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Record number of businesses in the UK

The number of private sector businesses in the UK reached a record 4.9 million at the start of 2013, figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown.

Forgotten invoices cost SMEs dear

UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) could be losing up to £3.7 billion as a result of poor internal systems and financial accounting, according to a survey by Exact.

Three in five workers stressed at work

More than three in five workers (64 per cent) admit to feeling stressed at work, according to research from YouGov conducted on behalf of Westfield Health.

Employers get savvy with staff benefits

More employers and HR professionals are aligning their staff benefit packages with the company's objectives, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has found.

Half of employers increase staff wages

Almost half (49 per cent) of small businesses with employees on the national minimum wage (NMW) have increased wages in the last 12 months or are considering raising pay in the future, research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

End of auto-rollover energy contracts for businesses

Small businesses will no longer be locked into 'automatic rollover' energy contracts after five of the UK's 'big six' energy companies agreed to end the practice.

School-leavers need better workplace skills, say business groups

Young people in the UK are leaving school unprepared for employment and the workplace, business groups have said.

Bonus pay gap widens

The bonus pay gap between women and men is widening as some male managers earn bonuses which are on average double those for women, according to figures from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Zero-hour contracts reach million mark

New research suggests that the number of workers on zero- hour contracts - those which offer no guarantee of hours or pay - is more widespread than thought.

Northern Ireland SMEs need more employment support

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) need more support and guidance about their employment rights and responsibilities, a report published by the Northern Ireland Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) has found.