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HEFCE Award Enables BCU to Launch New Higher Level Apprenticeships

23 Oct 2017
Birmingham City University will launch a £178,000 initiative to fund new Degree Apprenticeship courses to help stem skills gaps across the West Midlands.The award is part of £484,000 awarded to the West Midlands Combined Universities from the…
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Marathons, Viola Costumes and World Premieres - a typical Sunday in Brum

16 Oct 2017
Birmingham Royal Conservatoire pulls a few strings to help Alistair Rutherford attempt a new world record - running a marathon in a foam viola costume.
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BCU Research Extrapolates Construction Industry's Post-Brexit Anxiety

12 Oct 2017
International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation publish "Brexit: measuring the impact upon skilled labour in the UK construction industry", a Dissertation from BCU final year Honours Project
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Exploring Data Beyond BIM - Level 3 and Beyond Conference

12 Oct 2017
How technology allows us to capture sensor data to collaborate on architecture and construction to Level 3 BIM using a single, shared project model
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West Midlands Business Leaders Name Biggest Barriers to Growth

9 Oct 2017
Brexit, skills gaps, global economic uncertainty and lack of key support all cited in run up to Countdown to Brexit paper
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HLSM - Supporting Graduate Business Growth In GBSLEP Region

5 Oct 2017
HLSM will help you define, obtain and retain the skills and talent your business needs to grow
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What’s behind HMRC’s increased tax take from SMEs

31 Aug 2017
HMRC collected an extra £3.4bn from SMEs in the tax year to April 2017, in part due to a crackdown on firms making VAT payments – in fact, this accounted for 49% of the extra tax take. Christian Annesley gathers views on the tax authority’s…
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Innovation and convenience more important than the brand

15 Aug 2017
The era of the disloyal consumer is upon us; new research has found that brand loyalty is tumbling as consumers prioritise speed, innovation and convenience when they shop.
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Do UK SMEs see Brexit as an opportunity

8 Aug 2017
Small UK businesses are bullish about international trade, and have been taking advantage of the weak pound to increase overseas sales since the EU referendum, according to a new survey.
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New rankings show UK’s most active tech innovation cities

1 Aug 2017
The research was undertaken as a first step to gain a clearer picture of the UK innovation landscape, to help inform business and public sector decision-making around investment and growth.
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Man rejected by Dragons' Den is offered £90 MILLION for his business

26 Jul 2017
A headstrong entrepreneur turned down by Dragons' Den claims he has now been offered £90 million for his booming company.
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Can you save your small business money by keeping your finances flexible

26 Jul 2017
Making use of flexible financial products will enable you to weather the stormy waters of uncertainty ahead for the UK
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Business Secretary to establish UK as world leader in battery technology

24 Jul 2017
Business Secretary announces first phase of its £246m investment in battery technology as he launches Industrial Strategy’s landmark ‘Faraday Challenge’
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What should SMEs do and prioritise to defend against cyber-attacks

20 Jul 2017
Organisations must better prepare themselves for growing ransomware and non-malware threats.
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Five ways to engage your growing workforce

19 Jul 2017
With Brexit looming and current political uncertainty, business confidence is not doing particularly well. But as a growing business, how do you keep your team positive, productive and engaged? Mark Woolley, commercial director at Reckon, gives…
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SMEs set to speed ahead as HS2 set to generate 7,000 new contracts

18 Jul 2017
HS2 will create 7,000 unique contracts, with SMEs expected to secure over half of the new opportunities.
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Midlands Outstrips UK Output Performance for a Further Month

17 Jul 2017
Latest Lloyds Bank WM PMI recorded strongest performance in UK, at 58.1 in June, up from 56.6 Latest Lloyds Bank EM PMI eases to 55.4, from 57.9 in May, but stronger than UK average. Inflationary pressures appear to be moderating but remain…
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How important is marketing for small businesses

14 Jul 2017
Here, Shahzad Ali, managing director of Get Licensed, explains why marketing is important for small businesses.
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Symposium to showcase magnesium’s manufacturing benefits

12 Jul 2017
Academics, engineers and industry leaders will be heading to Birmingham later this month for a unique symposium that aims to put magnesium at the heart of the global manufacturing sector.
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Five tips on finding the perfect business niche

11 Jul 2017
For small business owners, finding the right business niche has never been so important when it comes to exploring the possibilities of selling in the future.
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How to make friends and influence people

10 Jul 2017
Small businesses in Birmingham are getting ready to add impressive new entries into their media contacts book at an exclusive event taking place on Tuesday July 18th.
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Five ways the coalition could affect the finances of small businesses

10 Jul 2017
The Conservative/DUP deal was announced on June 26, but what does this mean for your pocket as a small business? Gorilla Accounting looks at how your balance sheets could be affected by the coalition government.
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Birmingham to celebrate first ever engineering festival

10 Jul 2017
A host of events and activities will come to Birmingham next week as the city prepares to host its first ever engineering festival, celebrating its historic links to the trade.
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5 ways start ups can digitally upskill their workforce

30 Jun 2017
According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development UK employers are spending less on training than other major economies – a worrying revelation when you consider that the skills gap is growing all the time.
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Could your business claim R&D tax relief? Four in five claims come from SMEs - from trialling a new recipe in your restaurant to streamlining your IT

29 Jun 2017
For many business owners, research and development conjures up images of serious-looking men and women sporting white coats moving silently around austere laboratories.
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8 in 10 businesses recruit for digital transformation

28 Jun 2017
Organisations are actively creating new positions to facilitate digitalisation efforts within the finance function over the next 12 months, reveals a new report.
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Why internet security is important to small businesses

27 Jun 2017
With many businesses hitting the headlines in recent months of cyber breaches, we take a look at why internet security is so important for small businesses.
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BCU reveals why it is sponsoring the Business of the Year category for the Birmingham Post Business Awards 2017

26 Jun 2017
Birmingham City University has an inspiring reason for sponsoring this award at BPBA 2017
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Centre for Brexit Studies to offer free introductory trade sessions

