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Technology solves the careers service conundrum

A university’s careers service is one of its most important attributes.
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12/09/2017
Budget 2017 - Key points at a glance

Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget as chancellor yesterday, we summarise the key points for small businesses.
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09/03/2017
Government sets out post-Brexit digital strategy

The government has launched its plan to keep the UK at the forefront of the digital revolution in the wake of its impending exit from the European Union.
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01/03/2017
UK growth forecast upgraded amid warning over inflation

Leading economic thinktank the NIESR expects 1.7% growth this year but says Brexit will hit trade in the long term.
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01/02/2017
Autumn Statement 2016 – key points

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered his first autumn Statement today, highlighting that “the government will build an economy that works for everyone”.  
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24/11/2016
Government to boost tech investment by £2bn with new Industrial Strategy

Industrial Strategy Fund will look to take advantage of commercial opportunities in AI, robotics and biotechnology and get the economy firing on all cylinders.
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21/11/2016
British businesses fear they will face digital disruption by 2018

Growing use of technology fuels fears of digital disruption in UK businesses, a new study finds.
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31/10/2016
Supercharging the UK’s digital economy

What has digital technology ever done for us? When you’re in our sector it’s easy to dismiss this as obvious – but it is worth taking a step back to consider the true impact on people’s daily lives.
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06/10/2016
London SMEs urged to get digital

New research shows only 15% of the capital’s businesses are online, here are a few SMEs who have benefited from investing in their digital operations.
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03/10/2016
Introduction of the Digital Economy Bill

Government has introduced the Digital Economy Bill to Parliament, as part of its ambition for the UK to be the most digital nation in the world.
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30/09/2016
UK lags behind US and Germany for digital entrepreneurship

Telefonica's new digital index has analysed 34 countries worldwide and has scored the UK 82.6 out of 100 for its digital business support.
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27/09/2016
Should British businesses invest more in Research and Development?

Research and development (R&D) plays a crucial role in driving business growth. When businesses are able to innovate products and services, organisations can better serve customers.
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16/09/2016
Services rescue UK economy from worsening downturn

The services industries have come to the rescue of the British economy. In the first quarter of this year, output fell in manufacturing, construction, agriculture and from the North Sea oil and gas fields
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12/09/2016
UK businesses are set to be at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution

The EU Commission has published details on how businesses across the EU, including those in the UK, can get better access to the technologies that will help them to modernise.
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08/09/2016
Press Release - David Moule appointed CEO of business consultancy Exemplas

David Moule has been appointed CEO of business consultancy, Exemplas.  
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20/04/2016
Businesses will invest in technology this year

Transforming into digital has never been an easy task for businesses, but they’re ready to take the challenge on and confront the obstacles that are standing in their way.
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11/04/2016
Are millennials the future of franchising?

There has been a lot of discussion about the millennial generation lately – some of it very negative saying that they are ‘entitled’ or not prepared to start at the bottom and work their way up. But is this really the case and what does that mean for the next generation of franchisees and franchisors?
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06/04/2016
Twitter's tenth birthday

Having celebrated the tenth birthday of Twitter this week, it is worth stepping back and looking at the influence of the social media tool on the way we communicate online.
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22/03/2016
UK businesses are becoming more innovative

More UK businesses are coming up with new ideas and launching new products, according to a Government Study. 
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21/03/2016
Budget 2016 – Key Points at a Glance

George Osborne delivered his eighth budget as chancellor today. He promised a “fundamental reform of the business tax system” and a road map for business tax to make the country more competitive. 
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16/03/2016
British Chambers of Commerce cuts UK growth forecast due to global slowdown

The British Chambers of Commerce cut its forecast for economic growth on Friday, blaming a weaker global economy, and said the country's performance was lacklustre compared to the past.
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14/03/2016
Baroness Mone publishes ‘Be the boss’ review

Findings of an independent review to help increase business start-ups in the most disadvantaged communities across Great Britain.
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02/03/2016
Businesses overlook skills of senior workers

Companies are failing to help older workers use their skills and expertise for the benefit of the business, a study shows.
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25/02/2016
The sharing economy: apply for business funding for new ideas

