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Mining giant guilty of bribery charges

A MINING subsidiary has pleaded guilty in a London court to seven counts of bribery in Africa. Britain’s Serious Fraud Office exposed "profit-driven” bribery and...
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Boris out! UK SMEs voice drop of confidence in PM

THE MAJORITY of UK SMEs want Boris Johnson to step aside — with 63 percent saying they would like to see him forced out. In...
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I belong tae Glasgae… as do top honours for SME growth

GLASGOW has emerged as the best city to work for a small business in Britain. Research by small business lender iwoca ranked areas using ONS...
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SMEs hamstrung by Apprenticeship Levy limitations

AS THE UK celebrates National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2022, the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) urges levy-paying recruitment firms and SMEs to make...
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SMEs and the wolf at the door

By LUCY TROTT and KATIE PHILIPSON THROUGHOUT the pandemic, a steady stream of government support was made available to prop-up businesses. As we move towards a...
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SDG11: From city to slum: urban challenges that must be overcome

SDG11’s goal is to make cities “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. As with all the SDGs, the aim is ambitious … and difficult to...
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Key announcements from Spring Budget that affect entrepreneurs

By SARAH BALCHIN WITH all the speculation around changes to personal tax in the run up to the Spring Budget, in the end, very little...
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Company boards ‘flounder on diversity and inclusion’

A REPORT by the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) Diversity and Inclusion points to a lack of trustee board diversity in the UK. It...
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Bezos stepping-down — ish: a new role for Amazon head

JEFF BEZOS is stepping-down as chief executive of Amazon, but "this isn't about retiring,” he has announced. The billionaire, who founded the e-commerce giant some...
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ESG integration boost for Blackrock’s DC strategy

US INVESTMENT company BlackRock’s UK Defined Contribution (DC) default strategy, LifePath, is moving to the next phase of ESG integration. The move will increase LifePath UK’s ESG exposure,...