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Over 40% of new SMEs fail within four years!

Posted on 29/08/2013, 12:00

A recent report by Lord Young, David Cameron’s enterprise adviser, has proposed that the Government’s loans scheme to help young entrepreneurs start a new business is to be extended to the over 30s. When the scheme was originally launched the age limit was only 24 but this was raised to 30 earlier this year. Now it has been announced that the age limit for the loans is being extended to over 30s, along with a range of other reforms aimed at helping “fire up business growth” in the UK.

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The outlook for small business lending

Posted on 28/08/2013, 00:00

A recent announcement from Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England that the Bank will not consider raising interest rates until the jobless rate has fallen to 7% or below has been met with some positive responses by business organisations and the government.

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Family Business Issues

Posted on 07/08/2013, 09:44

Research into family businesses indicates some startling facts:
We are all aware that family owned small businesses provide a vital and important contribution to the UK economy but research into family businesses indicates some startling facts…

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People Series: Blog 4 – Performance Management

Our last newsletter focused on the importance of setting objectives and expectations for each of the roles in your organisation. Having done that it is vital to review performance against the objectives set.

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People Series: Blog 3 “Objectives and Expectations”

So, you’ve now decided on your organisational structure, the roles you are looking to fill and started to recruit your team (see our previous newsletters). Now it’s time to start to think about setting the objectives for these roles and, just as importantly, your expectations.

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People Series: Blog 2 “Recruitment”

Good recruitment always starts with being clear about what you are trying to recruit for.  This sounds simple but is rarely easy…

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