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Business support schemes to get 'new lease' in pre-Budget Report

It is expected that the Chancellor, Alistair Darling will use the pre-Budget Report to extend schemes designed to support businesses through the economic downturn.

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Innovation seeing small firms through the recession

Many small businesses have been able to negotiate the recession by creating new products and services, but still need support through tax cuts, a major new survey has claimed.

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Pre-Budget Report must 'support' business investment

The Chancellor should use the pre-Budget Report to provide firms with the sort of financial environment necessary for progressive investment.

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Government to help firms suffering equity gaps

Large numbers of SMEs are being denied access to the finance they need to grow because they fall between the funding levels that venture capital firms and the banks are prepared to offer.

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Easy access savings accounts fall below official interest rate

A mere 5 per cent of easy access savings accounts are offering returns above the official rate of interest.

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Recession could herald major changes in the business landscape

The ramifications of the credit crunch and the recession could have a profound impact on how UK businesses operate in the future.

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Employment laws included in Queen’s speech

The government’s last Queen’s speech before the next general election contained a number of measures affecting business and the economy.

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Savings accounts deliver little return for the majority

It has been estimated that the majority of savings accounts are failing to provide savers with a genuine return on their money.

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Call to reform stamp duty

Stamp duty needs to be restructured if the housing market is to recover across the whole country, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has said.

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Firms finding it harder than ever to secure finance

Increasing numbers of small and medium-sized businesses are struggling to access the finance they need in order to grow.

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