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AFB Micro Finance Business launches Rewards Gold Card

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  • September 20, 2013

Citifmonline
AFB Micro Finance Business launches Rewards Gold Card ... the African Finance Business (AFB) Ghana, Ed Humphries has told Citi Business News the Bank ...

Majority of UK business owners would set out on their own again despite difficulties

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  • May 23, 2013

SMEweb
Despite the challenges facing small and micro businesses in the UK, the nation's business owners are displaying unwavering entrepreneurial spirit, according to a new poll. Even though two in five (38%) entrepreneurs fell into business ownership through ...

Small firms to get help in £30m mentoring plan

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  • May 23, 2013

Mortgage Strategy
The Government is set to launch a £30m mentoring programme for small firms seeking advice on developing their businesses. It has agreed to introduce a series of recommendations put forward by the prime minister's enterprise adviser, Lord Young.

£60m small business scheme launched through Regional Growth Fund

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  • May 6, 2013

Fresh Business Thinking
The funding is expected to create or safeguard over 8,000 jobs over six years across the country and meet some of the growing demand from small businesses for access to finance and drive investment in often fragmented communities. To see how future ...

Job Creators Part II: Small business is big business

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  • March 13, 2013

Bangor Daily News
The Association for Enterprise Opportunity estimates that nearly nine in 10 American businesses are microbusinesses. In Maine, microenterprises make up 89 percent of all businesses in the state. In other words, of the approximately 150,000 businesses ...

New £1m grant boost for rural North-East micro-businesses

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  • January 31, 2013

nebusiness.co.uk
MORE than 30 rural "micro-businesses" in the North-East are set for a share in a new £1m funding boost. The grant fund from Defra's rural development programme will help businesses which have less than 10 employees to develop new jobs and premises.

UK small firms lobby to prevent energy lock-ins

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  • January 29, 2013

nebusiness.co.uk
LOBBY group the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is lending its support to a private members' Bill which aims to stop energy companies rolling over businesses' contracts without consultation. There has been concern for some time that small firms, ...

Grants launched for rural micro-businesses

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  • January 17, 2013

Insider Media
A £1m grant fund has been launched by the Heart of the South West LEP (HotSW) to create jobs for rural businesses in Devon and Somerset. The fund is in addition to the government's £2.9m investment in the Rural Growth Network and allows enterprises ...

SMEs given more support to offer apprenticeships

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  • January 9, 2013

HRmagazine.co.uk
Small and medium sized businesses will receive more support to offer apprenticeships after the Government today announced plans to enable increased access to funding. Employers will also receive a new level of support from the National Apprenticeship ...

Major contract secured with Transport for London

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  • January 7, 2013
AECOM has won an eight-year $500million contract with Transport for London (TfL) in joint venture with contractors FM Conway. It is by some way the largest value contract ever won by Europe’s Transportation practice. This massive opportunity...

New Year Apprenticeship Boost for Small Businesses

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  • January 5, 2013

Cash incentives to help small businesses take on young apprentices have been extended for another year, the Government announced today. The £1,500 ...

£30m boost as start-up loans for young entrepreneurs scheme expanded

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  • January 3, 2013

Age range increased from 24 to 30 to meet demand, and help more new businesses get affordable finance

Analysis: Serco and the sector

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  • December 5, 2012

Third Sector
In September, the Cabinet Office also awarded the NCS Network, a Serco-led consortium, the largest number of regional contracts to deliver the National Citizen Service programme in 2013 and 2014. Serco will work alongside Catch22 and the youth ...

Why micro businesses need to rethink marketing

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  • November 29, 2012

StartupSmart
When you're running a micro business from your home office, promoting what you do can seem like a daunting prospect. What many fledgling businesses seem to do is find Facebook pages they like and spam them or they spend a fortune on advertising that ...

IPA publishes report on Britain’s ethnic minorities

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  • October 12, 2012

It’s not true that Britain’s ethnic minorities don’t spend, behave the same as whites and are too hard to target. This is according to the findings of the IPA’s latest report published today (Thursday 11th October 2012) on ethnic diversity, which examines the rapidly expanding multicultural landscape of the UK, and highlights common misconceptions.

