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There is no universally accepted definition of a “small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).
However, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BIS) and the European Union (EU) define a small enterprise as one with fewer than 50 employees and a medium-sized enterprise as one with at least 50 but fewer than 250 employees.
Large enterprises have 250 or more employees.
22 May 2019
MPs have strongly criticised the government’s apprenticeship programme, in particular its focus on higher level placements and failure to meet the needs of smaller employers.
5 Apr 2019
Investors in start-ups are putting young companies under increased scrutiny to ensure they have a clean record on sexual harassment....
4 Mar 2019
Only £268m was spent by levy-paying employers on apprentices in the programme's first year of operation, 2017-18. This equated to just 13% of the Treasury's £2.01bn apprenticeships budget and contributed to a £400m underspend.
4 Mar 2019
Training providers air criticism of the government's apprenticeship levy as surveys reveal the extent of ignorance over the scheme.
22 Jan 2019
The UK’s efforts to boost productivity while ironing out regional inequalities in job creation may be fundamentally at odds, according...
10 Mar 2017
It is the Government’s flagship policy to fix the UK’s skills problem, a well-intentioned “tax” on employers to raise £3...
28 Jan 2016
A new initiative from the CIPD aims to push HR consulting and advice as high up the agenda for small...
20 Mar 2015
Many small businesses are unprepared for shared parental leave and do not expect their staff to want to take it,...
20 Mar 2013
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has given small businesses a temporary exemption from real time information (RTI) payroll requirements ahead...
29 Aug 2012
The Government has announced a raft of measures to challenge the “outdated view” of apprenticeships among small businesses to encourage...
17 Aug 2012
Small businesses cite cost as the main obstacle to providing training for their employees, with many opting for lower-cost training...
16 Jul 2012
Businesses with fewer than 50 workers will not have to auto-enrol their employees into workplace pension schemes before June 2015,...
31 May 2012
Recruiting in the “noughties” was tough; it was a decade in which we were all obsessed by “Generation Y” that was...
25 May 2012
Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at Lancaster University, considers the Beecroft Report’s recommendations on addressing employee underperformance.There...