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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Businesses in the UK are in the grip of their own little ‘cyber-war’ as employees defy workplace restrictions on social media and cloud services – and this is likely to become worse as increasingly tech-savvy young people enter the labour market.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Engineering might raise few eyebrows for its failings at encouraging and supporting female talent to progress in their careers, but the media, marketing and advertising industries have also come in for criticism.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The number of people who lose their lives at work has dropped by 85 per cent over the past 40 years according to new statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The number of companies going into liquidation fell to the lowest level since 2008 during the second quarter of the year - but individual insolvencies jumped at the fastest rate since 2010, according to new figures.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

As the official measure of the UK’s economic performance suggests a return to pre-recession levels, research today reveals that the majority of SMEs believe that gross domestic product (GDP) is irrelevant and does not reflect the true business environment.

Monday, 28 July 2014

The administrators of collapsed high street retailer Comet could face possible disciplinary action after failing to properly consult employees about redundancies, which could land taxpayers with a £26m compensation bill.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Retailers with strong online offerings are set to benefit as shoppers increasingly look online for the best prices for groceries, according to new research.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Henry Dimbleby, the co-founder of Leon restaurants and founding director of the Sustainable Restaurants Association, will join Starbucks' UK marketing and category director Steve Flanagan and Sarah Doyle, brand director at Eat. as keynote speakers at this year's Lunch! trade show in London.

Monday, 28 July 2014

North West plcs have bucked a national trend, with fewer of them issuing profit warnings in the first six months of 2014, according to a report from EY.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Three North West companies born out of the public sector were wined and dined at a special reception at 10 Downing Street held to celebrate the achievements of mutual businesses.

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