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Workplace Compensation Claims Have Dropped By 50 Per Cent
Workplace compensation cases have fallen by more than 50 per cent in the last decade, reveals a new joint report published today (Wednesday) by the TUC and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers…
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Workplace compensation cases have fallen by more than 50 per cent in the last decade, reveals a new joint report published today (Wednesday) by the TUC and the Association of Personal Injury…
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Train Companies Receiving Billions In Taxpayers' Support


Commenting on today's (Wednesday) report by the Office of Rail Regulation, which reveals that the UK rail industry received over £4bn in government support last year, TUC General Secretary…

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Wed 16th Apr, 2014 | 2:58pm

Co-op Group Workers Urge Board Members To Back Reform And Stop Politicking

Co-op Station Town Store
Co-op Station Town Store
Unite members working for the Co-operative Group have written to the group's regional board members urging them to back reform, warning that they see no viable 'plan B' and that the recent 'public…

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Tue 15th Apr, 2014 | 7:34pm

Connecting Enterprising Women And Girls Programme Launches With Exhibition

Lawnswood pupils who attended the event
Lawnswood pupils who attended the event
Twenty-five Yorkshire schoolgirls attended an inspirational day of talks and activities at Leeds Metropolitan University for a taster session of 2014's Connecting Enterprising Women (CEW) and…

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Tue 15th Apr, 2014 | 4:05pm

Steve Phillip
Why Most Professionals Are Rubbish At Sales
By Steve Phillip
Social Media Expert
photo by decoded conference
photo by decoded conference
I'm going to suggest why most professionals are rubbish at sales. It's not because they have a poor product or service, it's not even because they are incompetent at presenting their expertise…

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Mon 14th Apr, 2014 | 2:36pm

Big Issue Invest's Corporate Social Venturing Challenge


The Big Issue, best known as the organisation that supports homeless people through the sale of its publication, also provides support for social businesses. The Big Issue Invest's Corporate…

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Sat 12th Apr, 2014 | 8:04am

Steeton Firm Rises up to Manorlands Challenge

Staff taking part in the BigK 10K
Staff taking part in the BigK 10K
Acorn Stairlifts, the Steeton-based stairlift manufacturer, has raised over £12,000 for the Sue Ryder Manorlands hospice in Oxenhope.

Almost doubling its total of £6,500 from last…

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Fri 11th Apr, 2014 | 4:56pm

Gangmaster Authority Move Hollow Promise From Government, Warns Unite


Britain's largest union, Unite expressed fears that the move of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) to the Home Office announced by David Cameron (Wednesday 9 April) could dilute the…

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Thu 10th Apr, 2014 | 4:30pm

Andy Steele, Director 360 Chartered Accountants and 5Four Payroll Services
Your First Job?

A stock requirement analyst at Grandways Supermarket in Hull (otherwise known as a shelf stacker!).

How did you get into the career you're in?

I won a training contract at a mid tier firm of accountants in Hull and made it to partner level before I was 30. I left to set 360 up in 2010.

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Michael Ham
What's Hot in Social Media...March
By Michael Ham
Social Media Expert

With the ever changing nature of the social media industry it can be hard to keep track of what's going on and so it's easy to fall behind. With that in mind...we have created a monthly round-up…

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Tue 8th Apr, 2014 | 10:51am

QED Wins Major Muslim Achievement Award


Dr Mohammed Ali, Chief Executive of QED (right) receiving the Uthman Dan Fodio for Community Development by Zaid AL-Rawni, Head of Communications, Islamic Relief (UK) at The Muslim News Awards for…

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Wed 2nd Apr, 2014 | 3:08pm

Plastic Bottle Wall Art - Made In Yorkshire

Stuart Jones with some prints
Stuart Jones with some prints
Innovative Eco-company Co2nscience.com, based in Bradford, Yorkshire are passionate about the planet and dedicated to innovation. Stuart Jones started the business because he wanted to find a…

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Tue 1st Apr, 2014 | 3:29pm

New Report Accuses Government Of Selling Royal Mail 'On The Cheap'

photo by Cristiano Betta
photo by Cristiano Betta
Unite, Britain's biggest union, accused the government of selling Royal Mail on the cheap following the publication of a damning report from the National Audit Office (NAO).

