Access to Finance Stalls UK’s Business Competitiveness Score

Problems with getting access to finance has been cited as one of the main reasons that Britain’s position in the list of ‘best countries to do business in’ has fallen this year.
The World Economic Forum’s annual global competitive index was released recently and it documents how various countries around the world fare in terms of [...]

Whoops - I accidentally learnt some German

I was fascinated to hear about a language education web site called According to last week’s New Scientist (2nd Feb 2013) magazine, it has been found that “students [using] needed an average of 34 hours to learn the equivalent of what is covered in the first semester of a university Spanish course”.
Naturally, I was intrigued [...]

Business Video - Businesses urged to instil competition in the work place to drive success

As Britain gets set for a year of world class sport, businesses are being urged to take inspiration from our sporting heroes by encouraging competition, following a poll showing many embrace competition at work.
The report, carried out by the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange, shows that the majority of workers agree that winning [...]

Audio Podcast - Finance directors ignoring employee health

Michael Wilson and James Glover of Simply Health discuss why employers are still to be convinced of the business case for investing in health benefits and links between wellbeing and productivity.

Companies are struggling to show they care about their staff, according to a new report which reveals that employees believe employers now care less about [...]

Poll shows Freelancers are happier with their health, their financial situation, and their prospects

Britain’s 1.4m freelance workers love life, are happier with their health, their financial situation, their prospects and their wife, husband or partners!
A ComRes survey published today (Nov 22nd) shows that nearly three-quarters (73%) of the 1,624 polled had actively chosen to become freelancers as a long-term career option in a survey to celebrate National Freelancers [...]

AXA reveals the least respectful towns when it comes to driving

In order of respect, the survey
showed the following rankings:

1 Southampton
2 Leeds
3 Sheffield
4 Wrexham
5 Brighton and Hove
6 Plymouth
7 Liverpool
8 Norwich
9 Manchester
10 Gloucester
11 York
12 Cardiff
13 Coventry
14 Portsmouth
15 Bristol
16 Birmingham
17 Aberdeen
18 Newcastle
19 Wolverhampton
20 Aberystwyth
21 Belfast
22 Glasgow
23 London
24 Worcester
25 Chelmsford
26 Leicester
27 Oxford
28 Cambridge
29 Edinburgh
30 Swansea

Newcastle drivers came [...]

Business community is polled on their view of the contribution of freelance workers

When the alarm goes off in the morning are you a sunshine, happy person or do you pull up the duvet in the hope of escaping the dark, cruel world outside?
As a freelancer do you know how your skills are valued? If you engage freelancers in your company or organisation, do you welcome a talented [...]

SMEs still not catching on to social networking

Some interesting results from a survey by showing Small businesses are still not catching on to social networking.

Just 16% of UK SMEs embrace sites like Facebook or Twitter as essential tools for business
56% of businesses put off by lack of understanding
65% have yet to see any benefit from social networking
Leisure and tourism industry most [...]

New observations of volcanic dust

Met Office scientists have been working with the Universities of Reading and Hertfordshire to gather comprehensive data about the potential danger to aircraft from the volcanic plume that has been emitted from the recent eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland.
The volcanic dust was measured using newly-developed probes that attach to meteorological balloons that can be used [...]

British Library Business & IP Centre helps enterprising Londoners increase turnover by £32 million

18th Feb 2010
Launched today, a new report - ‘Supporting Economic Growth 2007 - 2009′ - reveals the British Library Business & IP Centre’s outstanding success in providing the capital’s aspiring entrepreneurs with both the inspiration and confidence to take on the economic downturn. The full report will be available at
The British Library Business & [...]


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