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FCA trials website for small firms

Posted on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has developed a new website for small firms based on feedback that the current FCA website is difficult to navigate. The new website, which is currently in beta only, provides small firms with information about becoming authorised by the FCA, the obligations of regulated firms and the tasks they must…

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SYNC-BOX SUCCESS IN THE DRAGON’S DEN

Posted on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Innovative socket for flush fitting TV’s gets investment for growth. Entrepreneurs Steve Noyes and Duncan Summers of technology company Eyestones, based at the Enterprise Foundation’s Maidstone Enterprise Centre, have successfully secured an offer of £55,000 from investor Deborah Meaden on the BBC’s Dragons Den. In the episode of the show broadcast on Sunday 26th July,…

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Plans for alternative dispute resolution announced

Posted on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The Department for Business (BIS) has published a policy paper that explains alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which enables consumers to settle disputes with traders via an ADR scheme instead of taking legal action. The Alternative Dispute Regulations 2015 establishes competent authorities to certify ADR schemes and set standards that ADR scheme providers, such as trade…

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Employers’ less confident in ‘fit note’

Posted on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Research published by the EEF has indicated that the number of employers who think ‘fit notes’ are effective has fallen by almost 20% since their introduction in 2010. Around one third of employers surveyed in 2010 (when fit notes were first introduced) thought fit notes would not help staff return to work, but this has…

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Coastal Revival Fund opens for bids

Posted on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is inviting bids for a new £3 million Coastal Revival Fund. The fund will provide grants of up to £50,000 for restoration projects to revive heritage buildings such as piers, lidos, promenades and Martello towers in coastal towns. The funding is intended to contribute to local economic…

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The free, voluntary and confidential service, known as Fit for Work, will provide the services of health professionals to employed people if they have been, or are likely to be, off work for four weeks or more due to illness or related issues. Fit for Work particularly benefits SMEs with limited access to occupational health…

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Cyber security voucher scheme for small firms

Posted on Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Smaller firms are to be offered vouchers of up to £5,000 each under a new £1 million Cyber Security Innovation Vouchers scheme. The voucher scheme will enable eligible firms to receive guidance from Innovate UK, along with specialist advice about cyber security to help them protect their intellectual property and business ideas. Kevin Baughan, Innovate…

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New Grants & Funding page

Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

We’ve revamped our business advice pages based on feedback and experience. You can now see what grants & funding is available in Kent by visiting our Business Advice page. You can also use our interactive map to find what business support is available in your local authority area.

UK Trade Deficit Narrows as Exports Rise

Posted on Friday, July 24th, 2015

Economists said the narrowing boded well for overall growth after net trade was a drag on the economy in a slow first quarter to 2015. A jump in exports helped Britain’s trade gap narrow to its smallest for a year in April, raising hopes that overall economic growth has rebounded from its slump at the…

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UAE GDP Growth Expected to Continue

Posted on Friday, July 24th, 2015

The United Arab Emirates GDP grew 4.6 per cent last year and is set to continue to perform strongly in 2015. Welcoming this growth, Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum announced: “Today UAE has a robust and diversified economic base and great optimism about the future and the projects we have launched.” The UAE…

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