<?xml encoding="utf-8" ??> With British SME’s accounting for 99% of businesses across the UK, the Scoreapp SME of the Year award is hotly contested. To run a successful SME means achieving growth, in a year on year manner. This has been made exceptionally difficult over the past three years with global events putting business owners to the test. Mental resolve ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ??> Almost three quarters of jobs in the creative sector are at risk of being replaced by artificial intelligence according to a new study. Roles including those of filmmakers, illustrators, game designers, sound engineers and special effects artists are among those that could become obsolete as AI becomes more advanced. Using AI bot ChatGPT, the data analysts at ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ??> Even attempting to burst onto the scene in the last three years deserves an award in itself. Let alone taking a concept and pushing forwards in the most challenging of times with the most tenacity to launch and make a profit. It’s time to congratulate the sheer imagination and talent behind the nation’s New Business of the ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ??> The Bank of England is poised to raise interest rates for the 10th time in succession when its policymakers meet this week in a further squeeze on the finances of mortgage holders and businesses. Financial markets expect a 0.5 percentage point increase in the central bank’s base rate to 4%, its highest level since the 2008 financial ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ??> More than 1.6 million adults aged 50 and over are unable to work because of long-term sickness amid ballooning NHS waiting lists and an exodus from the British workforce since the pandemic, according to the most detailed analysis yet of official data for this age group. The number has increased 20%, or 270,000 in three years, according ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ??> British households cut more than 2m subscriptions to services such as Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+ last year, as the cost of living crisis fuelled the first annual decline since the UK streaming revolution began a decade ago. Despite a boost from the royal family, with viewers flocking to the Harry & Meghan documentary and enduring demand ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ??> Online retailers had 35 per cent of their goods returned last year, up from 25 per cent the previous year, with December replacing January for the first time as the busiest month, according to industry research. The rise was driven by normal commercial returns, where clothing and shoes did not fit, or where goods were not what ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ??> British businesses have started the year with far more optimism, according to a new survey showing that confidence hit its highest level in six months in January. The latest Lloyds Bank Business Barometer suggests that overall confidence among UK companies increased by five points to 22 per cent this month, moving closer to the long-term average of ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ??> Families face disruption on Wednesday as striking teachers force up to 4.5 million pupils to stay away from school on the biggest day of industrial action for a decade. Teachers seeking above-inflation pay rises will walk out with up to half a million other workers in protests that have been likened to a general strike. On the ...

<?xml encoding="utf-8" ??> The head of the UK’s biggest business group has said most bosses “secretly” want all of their staff to return to working in offices. Tony Danker, director-general of the CBI, said the “whole world of work” had “gone crazy” since the pandemic. Many companies have changed policies on remote working since Covid restrictions eased, with staff offered ...