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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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Northern Ireland's entrepreneurs to receive support programme

Entrepreneurs and start-ups in Northern Ireland are to receive a new support programme to get their business ideas off the ground; Northern Ireland's enterprise minister Arlene Foster has announced.

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Heseltine Review calls for regional growth

More power should be passed down from Whitehall to local councils to boost economic growth and competitiveness in the UK, an official review of the economy has stated.

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SMEs failing to reach local markets online

Three in four small and medium sized enterprises are missing out on local business opportunities by failing to make the most of being online, research commissioned by Bdaily has found.

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