling abroad and enjoying their good health, with one in five saying the current state pen...
Posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 11:05

Is there an appetite for recruitment?

Small businesses are taking on more staff compared with last quarter according to the Federation of Small Businesses. The Voice of Small Business Index found that 15 per cent have increased their staff numbers in the third quarter of 2013. This is the highest figure reported since the Index b...
Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 11:21

Is the UK's economy recovering?

September 17, 2013: Small business confidence has reached an all-time high according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) latest Small Business Index published today (Monday). The confidence Index rose to +33.5 in the third quarter of 2013 beating the previous high of 18 recorded in th...
Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 11:12
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