Business planning

Businesses urged to consider succession planning

Farmers in Northern Ireland are being urged to put proper succession plans in place in order to protect their businesses.

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Businesses at risk over key personnel loss

More than half of UK businesses would cease trading if they lost one or more key employees to illness or death, research from Scottish Widows has found.

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Businesses boosted by major sporting events

A recent report for UK Trade and Investment revealed that our economy has benefited from a £9.9 billion boost to trade and investment from last year's Olympic and Paralympic Games. The UK's leading small business organisation, however, has questioned the extent to which businesses outside of the London and the south east of England have reaped these rewards. Elsewhere, tourism organisation VisitScotland has kicked-off a global marketing campaign to promote interest in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Could your business take advantage of new opportunities?

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Automatic pension enrolment reaches the million mark

It's been nine months since automatic pension enrolment of workers in the UK began. Described as one of the biggest changes to the pensions' landscape in many years, 'auto-enrolment' is a Government initiative to encourage more individuals to save towards their retirement. Both businesses and individuals will need to take various considerations into account. We take a look at auto-enrolment as the one millionth-worker is enrolled.

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Cyber crime costs SMEs up to £800 million

Cyber security breaches and fraud are costing small businesses around £785 million a year, a report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

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SMEs at increasing threat of cyber-attacks

Small businesses are being urged to do more to tighten their computer security after research revealed the number of cyber-attacks hitting businesses increased over the last year.

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SME's fear of risk could further stunt economic growth

Financial volatility and a flat-lining British economy are leaving many small businesses fearing risk, a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has said.

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UK to avoid triple dip recession, says business group

Strong performance in the manufacturing and services sectors during the first quarter of 2013 will help the UK avoid falling back into recession, a quarterly economic survey from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has found.

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Second wettest year on record costs insurers £1.9 billion

Flooding and storm damage to homes and businesses cost British insurers £1.9 billion in 2012, according to figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

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