Having been ignored for decades, apprenticeships are back for good. According to the government, ‘over 2.1m people have started apprenticeships this Parliament, with a six-fold increase in higher apprenticeships started since 2009-10’. The number is planned to increase and there’s an apprenticeship voucher scheme on the way, scheduled for roll-out in 2017. In yesterday’s Budget from Chancellor George Osborne, the apprentice wage went up by 57p an hour to £3.30 – equivalent to an annual salary increase of over £1,000 for a full time worker.
CJAM is strengthening its team with two senior appointments. Yvonne Lidgate joins as business development manager to help generate new business opportunities for CJAM’s marketing and association management clients, while Lucy French joins as Account Director to develop and lead creative, high impact marketing campaigns.
As International Women’s Day fast approaches, female hierarchy within British business is at the forefront of the political agenda.
The UK has committed £6bn to support the growth of its science industry in a move welcomed by both the pharma and biotech industries.
The UK’s manufacturing industry continued to grow in August 2013 as output and new orders in the sector rose at the fastest rate since 1994. August was the country’s fifth consecutive month of expansion, according to the Markit/CIPS Purchase Managing Index.
Extensive new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows that 58 per cent more of the money spent by local authorities with small firms is re-spent in the local economy compared to that spent with large businesses in the same area.
Confidence among small businesses rose to its highest level in three years according to the latest Small Business Index from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), with confidence rising across all parts of the UK and in most sectors.