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Talent crisis threatening business growth

Wednesday 4th April 2012

An inability to recruit and keep the right people, and a skills mismatch are hitting companies’ bottom lines, according to a global PricewaterhouseCoopers survey of CEOs...

Lloyds Banking Group reveals annual loss of £3.5bn

Friday 24th February 2012

Lloyds Banking Group lost £3.5billion during the year to 31 December 2011. However, the overwhleming majority of that loss came after the bank had to set aside £3...

Investors warned to not rush into newly-floated companies

Friday 3rd February 2012

There is considerable hype building around the Facebook IPO - making it the most anticipated floatation in the technology sector since Google...

Retailers shudder as even Tesco hits trouble

Friday 13th January 2012

The scale of problems faced by UK retailers was revealed yesterday when it emerged that even supermarket giant Tesco has been experiencing problems...

Rolls-Royce sales buck recession trend

Monday 9th January 2012

The UK economy may be suffering from the economic downturn - but not so one of the country's most famous and exclusive brands...

Blacks Leisure heads for administration

Friday 6th January 2012

Struggling retail group Blacks Leisure has revealed that it will enter a brief period of administration as part of a takeover deal...

'Make or break year for UK tour operators'

Wednesday 4th January 2012

A number of UK travel companies and tour operators will struggle to survive in 2012 unless they radically change their business models and adapt to a fundamentally new market environment, according to advisory firm KPMG...

Government sells Northern Rock to Virgin Money

Friday 18th November 2011

The Government has announced that it is selling Northern Rock to Virgin Money. It said the deal represented a significant step in returning public sector stakes in banks to the private sector - adding that the sale was in the best interests of the taxpayer, secured the long-term future of the company and would increase competition in the banking sector...

'Legal aid cuts will mean more employment tribunals'

Wednesday 16th November 2011

Abolishing legal aid for employment advice will have the perverse effect of increasing the number of cases that end up at an employment tribunal, national charity Citizens Advice has warned...

HMRC tackles scrap metal tax dodgers

Wednesday 9th November 2011

A new taskforce targeting scrap metal dealers who are deliberately failing to pay the right amount of tax has been launched by H M Revenue & Customs...

Warning over bank details scam

Wednesday 26th October 2011

It all starts with a letter or email: "Dear Accounts Payable department, our bank details have changed to the following...

Weather boosts September pub and restaurant sales

Friday 21st October 2011

Britain’s leading pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 2.8% in September, according to latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker data...

'UK firms lack effective leadership'

Friday 2nd September 2011

Effective leadership is important to long-term business success. Yet new research from talent management consultancy, DDI, and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development - UK Highlights: Global Leadership Forecast - reveals that only a third (36%) of UK leaders and one in five (18%) UK HR professionals rate the quality of leadership as "high" in their organisations...

Manufacturing orders and output expectations improve

Thursday 25th August 2011

UK manufacturers are reporting healthy order books and expectations for output growth are above their long-run average, according to the CBI...

Most employers offer no stress help to employees

Thursday 4th August 2011

Research by Legal & General using Department for Work and Pensions statistics and reports has revealed that less than a fifth of employers are taking adequate steps to provide support for stressed employees in the workplace, despite stress being a leading cause of workplace absences...

Plans to encourage small business investment

Thursday 7th July 2011

The Government has published a consultation on proposals to encourage investment in small and start-up businesses with high-growth potential, through the reform and simplification of the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs)...

Mega deals return for UK private equity

Monday 4th July 2011

The mega private equity deal is back in the UK, according to the latest management buyout research from KPMG...

'Firms should put unemployed Britons first'

Friday 1st July 2011

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will today tell British firms that they should look to take on jobless young Britons before recruiting workers from abroad...

Derivatives traders AIM for extra investment flexibility

Wednesday 29th June 2011

Online stockbroker and fund supermarket Interactive Investor www.iii.co.uk has this week opened up AIM stocks to its spread betting and CFD derivatives traders...

Habitat set for radical change

Friday 24th June 2011

Argos and Homebase owner Home Retail Group is said to be talks to buy the Habitat brand for between £20-30million from private equity group Hilco...

Most workers 'victims of bullying'

Friday 10th June 2011

Two in three people claim to have been victims of workplace bullying, according to a poll conducted by Monster...

Employees 'less valued' in changing workplace

Thursday 9th June 2011

Nearly one in five UK employees feel their workplace has changed in the past year and their employer now cares less about their health and wellbeing, according to research by healthcare provider Simplyhealth...

British Gas brings back boiler scrappage

Thursday 2nd June 2011

Following the Government initiative that finished in England more than a year ago, British Gas has launched a new boiler scrappage scheme...

Small businesses strangled by red tape

Wednesday 25th May 2011

Britain's 4.7 million small businesses are struggling to understand and cope with complicated business regulation, costing them millions in fines and lost revenue every year, according to Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks...

More businesses believe banks unsupportive

Friday 6th May 2011

The number of businesses which believe banks are being unsupportive has increased, according to insolvency trade body R3's Business Distress Index...

Falling demand and margins hits retail health

Tuesday 26th April 2011

The state of the UK's retail health - as measured by the Retail Health Index - fell in quarter 1, according to new figures from the KPMG/Synovate Retail Think Tank...

Consumer credit sales down in February

Wednesday 20th April 2011

The latest figures from the Finance & Leasing Association show that sales of consumer credit through high street retailers were slow in February, a traditionally quiet month...

Energy loyalty costs Britons billions

Tuesday 19th April 2011

UK consumers could save nearly a quarter (23%) on their energy bills by moving to the cheapest available product - meaning a staggering saving of £3...

Employment tribunal system 'failing'

Friday 15th April 2011

The employment tribunal system is failing businesses and individuals, the CBI believes. It is meant to offer claimants and companies informal, quick and cost-effective judgements, but instead the system is slow, legalistic and antagonistic...

Radical changes proposed for UK banks

Monday 11th April 2011

The retail operation of UK banks should be kept "ring-fenced" from their investment banking arms, according to recommendations from the Independent Commission on Banking...