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Record number of Scottish SMEs benefit from reduced rate scheme

Around 89,087 Scottish businesses have benefited from the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) in the past year, Government data has revealed.

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Number of UK businesses hits record high

The number of businesses in the UK stood at a record high at the start of 2012, official figures from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have revealed.

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Research indicates mobile sites are vital for business

The majority (89 per cent) of retailers believe mobile phone sites and transactions are an essential part of their future business strategy, research from mCommerce has found.

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Funding for Lending Scheme crawls towards target

Five of the UK's six largest lenders have joined the Bank of England's (BoE's) Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) designed to increase lending to households and businesses.

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Start-Up Loan scheme to help launch 30,000 young entrepreneurs

A new Government start-up scheme is set to launch up to 30,000 young entrepreneurs towards starting their own companies.

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Small business confidence knocked in third quarter

Challenging economic conditions, access to finance and squeezed consumer spending have all knocked small business's confidence in the third quarter of 2012, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Northern Ireland's SMEs urged to embrace innovation

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster is calling for Northern Ireland's businesses to take advantage of up to £4,000 of EU funding aimed directly at developing innovative projects.

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Small firms 'vital' to economy and employment, says business group

Small businesses are 'vital' in aiding economic recovery and slowing the rate of unemployment in the UK, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said.

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Government to act on apprenticeship review

The Government has pledged to revamp the apprenticeship system and make it more beneficial to SMEs following recommendations in a review published last week.

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Businesses urged to include disabled customers

SMEs are being urged to harness the £80 billion potential spending power of disabled people in the UK by ensuring that their goods and services are accessible to all.

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