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UK apprenticeship levy is a £3.5bn mistake, say business leaders

By   /  February 6, 2023  /  Politics  /  No Comments

Retailers, hospitality businesses, the tech industry and recruiters have called for urgent reform of the apprenticeship levy, calling it a “£3.5bn mistake”. In a letter sent to ministers, the British Retail Consortium (BRC), UKHospitality, techUK, and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) said the government was “holding back investment” in critical training that could increase […]

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Turnaround advisers say UK manufacturers and retailers need greatest support

By   /  February 6, 2023  /  Politics  /  No Comments

Manufacturers and retailers are struggling most in the present economic climate and will be in greatest need of support in the year ahead, the Institute for Turnaround has warned. Andy Leeser, its chairman, said the manufacturing sector would require the most turnaround expertise. The automotive sector was a “case in point”, he said, with issues […]

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Return train tickets set to be scrapped in UK rail shake-up

By   /  February 6, 2023  /  Politics  /  No Comments

Return tickets are set to be scrapped and new digital ticketing introduced under reforms of the British rail system to be announced this week. The two-way tickets, which offer a discounted rate, will be replaced by “single-leg pricing” which will mean that the price of two singles will be the same as the current return […]

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BMW in negotiations for £75M from government to retain electric Mini production in Oxford

By   /  February 6, 2023  /  Politics  /  No Comments

The German automotive giant BMW is in talks with the government about a £75m funding package that would secure production of electric Minis at its Oxfordshire plant. Its is understood BMW is negotiating with officials at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) over a grant from Whitehall’s Automotive Transformation Fund. Industry sources […]

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Getting To Know You: Ava Whetstone-Magee: founder, Avalanche Equestrian

By   /  February 4, 2023  /  Politics  /  No Comments

Ava Whetstone-Magee, the founder of Avalanche Equestrian talks about the lightbulb moment which led her to start her business at the age of 13, which has seen her become a finalist in the young entrepreneur of the year category of the 2023 Business Champion Awards What do you currently do at Avalanche Equestrian? As Founder of […]

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Missing older workers ‘weigh on economy’s growth potential’

By   /  February 3, 2023  /  Politics  /  No Comments

The exodus of workers from the jobs market over the pandemic has weakened prospects for Britain’s economic growth, the governor of the Bank of England has warned. About half a million workers left their jobs over the pandemic with no plans to return to work. Some of the rise was caused by the ageing of […]

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Getting To Know You: Will Polston, founder, Will Polston Coaching & Training

By   /  February 3, 2023  /  Politics  /  No Comments

Will Polston, talks to Business Matters about how helping ambitious owners to maximise their potential has resulted in him becoming a finalist in the 2023 Business Champion Awards What do you currently do at Will Polston Coaching and Training I develop ambitious business owners to live a life they love by mastering their mindset, productivity, and […]

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Getting To Know You: Wayne Janse Van Rensburg, Chief Executive, Learndirect

By   /  February 3, 2023  /  Politics  /  No Comments

Wayne Janse Van Rensburg, Chief Executive of education company Learndirect talks to Business Matters about the inspiration behind their business, which has seen them become a finalist in the 2023 Business Champion Awards What do you currently do at learndirect? I am the CEO of learndirect. It is my responsibility to manage all of the […]

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Rokt Partners with Oracle Red Bull Racing to foster diversity in Formula 1

By   /  February 3, 2023  /  Politics  /  No Comments

Rokt, the global leader in ecommerce technology, is today announcing a new partnership with Oracle Red Bull Racing, the leading Formula One (F1) team and winner of last year’s Constructors and Drivers Championships. Rokt will become an official team partner and the two organisations will work together on various initiatives to foster greater diversity in […]

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Apple sales in biggest fall since 2019

By   /  February 3, 2023  /  Politics  /  No Comments

Apple sales dropped at the end of 2022 as shoppers squeezed by the rising cost of living cut back their purchases. Sales at the iPhone giant fell 5% in the three months to December compared with the same period in 2021. It was the biggest decline since 2019 and worse than expected. The update came […]

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