According to the NAO…

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Tue 1st Apr, 2014 | 12:41pm

Massive Boost For Charity In Countdown To Responsible Business Week

Responsible business KC helps students get technical at Hull TeenTech
Responsible business KC helps students get technical at Hull TeenTech
Some of the best known businesses in Yorkshire & Humber have donated 8821 hours in staff volunteering and raised over £180,000 for worthy causes in Yorkshire & Humber alone.

In the countdown…

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Sat 29th Mar, 2014 | 12:45pm

Online Recruiter wins 'Best Candidate Experience' At The Onrec Awards 2014

L-R Chris Coleman (Co-Founder), Vicky Nicholson (Client Coordinator), and Daniel Briggs (Head of Marketing
L-R Chris Coleman (Co-Founder), Vicky Nicholson (Client Coordinator), and Daniel Briggs (Head of Marketing
Online recruiter Blue Octopus have received yet another prestigious award for 'The Best Online Candidate Experience' at this year's Onrec Awards.

This is a massive achievement for the company…

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Thu 27th Mar, 2014 | 5:14pm

New Supermarket On World War Two Airbase


Yorkshire based Chartered Building Surveying Practice Linchpin Ltd, have been appointed to project manage the construction of a new £10M Retail Park and Booths Supermarket at Ringtail Retail…

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Wed 26th Mar, 2014 | 3:49pm

Companies In The Dark About Workplace Heating Laws

cold ass office photo by lara604
cold ass office photo by lara604
A startling number of managers and business owners don't know the laws regarding workplace temperatures, leading to confusion as to whether it's too hot or too cold for employees to work.

The…

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Wed 26th Mar, 2014 | 10:53am

WTC Hull & Humber Celebrates As The Siemens Dream Becomes A Reality

Dominic Ward
Dominic Ward
World Trade Centre directors, official partners and staff are celebrating the news that Siemens has finally committed to the city.

Dominic Ward, senior partner at Andrew Jackson Solicitors and a…

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Tue 25th Mar, 2014 | 3:53pm

Surprise Export Boom For New Yorkshire Business

Richard and Gwen Rymill
Richard and Gwen Rymill
Export sales have doubled turnover for Business Improvement Consultants, Smarter Business Processes over the last 6 months. Founder, Richard Rymill said, "we are currently experiencing growth…

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Tue 25th Mar, 2014 | 11:39am

6 Proven Actions You Must Undertake If You Want New Business From Social Media

Toe in the water photo by salim fadhley
Toe in the water photo by salim fadhley
If you don't want your competitors to leave you standing in their wake this year then you need to get serious about using social media in your business. If up until this point you've simply stuck…

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Mon 24th Mar, 2014 | 12:47pm

South Yorkshire Shapes Up With Workplace Challenge

Staff from Barnsley-based The Symphony Group
Staff from Barnsley-based The Symphony Group
A South Yorkshire initiative encouraging workers to become more active has been hailed a success.

The South Yorkshire Sport Workplace Challenge programme was launched on January 6 to get…

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Sat 22nd Mar, 2014 | 12:14pm

Leeds Businesswomen Anj Handa Nominated For The UK's Largest Diversity Awards


Anj Handa, a Director of People Help People, based in Leeds has been nominated for the Gender Role Model category at The 2014 National Diversity Awards.

