The Solent Growth Hub supports innovation, growth and enterprise in the Solent region by helping growing and ambitious businesses implement growth strategies. To find out more about call 01329 820898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Business Growth Service helps those businesses who have the right level of ambition, capability and capacity to improve and grow. It brings together a broad range of expertise, so that you can get the right advice and support to fulfil your growth potential. To find out more visit http://www.ga.businessgrowthservice.greatbusiness.gov.uk/
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Start-up Loans for Young People are flexible loans with an average of £2500 available. Anyone 18-24 years old can apply through the online application process and repayments can be spread over as long as 5 years depending on the needs of the new business. Interest on the loan is fixed at 6%. Each applicant is assigned a business mentor to help refine the business idea and give support to launch the new business. For further information email email@example.com.
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The Carbon Trust has published a guide for SMEs across the UK to help them unlock their potential for green growth. The free guide includes templates for energy and environment policies, as well as a checklist to assess current sustainability. A Carbon Footprinting Guide is also available. For further information call 020 3930 4452 or visit www.carbontrust.com/client-services/advice/business-advice
Guidance on how to comply with trading standards law is freely available to all businesses operating in Hampshire. Find out more about the Trading Standards vetted and approved business scheme - Buy With Confidence. Could your business make the grade?
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HMRC have been working to make tax easier, quicker and simpler for small businesses to deal with. HMRC have published an online guide to show some of the things that they have done to achieve this.
To check out the current minimum wage rates visit https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates.
The British Chambers of Commerce and NEST National Employment Savings Trust have created a business guide to auto-enrolment, designed to help employers plan for legal changes to workplace pensions. Automatic enrolment, which requires employers to enrol certain staff into a pension scheme and make contributions to it, is the biggest change to pension provision in the UK for generations. New duties apply to many more SMEs.
Health for Work provides a free resource for small businesses to manage absenteeism in the workplace. For advice on how to effectively address the issue of employee health, minimise the impact of staff illness, and provide essential support to staff with physical or mental health issues Click here.
The Consumer Financial Education Body provides financial education in the workplace. Their purpose is to provide impartial advice on personal money matters and help people improve their ability to manage their money. This has a positive impact on wellbeing and mental distress, which will consequently have a positive effect on staff absenteeism and retention. Further assistance can be found at The Money Advice Service