More than 50% of trade business owners rely on spouses to run their company

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  • August 22, 2012

Business admin is most popular duty to delegate, but many partners are unpaid for their labour

by Georgina-Kate Adams

Cable launches £200m business scheme

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  • June 3, 2012

London Loves Business

“We just need to see positive signals from the secretary of state for business in terms of developing micro businesses as these firms are struggling with employment and access to finance,” he said. “But we do need to see Cable being strong on the

MP pledges to do the business to support small companies

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  • April 4, 2012

North London Today
By Ruth McKee AFTER a disastrous post-budget week for the government, Enfield North MP Nick de Bois has pledged to become a champion for small businesses in the borough as a means of eradicating the country's economic plight. The Conservative MP signed ...

Too much red tape hinders investment

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  • April 3, 2012

nebusiness.co.uk
The introduction of the Bribery Act, which has a Ministry of Justice Guidance Note that specifically states that even micro-businesses must comply with the Act, is not only an example of more red tape, but is a piece of legislation that could deter ...

£40million Wales SME Investment Fund Opens For Business

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  • March 29, 2012

eGov monitor
"This new fund forms part of a very comprehensive package of funding support from the Welsh Government for small, medium and micro sized businesses in Wales. "The new Fund will provide wider access for SMEs which means that more will be eligible to ..

Think small to help boost micro businesses and the economy

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  • March 19, 2012

This is Cornwall
In my submission, I ask the Chancellor that, as others focus on high matters of macroeconomic policy, he does not forget about our micro businesses. I established the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Micro Businesses back in February last year ...

Small Business Finance: a FSB view

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  • March 19, 2012

bdaily
Getting access to finance when it is needed and at an affordable cost will help small and micro businesses in the North East drive the recovery of the economy. However, there are still far too many small and micro businesses across the region that ...

Businesses feeling more red tape burden

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  • February 17, 2012

Accountancy Age
A third of the medium sized businesses (with employees between 50 and 249) felt the situation had worsened, while 19% of small business (10 to 49) agreed. Just 12% of micro businesses felt the situation had worsened. The results will come as a blow to ...

Small Business Is Big Business

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  • February 17, 2012

Forbes
Micro businesses in the United States represent an important economic segment and will be an important factor in our economy. They are major contributors to job growth and form a huge block of the total outstanding business community and tax base.

Construction firm creates new apprenticeships

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  • February 16, 2012

Berwick Today
Two local construction firms have joined forces in their efforts to create construction apprenticeship opportunities for young people in Berwick. K Dixon Building Services has taken on five new apprentices through CITB-ConstructionSkills, ...

Petition launched over Games contract http://www.engage-enterprise.com/2012-campaign.html

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  • February 4, 2012

... and communication could still be awarded to them. Craig Cordice, boss of Engage Enterprise which is based in Docklands close to the ...

Industry leaders welcome Welsh Government report supporting micro-businesses

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  • January 25, 2012

Daily Post North Wales
by Martin Williams, DPW West Business Minister Edwina Hart agreed to implement recommendations from a report on support for the micro-business sector last week. The report concluded the current regime was too complicated to access.

To Market, To Market Your Business During An Economic Slowdown?

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  • January 19, 2012

Forbes
Get inside of the heads of your target audience through “micro-branding” which includes daily newsletters, emails, and event announcements both online and in print. Micro-branding often works best for a small business whereas “ macro-branding” which ...

Small firms 'creating the majority of jobs'

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  • January 19, 2012

Taylor Vinters
Small businesses across the eurozone have been found to be responsible for the majority of job creation over the last decade, new figures from the European Commission (EC) have revealed. According to data compiled by the international organisation, ...

Micro-businesses in Wales 'confused' over public sector support

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  • January 19, 2012

inspiresme.co.uk
It said that micro-businesses were “overwhelmed” by regulations. The micro-business task and finish group added there was “significant confusion” among SMEs about where public sector support can be found, and how to access it. ...

Stuck between rock and hard place

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  • January 19, 2012

Belfast Telegraph
The immediate impact of the reduced workload for the construction industry falls on a large number of construction employers ranging from small micro-businesses to the larger better known contractors such as Northstone (formerly known as Farrans), .

Get Mentoring aiming to grow programme

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  • January 19, 2012

nebusiness.co.uk
The organisation, which is led by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI), is looking to recruit and train thousands of business mentors from small, medium and micro business community. It received £1.2m in funding from the Government ...

Business hubs to back rural economic growth

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  • January 12, 2012

Bedford Today
Each hub will be suitable for between ten and 20 micro or small enterprises. Richard Benyon, rural affairs minister, said: “Rural businesses face particular challenges – a lack of business premises, slow internet connection and fragmented business ...