Anj's background lies in Equality &…

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Fri 21st Mar, 2014 | 11:00am

Make Or Break Budget Must Focus On Investment, Exports & Energy

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
The CBI reiterated its call for the Chancellor to use his Budget to focus on boosting investment and exports to help build on the recovery and rebalance the economy. The leading business…

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Wed 19th Mar, 2014 | 8:05am

Emma Jaques
The Secret Behind Writing Winning Award Entries
By Emma Jaques
Bids and Tenders Consultant
Trophies photo by Accretion Disc
Trophies photo by Accretion Disc
So, the award-writing season is upon us again. We're beginning to see the adverts, inviting entries into a myriad of award programmes, ready for the glittering award ceremonies that normally take…

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Tue 18th Mar, 2014 | 4:02pm

Why Your Social Media Posts Won't Get Read & 7 Vital Tips To Ensure They Will

On reading photo by Stijlfoto
On reading photo by Stijlfoto
So, you've decided to write a blog, maybe you're going to post a discussion in a LinkedIn group, hoping it will attract attention, positioning you as the fountain of all knowledge on that…

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Mon 17th Mar, 2014 | 3:04pm

Journalism Graduate Becomes Cheerleading Magazine Editor-in-Chief

Charlotte Corner and cheerleaders
Charlotte Corner and cheerleaders
A Leeds Metropolitan University journalism graduate has turned Editor-in-Chief after launching the first issue of her magazine, The Cheerleader.

Last year Charlotte Corner endeavoured to set up…

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Mon 17th Mar, 2014 | 12:16pm

Google shares drop 5% on income fears

Shares in Google fall 5% despite a 32% rise in first-quarter profit in response to worries over future income from advertising.

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16 Apr 2014 8:51 pm

VIDEO: Price war sees Tesco profits fall 6.9%

Tesco has reported a 6.9% fall in group trading annual profit to 3.3bn as it continues to lose market share to discount rivals.

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16 Apr 2014 7:41 pm

London Market Report

Upbeat forecasts for Sports Direct and better-than-expected Chinese growth data send the FTSE 100 higher.

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16 Apr 2014 11:40 am

UK unemployment rate falls to 6.9%

The number of people out of work in the UK has fallen by 77,000 to a five year low of 2.24 million in the three months to February, official figures indicate.

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16 Apr 2014 9:34 am

VIDEO: China's hard-hit steel industry

China's economy grew 7.4% in the first three months of the year - slightly better than expected, but below the government's target.

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16 Apr 2014 9:06 am

UK unemployment rate at 6.9%

The number of people out of work in the UK has fallen by 77,000 to a five year low of 2.24 million in the three months to February, official figures show.

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16 Apr 2014 8:46 am

Credit Suisse rebuffs forex probe

Swiss bank Credit Suisse has found nothing "materially untoward" in how it trades foreign currencies, finance officer David Mathers has said.

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16 Apr 2014 7:51 am

China 'must allow currency to rise'

The US tells China its currency must be allowed to rise if its own and the rest of the world's economy are to see stable growth.

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16 Apr 2014 1:28 am

VIDEO: How steel highlights China weakness

Oversupply and concerns about pollution are causing unprofitable steel plants to close - and that is putting a crimp into employment in China.

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16 Apr 2014 12:06 am

How 3D is changing the shape of lessons

How 3D printing is changing the shape of lessons

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15 Apr 2014 11:02 pm

Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds

Would this dessert taste different on a black plate?

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15 Apr 2014 11:00 pm

US inflation stays low in March

A sharp fall in petrol prices helped to keep US consumer inflation well below the Federal Reserve's 2% target in March.

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15 Apr 2014 1:56 pm

Barclays appoints new board pay boss

Barclays has appointed Crawford Gillies as chairman of its remuneration committee, to replace current chair Sir John Sunderland later this year.

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15 Apr 2014 11:17 am

AUDIO: HSBC sets up small firm lending fund

HSBC is to set up a 6 billion fund for lending to small and medium sized businesses around the UK.

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15 Apr 2014 10:53 am

Free jail-built bikes for jobseekers

Jobseekers in Derby will be given free bikes refurbished by prisoners in a bid to help them find work.