26 Jun 2017
Business leaders and policy advisors are being offered free training to prepare for international trade deals following Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
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University secures silver medal for teaching quality

23 Jun 2017
Birmingham City University has been awarded silver status for its quality of teaching in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
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University graduate secures £2 million deal with global education technology firm

23 Jun 2017
A Birmingham City University graduate is celebrating after signing a seven figure deal that will see his software spread across education markets in the UK and Australasia.
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Science and Innovation Audit points the way to drive up productivity

21 Jun 2017
Science and innovation could be a driving force behind the continuing economic renaissance of the West Midlands, a new report published today has concluded.
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Purpose not profit, is business leaders’ key to success

21 Jun 2017
Three quarters of respondents say that embracing and integrating corporate purpose in their organisation is key to succeeding in the uncertain global economy.
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Birmingham speed funding events announced

20 Jun 2017
Event to link multiple funders with businesses looking for finance Wednesday June 21, 6pm, KPMG, Snowhill Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6GH
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Happy birthday to BCU – institution celebrates 25 years as a university

19 Jun 2017
It’s ‘happy birthday to BCU’ this week as Birmingham City University celebrates 25 years since securing university status.
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New system being devised to restore communications in the wake of a disaster

14 Jun 2017
A portable system which allows communications to be restored in the wake of a disaster and help direct survivors to safety is being devised by academics.
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University achieves Small Business Charter award

13 Jun 2017
Staff and students at Birmingham City University’s Business School are celebrating after being granted the Small Business Charter award, in recognition of the School’s work and commitment to supporting small businesses and students in…
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Cutting the costs of your SME – Save money everywhere

13 Jun 2017
Keeping the costs of an SME down can be the ultimate difference between success and failure. There are many more ways to cut costs in your business than lowering annual bonuses or restricting the coffee and biscuits. You need to think a little…
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Innovation and paperless – digitisation of the workplace

13 Jun 2017
As the legal sector moves to embrace digital with the adoption of paperless systems and virtual hearings, Chris Ronan, Chief Executive at St John’s Buildings, explores the benefits new methods of working can offer for businesses.
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Global manufacturer Guhring unveils new UK HQ in Birmingham

9 Jun 2017
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street was among the keynote speakers at the opening in Birmingham today (June 9) of a new £12 million UK headquarters for global manufacturer Guhring.
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Do you have the skills needed to be an entrepreneur

8 Jun 2017
Do you have the skills needed to become an entrepreneur and take your business to success? Here are the skills you need.
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Experts reveal how election result will impact Brexit outcome

6 Jun 2017
Brexit experts have turned the spotlight on the UK general election to examine how the result of Thursday’s vote is likely to impact Britain’s exit from the European Union.
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Project INSIGHT State-of-the-art autonomous low-speed vehicle designed for city environment

6 Jun 2017
State-of-the-art driverless low speed vehicles known as autonomous Pods, which are being developed to make travel easier particularly for blind and visually impaired people, these were on display to the public last week (Monday 29 May – Friday 2…
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Digital tech industries to add £2 billion to region’s economy and create 14,000 jobs

25 May 2017
A new report revealing that tech and digital industries could add more than £2 billion to the West Midlands economy and create thousands of new jobs, will be unveiled at a special Birmingham event showcasing new inventions and technological…
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Business Continuity Essential For The Future of The SME

24 May 2017
Disaster recovery service provider Databarracks, has become a ‘Corporate Partner’ of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), working with it to raise the profile of business continuity management (BCM) as a critical discipline for business…
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SMEs spend 19 million hours each month on managing their finances

22 May 2017
Britain’s army of sole traders and micro businesses are spending 19 million hours each month; the equivalent of 2.5 million working days, managing finances.
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Brexit negotiation guidelines released – but what do they mean for businesses

19 May 2017
Adam McGiveron at Shakespeare Martineau, tells us what the Brexit negotiations means for small businesses.
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Small businesses feeling the pinch as inflation rises

18 May 2017
The UK's small businesses are feeling the effects of rising costs, business groups are warning.
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Building up a successful business by being different

17 May 2017
So how does a company truly set about being different?
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SMEs must adopt ‘big brand’ online mind-set to stay competitive

16 May 2017
Small to medium-sized organisations must be bold in adopting a ‘big brand’ mentality towards their website to successfully compete against larger organisations.
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Time to strengthen region’s special relationship with US

15 May 2017
This week we are flying the flag for the Midlands at a major business conference in Chicago – our first opportunity to look in depth at UK-US trade since Brexit and President Trump, writes Paul Faulkner.
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Digital Cities Birmingham 2017

12 May 2017
Digital Cities Birmingham returns in 2017 with a new series of inspiring events across the city - many of them free - including practical hands on workshops, masterclasses and conference-style events.
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5 ways to keep your business buoyant

11 May 2017
From growing your expertise to keeping on top of customers’ legal rights, here are five ways to keep your business on track
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Why Cloud Computing is Perfect for Start ups

10 May 2017
In the UK alone, the combined annual turnover of UK SMEs in 2016 was £1.8 trillion, 47% of all private sector turnover. There has also been sustained growth in the total SME population, with increases of 59% since 2000 and 2% since 2015.
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Digital transformation: why your website is your centre of operations

10 May 2017
The evolving role of websites in an age where a digital approach is a necessity.
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Finding the suitable source of funding at different business growth phases

8 May 2017
The only stage in the life cycle of your business that may not require funding is the idea generation stage. All other business growth stages require cash injections and the amount needed increases as your business grows.
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Rooftop milestone for £41 million university building

8 May 2017
A £41 million university building in Birmingham has taken a major step forward as the finishing touches have been made to the development.
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New future revealed for Curzon Street landmark

4 May 2017
Famous entrance to old station will be visitor centre and education hub under new plans unveiled by HS2
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Four ways to overcome lack of innovation in business

