In this week’s small business news and finance round-up, we pay homage to National Apprenticeship Week 2015, and take a close look at what the political party leaders are promising for SMEs in the lead-up to the election. Plus, heart-stopping technology that means you’ll never have to remember an online password again – read on…
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Businesses get behind apprenticeships | SmallBusiness.co.uk
Happy National Apprenticeship Week 2015!
We’re officially celebrating and raising awareness of apprentices and apprenticeships up and down the country for the eighth year in a row this week. If you don’t know a lot about apprentices, or think they’re a waste of time – think again.
This article has some very impressive stats to reinforce just why we need to start using apprenticeships more. For example, 77% of the small businesses polled agreed that apprenticeships develop skills that can only be gained through employment. For more persuasive figures, see the link above.
Review: The Small Business Debate | Your Better Business blog
In case you missed it, the beginning of March saw leaders of all the main political groups gather together to discuss what’s important for small businesses in the upcoming election. See what they had to say in this neat round-up of key areas, including taxes, SME finance and female entrepreneurship.
Another important reminder to investigate this government scheme that many SMEs simply haven’t taken advantage of. The Growth Vouchers scheme has been sorely underused so far, and is due to close at the end of March. See the link above and don’t lose out!
Former Labour minister Lord Hutton has spoken out with his views that all workers should be targeted to save much more for their pension than they are currently putting away. To give you an idea, the current government auto-enrolment scheme puts away 2% for each worker. Read above to see forecasts of the impact this would have.
Sci-fi films everywhere are becoming less fiction, more prophecy, as the latest wearable tech is announced and blowing everyone’s minds. A company in Canada has revealed their bracelet – a Nymi Band – which measures a wearer’s cardiac rhythms and can apparently be used in place of a password or PIN online. Find out how in this piece.