Small businesses are UK's best hope, says expert

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  • January 12, 2012

TaxAssist Accountants
Lucy Armstrong, chair of the council, said that it is the UK's smaller businesses that have the power to draw on social links and employ people. However, the expert said the country's next challenge is to restore small business owners' confidence and ...

Microbusinesses and Other Trends

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  • January 12, 2012

Small Business Trends
By Small Business News New business opportunities are on the rise, niche markets into which you might expand or create whole new venture to exploit. Being ready for these options means watching trends carefully to see where your small businesss's next ...

Majority of SMEs believe that London 2012 will not have a positive impact on their business

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  • January 9, 2012

Federation of Small Businesses: Olympics legacy will be damp squib for small firms.

New figures show that six in 10 small firms believe the London 2012 Games will not have a positive impact on their business in the long term despite David Cameron saying today that the UK is "on track" for a lasting legacy, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said today.

London Stock Exchange chief Xavier Rolet joins business funding taskforce

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  • January 8, 2012

Telegraph.co.uk
"In practice, this means the overwhelming majority of businesses, from those with turnovers up to £1bn, down to the small and micro-businesses which provide so much of the UK's employment. "The starting point for our work needs to be a thorough review ...

‘No moratorium benefits for small firms’

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  • January 6, 2012

05th January 2012

Small businesses have not benefited from the Government’s moratorium on employment law, according to a new piece of research.

Crackdown on small firms, a blind eye for big business

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  • January 3, 2012

The Independent
"Despite the worsening economy, HMRC is launching this scheme regardless of the consequences," said John Walker, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses. "We have spoken to HMRC and expressed our concerns about this a number of times. ...

Who are MGWSP?

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  • December 24, 2011

MGWSP combines the strengths of May Gurney, an infrastructure services company and WSP, the design, engineering and management consultancy, to deliver integrated local government services across the UK.  Read More: http://www.mgwsp.co.uk/who-we-are 

Euro MP backs changes to small business red tape rules

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  • December 22, 2011

Andover Advertiser
A local Euro MP has is supporting changes to the rules that affect small businesses. The European Parliament voted last week to exempt so called 'micro-entity' businesses from complex EU accounting rules. Millions of small businesses must now only ...

A slow dawn

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  • December 22, 2011

The Independent
Amid criticisms from some employer groups, serious discussions about reforming enforcement and compliance procedures are an absolute necessity, particularly for micro businesses with fewer than 10 staff, which are expected to drive employment. ...

£7m-an-hour Olympics: Massive bill for the opening and closing ceremonies... and security costs are now over £1billion

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  • December 14, 2011

Extra £271m added to venue security bill, now at £553m
Policing costs set at £475m
23,700 security staff at Games instead of 10,000

By Louise Eccles | Last updated at 8:45 AM on 6th December 2011

Micro-entities to escape accounting red tape

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  • December 14, 2011

by Rose Orlik SMALL BUSINESSES could soon be exempt from financial reporting requirements following a vote in the European Parliament. Micro-entities' reporting requirements will now be set at member-state level, a move welcomed by those who point out ...

Apex Linvar & SpeedCell form high-density partnership

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  • December 14, 2011

Wanted to let you know that Apex Linvar will be officially launching it's new SpeedCell shelving product at Logistics Link South 2012. I wanted to make sure you are aware of this innovative, new product which will be available in the new year.

Businesses urged to engage with youth employment initiatives

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  • December 9, 2011

By Marcus Leach Even in the current tough economic climate, against a backdrop of rising unemployment, employers have much to gain from actively engaging with the Government's flagship Work Programme and recent youth employment initiatives. ...

Prime Ministers Questions

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  • December 8, 2011

Fiona Bruce - another Conservative MP - asks about regulatory burdens on British businesses coming from Europe. The PM says she's right but he's starting with "our own backyard" clearing out regulations. He says he has had a "major breakthrough" on "micro businesses" employing less than 10 people in Europe.

Southeastern apprentices begin their training

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  • December 5, 2011

By A. Samuel · December 5, 2011 · Apprenticeships, Rail News, Train Operating Companies Zach Stebbeds, Zoe Johnson, Phillip Gillespie, Shannon Bennett, Ryan Byrne, Jake Stebbeds, Ellie Cooper, Mitchell Barwick, Jay Kapper and Curtis Bowden. ...

