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Give local banks freedom to lend, says business group

Too many firms are being denied credit even though they have full order books, and local banks should be given greater discretion when it comes to lending decisions, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has argued.

Forthcoming austerity measures hit consumer confidence

Concerns over the likely impact of government spending cuts are having an adverse effect on consumer confidence, a new report has revealed.

Government ponders finance alternatives for smaller firms

The government has begun the task of investigation alternative possibilities for small business finance.

Call to extend date for registering with new carbon scheme

A leading business group has urged the government to consider allowing firms more time in which to sign up for the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme.

Majority of employers not ready for pension reforms

Just 20 per cent of the UK’s smaller employers have started to assess the likely financial impact of planned major reforms to the pensions system.

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