4 May 2017
How can we improve the internal processes which sometimes stifle creative input
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Think flexibly, work smarter

2 May 2017
No longer considered a perk, offering flexible working to both current staff and potential employees will help ensure your business preforms at its best
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Loss of EU workers would be "huge blow" to SMEs

27 Apr 2017
Over half of small businesses with EU workers are worried about finding skilled staff and growing their business after Brexit, according to new research.
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University set to inspire the next generation of talent with family festival

27 Apr 2017
From starring in your own TV show, jewellery making and designing your own building, to a family portrait experience, embroidery workshops and historical object handling, Birmingham City University will be throwing open its doors to the public on…
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No delay in rates relief for small businesses

26 Apr 2017
The government has revealed that a £300m relief fund set up to help small businesses worst hit by the changes to business rates last month has been made available for councils to share out.
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Birmingham City University appoints new Vice-Chancellor

25 Apr 2017
Birmingham City University has appointed Professor Philip Plowden as Vice-Chancellor to take the institution into the next phase of its development.
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UK election unlikely to impact Brexit negotiation says expert ahead of Madrid visit

24 Apr 2017
The head of the UK’s first Centre for Brexit Studies believes the country’s snap general election will make no difference to its Brexit negotiation position and that Gibraltar remains a problematic issue ahead of talks.
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Trade Secretary welcomes courses to prepare businesses and policy makers for post-Brexit trade deals

21 Apr 2017
A pioneering new package of courses is aiming to equip business leaders and policy makers with the skills and knowledge to forge international trade deals following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
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5 ways starting and running a business is a marathon, not a sprint

20 Apr 2017
Ahead of the London Marathon this weekend, Xero’s co-founder and UK MD, Gary Turner, outlines the five ways in which starting and running a business is a marathon and not a sprint.
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UK micro-businesses remain bullish despite fears over the economy

20 Apr 2017
New research shows half of UK freelancers and micro-business owners think the economy will get worse over the next 6 months.
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UK SMEs spend £60 billion per year accessing expert consultants

20 Apr 2017
Research shows that SMEs in the UK spend over £60 billion on external consultants and experts, per year.
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Catalyst for healthcare innovation

19 Apr 2017
Birmingham City University has established an Institute for Health and Quality of Life. Its director, Susannah Goh, explains more about this ambitious initiative.
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Fifth of British businesses hacked by cyber criminals

18 Apr 2017
Only a quarter of firms say their business has security measures in place to guard against hacking.
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Birmingham City University joins £1 million project to tackle national degree attainment gap

13 Apr 2017
Birmingham City University has joined a major project which will see £1 million ploughed into tackling barriers which prevent students from diverse backgrounds achieving the best results at university.
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UK start-ups to be supported by a boost in incubators and accelerators

13 Apr 2017
New study by Nesta provides insights into the incubator and accelerator landscape in the UK, as start-ups look to capitalise.
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Small businesses exporting more goods confidence is up despite rising costs

13 Apr 2017
Smaller firms are feeling increasingly confident despite “spiralling“ business costs, spurred by more international trade, a new study reveals.
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Birmingham student wins national award to pursue career in civil engineering

12 Apr 2017
A talented Birmingham student has been awarded the Millennium Point Trust Young Innovator Prize - landing them a sponsored degree at Birmingham City University in the process.
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Creative students scoop awards and work placements

12 Apr 2017
Birmingham City University students have been named among the most talented new creatives in the Midlands - picking up awards and work placements in the process.
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Businesses are failing to meet digital demand

12 Apr 2017
Digital methods of doing business are no longer viewed as a ‘nice to have’ by consumers or business professionals – they are an absolute prerequisite.
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Our innovation culture needs to change, but not because we aren’t creative enough

11 Apr 2017
Despite dozens of initiatives over the decades, Britain’s innovation culture remains a problem. Great ideas get stuck never making it out of research journals, and potentially great companies flounder because inventors lack the skills necessary…
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Extra SME support as five million businesses now advertise on Facebook

11 Apr 2017
Five million businesses now actively advertise on Facebook, prompting the social network to mark the milestone with additional support for SMEs.
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The Region’s Robust Performance Continues in March

10 Apr 2017
According to the latest Lloyds Bank regional PMI for February released today:
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UK investors will not allow Brexit to derail their investment plans

7 Apr 2017
Almost half of investors are more open-minded to new investments in the wake of record-low interest rates.
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SMEs and mid-market businesses more ambitious than ever

7 Apr 2017
Article 50, Brexit and a weak pound isn’t having a negative impact on the UK’s SMEs and mid-market businesses, research reveals.
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Housing legacy for University’s City North Campus

6 Apr 2017
Part of Birmingham City University’s Perry Barr campus is to be redeveloped to meet the city’s growing housing demands.
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West Midlands Mayoral debate – put your questions to the candidates

6 Apr 2017
Candidates competing for the new role of West Midlands Mayor will go head-to-head next week as part of a public debate at Birmingham City University.
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Why large companies fear the innovation of small businesses

5 Apr 2017
Small businesses are often in a position to innovate – they just need to find the time, says James Welch.
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Start-ups - avoiding six deadly mistakes in year one

5 Apr 2017
Entrepreneurs deserve a huge amount of respect for taking the leap to start their own business venture as it’s no small feat.
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How my start-up cracked the international market

5 Apr 2017
Appointedd founder Leah Hutcheon shares the story of how saying 'yes' to a client's difficult request propelled her business to global expansion...
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Why we need entrepreneurs more than ever before

4 Apr 2017
Talking at a social enterprise event in London hosted by Chivas Regal, the innocent drinks co-founder called for entrepreneurs across the world to be resilient during today's political and economic chaos.
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What can a business incubator do for your start-up

4 Apr 2017
The idea of an incubator conveys a sense of protection; it suggests a warm, safe place where something fragile is made strong enough to survive in the outside world.
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Start Up Loans hits £300m lending milestone to UK micro-businesses

