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Closing the gender gap: more women are showing interest in male-dominated courses

More women are looking into courses which are typically male-dominated, according to new research. A study from online training course provider, findcourses.co.uk, shows the traditional industry gender splits, which indicated more employees of one sex than the other in certain roles, are significantly changing. By analysing the number of men and women researching its training The post Closing the gender gap: more women are showing interest in male-dominated courses appeared first on Small Business.

UK SMEs plan to boost European sales despite Brexit uncertainty

The majority of British small businesses expect to increase overseas sales in the next year – especially with Europe. According to data released by international payments company, OFX, they are increasingly optimistic about international trade, despite uncertainty surrounding the terms of Brexit. OFX’s annual survey of 500 small business owners and senior managers found that 62 The post UK SMEs plan to boost European sales despite Brexit uncertainty appeared first on Small Business.

Late payments World Cup: Which country pays the quickest?

Brazil pays suppliers on average only 4.3 days beyond terms (DBT), with Iceland coming up second best at 6.4 DBT. The DBT describes how long it takes businesses on average across each country to pay their bills, past the due date. England, meanwhile, would qualify from their group in second place with a DBT of The post Late payments World Cup: Which country pays the quickest? appeared first on Small Business.

Employers look for workers with soft skills as they struggle to fill talent gap

Research from Robert Half reveals that the widely predicted talent exodus post-Brexit will not help matters as almost half of UK companies (49 per cent) struggle to find skilled workers. As a result, one fifth (21 per cent) are now looking to recruit candidates who have exceptional soft skills, with a view to developing the desired technical skills The post Employers look for workers with soft skills as they struggle to fill talent gap appeared first on Small Business.

Most business leaders say AI is critical for the survival of their firms

Nine out of ten business leaders believe AI is critical for the survival of their organisations over the next five years. SAPPHIRE NOW (SAP) has revealed its latest global research that, of 2,500 C-level executives, six out of ten business leaders have implemented or are planning to implement AI in the next year. What’s more, The post Most business leaders say AI is critical for the survival of their firms appeared first on Small Business.

Three in five businesses think their prospects will improve in the next year

Three in five (59 per cent) businesses believe their prospects will improve in the next year. New data from Smith & Williamson’s inaugural report – Dream bigger: The scale-up moment – reveals that in a show of confidence from the UK’s business community, a quarter (26 per cent) go as far to say that their position The post Three in five businesses think their prospects will improve in the next year appeared first on Small Business.

The rise of freelance workers: who is making the switch?

More people are swapping the security of a 9-to-5 job for the flexibility of freelance work. Research from Instant Offices shows that millennials and UK workers who are facing significant lifestyle changes, such as motherhood or retirement, are looking for more flexible and empowering ways to work. And according to the Association of Independent Professionals and The post The rise of freelance workers: who is making the switch? appeared first on Small Business.

Accounting body supports retention deposit schemes for small businesses

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is the first accounting body to support a cross-party, multi-business campaign to introduce a retention deposit schemes for small businesses (SMEs). AAT’s new scheme will end the practice of payments being withheld for and unreasonable length of time and eliminate the risk of losing retention costs through contractor bankruptcy. The post Accounting body supports retention deposit schemes for small businesses appeared first on Small Business.

Most self-employed workers think Brexit won’t affect their business

Most (63 per cent) self-employed workers think Brexit will have no direct impact on their business, according to new research. Kensington Mortgages surveyed over 1,000 self-employed workers across the UK to analyse their thoughts and concerns over the year ahead. Of those surveyed, an optimistic 47 per cent of these self-employed workers expect 2018 to The post Most self-employed workers think Brexit won’t affect their business appeared first on Small Business.

Businesses feel more exposed to a cyber attack than ever

It’s been a year since WannaCry ransomware hit the NHS, but 40 per cent of businesses feel more exposed to a cyber attack than ever. In a Tanium survey of 500 frontline IT security workers in the UK, around a third admitted there was panic immediately after the WannaCry attack, but many haven’t taken the action The post Businesses feel more exposed to a cyber attack than ever appeared first on Small Business.

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