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UK — Research and analysis: Report on small firms 2010 to 2015 by Lord Young

February 12, 2015 Comments off

Research and analysis: Report on small firms 2010 to 2015 by Lord Young
Source: Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street, Cabinet Office and Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

There are now a record number of small firms in the UK, 5.2 million, an increase of 760,000 since 2010, and a record number of people in work.

It finds that our changing relationship with the internet has brought down barriers to help people turn good ideas into viable businesses. The government has rolled out super-fast broadband to over 2 million UK homes and businesses. The increasing use of tablets and smartphones providing mobile internet access has made it easier for business owners to reach their customers and make sales.

The report charts a culture change; more people are choosing to be their own boss because of conviction in their own ideas. It also covers enterprise in education, changing public procurement, finance models and support for businesses, and includes case studies.

It also outlines how government policies providing more support for small firms and new enterprises have helped change the business environment over the past 5 years.

UK — New measures to tighten up the immigration system

July 31, 2014 Comments off

New measures to tighten up the immigration system
Source: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Home Office

A new crackdown on immigration abuses was announced today by the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary as part of the government’s long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain.

From November, tougher rules will be imposed on universities and colleges who sponsor international students to study in the UK. Currently, educational institutions cannot enjoy highly trusted sponsor status if 20% or more of the individuals they have offered places to are refused visas. But that figure will be cut to 10% in November after a 3 month transitional period for colleges and universities to re-examine their admissions procedures before offering individuals places.

The Prime Minister also announced plans to halve the period over which European migrants can claim benefits. From November, European jobseekers will only be able to claim Jobseekers Allowance and other key welfare benefits for a maximum period of 3 months. This follows tough changes that were announced earlier this year to introduce a minimum 3 month delay to claiming benefits and to cut off benefits after 6 months unless the individual has very clear job prospects.

Shaping the future of the UK space sector

May 9, 2014 Comments off

Shaping the future of the UK space sector
Source: UK Space Agency; Department for Business, Innovation & Skills; Ministry of Defence; Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Home Office

The government has today (30 April 2014) released two new policies that will shape the future of the UK’s growing space industry.

The government response to the space Innovation and Growth Strategy (IGS) action plan 2014 – 2030 and the national space security policy (NSSP) set out plans to achieve a £40 billion UK space industry by 2030 and a coherent approach to protecting the UK’s space assets.

Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts said:

The space sector continues to thrive, and is one of our 8 Great Technologies with the potential to propel UK growth.

Space industries already support 95,000 full time jobs and generate £9.1 billion for the economy each year, and our response to the Growth Action Plan shows our commitment to secure its future growth and realise ambitions to develop a viable UK space port for commercial space flight.”

UK — Cyber security skills: a guide for business

March 17, 2014 Comments off

Cyber security skills: a guide for business
Source: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Cabinet Office and Government Communications Headquarters

This guidance sets out a range of government and industry-supported cyber security skills activities and initiatives. It details how individual businesses can find out more, and participate and benefit from the initiatives.

UK — Communique: strengthening the cyber security of our essential services

February 21, 2014 Comments off

Communique: strengthening the cyber security of our essential services
Source: Cabinet Office, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and National security and intelligence

A joint communique from ministers, senior officials and regulators sets out steps to address cyber security challenges for essential services.

Research project on the impact of anti-dumping investigations on UK business: final report

August 17, 2012 Comments off

Research project on the impact of anti-dumping investigations on UK business: final report (PDF)

Source:  Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Report for BIS that analyses the impact of anti-dumping investigations and procedures on UK business. Based on a survey of UK companies. See also URN 12/1021AN for a graphical representations of the data collected in the report.

UK — The fourth work-life balance employee survey

July 18, 2012 Comments off

The fourth work-life balance employee survey (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Provides findings on the fourth work-life balance employees’ survey conducted in early 2011. It benchmarks key policy changes since the 2006 survey (URN 07/714X), including the Work and Families Act 2006, that is the extension of the ‘right to request’ flexible working to parents of children under the age of 17 (2009) and to co-resident carers (2007).

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