4 Apr 2017
Covent Garden oyster bar secures 46,400th loan as company reveals it has supported an average of 11,200 new businesses a year
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Small British businesses raise revenue growth projections for 3rd consecutive Quarter

3 Apr 2017
Small business confidence strengthens, with SME Confidence Index scores improving for their own companies, their respective industries, and for the wider UK economy
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Donald Tusk has outlined the EU’s Brexit negotiation strategy

31 Mar 2017
The pound weakened 0.2 per cent against the euro and dipped against the dollar this morning as European Council President Donald Tusk revealed the European Union's negotiation strategy on Brexit.
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BCU showcases health expertise in UAE

30 Mar 2017
Staff from Birmingham City University have joined forces with the Midlands Engine initiative to showcase their academic expertise, research strengths and training offer at one of the world’s largest healthcare exhibitions.
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Over 11 million people in the UK still lack Basic Digital Skills

30 Mar 2017
A new Index reveals that 11.5 million people in the UK do not have Basic Digital Skills.
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University pens agreement with High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute

30 Mar 2017
A new partnership will see academics link up with industry experts to provide new research projects, boost employability for students and create jobs in the region.
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Centre for Brexit Studies reacts to triggering of Article 50

29 Mar 2017
Experts from the Centre for Brexit Studies have commented on what the triggering of Article 50 will mean for the UK's business, law and economy.
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Qatari investors to explore Birmingham opportunities

29 Mar 2017
Middle East business delegation join Prime Minister in the city to learn about new development and investment projects
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Five steps to managing your small business budget more effectively

28 Mar 2017
In this piece, Darren Clare gives some essential pointers on making the most of your budget.
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Why the UK labour market is seeing a boost in confidence

28 Mar 2017
Confidence in UK labour market soars to new heights as Britons are relishing the opportunity to work, according to Work Avenue's Shraga Zaltzman.
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7 things the new tax year will bring for SMEs

27 Mar 2017
Now that Spring is upon us, for many a new tax year is beginning. A number of changes have been announced by Government and these will take effect on 6th April 2017. These will have an impact on small businesses, therefore it is important they are…
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Five tips to help small companies upscale and compete for big business

27 Mar 2017
Marketing, outsourcing and upgrading your e-commerce offerings are key components of a successful upscale. Here, we take a look at how you can apply them.
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What makes team building an important investment for organisations?

24 Mar 2017
If you've ever wondered whether spending some money on team bonding is worth it, read on to be convinced...
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These are the most lucrative industries to start a business in

23 Mar 2017
BEIS has revealed the highest, and lowest, revenues generated by the UK's largest enterprises across business sectors in 2015. Here are the results...
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How to keep your company afloat in uncertain times

23 Mar 2017
Here, we look at some of the calculated risks you might want to try to get ahead with your business.
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Growing your business in 2017

22 Mar 2017
If you are thinking of starting your own business or your business is already up and running then here are just a few ways to grow your business in 2017.
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UK's digital economy hailed as at epicentre of Europe

22 Mar 2017
The UK's digital businesses are attracting more in investment than in any other European country and workers in the sector are twice as productive as non-digital employees.
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Five things you can do to boost your business

21 Mar 2017
The entrepreneurial landscape has been transformed by global interconnectivity, new supply chains, dynamic emerging markets and technological innovation.
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Top Brexit priority for small firms is still the EU single market

21 Mar 2017
Brexit wishlist revealed - New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) reveals the trade deals smaller firms want to see struck first post Brexit.
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Rooftop milestone for £31 million university building

20 Mar 2017
A £31 million university building has taken a major step forward as the finishing touches have been made to the development.
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Sterling's weakness helps small firms capitalise on exports and see sales rocket in the second half of last year

20 Mar 2017
Small firms saw sales rocket in the second half of last year as the falling pound lured overseas shoppers to buy British.
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Why are so many businesses missing their staging date

14 Mar 2017
Pre-conceived myths many businesses might believe about auto-enrolment
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University launches new apprenticeship scheme with automotive finance company

9 Mar 2017
Birmingham City University is to announce a new Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme this week, with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services UK Ltd currently recruiting apprentices to join the course in September.
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Five ways to procure funds for business

8 Mar 2017
What to do if you don’t have enough money to start a company? Read on to discover ways to procure funds for your business.
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Five business ideas that are bound to click

8 Mar 2017
To help you make the right decision on what type of company to start, here are five business ideas to consider.
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University offer businesses a head of STEAM with new workshop

6 Mar 2017
Support worth over £2,000 is being made available to small businesses by Birmingham City University to help enterprises develop new ideas.
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Business rate rises to hit small firms hard

3 Mar 2017
More than one in three small firms (36%) expect to see their business rates increase from 1 April, according to research by the Federation of Small Businesses.
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Liberal Democrat leader to outline Brexit challenges and opportunities during university visit

3 Mar 2017
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron will visit Birmingham City University next week (Thursday 9 March) to talk to employers and students about the impact Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will have on the West Midlands and UK economies.
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Five years on equity crowdfunding has become the new normal

1 Mar 2017
How Crowdfunding Took On Private Equity And Won was the headline on Forbes following the latest edition of The Deal, Beauhurst’s recent report on equity investments in private UK companies.
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What we want from the government's long-awaited digital strategy

28 Feb 2017
The tech industry on both sides of the Atlantic has been united in opposition to restrictive immigration policies, with advocates, entrepreneurs and investors making it clear that access to talent is crucial to building a healthy technology…
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One in five small businesses could close or sell up after rates hike

28 Feb 2017
One in five small businesses could close down or sell their business after changes to business rates shoot up in April.
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UK firms call for Brexit to be delayed if a trade deal isn’t struck

28 Feb 2017
The BCC says the Government needs to provide ‘solutions and certainty’ to businesses before a divorce from the EU is finalised.
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Chancellor to announce measures to help small firms with business rate rises

27 Feb 2017
The government will offer extra help for small firms affected by an imminent change to business rates, the communities secretary has announced, saying that more should be done “to level the playing field”.
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Have your say with the Greater Birmingham Quarterly Business Survey