Businesses can win up to £30,000 and work with market leaders on innovative ideas to grow use of the sharing economy in a variety of areas.
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16/02/2016
Making Cyberspace “CyberSafe” – New Government initiative for Cyber start-ups will drive innovation

A new programme to support cyber security start- ups will help develop innovative technical solutions to keep the UK safe from cyber attacks, the Government has announced. This is part of the new £1.9 billion investment in cyber security.
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09/02/2016
Creating a digital single economy

The creation of a digital single economy is a central policy area for the European Commission which wants to use it to foster innovation and economic growth. 
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02/02/2016
I want to make the UK a beacon of UK innovation

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid talks about his plan to lead the fourth industrial revolution through UK innovation.
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28/01/2016
World Economic Forum 2016

The 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum took place last week in Davos, Switzerland under the theme “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.  
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27/01/2016
What small businesses need to know about employment law in 2016

With a number of impending amends already confirmed, and several more rumored changes in the pipeline, read on to find out more about key updates. 
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15/01/2016
UK named one of the best in Europe for job opportunities

The UK, Estonia, Norway and Austria offer the best job prospects in Europe, according to a study that ranks employment prospects across the continent.
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07/01/2016
Businesses support devolution, but there needs to be greater consultation

A recent poll of UK businesses has found business leaders are supportive of the Governments devolution agenda, although almost 80% of these have received little or no communication on the matter.
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22/12/2015
Bank of England Funding for Lending Scheme – Usage and Lending Data

The Bank of England has recently published data on the use of the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS). 
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18/12/2015
Small Business Employment Up by More Than 1.6 million

Latest Government figures show that employment by small businesses has increased by 1,618,000 over the last 5 years.
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16/12/2015
Small Business Saturday Supports Small Business

Small Business Saturday is on 5th December this year and is one of the most successful small business campaigns. Run by Small is Big CIC, a community interest company that is not for profit, it was founded in 2010 in the US by American Express.   
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27/11/2015
Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015

Yesterday Chancellor George Osborne set out his spending plans for the next four years in the Autumn Statement and Spending Review. 
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26/11/2015
CMA Moved to Boost Small Businesses’ Competition Law Knowledge

Research has revealed a lack of knowledge about competition law among smaller firms, meaning many could become the victims of others breaking the law, or fall foul themselves.
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25/11/2015
Positive News for Business Survival

The Seventh Barclays and BGF Entrepreneurs Index examines the entrepreneurial landscape in the UK by looking at levels of activity occurring at different stages of the entrepreneurial lifecycle.
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18/11/2015
SMEs fuel optimism and growth in British business

Small and medium-size enterprises are feeling positive about growth, and have the potential to create a huge impact on the economy.
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13/11/2015
Exporting is Great – Major Opportunities Programme Launches

UK companies are set to benefit from a unique new 5 year programme presenting real-time export opportunities that businesses can apply for online. This is part of a move to get 100,000 additional companies exporting by 2020.
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13/11/2015
Government policy is just a starting point for growing SMEs

Small and medium sized enterprises are vital to the success of the UK economy as they represent 99.9% of all private sector businesses, driving growth, seeking out new markets and creating jobs as well as spearheading innovation. 
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02/11/2015
Boost for small businesses as government launches R&D plan

In a major boost for pioneering small businesses, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke, today (Wednesday 28 October) launched a new plan outlining how government will make it easier for small businesses investing in research and development to claim tax relief.
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28/10/2015
Founders face dilemma over right path to grow

Exemplas’ Malcolm Williamson, Commercial and Enterprise Director, was featured in an article in the Financial Times which talked about the most effective ways to grow a business successfully.
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14/10/2015
CMI launch 'Growing Your Small Business' campaign

Start-ups in the UK must improve management skills to increase their chances of survival, according to Growing Your Small Business Report produced by CMI. 
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30/09/2015
BT Broadband Commitments

As doing business becomes an increasingly online affair and digital technologies are used more and more to support small business, Chief Executive of BT, Gavin Patterson has called for “a collaborative effort across industry and government” and a supportive regulatory and policy environment to help provide faster and more comprehensive intranet coverage.
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29/09/2015
National Living Wage Impacts Labour Market

The UK jobs market stands at its least optimistic level in three years according to Manpower Group, the world’s workforce experts. 
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28/09/2015
Work Life Week 2015

This year’s National Work Life Week, run by Working Families aims to educate businesses and employers of the importance of staff well-being and a positive work life balance, and how this impacts productivity, motivation and engagement in the workplace.  
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25/09/2015
What has changed for small businesses since the general election?

