Business start-ups

Northern Ireland's entrepreneurs to receive support programme

Entrepreneurs and start-ups in Northern Ireland are to receive a new support programme to get their business ideas off the ground; Northern Ireland's enterprise minister Arlene Foster has announced.

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Entrepreneur scheme extended to boost enterprise

The New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme has been extended to give 33,000 extra jobseekers help to set up their own business.

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Entrepreneur an outdated term?

Only four per cent of business owners consider themselves to be entrepreneurs, research from business software provider Sage has found.

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Venture capital investments between EU countries causing tax issues

A consultation into tax problems arising from venture capital investment made across different EU states has been launched by the European Commission (EC).

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Crowd funding: alternative lending for businesses

Crowd funding and peer-to-peer lending are fast becoming the new and reliable alternatives for businesses struggling to access finance from high street banks. Their increasing popularity has seen them lend millions of pounds to entrepreneurs and start-ups, and the Government is now on board too. We explain how they work and look at the pros and cons of the two main types of alternative lending available through these platforms.

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New guidance for SMEs on alternative finance

New guidance on how to raise finance through alternative forms of lending has been launched for start-ups and small businesses.

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Average cost of starting a business edges close to six-figures

Entrepreneurs require an average of £94,000 in capital to get their business off the ground, research from personal asset lender Borro has found.

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Disused Government properties available for start-ups

Start-ups and small businesses will be able to take advantage of 20 disused Government properties at low rental costs, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced.

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Technology makes it 'easier than ever' to start a business

Technological developments mean that today it is 'easier than it has ever been to start a business, and quicker than it ever has been to grow', a report into SMEs claims.

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StartUp Loans launched to kick-start young businesses

A new loan scheme to provide entrepreneurial 18 to 24 year olds with the funds they need to get their business started has been launched.

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