17 Feb 2017
The Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce have launched their latest survey, giving you the chance to share your thoughts on business and contribute to their Quarterly Business Report.
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Big Data Corridor Project: new support programme for SMEs working with Big Data

16 Feb 2017
'Big Data Corridor: A New Business Economy' is a new digital project launched in Birmingham. The £2.453 m project is funded by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund and is match-funded by seven project partners including…
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Growth of consumer spending slows down in January due to uncertain year

14 Feb 2017
New research reveals that consumer spending slowed to a five month low in January.
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Region shows buoyant growth in the New Year

14 Feb 2017
The latest regional Performance Managers' Index released on Monday shows growth in the Midlands was robust in January.
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Government searches for new small business commissioner to tackle payment disputes

13 Feb 2017
The UK Government has begun a search for a new small business commissioner who will be responsible for tackling payment disputes with large firms.
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Small business leaders struggle to find time for business management

10 Feb 2017
Only 20 per cent of business owners are spending enough time actually managing their business rather than just ensuring it survives day to day.
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UK's small businesses are confident that they can grow profits after Brexit

9 Feb 2017
Small businesses in the UK are confident about their future business prospects in the face of Brexit as they move their focus to export growth, according to a survey of executives.
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Birmingham 'most entrepreneurial' city outside of London

7 Feb 2017
Birmingham has been named the UK’s “most entrepreneurial” city outside of London, according to research from the Start Up Loans Company.
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Half of SMEs to increase prices because of weak pound

6 Feb 2017
More than half of small and medium-sized firms say they will increase their prices this year due to the weak pound, a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce has found.
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Small businesses hit out at new government plans to force tax return four times a year

6 Feb 2017
Small business has hit out at the Government's latest plans to force companies to file tax returns every three months, warning the blueprint published last week was still too vague.
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SME Now and the future hurdles to overcome

2 Feb 2017
Last year presented many challenges for brokers and 2017 could see even more
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Diary of an entrepreneur from idea stage to starting a business

2 Feb 2017
How do you make a business idea a 'real' business? Learn from Floom's Lana Elie who reveals the steps she took to get her start-up off the ground...
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Pension changes causing confusion for half of UK small businesses

1 Feb 2017
Many small businesses still do not fully understand the auto-enrolment rules, as this piece reveals.
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How to build your business reputation – advice from the experts

1 Feb 2017
What makes a brand attractive to customers? And how can small businesses grow their public profile? From offering excellent customer service to choosing a memorable name for your company, our experts gave a range of valuable advice on boosting…
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Why Britain is a nation of secret entrepreneurs

31 Jan 2017
Britain is a nation of secret entrepreneurs, with one in three people enjoying hobbies they believe could one day become their business. Almost a fifth (15 per cent) are already using their passion project to earn money.
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Late payment reporting guidance launched for large businesses

31 Jan 2017
Guidance published ahead of measures coming into force in April 2017 to boost transparency of payment practices.
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How to get approved for a small business loan

30 Jan 2017
Here are a few tips on how a small business owner can get that all-important yes from a chosen lender.
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How to take the headache out of paying your small business tax bill

30 Jan 2017
The self-assessment tax deadline is tomorrow, and it isn’t just individual taxpayers feeling the heat. Many small businesses, particularly those structured as limited liability partnerships, will also need to file their tax returns and make…
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Missing the Self Assessment deadline Make sure you have a reasonable excuse

30 Jan 2017
The deadline for Self Assessment submission is approaching fast, which means time is ticking on if you’re one of the millions of small business owners that still hasn’t filed their tax return.
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Self-Employed Trends

30 Jan 2017
Study finds more people going it alone
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Brexit Studies Centre launches alongside unique economic report

27 Jan 2017
The UK’s first Centre for Brexit Studies has launched alongside a unique economic paper detailing how the West Midlands region can make a success of the landmark vote for Britain to leave the European Union.
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UK remains fastest growing economy in western world after expanding 0.6 per cent in final quarter of 2016

27 Jan 2017
Supermarket price wars will limit the strain on household budgets this year, the Chancellor said on Thursday, as official figures cemented the UK's position as the fastest growing major advanced economy in 2016.
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How to regain your motivation as a small business owner

26 Jan 2017
It's inevitable that your motivation levels will take a hit at some point near the beginning of your business journey. Grainne Kelly gives some top tips for regaining your work mojo.
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Want your business to make an extra £20,000 in 2017, One in five SMEs admits to having no online presence, costing thousands in lost earnings

26 Jan 2017
One million small businesses still haven't forged an online presence, losing the UK economy an estimated £8.4billion and each business up to £20,000 a year.
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New funding boost for Birmingham businesses

26 Jan 2017
Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy is appealing to Brummies to support a fund-raising scheme that could generate £3 million to help small businesses get off the ground.
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Six great tools for consultancy start-ups

25 Jan 2017
Online consulting firms are becoming more and more popular. They provide professional advice to individuals or organisations about their field of expertise in exchange of a fee.
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Setting the ambition of being the city of 1,000 SME clusters

25 Jan 2017
Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy called on the city to become "the city of 1,000 SME clusters" as he echoed the city's proud boast of its industrial heritage.
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SME planning focus now shifts to EU free trade agreement

24 Jan 2017
Four in ten SMEs in the UK are seeing their long-term planning stall following an ongoing lack of clarity about the Brexit negotiations, according to research. This ranges from stalled investment plans, hiring plans and plans for growth, financing…
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Local Branding Tips For Small Businesses

24 Jan 2017
Many local businesses have a very hard time competing online with large national companies. But there are a few tips that can help you dominate your local SEO scene.
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What to look out for in the Supreme Court Brexit ruling

24 Jan 2017
The main order of business at the Supreme Court today concerns whether MPs must authorise the triggering of Article 50 - the process by which the UK is taken out of the UK.
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Getting started Challenges faced by early-stage businesses

