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  • January 31, 2014

    Skills gap threatens to hamper recovery

    The number of job vacancies in England has returned to pre-recession levels. However, so-called "skills shortage vacancies" – where businesses cannot find recruits with the right skills – are growing twice as fast.

  • January 31, 2014

    SMEs could save £10,000 a year, says Cameron

    The UK's 4.9 million small businesses could save up to £10,000 each a year by taking advantage of government measures, including business rate relief, prime minister David Cameron has said.

  • January 31, 2014

    "British industry is coming home" - Cable

    UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has joined forces with the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) to launch Reshore UK, a new one-stop-shop service to help bring manufacturing and production back to the UK.

  • January 31, 2014

    Applications open for SME Growth Vouchers

    The Growth Voucher programme is now open for applications. This £30 million government initiative will see 20,000 eligible small businesses receive up to £2,000 to help them access specialist business support.

  • January 31, 2014

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  • January 24, 2014

    HMRC seizes more assets to collect debts

    HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) seized assets from a new high of 1,488 self-assessed taxpayers in the past year – the majority of whom are self-employed professionals such as accountants and solicitors.

  • January 24, 2014

    Mid-sized firms to get tailor-made trade advice

    Every mid-sized business in the UK will be offered an intensive programme of support to help them start exporting or break into new markets, trade minister Lord Livingston has announced this week.

  • January 24, 2014

    Carney rules out early interest rate rise

    The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has ruled out any early rises on interest rates — despite the fact that levels of unemployment in the UK have fallen close to the point at which he previously said he would consider increasing rates.

  • January 24, 2014

    Banks are prepared to lend, BBA tells SMEs

    Banks are more willing to lend than small businesses think and funding refusals are frequently turned around on appeal, the British Bankers' Association (BBA) has said.

  • January 24, 2014

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  • January 17, 2014

    Email overload is damaging productivity

    An hour per employee is lost every working day because of ineffective use of email – representing a cost of £4,200 per person per year.

  • January 17, 2014

    Bigger fines imposed in minimum wage crackdown

    "Rogue" employers who do not pay their workers the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will face an increased penalty of up to £20,000, as part of the government's crackdown on employers who break the law.

  • January 17, 2014

    One in five retail sales now made online

    The Christmas retail sales figures are in, and they show a marked shift towards online and mobile commerce, with online now accounting for almost one in five sales.

  • January 17, 2014

    Lending terms worsen for many small firms

    One in five small businesses in the UK has experienced worse lending terms from their bank in the past five years, including increased interest rates on overdrafts and lending facilities being cut.

  • January 17, 2014

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