Also in the news this week - 21 October 2016

"Life's better" say women entrepreneurs

Most women entrepreneurs (72%) say that running their own business has had a positive impact on family life, according to a new study of women-owned micro-businesses by Vistaprint. The poll also found that 62% of female entrepreneurs in the UK expect their businesses to do better in 2016. The biggest challenge, however, is work-life balance - despite the positive findings, 62% said they still struggle to achieve a good work-life balance.

British workers welcome wearables

Almost half of Brits would welcome the use of wearable gadgets in the workplace as part of a health initiative, such as fitness bands and smart-watches, according to a survey by PMI Health Group. It found that 9% of British workers are already offered wearables by their employers and the figure is as high as 26% in London. Mike Blake, director at PMI Health Group, said: "Wearables have become commonplace in recent years and their popularity provides employers with a golden opportunity to collect valuable data that can be used to improve health and wellbeing." However, the poll found that 40% would draw the line at sharing their personal data with their employers.

Virgin Trains launches onboard business clinic

Three leading entrepreneurs will be conducting a business clinic while travelling on a Virgin train from London to Edinburgh on 27 October. Levi Roots, Maria Hatzistefanis and Jamal Edwards will provide advice and coaching on topics including starting a business, building and growing your brand, and managing success. The event comes as new research by Virgin finds that the main barriers stopping would-be entrepreneurs from starting up are fear of failure (23%), lack of funds (48%), support and advice (10%). More details on how to secure one of the five exclusive places are on the Virgin Trains website.

Is the digital age making us less sociable?

A survey by Populus for Broadband Choices has found that while 98% of us own a mobile phone only 13% use it to make phone calls as the preferred method of communication. In fact, when 2,000 people were asked how they like to communicate with people in their personal life, less than half said they would prefer to meet face-to-face. In fact, 70% of 18-34 year olds say they prefer to communicate digitally than in person, mostly using text, instant messaging and social media.

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