Jill Barnes, Exemplas CEO discusses the availability of access to support for SMEs across the nation and how the government should be addressing this.
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24/09/2015
Study Highlights Business Views on EU Membership

It is vital that British businesses are well informed about the implications of leaving the EU if the proposed referendum on the UKs membership of the EU is to be effective and give the best result for business and the economy. 
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22/09/2015
Global Innovation Index Success for UK

The UK was ranked 2nd in the latest Global Innovation Index, up from 10th position in 2011. 
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21/09/2015
BSI Research Shows Standards Contributed Towards £8.2bn of GDP Growth

BSI has published independent research from the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) demonstrating the economic benefits of standards to the UK and to individual UK businesses. The research shows that standards continue to play a crucuial role in the UK economy.
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11/09/2015
How to protect your business from intellectual property theft

With Small Business Advice Week upon us, The Guardian discusses the risks of intellectual property theft and the considerations a small business or start up must take. 
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01/09/2015
Big Opportunities for small firms: Government set to spend £1 in every £3 with small business

The government are setting an ambitious target that £1 in every £3 government spends will be with small businesses by 2020. 
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28/08/2015
Devolution is just the start when it comes to growth

We’ve moved quickly in this Parliament to a position of ‘when, not if’ regarding the transfer of powers away from Whitehall, writes CBI North East chair Alison Thain.
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26/08/2015
SMEs valuing millennial talent

Almost nine in ten (86%) small and medium enterprises (SMEs) say their growth relies on an ability to recruit millennial talent, research from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has found. 
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24/08/2015
Technology can solve the productivity puzzle - but too many businesses don't know how

If we want to get British productivity back on track and boost the economy, we need to educate firms as to how the internet can unchain them. 
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19/08/2015
British Chambers of Commerce Survey - Recruiting skilled staff is a growing challenge for exporters

Finding skilled staff is a real challenge for British exporters according to the latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook from DHL and the British Chambers of Commerce.
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18/08/2015
Second round of ERDF calls go live

Local firms across the country will benefit from £2.6 billion funding that will help create jobs and boost skills. 
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12/08/2015
New Small Business Commissioner to Help Tackle Payment Disputes and Unfair Practises

Proposals for a new Small Business Commissioner to lead a cultural change in how small businesses resolve payment disputes with larger companies have been set out by the government. 
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30/07/2015
Tapping the potential of apprenticeships

Figures suggest SMEs are still wary of taking on apprentices, but with commitment on both sides they can be a boon for any small business. Jill Barnes, Exemplas CEO, discusses the benefits for SMEs. 
in the press
17/07/2015
Operational Programme for England confirmed

Good news for smaller business as the European Commission has confirmed details of funding under the England Operational Programme for 2014-2020.
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15/07/2015
The Dowling Review of Business University Research Collaborations - recommendations

This independent review by Professor Dame Ann Dowling was announced as part of the government’s science and innovation strategy in December 2014. 
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09/07/2015
Business collaboration: work together, win together

Collaboration between SMEs can help drive down business costs and open up new avenues for growth. So how do you reap the benefits of co-operation? Jill Barnes, Exemplas CEO, discusses the benefits for SMEs.
in the press
09/07/2015
Summer Budget 2015 - the highlights

George Osborne delivered his second budget this year and the first of this parliament saying that “This is a Budget for working people.” “This is a big budget for a country with big ambitions.”
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08/07/2015
What to expect from the Summer Budget 2015

Chancellor George Osborne will deliver the first Budget of this parliament on Wednesday 8 July 2015 – the first Budget from a Conservative government for almost 19 years.
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06/07/2015
Driving a wedge between small and big business is not helpful

Businesses of all sizes can help to drive the economy forward by working together, argue Mike Cherry and John Cridland
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03/07/2015
SMEs need better broadband connection

