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Digital industry pumps £800 million into Northern Ireland economy

The IT and telecoms industry contributes in excess of £800 million a year to Northern Ireland's economy - accounting for 1.4 per cent of its gross value - according to data from the UK Technology Insights 2012 report from e-skills UK.

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Business groups respond to EU referendum proposals

Business groups have been responding to Prime Minister David Cameron's proposals for a referendum on the UK's relationship with the European Union.

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Scotland one of four UK regions to see shopper numbers rise

Scotland was one of just four areas in the UK to see a rise in shopper numbers in December, according to data from the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC).

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Business investment in plant, machinery and IT grows

There was a significant increase last year in the amount of finance provided to businesses for plant, machinery and IT investment, according to figures released by trade association the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA).

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Calls to adopt 'Small Business Saturday' to UK high streets

Labour is calling for a US-style 'Small Business Saturday' to encourage consumers to shop at small, local independent shops in the UK.

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£1.1 million boost for open-data business innovation

Businesses making use of public open data may be able to apply for £1.1 million worth of new 'innovation vouchers' to improve their processes and target new markets, the Government has announced.

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Scrap town centre parking charges, says business group

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is urging local authorities across the UK to scrap town centre car parking charges in order to help struggling retailers.

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Poor web skills costing the UK economy £19 billion per year

Small businesses that sell their products online and use the internet to market themselves could boost their combined annual turnover by £18.8 billion, a report into the lack of digitisation in the UK has found.

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SMEs in business paralysis as fear stops decision making

SMEs are caught in 'business paralysis' as over half reveal they have delayed making important business decisions in the last year for fear of making the wrong choice.

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SME confidence knocked in third quarter

Falling domestic and export orders and contracting production levels for SMEs in the three months to October knocked business confidence in the UK, a report by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has found.

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