Piling federation pilots apprenticeships

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  • December 5, 2011

The Federation of Piling Specialists has announced that it has launched an apprenticeship scheme for the piling industry. Under the two year programme, candidates will undertake four blocks of off site training at facilities owned by FPS member ...

Osborne accused of omitting one-person businesses

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  • November 30, 2011

But if flexible micro-businesses, like contractors and the self-employed, are after real encouragement from the state, they will have to look much harder into the statement, in the hope of identifying “sector-specific opportunities”. ...

£1bn jobs fund to help young people into work

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  • November 29, 2011

Under the new Youth Contract, private sector employers who take on a young person aged between 18 to 24 from the government's work programme will receive a subsidy worth up to £2275. This will fund 160000 work opportunities over the next three years, ...

Smallest businesses need more support, say MPs

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  • November 24, 2011

Britain's smallest businesses should be treated differently from other small and medium-sized firms, according to a group of MPs.

What’s in a name?

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  • November 18, 2011

What is an SME? Is it any different to an SMB? Are employee numbers more important to the definition than turnover? CRN attempts to untangle the web

By CRN staff writers | 18 Nov 2011

Cameron announces business growth package to help smaller firms

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  • November 17, 2011

A series of new measures to help Britain’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) grow and create jobs, export to new markets, secure finance and cut red tape has been launched by the Prime Minister.

Calls for bolder measures in Budget to allow SMEs to start hiring

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  • November 17, 2011

The London Entrepreneurial Exchange, the voice of UK entrepreneurs, supports the CBI in its call on the government to use the Autumn Statement as an opportunity to introduce a raft of measures aimed at stimulating growth while maintaining its strict discipline on public spending.

Less conversation, more action needed on apprenticeships

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  • November 17, 2011

Vince Cable is set to announce a £30m scheme to encourage small firms to take on young apprentices, as reported by several daily newspapers yesterday, with one recruiter saying we need to push ahead with creating more apprenticeships rather than just talking about them.

Enterprise and entrepreneurship are key drivers for economic progress and success

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  • November 13, 2011

News Item | Joy White | flexuk.org | Published 13 November 2011

All over the United Kingdom, young people from ordinary backgrounds are using their interest in music to create and develop small and micro businesses.

Business groups: UK entrepreneurs should be recognised with ‘micro-business day’

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  • November 10, 2011

Small business bodies unite to lobby government

by Georgina-Kate Adams

Three UK small business bodies are lobbying the government to initiate a national day of recognition for micro-businesses.

12,000 jobs boost if Welsh Government windfall used correctly, says FSB

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  • November 10, 2011

by Martin Williams, DPW West

THE Welsh Government’s recent £38.9m windfall from Whitehall could be translated into more than 12,000 new jobs, if used as a direct incentive for employment generation in small firms, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) told ministers.

Transport for London offers new Quantity Surveying apprenticeships

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  • October 31, 2011

By A. Samuel · October 31, 2011 · Apprenticeships, Rail News Recognising the industry and business benefits of recruiting apprentices in quantity surveying, TfL suppliers and London Underground have joined together to create the 12 positions. ...

Leading engineers stress importance of apprenticeships

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  • October 31, 2011

When precision and heavy engineering firm Tees Components Limited advertised for new apprentices, it received more than 100 applications. The firm's general manager Sharon Lane said that she had seen a general increase in apprentice applications since ...

Micro lending can help to improve lives of households, communities

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  • October 31, 2011

IPPmedia
There a number of reasons to this, one of them being individual knowledge of business before taking the loan. Some take loans without having any business and fail to establish new businesses due to strict repayment schedules. In general micro lending ...

Small business question time

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  • October 28, 2011

Published on Thursday 27 October 2011 16:19

ENTREPRENEURS and business people have a chance to challenge local and national officials about regulations at a Horsham event.

SMEs: Thinking small

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  • October 28, 2011

Small businesses are the engine of economic growth. It would be a catastrophic error to fail to provide support to as many of them as possible, writes Rónán Duffy.

New ESF Funding Opportunities launched by London Councils

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  • October 14, 2011

ESF Community Grants programme for 5 boroughs

London Councils is inviting applications for the ESF Community Grants programme from Enfield, Tower Hamlets, Lambeth, Croydon and Southwark. The £2.65m funding will be invested in helping those Londoners finding it particularly hard to get work.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon, 16 November 2011. It is likely project delivery will start February 2012.

