London may be the artificial intelligence (AI) capital of Europe, but City Hall believes the benefits of AI are failing to trickle down to small businesses. The mayor Sadiq Khan will give 200 small businesses in London a share of £200,000 to enhance their use of AI. “London is a leading hub for innovation in artificial intelligence and some of the advances being made right here in the capital are revolutionising how business is done,” Khan said. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, and I firmly believe these innovations should be available to companies of all sizes, not just the ones with the deepest pockets.” A study by AI platform Cognition X last year found London is home to more than 750 companies working in AI - more than twice as many as Paris and Berlin, its nearest competitors, combined. AI is defined as a computer system that can perform tasks which normally require human intelligence, like visual perception, speech recognition, … [Read more...] about Small businesses to be given artificial intelligence boost
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An independent coffee shop in the heart of Grimsby hopes to smell the coffee after being nominated for a prestigious award that recognises small businesses. Riverhead Coffee has been nominated for the High Street Hero for best high street business at The Small Awards; an awards programme for UK small businesses, now in its third year. Launched in 2017 and sponsored by Indeed and TSB, it focuses on recognising businesses often overlooked by other awards, rewarding for growth, creativity and commitment to their local communities. From bricks and mortar retailers to innovation-led start-ups, social enterprise champions to supply line legends - businesses from across all sectors have a chance at this year’s ceremony, including Riverhead Coffee, founded in 2015 by Nic Till. Nic said: “I’m so excited to be in the shortlist for this award! "It is the first time we have entered anything like this. It is great for small businesses to be recognised for their hard work and in … [Read more...] about Independent coffee shop nominated for small business award
Northern Ireland business leaders support May on Article 50 extension BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Business leaders here have cautiously backed Theresa May's request to the EU for an Article 50 extension until the end of June, but said a longer delay may be needed to avoid a no-deal Brexit. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/northern-ireland/northern-ireland-business-leaders-support-may-on-article-50-extension-37988061.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/northern-ireland/article37988057.ece/f0495/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-04-06_bus_49339860_I1.JPG Email Business leaders here have cautiously backed Theresa May's request to the EU for an Article 50 extension until the end of June, but said a longer delay may be needed to avoid a no-deal Brexit. With MPs yet to back a withdrawal deal, the UK is due to leave the EU on April 12. Yesterday the Prime Minister asked the EU for more time, repeating her earlier request for a June 30 deadline in order to reach a deal. But it is … [Read more...] about Northern Ireland business leaders support May on Article 50 extension
BEING your own boss sounds great, but running a small company comes with plenty of headaches – everything from handling cashflow to hiring staff and staying on top of new rules and regulations. TV property queen and entrepreneur Sarah Beeny and accounting guru Bobby Lane have been touring Britain as part of a campaign by accounting software experts QuickBooks to help small business owners prepare for the launch of the Government’s new Making Tax Digital initiative. We took the opportunity to get their input on the most popular questions from The Sun’s army of small business owners…Q1. My business needs more cash so I’m thinking of putting up some of my house as security on a loan. Am I doing the right thing? Keith, 37, a gardener in Essex Sarah: It’s all about risk management and you should never risk something you’re not prepared to lose. Personally, I would never put my house up. I’m quite compartmentalised about my own money and the … [Read more...] about Entrepreneur Sarah Beeny and accountancy guru Bobby Lane have been touring the UK talking to small businesses about making tax digital.
A beauty salon in Harrogate has chosen the Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP) as its charity of the year for 2019, in the hope of raising funds and highlighting the issue of social isolation amongst people of all ages across the district. Sheila Henry, based at the Coach House on Mowbray Square in Harrogate, has pledged its support to the charity, which helps older and vulnerable people to stay safe and well supported at home with a range of services aimed at supporting their independence.Owner and director Angela Charleton will be tackling the London Marathon in April as part of the salon’s fundraising activities, as well as helping to raise awareness of the issues facing older or socially isolated people.She said: “We hope to involve the clients as much as possible this year – not only were they involved in the vote to choose HELP as the nominated charity, we hope that they will spread the word about their support and let elderly or vulnerable family members or … [Read more...] about Harrogate salon pledges its support to help end loneliness