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HMRC criticised for IT disruption

HMRC criticised for IT disruption | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
#smallbusiness HMRC criticised for IT disruption - HMRC's decision to shut down its entire IT systems for nearly a w...
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Injury reporting change aids SMEs

Injury reporting change aids SMEs | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
A change to the rules on reporting workplace injuries will save British companies thousands of hours completing official paperwork, says the Health and Safety Executive.
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Pay rises highest since recession

Pay rises highest since recession | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
Private sector employees are enjoying the highest pay rises seen since December 2008, research finds.
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60-second start-up: The Bicycle Academy

60-second start-up: The Bicycle Academy | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
0-5 seconds: Sum your business up in a
sentence
The Bicycle Academy is a place to learn how to make bikes where
you keep the skills and your first bike goes to someone who really
needs it.
5-10 seconds: What's the business
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Dubai mission for food producers

Dubai mission for food producers | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
Food and drink producers are looking to the Middle East as a growing market for their produce.
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Continental SMEs more tech-minded

Continental SMEs more tech-minded | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
British small businesses place less of an emphasis on technology than their European counterparts, research finds.
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FSB demands more from government

FSB demands more from government | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
The head of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said that the government's ‘tentative steps’ to helping enterprise need to become a ‘giant leap’ if companies are to see genuine change in their business.
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New businesses and 'silver startups' on the rise

New businesses and 'silver startups' on the rise | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
Startup businesses enjoyed a resurgence in 2011, according to the annual Simply Business Start-up Index, which shows the first rise in annual growth since the start of the recession in 2008.  The research finds: A 3% increase in UK startups in 2011...
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60-second start-up: JUNA

60-second start-up: JUNA | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
0-5 seconds: Sum your business up in a sentence
JUNA
opens a whole new world of flavours to consumers.
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60-second start-up: CubeSocial | Smarta

60-second start-up: CubeSocial | Smarta | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
#smallbusiness 60-second start-up: CubeSocial http://t.co/41Rwx2TC...
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Smaller enterprises suffering more than large ones

Smaller enterprises suffering more than large ones | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
More small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have seen a quarterly reduction in sales volumes than large companies, research finds.
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Manufacturing 'kick-starts back into life'

Manufacturing 'kick-starts back into life' | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
The UK manufacturing sector started 2012 on a positive footing with a key sector index rising to an eight-month high.
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Facebook to offer free ads to small businesses | Startups

Facebook to offer free ads to small businesses | Startups | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
Social networking giant to extend ad credits to thousands of Europe’s small firms...
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Introducing the weekly blog from small business cost saving expert Jonathan Elliott | Smarta

Introducing the weekly blog from small business cost saving expert Jonathan Elliott | Smarta | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
#smallbusiness Introducing the weekly blog from small business cost saving expert Jonathan Elliott http://t.co/wZzEoLZQ...
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60-second start-up: Table7

60-second start-up: Table7 | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
0-5 seconds: Sum your business up in a
sentence.
We provide special access to London's most exceptional
restaurants with 20-30% discreetly taken off your total bill when
you book through our website.
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'Walking dead' SMEs threaten economy

'Walking dead' SMEs threaten economy | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
‘Zombie companies’ making little or no profit could be the reason for the prolonged economic stagnation, says an insolvency specialist.
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Home Business Heroes: Michelle Gibbs

Home Business Heroes: Michelle Gibbs | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
Name: Michelle Gibbs
Location: Portsmouth
Business: www.art2arts.co.uk
This week we speak to Michelle Gibbs, founder of Arts2Arts.
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Latest apprenticeship fund unveiled

Latest apprenticeship fund unveiled | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
A new £6 million round of government funding has been allocated to support thousands of degree-level higher apprenticeships.
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GUEST BLOG: Liz Field says more employers in more sectors should embrace apprenticeships

GUEST BLOG: Liz Field says more employers in more sectors should embrace apprenticeships | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
During National Apprenticeship Week many organisations, spanning
all sectors, bang the drum for vocational learning.
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SMEs flock to social media

SMEs flock to social media | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
Small businesses have seen a dramatic rise in their use of social networks for business purposes over the past year, research finds.
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Nine Tech Terms You Need to Know Before Starting a Business

Nine Tech Terms You Need to Know Before Starting a Business | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
No matter what industry you're in, having a working knowledge of tech-related concepts can be crucial. Here's a look at some of the most important...
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Don’t forget: VAT is moving online from April 2012 – register now

Don’t forget: VAT is moving online from April 2012 – register now | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
Did you know that VAT is moving online for all VAT-registered businesses from April 2012? Time to get registered as paper VAT returns will soon be a thing of the past.
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GUEST BLOG: John Owrid says innovative small firms will shape the future of the business world

GUEST BLOG: John Owrid says innovative small firms will shape the future of the business world | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
One industry that is always in full bloom at the start of every
year is the prediction business. Yet amid all the apparent
certainties of the next 12 months the converse of prediction is
also gaining in popularity.
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Home Business Heroes: Genevieve Yusuf

Home Business Heroes: Genevieve Yusuf | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
How did you start JaJaJa Books?
I worked as a teacher in Spain for many years and saw children
on the continent are bilingual from a much earlier age than they
are in England.
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From home business to £1m turnover in three years

From home business to £1m turnover in three years | Virtual PA Wales | Scoop.it
Daniel Price and Jonny Sitton started the company as a home
business in 2009 and, after six months of preparation, launched
their website in January 2010.
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