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August 29, 2014

Also in the news this week – 29 August 2014

Want advice from top UK business thinkers?

Small Business Advice Week (SBAW) takes place from 1 to 7 September 2014. The campaign is encouraging owners and managers of the UK’s small businesses to take just one piece of vital advice this week that could have a positive outcome – creating a bigger “ripple effect” for the UK economy. Supported by Vonage, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), SBAW is bringing together the top UK business thinkers to give expert guidance on all aspects of running a business. Businesses can join the conversation on Twitter (@SmallBizAdvWeek), Facebook and Google+ using #SBAW.

Winchester is self-employment capital of the UK

A study of the UK's 50 largest cities has revealed that Winchester is the self-employed capital of the country. The research by Everreach shows that 20% of Winchester's 57,200 workers are now self-employed – the highest proportion of self-starters in the UK, followed by St Albans (18%) and Brighton (17.9%). London comes in fifth place with 17.3%. The number of self-employed people has grown by more than 1.5 million in the past 13 years to 4.6 million and currently accounts for more than 15% of the UK workforce.

BCC members want change in relationship with EU

A growing number of businesses support a re-negotiated relationship with the EU, according to the latest EU Business Barometer by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). It found that 60% of respondents (an increase of 6% since Q1 2014) believe that remaining in the EU while transferring specific powers back to Westminster would positively impact the UK’s prospects. However, 59% of firms believe that leaving the EU altogether would damage the UK’s prospects.

Work worries impact on holidays

Brits are only relaxed for 42% of their summer holiday according to new research by LondonOffices.com. Most respondents said that on a one-week holiday they only felt truly relaxed for three days. And 58% said that the fifth day was the most depressing as it was the realisation point that you’re nearer the end of the holiday than the beginning. One respondent said: “The more I sit and do nothing, the more I’m organising next week's meetings and tasks. I have to go on sightseeing or adventure holidays to take my mind off work.”