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Apprenticeship levy reform needed to benefit firms like APB Group and address skills gap

According to a recent report from the Learning and Work Institute, the government risks losing 75,000 apprenticeships at SMEs if it fails to reform the apprenticeship levy and provide additional funds.

Speciality Breads showcase perfect green model for government’s new environment bill

The government’s new environment bill introduced earlier in the year could prove a turning point on plastic usage in the UK, with businesses having to adapt to fall in line with its requirements.

UK economic growth at slowest rate in almost ten years, ONS says

The Office for National Statistics has shown that the UK economy has slowed to its lowest rate of growth since the first three months of 2010.

Jingye Group agrees £70 million deal in principle to rescue British Steel

Chinese firm Jingye Group has agreed a deal in principle to purchase British Steel for £70 million.

The Weekly Review: Nov 4 - Nov 10

Every Sunday, we bring together the most important stories of the week from across a wide range of sectors.

SNP promise to protect NHS from privatisation in its election manifesto

The SNP’s election manifesto will include a pledge to introduce legislation protecting the NHS from privatisation and excluding it from any future trade deals.

How companies can learn from Global Insulation Logistics' international business model

Whatever a person's views on Brexit, canny business owners will see an opportunity to flex their international credentials by appealing to new markets. Free trade on services will be a priority for whichever party forms a government in December. Statistics show that UK services stagnated in October 2019 as Brexit was delayed once again, and as has been widely reported one of the key issues crippling British business at present is that uncertainty about the future relationship not just with the European Union, but countries outside of the bloc as well. The UK’s private sector has contracted in four of the past five months in the wider service industry.

Latent potential lies in mid-market industrial businesses, say a2e

Recent stockpiling in preparation for the now-altered Brexit deadline of the 31st of March led to an artificial jump in order demand in the manufacturing world. The HIS Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index rose across October, although still remains ultimately in contraction, as it has for the last six months.

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