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‘Appy days for UK digital economy

Companies in the UK developing and selling apps for smartphones and tablets are forecast to generate some £4 billion of revenues this year, more than in any other European economy and cementing the UK’s position in […]

Major business groups positive on UK economy

The Confederation of British Industry says growth reached a record high in May, the best reading since it began gathering data in 2003, citing increased confidence, easier access to credit and better global economic conditions as […]

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Business Investment Surge Expected… Despite Ongoing Bank Lending Constraints

Small and medium-sized business could invest more than £80bn in the UK over the next 12 months, according to a survey of 1,168 business owners by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks. The survey concludes that more […]

UK economy doing better than England World Cup team?

Following a week in which a Home Office report into pub opening times during the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil, concluded that England have only an 11% chance of progressing beyond the quarter final stages […]

Contractor Demand Round Up

According to April 2014’s Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)/KPMG Report on Jobs, contractor demand continued to increase during April 2014 across all the main sectors and the availability of candidates also fell at the sharpest […]

First growth in demand for IT contractors of 2014

April saw the rate of growth in demand for IT contractors increase for the first time in 2014. Whilst demand has been growing in the first quarter, the rate of growth had been declining, a […]

UK economy goes from strength to strength

Earlier this week the Centre for Economic and Business Research upgraded its forecast for growth in the UK economy, from 2.8% to 3.1%, for 2014, which would be the strongest rate of growth since the […]

Double hit of good news for the economy

The UK economy received a double boost on Tuesday, as the IMF increased its growth forecast and strong production figures were released. For the second time in six months the IMF increased its growth forecast […]