Businesses are urged to claim £2500 broadband voucher

Businesses around the UK are being urged to make use of a £2500 voucher for gigabit broadband speeds before

the scheme closes due to high demand.


Call for companies to reveal how many disabled they employ

Large companies should reveal the numbers of disabled people they employ, the Minister for Disabled People,

Health and Work Sarah Newton has urged as part of a drive to build a more inclusive society.


Manufacturing growth picks up in quarter to November

A survey of 381 manufacturers found that output volume growth accelerated in the three months to November,

outpacing the long-run average.


UK nuclear Industry announces a ‘first’

In a first for the UK nuclear industry, Magnox has announced that Bradwell Site, in Essex, has entered a safe

state known as ‘care and maintenance’.


Optimism across services sector falls on profitability decline

Optimism across the services sector fell sharply in the three months to November, as business volumes and

profitability both declined.


Increase in number of UK businesses trading abroad

The number of UK businesses exporting abroad has increased by 6.6% to 235,800 in 2017, according to newly

published figures.


Crackdown on companies who fail to pay on time

For the first time, failure of companies to demonstrate prompt payment to their suppliers could result in them

being prevented from winning government contracts after a new prompt payment initiative to ensure all

Government suppliers and subcontractors benefit from being paid on time was announced.


Retail sales pick up slightly in quarter to November

Retail sales growth picked up in the year to November after growth largely stalled in October, but retailers are

feeling the pinch, with continued weakness in investment intentions, employment, and business optimism.


SME manufacturing activity weakens

New orders growth eased among SME manufacturers in the three months to October, as domestic orders flatlined.


SpaceX launches pioneering UK maritime communications satellite

VESTA ('VdES Transmitting sAtellite system) will support new two-way maritime information services between

ship and shore.



Virtual reality revolution for UK construction sector

Virtual reality, digital design and offsite manufacturing technologies are the future of UK construction thanks to a

new £72 million investment from the government.


UK business set for major role in delivering 2022 Qatar World Cup


British companies will play a major role in ensuring a successful 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and are expected

to be involved in many aspects of the tournament from building new stadiums to cutting the grass and providing

pitch-side security guards.




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