23 Jan 2017
Here are some of the common challenges which early stage businesses across all sectors face.
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Theresa May promises active industrial strategy

23 Jan 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May is to unveil a new, more interventionist, industrial strategy on Monday, designed to boost the post-Brexit UK economy.
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​The excuses HMRC won't accept and things you need to know about your self-assessment tax return

23 Jan 2017
For thousands of self-employed business owners the tax man's deadline is looming. By January 31, the forms need to be complete and with HMRC for the 2015-16 tax year.
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Why SMEs are so optimistic in the face of Brexit

23 Jan 2017
Now that Theresa May has set out her 12 priorities for Brexit, and with Article 50 set to be triggered within weeks, are the UK’s SMEs starting to feel any effects?
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Software boss recommends three tools after May's Brexit speech

20 Jan 2017
A serial software entrepreneur reacted yesterday to prime minister Theresa May’s ‘Brexit speech’ by directing her to three tools he says can safeguard the UK technology industry.
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How small businesses can tap into the consumer mindset

20 Jan 2017
It’s promising to read that the Federation of Small Businesses believes confidence has returned to pre-referendum levels and SMEs should remain upbeat about their prospects in 2017.
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Reasons to be cheerful about UK business in 2017

20 Jan 2017
There seems to be a consensus that 2016 was a rotten year. With the divisive President-elect Donald Trump inaugurated this week and Brexit discussions not yet bringing anyone comfort about the future, for many managers the challenge now seems to…
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5 Key SHIFT Principles To Succeed In A Changing Economy

19 Jan 2017
Is your business flexible and communicative with a truly commercial outlook? If not, it's time for a change.
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Vital Tips on Intellectual Property That Entrepreneurs Need to Consider

19 Jan 2017
With so many things to be done at the time of kicking off your business and with excitement at an all-time high, protection of intellectual property rights often get completely overlooked by most entrepreneurs.
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Government recruits four leading British entrepreneurs to help drive Industrial Strategy

19 Jan 2017
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced the recruitment of four new non-executive board members.
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How entrepreneurs use technology to boost cashflow

19 Jan 2017
Automate where you can, track everything and set rules, advised our expert panel. But don’t forget the all-important human touch.
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Start-up funding, Four alternatives to bank loans

19 Jan 2017
You have started a new business and have worked out your start-up and operational costs for your first year. Now you need funding to move your business forward.
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94 per cent of self-employed don’t know about the end of self-assessment

18 Jan 2017
With the tax self-assessment deadline fast approaching on 31 January, many tax payers will be preparing to submit their return on time, or risk facing a penalty.
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Six in ten SME invoices unpaid within debtor period

18 Jan 2017
According to a new report, well over half of invoices issued by UK SMEs remain unpaid within the debtor day period. Of these, almost three-quarters of firms say they rely on getting paid during their debtor day period to avoid facing a shortage of…
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Concerns of 70,000 students outlined to Prime Minister in a bid to be heard in Brexit negotiations

18 Jan 2017
The heads of three Birmingham Students' Unions have called on Prime Minister Theresa May to take on the concerns of the 70,000 students they represent during her Brexit negotiations.
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Concerns of 70,000 students outlined to Prime Minister in a bid to be heard in Brexit negotiations

18 Jan 2017
The heads of three Birmingham Students' Unions have called on Prime Minister Theresa May to take on the concerns of the 70,000 students they represent during her Brexit negotiations.
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Eastside masterplan in line for national award

18 Jan 2017
Long-term vision to regenerate parts of Eastside and Digbeth and bring Typhoo Wharf building back to life makes shortlist.
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PM’s Brexit plan must get a reaction from SMEs

18 Jan 2017
As prime minister Theresa May announced her Brexit Plan for Britain, businesses must ready themselves for a lengthy period of uncertainty and exchange rate volatility. Some already have contingency plans in place, but others have yet to react to…
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Theresa May says Final Brexit deal means UK must leave single market

17 Jan 2017
The final Brexit deal with the EU will mean the UK leaving the European single market, Theresa May has announced.
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94 per cent of self-employed don’t know about the end of self-assessment

17 Jan 2017
With the tax self-assessment deadline fast approaching on 31 January, many tax payers will be preparing to submit their return on time, or risk facing a penalty.
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Birmingham 'most entrepreneurial city outside London'

17 Jan 2017
New research from StartUp Britain suggests city is outstripping rivals such as Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow to foster creation of new businesses.
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May rejects ‘partial’ EU membership in Brexit speech

17 Jan 2017
The UK will not retain "partial" membership of the EU once it leaves, Theresa May will say in her much-anticipated Brexit speech.
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Region’s Strong Growth Performance Continues

17 Jan 2017
The West Midlands continued to demonstrate strong growth in December the Performance Managers' Index has shown.
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UK gov brings 67 agencies onto its roster - 69 per cent are SMEs

17 Jan 2017
Some 67 agencies have been selected for the UK government’s Crown Commercial Service (CCS) agency roster for digital and social media marketing.
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Brits expected to create record 2,000 businesses a day in 2017

16 Jan 2017
New businesses take an average of between six and nine months to become profitable
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UK SMEs left exposed to the elements

16 Jan 2017
As the UK braces itself for winter storms, research has revealed that many of the country’s micro, small and medium-sized enterprises are ill-prepared for the affects of bad weather.
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How hyperconvergence can deliver growth for the SMEs in 2017

16 Jan 2017
In 2017, demands on IT in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will continue to rise exponentially
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Why data skills matter more than ever

13 Jan 2017
Data analysis has become the most important skill for marketers according to a new poll.
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Birmingham City University to launch Centre for Brexit Studies

12 Jan 2017
Birmingham City University is to launch a Centre for Brexit Studies this month, created to further enhance understanding of the consequences of the UK withdrawing from the European Union (EU).
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Game-changer or wantrepreneur: What type of entrepreneur are you