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15 Apr 2014 10:39 am

Yorkshire Cottages Dig Deep For The Dales

L-R Lindsay Wallace & David Sharrod from YDMT, Rachel Dudding, Anne Firth and Deborah Bower from Yorkshire Cottages, Leyburn
L-R Lindsay Wallace & David Sharrod from YDMT, Rachel Dudding, Anne Firth and Deborah Bower from Yorkshire Cottages, Leyburn
Charity support tops £14,000
Yorkshire Cottages, in partnership with Dales Holiday Cottages, has renewed its support for the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) with a donation of…

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Wed 16th Apr, 2014 | 9:45am

Small Businesses Urged To Spring Clean Their Finances

Photo by www.LendingMemo.com
Photo by www.LendingMemo.com
Small businesses are being urged to spring clean their finances after a raft of changes were introduced from April.

Dave Forrester who runs TaxAssist Accountants in Keighley said: "Small…

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Tue 15th Apr, 2014 | 4:31pm

New Partnership To Help Yorkshire Companies Do Business With China

Richard Ward & Bridget Pearson in Guangzhou, China
Richard Ward & Bridget Pearson in Guangzhou, China
Two Yorkshire entrepreneurs have set up a venture to help companies in the region import and export to China.

Richard Ward, originally from Halifax and now based in China, and Bridget Pearson,…

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Mon 14th Apr, 2014 | 5:21pm

Expanding Enterprise Led By Deaf People For Deaf People Moves To Barnsley

managing director Gohar Nisar (centre) with cameraman Bashir Ayub and presenter Sarah Millar
managing director Gohar Nisar (centre) with cameraman Bashir Ayub and presenter Sarah Millar
A pioneering healthcare communications enterprise, run mainly by deaf people, has opened new UK headquarters in Barnsley. Health Deafinitions is a not-for-profit organisation which designs and…

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Sun 13th Apr, 2014 | 9:56am

Workplace Pension Reforms Already Show Some Effect

Workplace pensions - we're in - photo by DWP
Workplace pensions - we're in - photo by DWP
Preliminary findings from new research commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions provide an insight into the initial effects of the workplace pension reforms. The results point to a…

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Fri 11th Apr, 2014 | 8:26pm

TUC Hosts Seminar On What The UK Might Learn From China


With China set to become the largest economy in the world by 2016 and with South Korea spending five times as much as most EU countries on research and development, the TUC is hosting a seminar…

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Fri 11th Apr, 2014 | 2:36pm

Keighley Business Awards Record Number Of Entries

Harry Gration
Harry Gration
Keighley Business Awards is celebrating a strong number of entries as it gears up for nomination day on May 2.

Judging is currently taking place and nominations will be announced on the KBA…

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Wed 9th Apr, 2014 | 7:51pm

Why we're all too shy on social media

photo by Billy Rowlinson
photo by Billy Rowlinson
Inbound marketing - that's the new term. Yellow pages, newspaper and magazine advertising, cold calling, all the 'in your face' marketing methods are dying a death - apparently. But what happens…

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Wed 9th Apr, 2014 | 10:27am

RBS Accused Of 'Stealth Attack' On 44 Local Bank Branches


Unite, Britain's biggest union, has accused taxpayer owned Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) of turning its back on local communities by embarking on a major 'stealth attack' on bank branches.

The…

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Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 | 2:42pm

Skipton Girls Get It Reet With A Bobby Dazzler Of A Business

Skipton Girls Young Enterprise winning team
Skipton Girls Young Enterprise winning team
A team from Skipton Girls High School proved they had Yorkshire enterprise through and through by winning the Craven stage of a national schools business competition.

The team fought off tough…

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Tue 1st Apr, 2014 | 4:58pm

Teams Are Stacking Up For The Leeds Mencap Apprentice Challenge

Jonny Acres Owner of Dots Printhaus together with Gemma Smith and Jo Duffield and Catherine Storey, Senior Fundraising Officer Leeds Mencap.
Jonny Acres Owner of Dots Printhaus together with Gemma Smith and Jo Duffield and Catherine Storey, Senior Fundraising Officer Leeds Mencap.
Eight teams are now going head-to-head in our Apprentice Challenge!

