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Business news round-up: Warrington home to high-growth SMEs, UK business to expand in 2017 & Britain urged to increase cyber security

Warrington named as best location in UK for 'high-growth' SMEs

Warrington has topped the rankings following research by Informi, an organisation offering practical advice and support to small firms.

Informi studied information from 65 cities relating to a number of factors that can be important for company survival, including the density of SMEs, digital connectivity and house prices.

Warrington came top for the second successive year in terms of having the highest proportion of high-growth companies.

The town scores 15.8% compared to a national average of 11.8% across all cities and large urban areas.

Darren Nicholls, product manager for Informi, said: "We are on course to see a record number of start-ups in the UK during 2016, demonstrating that the entrepreneurial spirit is as strong as it has ever been.”

To read more about the UK’s SME growth, visit the Warrington Guardian.

Cyber security given more educational priority with event for school pupils

The Cyber Security Christmas Lectures are a week-long event designed to make Scottish secondary school pupils more aware of online risks

2016 marks the fifth year for the initiative, but this year’s event took place on a larger scale than previously.

The scheme has been widened to include more schools and lectures will take place in Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Pupils will be given information on how to identify and avoid cyber crimes. They will also be told of career opportunities in cyber security.

To find out more about cyber security schooling, read the article in full on the BBC website.

ERP mobility boosted by cloud, web application tools

Cloud ERP offers an inherent advantage for viewing reports and analytics on smartphones and tablets.

For John Kearns, vice president of finance at IntegraMed America Inc., a specialty healthcare services company based in New York, ERP mobility lets him take advantage of what he calls "front-porch" accounting and finance.

"We have general ledger, accounts payable, budgeting, forecasting, cash management -- we're trying to move everything up to the cloud," Kearns said. "The idea is that it's all accessible anywhere you have an internet connection and on any device."

To read Kearns’ full review of the importance of ERP mobility for large businesses, read the article on Tech Target.

UK big business to expand workforces in 2017 despite Brexit fears

A survey from the Confederation of Business Industry (CBI) has found that businesses remain optimistic for growth in 2017.

Britain’s largest businesses plan to expand recruitment next year, despite continuing worries over a shortage of skilled workers and the impact of Brexit.

Two out of five firms will recruit more staff in 2017, according to research that also found growth in permanent jobs will outstrip temporary recruitment for the fourth year in a row.

Read the article and statistics in full at The Guardian.

Britain urged to increase cyber security in financial services

Andrew Tyrie, a lawmaker in the Conservative Party, said parliament's Treasury Committee was concerned about the "opaque lines of accountability" with regards to cyber security, particularly between regulators and intelligence agencies.

As a result, he believes that Britain's intelligence agencies need to do more to help regulators to protect the financial services industry from cyber crime.

"It is essential that the intelligence community gives the regulators the technical and practical support they need to do their job. This means making sure that financial cyber crime has a high priority, and is not subordinate to other work," he said.

"Failure to do so would inhibit the ability of financial institutions to maintain an adequate level of protection for millions of consumers."

The read the article in full, visit the Reuters website.