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July 6th 2011

1EM Networking Event Hailed a Success

The first 1EM networking event in Blackburn was hailed a success. The event attracted 46 businesses from different parts of Lancashire and from a range of industries. Mubarak Chati, event organiser said,’we were delighted with the feedback and the turnout, there was a great atmosphere and lots of networking...

May 16th 2011

Funding for Leadership Development

Last month, the government announced a new £20m management training fund for small businesses. Administered by the Leadership and Management Advisory Service (LMAS), the funding is available for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises across some regions in England. It is available until 31...

March 23rd 2011

Budget – What does this mean for Businesses

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, presented the 2011 Budget on 23 March. The Budget builds on announcements in the Spending Review 2010 and the June Budget 2010 which can be found at HM Treasury website- with all the detailed announcements. The Budget sets out a package of measures with the key themes...

March 17th 2011

Updates to Government Support for Businesses

On March 17 Mark Prisk, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, announced a streamlined and refocused Solutions for Business portfolio. The range of Solutions for Business products will be rationalised and simplified during this financial year. Access to sustainable finance is essential if businesses are to...

January 15th 2011

Impact of VAT rise for Businesses

VAT has risen to 20%, how this VAT rise will impact the economy, and business. The VAT rise will undoubtedly have an inflationary impact on the UK economy. Although some brand leaders will pass on the VAT increase and may even use this as an excuse to put up prices, we don’t expect all retailers…...