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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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Open access to consumer data takes a step forward

The Government has highlighted proposals for a ground-breaking programme that will open up personal consumer and transaction data to the wider public.

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£16 million funding for carbon cutting entrepreneurs

'Green' entrepreneurs are being given a £16 million boost in funding to help develop new low carbon technologies, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced.

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Wet weather dampens high street

Footfall on the UK's high streets fell during the three months to July due in part to the wettest quarter on record, data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has found.

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Employee training side-lined for red-tape compliance

Small businesses are turning to more affordable training solutions to ease resources stretched by red-tape compliance, according to research from the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

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Scotland and Ireland receive wi-fi and broadband boost

Scotland's most rural and remote areas are to receive £5 million in investment to connect them to fast broadband access, it has been announced.

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