Launch of BT London Kick Start Scheme (Regional)

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  • October 10, 2011

The finance scheme, provided by BT Business, provides loan funding up to the value of £15,000. The funding can be used towards the cost of technology and telecommunications including telephone systems, handsets, and connection charges and is aimed at businesses that have been trading for fewer than three years.

The scheme is aimed at providing assistance to businesses within the current difficult financial climate by helping them negate the need for bank loans, credit cards and overdrafts.

Applications for assistance can be made at any time.

European Diversity Awards Winner

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  • October 10, 2011

Category: Campaigner of the year  Barbara Lindsay, MBE, MSc HRM, MCIPD, FRSA

Who is Barbara Lindsay? She is a black woman of outstanding quality, most defiantly a hidden hero of our time. As a working mum from a BAME background she has worked tirelessly to improve discrimination against working women, people of ethnic origin and those with disabilities who work in public services, including government departments which are often very large and bureaucratic institutions.

Tender for a contract

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  • September 28, 2011

Submitting a tender is common practice for businesses supplying goods or services to other businesses or the public sector.

The High Street Fund

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  • September 28, 2011

The High Street Fund is here to provide emergency financial help to small businesses in England that suffered material disruption, damage or destruction in the urban riots of August 2011.

Business Lending Clinic

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  • September 27, 2011

Our free Business Lending Clinics will help guide you through the lending process. They're being held in Barclays branches – so you'll be able to find one in your region. And most are happening outside of office hours – so you'll be able to find a time that suits you. Anyone can attend but places are limited, so book early.

Team London

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  • September 27, 2011

Team London is the Mayor’s action plan for volunteering, a bridge between London’s greatest needs and the volunteers that help to make London a better place to live.  Team London will make the best of these efforts and ensure that individuals and the public, private and voluntary organisations work more effectively together.

Partner Profile - Lloyds TSB

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  • September 16, 2011

Lloyds TSB is the official banking and insurance partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Bank is focused on helping businesses maximise the opportunities from the Games in order to ensure a lasting legacy for UK businesses.

Business Benefits at One Year to Go

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  • September 16, 2011

In July London 2012 celebrated one year to go, but perhaps one of the most important, yet less heralded, achievements has been by which the business community, in particular SMEs, has been able to directly benefit from the commercial opportunities generated by the Games.

News for London Businesses

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  • September 16, 2011

A selection of relevant business news and events from key partners and stakeholders across the capital.

2012 Business Update

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  • September 16, 2011

London 2012’s progress and useful information for businesses looking to prepare for the 2012 Games.

Amey plc and Engage Enterprise Champion Supplier Diversity and Initiate... - 04/05/2011

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  • September 8, 2011
Release type: News

 

...Brokerage System to Reduce ‘Red Tape’ for Smaller Businesses. Over ninety different micro and minority owned businesses attended a free networking event hosted by Engage Enterprise a micro business based in Newham with the support of Amey plc (“Amey”) on Tuesday 19th April 2011. The event promoted Amey’s new Supplier Diversity Charter, which enables micro and minority owned businesses to share in the commercial opportunities of both the public and private sectors, through the support of Amey and its ‘top tier’ suppliers.

Breaking through to the big time

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  • September 8, 2011

Entrepreneurs from ethnic minorities have been overlooked as suppliers to large companies. But business attitudes are changing, says Kate Hilpern

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New commission to probe most sustainable Games ever

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  • September 8, 2011

The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 will independently monitor and ... and Craig Cordice, in driving sustainable development into London's 2012 ...

Q&A: What is a quango?

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  • August 23, 2011

The government has announced that 192 quangos are to be axed, but what exactly is a quango?

What does quango stand for?
Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisation.

And what does that mean exactly?
It is an organisation that is funded by taxpayers, but not controlled directly by central government.
Sounds harmless enough, why the controversy? Read More....

 

Diversity and inclusion

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  • August 23, 2011
The Olympic and Paralympic Games are not only a showcase of sporting excellence but also a celebration of different cultures. Read More....

 

Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) Suppliers

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  • August 11, 2011

The London 2012 website contains a wealth of information not only on the available Olympic contracts, but also provides a list of businesses who are Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) suppliers. This month, we focus on training providers on the ODA list. Does this list provide a true reflection on the diversity of London businesses? Read more...

28,000 nominees in the running to carry Olympic Flame

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  • August 11, 2011

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) outlines the level of interest in 'carrying the flame'. Read more...

Riots raise fears for London 2012 security

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  • August 11, 2011

David Bond reports on the possible impact of the riots on London's forthcoming sporting events. Read more...