12 Jan 2017
Are you a Jack-of-all-trades, or a serial entrepreneur in the making? Find out what type of entrepreneur you really are with this handy infographic.
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The good thing about uncertainty

12 Jan 2017
Gavin Petken, regional director at the Business Growth Fund, makes a positive prediction for the year ahead
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Government policy worries for small businesses

12 Jan 2017
SMEs are concerned about the lack of support from government policy, despite showing optimism for the next year.
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West Midlands small businesses more positive than national counterparts

11 Jan 2017
SMALL businesses across the West Midlands are feeling more positive than their national counterparts, according to a new study.
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Small Business Confidence Bounces Back After EU Vote

11 Jan 2017
Small businesses see reasons to be cheerful in 2017, but downside risks to the economy remain.
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Startup advice for 2017

10 Jan 2017
Being a startup is hard. It requires self-belief, drive, perseverance, and a little bit of luck. But the trick is, having plenty of the first three makes the fourth a lot more likely to come your way.
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Six new year resolutions for a smarter startup

10 Jan 2017
The infamous year 2016 is now behind us and we all have a fresh start moving into the new year - one which could perhaps be one of the most unpredictable since the market crash in 2008.
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Self-assessment awareness grows to record levels

10 Jan 2017
Latest HMRC research has found that the tax authority’s 2015/16 self assessment marketing campaign, urging taxpayers to file their return early, has been successful with overall awareness growing to highest levels, yet communications still lack…
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5 tips to make 2017 your year

10 Jan 2017
Recharged and refreshed from the Christmas break, the first few weeks of January are often filled with new found ambition and ideas for the year ahead. The trick is to ensure you don't get bogged down with everyday tasks, when really you should…
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Cost of SME borrowing to soar above £50 billion in 2017

10 Jan 2017
2017 borrowing from small businesses could see a 22 per cent year on year increase as confidence rises.
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UK businesses targeted 230,000 times each by cyber criminals in 2016

9 Jan 2017
UK businesses were, on average, subjected to almost 230,000 cyber attacks each during 2016, according to new analysis.
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FSB welcomes government support for UK firms trading outside EU

9 Jan 2017
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed a fresh government commitment to offer increased support for UK firms trading outside of the EU.
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Hundreds of budding business owners to get advice from top Midlands’ entrepreneurs

6 Jan 2017
Top Midlands’ entrepreneurs will be giving hundreds of budding business owners tips on running their own organisation at a major event this month.
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2017 UK tech predictions

5 Jan 2017
A new year means a fresh start and a whole new set of opportunities for the UK’s burgeoning technology sector.
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£34 billion opportunity waiting to be unlocked by SMEs

5 Jan 2017
New research uncovers a £34 billion economic opportunity waiting to be unlocked from Britain’s SMEs by 2021.
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Small Business Taskforce creates wish list to ‘strike a chord at the heart of government’

5 Jan 2017
The group has published a list of 10 policy suggestions which aim to “offer insight into the needs of smaller companies”
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Want to scale your business in 2017? You need a vision first

5 Jan 2017
Some business owners get so immersed in the day to day that they neglect the business vision and struggle to scale up. Matt Levington of business coaching franchise Business Doctors talks through the issue and how to address them
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Tax return revolution coming in 2017, no more ‘shoebox accounting’

4 Jan 2017
SMEs need to clue themselves up on the new Making Tax Digital initiative which will be rolling out before 2020.
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How To Create A Happier, More Productive Workplace in 2017

4 Jan 2017
January can be a drag for employees, here's how to energise your workforce in the New Year.
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A turbulent 2016 paves the way for a tech-fuelled 2017

4 Jan 2017
Following arguably the most turbulent year in recent history, Paul Haydock looks ahead to what 2017 has in store for the fintech and SME sectors.
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Universities combine to promote SME growth fund

14 Dec 2016
THREE West Midlands universities have joined forces to launch a new scheme offering up to £2,500 to help SMEs with their innovation and growth.
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A ten-step business checklist for a profitable 2017

14 Dec 2016
Whether you’re looking to increase brand awareness or cut costs, check out our ten-step checklist for achieving a profitable 2017.
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Working with the NHS - doors are opening for innovative small firms

14 Dec 2016
The health service is increasingly relying on small businesses to meet its needs. But how can entrepreneurs find a way in
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Business output rises for first time in 17 months

13 Dec 2016
Business output has increased for the first time in 17 months and the UK economic growth is stabilising but at a slower pace that pre-referendum
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Region’s growth rate expands at fastest rate for 20 months

13 Dec 2016
The West Midlands outperformed all other UK regions according to the latest regional PMI statistics, with private sector enterprises recording output growth at its strongest for 20-months.
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Brexit not seen as a threat to small businesses

12 Dec 2016
Two-thirds of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) do not see Brexit as a threat, with 43% believing it will have no impact at all, and 27% thinking that it will be positive for business, according to research by the RSA insurance group.
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New rules for big businesses on SME payments

9 Dec 2016
The Government has introduced new measures to support small firms by increasing transparency over corporate payment practices.
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Small businesses don’t believe government is ‘fighting their corner’

8 Dec 2016
Just 37% of UK businesses feel confident about the next six months, compared to the global average of 52%
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University enters partnership with Department for International Trade

6 Dec 2016
Birmingham City University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT), in a bid to support West Midlands businesses to thrive in the global trading environment.
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Birmingham City University appoints Professor Graham Upton as Interim Vice-Chancellor

6 Dec 2016
Experienced higher education leader Professor Graham Upton will take up the post of Interim Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University with effect from 1 December 2016.
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University explores partnership with global broadcaster

5 Dec 2016
Birmingham City University is in talks to form closer ties with China’s largest national broadcasting network, China Central Television (CCTV).
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Aston Programme for small business growth

5 Dec 2016
Supporting your business to reach new heights
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Birmingham MPs visit University’s new institute in China

