Small Businesses in Europe Still Not Embracing the Digital Agenda

Wider adoption of digital solutions is needed, but SMEs need to feel confident and assured about online security The benefits of the digital world – such as e-commerce, e-invoicing and cloud computing – are not being embraced by SMEs across Europe, says ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) today in a new survey report called A digital agenda for European SMEs The report will be launched at a roundtable event organised by ACCA and UEAPME (the European Association of Craft, Small and medium-sized Enterprises), held in Brussels on the 6 October called “The benefits of the Digital Agenda for SMEs: towards simplification, enhanced cross-border trade and diversified access to finance”. Hosted by Paul Rübig, MEP, the event will examine the EU’s Digital Agenda for SMEs w... »

Experts Call for Reform of UK’s Skills System to Boost Economy

Experts this week warned that the UK’s economy – currently the sixth largest in the world – is set to slide down the international rankings unless its skills and employment systems are fundamentally reformed and improved. The report, Ambition 2020, published this week by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, says that an extra 20 million people need to improve their skills if the UK is to achieve its ambition of being in the top eight countries in the world for skills, jobs and productivity by 2020. It also calls for an increase in the number of apprenticeships available for young people and adults; for prospective students to be given more and better information about the range of courses and qualifications on offer; and for more encouragement for businesses to create highly-skille... »

Report on Competition in the UK

The UK is “mediocre” compared to other business nations… »