It seems summer has not quite left us yet, with many trying to make the most of the September sunshine. However, business continues as usual and it’s been another positive week for SMEs with UK start up growth continuing to boom and several new initiatives to support small businesses. Please see below a roundup of this week’s news:
- According to new research by Companies House, the number of UK start-ups increased by 21 per cent in the past year. Nottingham took the top spot for the most growth, with the city’s fledgling entrepreneurs driving growth by a whopping 68 per cent. Bristol and Birmingham were also key areas, with the number of new companies in both rising by around 40 per cent
- Google plans to support local businesses convert more business during the Rugby World Cup through a new initiative to help small businesses learn crucial skills for the digital age and use the power and reach of the internet to target potential customers. Powered by Google My Business, Google’s small business champions will give local businesses free advice on ways they can display their business information on Google Search, Google Maps and Google+
- Owner-managers are more optimistic than they were 12 months ago, according new research from Allied Irish Banks. According to the study, more than six in ten (62 per cent) owner-managed businesses expect the economic situation to improve in the next year, and nine in ten (90 per cent) are optimistic about future business prospects
Let us know your thoughts on this week’s stories. Where are you based? Are you seeing lots of growth in your area? Will you be taking advantage of Google’s services during the Rugby World Cup? Are you feeling optimistic about your business and where you are headed? Contact us by commenting below or tweeting @Fujitsu_UK or @FujitsuSMELady.