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Government to shift spending power to UK cities

Britain's eight biggest cities outside London have been handed more power to make localised decisions on finance, transport and education, the Government has announced.

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Top 100 FTSE companies urged to sign prompt payment code

Some of the UK's largest and most successful businesses are being asked to agree on paying their smaller suppliers on time.

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Skills shortage a worry for mid-sized firms

Medium sized businesses in the UK are being held back from achieving their full growth potential as a result of severe skills shortages, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has said.

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Economic growth 'too weak' despite increased exporting

Growth in the UK economy is 'too weak' for a sustainable recovery, says a report by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

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UK economy set to receive £16.5 billion Olympic boost

The UK economy is set to benefit from a £16.5 billion GDP boost from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to a study from the Lloyds Banking Group.

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Planning delays stunt business growth, says business group

Small businesses in the UK are being held back from potential growth because of failures in the country's 'costly' and 'complex' planning system, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Businesses and customers hit by bank failure backlog

Millions of RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank customers, including businesses, are facing continuing disruption following last week's computer failure.

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HR management vital for SMEs

Small businesses should not overlook the 'fundamental' role that human resources (HR), or people management, can play in driving long term performance, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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Online retail market to reach £77bn in 2012

The value of the UK's online retail market is set to grow by £77 billion this year, according to figures by the Interactive Media Retail Group (IMRG).

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UK firms hampered by export barriers

The number of businesses in the UK exporting goods and services has risen in the past year, despite many saying they are held back by 'external barriers', a survey has found.

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