March 04, 2016
Over 80% of companies already file their documents digitally with Companies House. Now the organisation is aiming to be 100% digital by 2018/19. It hopes to persuade more people of the benefits of online filing. It says the fees associated with some documents are lower when filing online compared to paper - an Annual Return costs £13 when filed online for example, but £40 when filed by paper. You can register for online filing on the Companies House website.
UK export growth continued to slow at the end of 2015, according to a report from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and DHL. Among manufacturers, the balance of firms reporting improvements in export sales over the previous three months fell from +10% in Q3 to just +1%, the lowest level since Q3 2009. The biggest declines in export volumes were in the Midlands and the North West. John Longworth, BCC director general, said: "While the rate of growth has dropped significantly, exports are continuing to grow - a testament to British businesses, particularly in the face of such global uncertainty."
Entrepreneur Baroness Michelle Mone has unveiled the findings of her independent review to help increase business start-ups in disadvantaged communities. Mone has made several key recommendations to the Government including improving access to start-up loans, strengthening the quality of New Enterprise Allowance support and encouraging more self-employed people to become mentors. Mone said: "This report is only the beginning. I will continue to work in a personal capacity with high street banks to create a nationwide network of bank-funded enterprise hubs and support more people to become self-employed."
Most potential apprentices have no idea where to turn to for advice before embarking on an apprenticeship career path according to a new survey. A study by Positive Outcomes found that 63% of young people didn't know of any organisations that could help them find an apprenticeship other than advisers at school. Ryan Longmate, joint managing director of Positive Outcomes, said: "This is a worrying statistic. With the Government looking to create three million apprenticeships by 2020, it's essential that young people know where to turn."