22 Jan 2015

Reforming Apprenticeships - Government asks for SME perspective

The government recently issued a statement outlining the next steps in apprenticeship reform in response to a consultation from March last year “The future of apprenticeships in England: funding reform technical consultation”. The two proposed payment models in the consultation were either PAYE or Apprenticeship Credits. Read more

15 Jan 2015

Research reveals “soft skills” are worth an extra £88bn in increased productivity to the UK economy

Research commissioned by McDonalds reveals that “soft skills” are worth an extra £88bn in increased productivity to the UK economy. According to Development Economics and YouGov 97% of employers believe soft skills like team work, time management, decision making and responsibility are beneficial to the economy but surprisingly only half of employees believed that these skills are useable skills. Read more

07 Jan 2015

SMEs left vulnerable by late payments from larger companies

A recent Institute of Directors (IoD) survey has revealed that many SMEs are struggling to manage their finances and are placing plans for growth on hold, as a result of companies failing to pay invoices on time. Read more

06 Jan 2015

A positive outlook amongst UK businesses

UK business confidence is strong for 2015, according to Trevor Williams, Lloyds Bank Chief Economist and member of the shadow Monetary Policy Committee. 2014 saw steady growth across the UK, providing a broad base for economic recovery and looking ahead to 2015 the prospects for continued growth are promising. Read more

04 Dec 2014

Enterprise Europe Network - adding value through a national network focussed on local innovation

Exemplas is excited to be a regional consortium partner supporting the Enterprise Europe Network in the East of England as it works with Innovate UK to expand and include greater focus on innovation. The enhanced service will become a more central and integral part of the support provided by the new Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Read more