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Productivity through tech, UK firms. More cyber, more cloud, more ERP!

Low take-up of readily available tech is fuelling Blighty's "deep-seated productivity problems", the club for supposed captains of industry the CBI has said. The government needs to build an ecosystem that will encourage greater investment and for British businesses to act and make the most of these opportunities, according to …
Kat Hall, 13 Nov 2017
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Fancy that – the sharing economy lobby doesn't speak for the sharers

Comment Perhaps it's time to retire the term "sharing economy" once and for all. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) this week swallowed up the "gig economy" trade group Sharing Economy UK. "Sharing economy" was initially used to describe individuals trading under-utilised private assets or labour informally, on a peer-to-peer …
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Slash tuition fees for STEM students, biz boss body begs UK.gov

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is demanding that the government take action on the skills shortage in tech and engineering, proposing lower tuition fees for courses and new training for existing workers. The CBI said that a survey it conducted with survey haus Pearson last year showed that 42 per cent of companies …
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eBay biz millionaires proliferate as high street suffers

The number of eBay UK millionaires could rise to over 150 this year, while high street shops battle increasing retail gloom. The online tat bazaar said million-pound businesses were set to rise by 25 per cent in 2011, with most of them (98 per cent) boosting their sales through exports. "New figures project that 11 of this …
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CBI demands action from Osborne

Business lobby group the CBI warned Chancellor George Osborne that the Budget must focus on helping UK companies grow by improving access to finance, cutting energy costs and increasing exports. The CBI said the Chancellor should redouble efforts to increase exports. It welcomed recent moves to make export credit insurance …
John Oates, 7 Mar 2011
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British biz roasts Hargreaves' 'Google Review'

The Google Review – or to give its official title, The Intellectual Property Office's Independent Review of IP and Growth – has come under a sustained fire. It is the last day of submissions before Hargreaves and his team of five experts go away and ponder. The initiative was created as part of Cameron's "Shoreditch Roundabout" …
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Coalition failing on UK economy

The Coalition government might be doing a good job of slashing public spending, but it lacks the vision needed to get the UK economy back on track. The criticism comes from outgoing CBI boss Richard Lambert, who used his final speech as boss of the lobby group to lambast the government's failure to outline a path to economic …
John Oates, 25 Jan 2011
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UK services still shrinking

Business and professional services have had a flat quarter with business volume and prices broadly unchanged, while consumer services have seen an unexpected decline. Consumer service companies were expecting modest growth in the quarter rather than a fall. Some 30 per cent of consumer firms said the value of business rose, …
John Oates, 29 Nov 2010
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Immigration caps won't touch tech transfers

Home Secretary Theresa May's announcement of restrictions to immigration have met a mixed response - because intra-company transfers, well used by technology companies, are excluded from the deal. The minimum salary for those entering the UK under intra-company transfers has been raised to £40,000 and their stay will be …
John Oates, 24 Nov 2010
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CBI calls for other people to suffer cuts

Lobby group the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is urging Chancellor George Osborne to make cuts to the public sector rather than increasing the tax burden on its members. In a letter to the Chancellor ahead of the emergency Budget the business group calls for major reform of the public sector to create savings to help …
John Oates, 10 Jun 2010
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UK small biz gets sterling boost, no thanks to banks

Demand from home and overseas customers is helping UK small and medium manufacturers, but getting credit from banks is still a nightmare. The CBI's quarterly survey found 36 per cent of companies had seen a jump in orders in the first three months of the year, compared to 26 per cent which reported a fall in orders. The plus …
John Oates, 4 May 2010
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Biz services holding back recovery

Business and professional services are recovering much more slowly than consumer services although both sections of the economy expect some growth in the next three months. Nine per cent of firms selling to consumers expect some growth in the volume of business in the next quarter and 12 per cent of firms offering business …
John Oates, 1 Mar 2010
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UK manufacturing getting worse more slowly

UK manufacturing is showing some signs of improvement in export orders, thanks to the weak pound, but total orders remain low. Export orders are higher than normal at 14 per cent of firms but below normal at 38 per cent of companies, according to a CBI survey. That gives a balance of -23 per cent - which is the least negative …
John Oates, 19 Feb 2010
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Government drops jail for data thieves... again

The government has quietly dropped plans to jail personal data thieves, frustrating the Information Commissioner and arousing criticism of the Data Protection Act as toothless. Ministers had planned to grant judges stronger powers against unscrupulous private investigators and journalists from April. In a private briefing to …
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CBI kills off the recovery before it's begun

The Confederation of British Industry is not convinced the economy is over the worst, despite its latest survey showing a continued growth in confidence. The CBI quarterly survey found a small rise in business volume in the three months ended in December, along with a small rise in profitability. But most firms do not expect …
John Oates, 11 Jan 2010
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Credit crunch? It won't be over by Christmas

The impact of the recession on British businesses may well be permanent, and will certainly last until well into the next decade, the UK's union for bosses has declared. The downturn has had four major impacts on UK firms, according to business lobby group the Confederation of British Industry. British business does not …
John Oates, 23 Nov 2009
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Equality Bill U-turn could damage businesses, warns expert

The Government has published its proposals for new equality legislation and one employment law expert has warned that a policy U-turn could leave companies exposed to a deluge of equal pay claims. The just-published Equality Bill gives the Government the power to introduce regulations forcing companies of more than 250 …
OUT-LAW.COM, 1 May 2009
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Manufacturers notch up weakest output since 1980

UK manufacturers expect to slash factory output in the coming months as orders for March fell at their sharpest rate in 17 years. Business group the Confederation of British Industry issued a dire forecast today in which it said that output levels were likely to mark the weakest demand for UK manufactured goods since the last …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Mar 2009

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