In this increasingly digital economy high quality communication services are essential if businesses want to remain competitive. 
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01/07/2015
Cameron in Talks to Renegotiate EU Membership Terms

David Cameron is holding face to face talks with EU leaders ahead of the European Council Summit as part of his aim to renegotiate the terms of the UK’s EU membership before the referendum at the end of 2017. 
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26/06/2015
Start-Up Britain

The Start-Up Britain Tour started in Canary Wharf yesterday as the government seeks to draw national attention to entrepreneurship and boost the number of businesses started across 25 locations throughout the country. 
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24/06/2015
UK SME growth returns to pre-crisis levels

The UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises have bounced back from the recession, with growth and new start-up rates returning to pre-crisis levels.
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17/06/2015
Good News for Apprenticeships

The term “apprenticeship” will be legally protected in new measures announced today as part of the governments new Enterprise Bill. 
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15/06/2015
National apprenticeship qualifications could attract a new generation of trainees

Apprenticeships are the big hope for rescuing Britain's skills base. 
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14/06/2015
SMEs not on top of data security

UK SMEs are putting confidential information at risk despite their of data security concerns.
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12/06/2015
The economic role of Universities – A new study by Universities UK

A new study published by Universities UK highlights the economic benefits of higher education. 
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12/06/2015
New Public Contracts Regulations risk increasing the burden on buyers and SME suppliers

The Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the UK’s transposition of the new EU procurement directive came into force in February, more than a year ahead of the EU deadline.
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08/06/2015
Auto-enrolment – New Workplace Pensions Rules

New pension rules come into force today but not all small businesses are as prepared as they should be. 
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01/06/2015
Queen's Speech 2015

The new government’s legislative plans for the year ahead have been unveiled in the Queen's Speech to Parliament today. Many of the plans will have significant impact, whether directly or indirectly, on small businesses across the UK. 
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27/05/2015
Sajid Javid Sets Out his Priorities for Small Business

In his home town of Bristol the new Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, introduced his priorities for small business.
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19/05/2015
Local Business Week

Its Local Business Week, the 10th of an annual event aimed at driving awareness of the small businesses in your community. 
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18/05/2015
Developing Commercial Awareness Skills

Exemplas has secured European funding under the Skills Support for the Workforce initiative, to deliver a tailored programme of fully-funded training to address the perceived skills gaps that stifle business growth in Hertfordshire.
in the press
01/05/2015
SMEs wary of spending on marketing

Few small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) regard marketing as a priority, with the cost implications frequently cited as a major factor. 
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07/04/2015
Twelve reasons SME bosses should care about upcoming law changes

The Small Business, Employment & Enterprise Act comes into force shortly, covering 11 areas affecting small-to-medium-sized businesses.
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01/04/2015
Budget 2015 – key points

George Osborne delivered his 2015 budget speech saying "Today I report on a Britain that is growing, creating jobs and paying its way." "Britain is walking tall again."
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18/03/2015
Apprentices Make a Real Difference to Small Business

Research has shown that for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) there are real and numerous benefits of taking on an apprentice. In fact businesses experience an average increase in productivity of £214 a week when they hire apprentices.
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13/03/2015
Exemplas Handed Five-Year Export Agreement

University of Hertfordshire-owned Exemplas Trade Services has been handed a five-year contract by the government to offer export support to businesses in the East of England.
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19/02/2015
Long-term export support confirmed for small and medium sized firms

Great news for SMEs. The Government will sign new five-year contracts with locally based providers to deliver export support to businesses, Trade Minister Lord Livingston announced today. Exemplas is proud to be awarded the contracts for Yorkshire and Humber Region and for the East of England.
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19/02/2015
Reforming Apprenticeships – Government asks for SME perspective

The government recently issued a statement outlining the next steps in apprenticeship reform in response to a consultation from March last year.
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22/01/2015
Research reveals “soft skills” are worth an extra £88bn in increased productivity to the UK economy

According to Development Economics and YouGov 97% of employers believe soft skills like team work, time management, decision making and responsibility are beneficial to the economy but surprisingly only half of employees believed that these skills are useable skills.
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15/01/2015