Leeds Mencap are thrilled that another team have thrown their hat into the ring and that two members from the team are scaling…

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Tue 1st Apr, 2014 | 3:14pm

Here's Why It Doesn't Matter If No One Likes Your Social Media Posts

ReTweet photo by Rosaura Ochua
ReTweet photo by Rosaura Ochua
Have you ever shared an article on social media that you were sure others would 'like' or have you written a blog and you were convinced that within hours people would comment on the points you…

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Mon 31st Mar, 2014 | 9:55am

Businesses Will Be Worse Off While Women Remain Rare In The Talent Pipeline

women in the boardroom. Photo by Victor1558
women in the boardroom. Photo by Victor1558
CMI (the Chartered Management Institute) has responded to the third annual progress report from Lord Davies of Abersoch on Women on Boards and the Cranfield University School of Management's…

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Fri 28th Mar, 2014 | 1:11pm

Clocking Up The Miles For Yorkshire Air Ambulance

L-R Andrew Edwards (Managing Director Dynamic Despatch), John Baxter (Paramedic YAA), Neale Jacobs (Operations Manager YAA)
L-R Andrew Edwards (Managing Director Dynamic Despatch), John Baxter (Paramedic YAA), Neale Jacobs (Operations Manager YAA)
A Yorkshire courier specialist is racking up the miles for a series of very special deliveries to keep Yorkshire's Air Ambulance on the move.

At the turn of the year the Leeds-based courier…

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Thu 27th Mar, 2014 | 4:34pm

UK's First University Business School Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Bradford University School of Management
Bradford University School of Management
The UK's first university business school, Bradford University School of Management, has celebrated its 50th anniversary at the House of Commons with more than 75 alumni from around the world and…

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Wed 26th Mar, 2014 | 11:42am

Siemens' Decision Will Boost Regional Supply Chain

Mark O'Reilly
Mark O'Reilly
Siemens' decision to go ahead with the construction of an offshore wind manufacturing plant in Hull will provide a significant boost to the region's offshore and marine engineering supply chain,…

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Tue 25th Mar, 2014 | 4:14pm

Michael Wright, director of Michael Wright Kitchens & Interiors and Yorkshire Heat Pumps
Michael Wright, a Yorkshire-based living and interiors expert, is director of Michael Wright Kitchens & Interiors and Yorkshire Heat Pumps, which are based just outside Harrogate and Ilkley at Blubberhouses.

What was your first job?

I've always been self-employed but my first and real venture was when I finished studying and I started to make furniture in my dad's garage for friends and family.

How did you get into the career that you're in?

I've always had an eye for design and knew that it was something I wanted to do from an early age. I decided that a course in 3D design would be essential and once I'd become familiar with designing and creating, I was able to grow my bespoke kitchens and interiors business - all thanks to word of mouth and strong recommendations. As the business expanded I moved into designing and managing whole house refurbishments where it made sense to start incorporating renewable energy - hence my latest venture - Yorkshire Heat Pumps.

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Businesses Recognise Benefits Of Age Diversity But Must Do More To Prepare For "4G" Future

photo by 8mm & Other Stuff
photo by 8mm & Other Stuff
New CIPD research finds that fears of intergenerational tensions have been over-egged

The UKCES' vision of a "4G" future where employees from four generations will work side by side for the…

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Mon 24th Mar, 2014 | 2:53pm

Students Bank On Their Monetary Policy In Bid For National Prize

 L-R Matthew Potts, Jacob Gibbs, Louis Walker and Joe Ball
L-R Matthew Potts, Jacob Gibbs, Louis Walker and Joe Ball
Four upper sixth students from The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) aim to be on the money when they bid for the top prize in a national economics competition.

The team is competing in the Bank of…

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Sat 22nd Mar, 2014 | 6:55pm

Cameras In The Workplace: Are You Being Watched?

CCTV photo by le Korrigan
CCTV photo by le Korrigan
Increasing numbers of workers are being watched by their bosses via CCTV in their place of work, and it's making them feel under-valued and not trusted. Those are the findings of a survey carried…

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Fri 21st Mar, 2014 | 6:03pm

TUC Launches New Guide To Dyslexia In The Workplace

photo by Victor1558
photo by Victor1558
The TUC has today (Friday) published the third edition of its guide to dealing with dyslexia in the workplace.