4 Dec 2016
Birmingham MPs Shabana Mahmood (Ladywood) and Steve McCabe (Selly Oak) have visited the newly opened Birmingham Institute of Fashion and Creative Art (BIFCA) in Wuhan, China.
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University awarded top mark for quality of learning and teaching in healthcare

3 Dec 2016
Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences has been awarded the Skills for Health Quality Mark.
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University in multi-million pound funding boost to enhance innovation in learning and teaching

1 Dec 2016
Birmingham City University is one of 67 universities and colleges who have been collectively awarded £2.8 million to develop experimental innovations in learning and teaching.
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Why Simplicity First Is The Key To Digital Innovation

18 Nov 2016
Digital products are successful not because they are impressive, but because users can understand them.
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British consumers spend £21.7 billion on impulse purchases each year

17 Nov 2016
More than half of consumers admit to making impulse purchases they didn't plan on making, every time they go shopping, a new study reveals.
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University involved in Innovation Engine project

17 Nov 2016
The University is helping to deliver a new three year, £3.2 million project to support innovation in the Birmingham area.
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How to find funding for your small business

17 Nov 2016
Here is an exhaustive list of all the small business funding options you should pursue for your company's growth.
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University more than quadruples Portuguese intake

17 Nov 2016
Birmingham City University is showcasing its educational opportunities in Portugal for the first time, as the institution celebrates more than quadrupling its current Portuguese cohort over the last two years.
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Birmingham needs to ‘keep calm and carry on’ after Trump victory

16 Nov 2016
Paul Faulkner, Chief Executive for Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, has advised local Birmingham businesses to “keep calm” and “get informed” off the back of the presidential election.
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UK business owners think Brexit will boost entrepreneurship

15 Nov 2016
67% think a single economy is good for business as new survey reveals enterprising spirit has not been "dampened" in wake of EU referendum
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Midlands posts further sustained strong growth in October

15 Nov 2016
The region posted further sustained strong growth in the month of October according to new figures from the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI).
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University hosts first reception in Hong Kong

15 Nov 2016
Birmingham City University welcomed former students, along with potential new ones, as part of its first official reception in Hong Kong this week
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B2B commerce takes the fast track to digitalisation

10 Nov 2016
Businesses who utilise a digital infrastructure report a total, global revolution of their model, a new study finds.
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University handed £250k boost to provide apprenticeships to help plug skills gaps

10 Nov 2016
Birmingham City University has today (Thursday November 10) been handed a £250,000 boost to train nearly 300 apprentices in key industries and help tackle some of the region’s biggest skills gaps.
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Why small businesses need a streamlined marketing strategy

10 Nov 2016
Here, we look at five pointers to an effective media strategy, that enable SMEs to better combat the challenges facing them in the UK today.
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Online routes for small businesses into high street retailers

10 Nov 2016
Britain's small businesses, however innovative, can find it difficult to get their products into shops, and an increasing number use online platforms that enable them to sell directly to customers.
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Midlands Universities launch ‘cash pot’ for growth-hungry businesses

9 Nov 2016
Three Midlands Universities have joined forces to launch a new scheme offering up to £2,500 to help small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s) create innovation and growth.
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Theresa May hails global Britain

9 Nov 2016
Theresa May declared the trade mission a success in her drive to build "global Britain" on the final day of her visit to India
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Small business confidence hits 2016 peak

9 Nov 2016
Here, we discuss the benefits of moving to sustainable packaging, and outline some practical ways for you to embrace the green revolution.
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Goodbye To Business As Usual

8 Nov 2016
Every new business disrupts the market in some way, but to really make an impact you have to break from the norm.
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UK small businesses lose £9.4bn a year in cash payments

8 Nov 2016
24% of business owners claim to have been the victim of theft by a staff member, while 34% have lost cash due to human error
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New exhibition celebrates Midlands’ historic manufacturing industry

8 Nov 2016
An exhibition of items and artefacts celebrating the Midlands’ historic role at the heart of the UK’s manufacturing industry will officially open this week (Wednesday November 9).
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Birmingham City University builds links with Kazan Federal University

7 Nov 2016
In September, Roy Priest, Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Digital Technology, visited Kazan Federal University in Russia as part of a new Erasmus+ exchange programme.
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A three point guide to growing a business

7 Nov 2016
Mo Obadina, Enterprise Nation adviser and founder of Mo's Mojo, shares her top tips for growing your business.
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University Professor ranked among world's most influential on academic site

4 Nov 2016
A Birmingham City University Professor has been named among the world’s most influential academics, according to a new website ranking scholars’ impact on their field.
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Joseph Priestley immortalised in new University building

3 Nov 2016
Birmingham City University has officially unveiled its latest building, named in honour of scientist and theorist Joseph Priestley.
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Birmingham universities join forces to educate next generation on the dangers of climate change

2 Nov 2016
Birmingham City University and Aston University today (October 31) launched The Carbon Journey 2016: It’s not weather, it’s how.
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SME manufacturing companies move towards a more ethical way of doing business

2 Nov 2016
According to the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey of a range of UK SME owners and managers, 81% of manufacturing firm owners say that their business is ethical.
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How will we enforce post-Brexit trade deals

31 Oct 2016
Striking new deals is one thing, ensuring countries stick to them is another
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Small businesses refused loans by banks will be offered a second chance

31 Oct 2016
Small businesses refused loans by banks are to be asked if they want their applications to be passed on to rival lenders under a scheme being launched this week.
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£1m revamp for Millennium Point

31 Oct 2016
Eastside venue targets Birmingham's growing corporate conference and events markets with transformation of empty space
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Online filing to make paper tax returns obsolete

28 Oct 2016
There are just three days until this year's paper tax returns are due, but nine in ten businesses now file online and the days of the paper return are well and truly numbered.
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British workers dream of starting their own business

26 Oct 2016
British workers have big aspirations as a new study looks into men and women's dreams of starting a business of their own.
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Small business and the government: this is what we need to happen next

26 Oct 2016
Over the past five years, the UK has become one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business. The latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor put the UK at number one in Europe and number four globally. This was not random.
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