Founder of Enterprise Nation, Emma Jones, said that the seed of the idea came from City AM editor, Allister Heath, who called for a "union of entrepreneurs" in a piece for the Daily Telegraph. Former senior policy adviser to Number 10, Rohan Silva, recently made the same point saying, "there should be a trade union for entrepreneurs."
According to business secretary, Vince Cable, the improvement suggests that the banks have "upped their game". The EFG is a demand-led scheme, which allows banks to lend to SMEs that would otherwise not receive credit. This is achieved by SMEs providing the banks with a government guarantee for 75% of the loan value.
Since May 2010, over 13,400 SMEs have...
According to research by Experian, almost a third of SME directors have put their own homes at risk by using personal mortgages to fund their business, says Experian. In addition, 47% of them have said that they rely on high-interest personal credit cards for everyday business affairs!
Even personal bank accounts are also being frequently used, with 65% of SME directors admitting to have withdrawn funds directly from their own current...
Enterprising Women programmes hosted a packed schedule of events as part of this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, from 18th-24thNovember.
From 23rd of November to 23rd December join Roo's Beach at their second site at Alexander Road, Porth Beach, Newquay for an Christmas Market with a difference. With goods sourced from around the globe - stocking fillers, gifts, clothing, accessories and cosmetics - brands include Korres, Gentle Fawn, Chronicle Books, Beach Toes, and Sunny Life.
Expect late night openings, mulled wine and fresh fired pizzas.
HMRC Start-up Saturday webinar programme, between 10am and 5pm, is aimed at new and prospective businesses. The day has been set up as a chance for small businesses to promote themselves and generate trade. Business start-ups can take part in four free live tax webinars run by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) -
Self-Employment and HMRC – What you need to know
10am to 11am Saturday 7 December
The UK is celebrating its first Small Business Saturday on 7 December 2013.
Small Business Saturday is a fantastic opportunity for small businesses to promote themselves and generate trade. In the US, where it’s an established commercial holiday, it generated $5.5 billion in sales in 2012.
How to get involved
In the UK, Small Business Saturday is a grassroots campaign. Small businesses of...
A new fully-funded Growth Programme is coming to London early 2014. Held over a period of several weeks, the 4-day course is specifically designed for women who want to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence, overcome barriers to growth, and who have the ambition and motivation to take their existing business to the next level.
Santander UK have generously provided the funding for this programme, which means women in the...
Get Set for Growth is the innovative new service for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, providing businesses with healthy growth ambitions, advice, guidance and mentoring in all aspects of finance, sales and marketing, essentially making them more attractive to potential investors and investment opportunities.
For the first time, business secretary Vince Cable has announced that the UK will have an approved global network of business-to-business support to rival the world's best.
The UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) campaign will deliver training and advice to SMEs and provide funding to help improve their web capability over the next two years. By the end of 2014, UK SMEs will benefit from 40 approved support networks in UKTI top high...