Small businesses are often described as the backbone of the economy because of the jobs they create and contribution they make to national prosperity. But do they need more support from government?
Escaping from your smartphone is almost impossible as its addictive design trumps our ability to resist. But there is growing anxiety that we’re losing control as the time spent staring at screens escalates.
Everyone appreciates the value of a good education as a way to develop a career and live a good life. Even during difficult times education is prized as students and parents enjoy its benefits.
Trust in government, credible business organisations, community and social supports, income levels, and the ability to make choices are listed as some of the things that make us happy. Increasing the number of positive experiences we have on a daily basis is also seen as beneficial to our general wellbeing.
The British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme has lent £500 million to UK small businesses since it was set up in 2012, with £7.3m being leant in NI, according to official figures published in June.
Technology has always changed how people live and created demand for new rules and regulations. But in the digital age new laws are urgently needed to protect the next generation of young people.
Financial incentives of £1,500 are on offer for budding Belfast entrepreneurs to help ‘kick start’ their business, thanks to a new, free programme launched this week by Belfast City Council.
Technology is changing the role of the finance director in all types of businesses, as automation and artificial intelligence spread into every function. As a result, finance personnel need to learn new skills and retain their ability to add worth to the business.