Business structures

Most start-ups based at home

Seventy per cent of all new businesses are started at home, research by AXA Business Insurance and the Enterprise Nation business network has found.

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Employee 'shares for rights' scheme comes into force

A new employment status that allows workers to waive certain rights - such as the ability to claim for unfair dismissal - in exchange for shares has come into effect.

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Government consults on new tax reliefs

The Government has launched a consultation on providing two new tax reliefs worth £50 million to boost and support the creation of employee-owned companies.

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Employee ownership backed by Government

British businesses are to be given more education and support on becoming employee-owned firms, the minister for employment relations Jo Swinson has announced.

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Just 4% of SMEs have provided services for the Olympics

Only four per cent of Britain's SMEs have provided goods and services for the Olympic and Paralympic games, a survey claims.

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Government to shift spending power to UK cities

Britain's eight biggest cities outside London have been handed more power to make localised decisions on finance, transport and education, the Government has announced.

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Reforms to allow shareholders a say on executive pay

Reforms affecting the way top executives are paid are to be brought forward, the Government has announced.

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Four out of five companies offer flexi-working

Over 80 per cent of UK firms now offer employees flexible working options, a new study has found; although nearly 38 per cent of businesses only extend the privilege to senior members of staff.

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Challenges remain in gender equality says EU report

Improving gender equality is vital in driving a European economic recovery, an annual report by the European Commission (EC) has said.

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Business confidence rises despite economic fears

Businesses remain confident of their prospects for the next six months, despite losing confidence in the global economy.

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