Several million working age adults have dyslexia - which can cause problems with…

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Fri 21st Mar, 2014 | 10:58am

Five Ways To Become The 'Best Workplace'

photo by LyndaSanchez
photo by LyndaSanchez
New study reveals that the best workplaces embrace trust-driven employee engagement, making for a great place to work and, ultimately a profitable business.

The large-scale employee survey…

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Tue 18th Mar, 2014 | 5:08pm

Enterprising Yorkshire Students


WE.ARE.YORKSHIRE is the latest young enterprise company to stem from Skipton Girls' High School

The co-operative, of seventeen 16-17 year old girls, was formed as part of the Young Enterprise…

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Mon 17th Mar, 2014 | 9:20pm

Biggest Rise In Pension Saving Since Records Began


Participation in pensions increased in 2013 for the first time since 2006 and represented the largest rise since records began in 1997.

The figures were collected in April 2013 when automatic…

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Mon 17th Mar, 2014 | 2:00pm

Yorkshire Lawyer Urges Chancellor To Engage With Small Businesses As Prepares Budget

George Osborne
George Osborne
A Yorkshire lawyer who works with small firms to turnaround their businesses is calling on the Chancellor to listen to what they actually need and take action in this week's Budget.

After…

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Mon 17th Mar, 2014 | 9:57am

Google shares fall on ad concerns

Shares in Google fall 5% despite reporting first-quarter profit of $3.45bn in response to worries over future income from advertising.

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16 Apr 2014 8:51 pm

VIDEO: End of cost of living squeeze?

Wage increases have finally risen above the rate of inflation, after four years of falling living standards.

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16 Apr 2014 1:05 pm

AUDIO: Walsh: BA will run planes on rubbish

British Airways have announced plans to run some of its jet planes on rubbish.

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16 Apr 2014 11:03 am

Growth in Scottish economy slows

The Scottish economy grew by 0.2% in the final three months of 2013, compared with growth of 0.7% in the UK as a whole.

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16 Apr 2014 9:09 am

Starbucks to move European HQ to UK

Starbucks is to move its European head office to London by the end of the year, meaning it will pay more tax in the UK, the company says.

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16 Apr 2014 8:52 am

How GDP became the figure to watch

How GDP became such an important measurement

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16 Apr 2014 8:14 am

'China must allow currency to rise'

The US tells China its currency must be allowed to rise if its own and the rest of the world's economy are to see stable growth.

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16 Apr 2014 1:28 am

VIDEO: China's reform could slow growth

China's economic reform agenda could slow growth on the mainland, first quarter economic figures will be closely watched.

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16 Apr 2014 12:07 am

VIDEO: Singapore Airlines multi-path plan

Singapore Airlines is planning a multi-path route to growth - adding partnership arrangements and sponsorship deals to boost its prospects.

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16 Apr 2014 12:06 am

'Shocking' rise in use of food banks

Hundreds of thousands more people are turning to food banks to stop themselves from going hungry, says charity the Trussell Trust.

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15 Apr 2014 11:00 pm

Coca-cola's fizzy sales go flat

The amount of fizzy drinks Coca-Cola sells worldwide falls for the first time in 15 years, but still drinks sales are up by 8%.

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15 Apr 2014 7:19 pm

Tobacco firm to close factories

Imperial Tobacco announces it is to close two of its factories in the UK and France, with the loss of almost 900 jobs.

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15 Apr 2014 11:23 am

AUDIO: Retail sales 'fell in March'

BRC director general Helen Dickinson discusses the fall in retail sales in March

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15 Apr 2014 11:04 am

Nestle reports slow first quarter

Nestle reports its worst first-quarter sales growth since 2009, blaming unusual weather, a late Easter, poor sales in emerging markets and cost-conscious Europeans.

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15 Apr 2014 10:41 am

Pawnbroker exits administration

A group of investors buys UK pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond out of administration, but not all of its stores are included in the deal.

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15 Apr 2014 10:38 am