Business Recruitment in London Expected to Pick Up

Recruitment freezes in London caused by the recession are expected to thaw over the coming six months, and firms are cautiously optimistic about prospects for the economy, according to the latest CBI / KPMG London Business Survey. More London companies (45%) are planning to hire as normal over the next six months, compared with 11% a year ago. Only 16% of companies said that they would have a recruitment freeze during the next six months, compared with 26% a year ago. The proportion of companies saying they would make redundancies over the next six months fell to 29% from 53% a year ago. Recruitment freezes are expected to fall by more than a third to 16%, from 26%. At the same time, the proportion of companies making redundancies is predicted to fall from 53% to 29%. The survey shows a co... »

Dragon Awards Open to London’s Socially-conscious Firms

London businesses running or taking part in volunteer community projects are being invited on to enter the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards so they can have their achievements recognised. The Dragon Awards aim to raise the profile of business contributions towards social and economic regeneration across London’s 33 boroughs. Businesses likely to be eligible for awards are those that help their communities as part of their staff training or out of a sense of corporate social responsibility. The awards are not open to charities. Although there are not separate categories for small firms to apply to, the judges will typically give an award to one large business and one small business in each category. Interested firms must apply online and submit a short video or up to ten digital photo... »

London Start-Ups Offered Free Franchising Help

Small Business News – 1st June 2008 London entrepreneurs considering setting up as franchisees can find out more by attending a series of free seminars run by the London Development Agency’s Business London Franchise initiative. The 20 half-day seminars will provide impartial guidance on franchising in various locations around London from June this year to March 2009. “The workshops will include the fundamentals of franchising, because people know about the branding but don’t really understand the concept itself,” said Anne Stilton, project manager for business support specialist Exemplas, which is involved in delivering the seminars. “Then we help to evaluate whether setting up a franchise is right for the individual, which includes a SWOT analysis, and... »