August 16, 2013
Builders top poll of healthy workers
Fresh air, proper lunch breaks, a healthy packed lunch, few snacks and an active job – all these factors have ensured that builders are the healthiest workers in the UK. Other healthy workers include lawyers, shop assistants, teachers and secretaries. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the poll of 2,000 employees by The Co-operative Food finds that call centre staff are the unhealthiest set of workers in Britain, giving in to the temptation to snack throughout the day and leading a sedentary life. The research finds that four in ten people say work is to blame for the fact they are not healthier, while 46% blame work for their lack of exercise.
UK trade deficit falls
There has been a significant fall in the UK's trade deficit, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Allowing for seasonal adjustments, the UK's deficit on trade in goods and services was estimated to have been £1.5 billion in June, compared with a deficit of £2.6 billion in May. Exports of goods to countries outside of the EU increased in June by £1.3 billion to £14.2 billion. Trade in goods with countries within the EU was relatively unchanged. David Kern, chief economist at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: "Britain's exporters are now starting to focus more on trade with countries outside the EU. This is particularly encouraging as these countries are growing at a faster rate and will be the ones that provide the greatest opportunities for UK firms."
Increase in online buying from abroad
New research from Rakuten LinkShare and Forrester Consulting shows that 68% of online shoppers have bought something online from outside their home country in the past year. In the UK, this rises to 75% of shoppers buying cross-border in the past 12 months, with transactions between the UK and the US being particularly well-established. The research covers the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Japan, Brazil, France and Germany and it reveals that ecommerce is expected to grow to $1.3 trillion by the end of 2013.
New opportunities for start-ups in Hong Kong
Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK), the inward investment arm of the Hong Kong Government, has appointed a UK representative for its 2013 StartmeupHK Venture Programme. Nick Giles will take on the role of StartmeupHK Ambassador. In addition, a StartmeupHK competition will see 12 successful entrepreneurs travel to Hong Kong in December to pitch to investors and get advice on setting up in Hong Kong. Applications for the 2013 StartmeupHK Venture Programme close on 26 August 2013.
Small Business Saturday comes to the UK
Small Business Saturday is an American idea that is coming to the UK this year. The Government is putting its weight behind the campaign in conjunction with partners including American Express. The big day will be 7 December 2013 – the busiest shopping day of the year. Chuka Umunna MP, the shadow secretary of state for business, innovation and skills, is taking part in a live Tweet Chat on Twitter on 20 August to discuss how business owners can get involved and make the most of the event. To take part, follow @SmallBizSatUK and join the conversation using the hashtag #SmallBizSatUK.