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SME manufacturers plan investment

Almost three quarters of SME manufacturers are planning to invest in technology, premises or machinery in the next 6 months, a report by the Manufacturing Advisory Service has found.

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SMEs confident about growth prospects

Small and medium-sized businesses are predicting strong growth in turnover during the next 5 years, according to a survey by Santander.

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Small firms lack savings accounts

Less than a third of small and micro-sized businesses put money into a business savings account, research by Aldermore has found.

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Small firms fuel economic growth

More than a third of economic growth in 2013 was created by fast growing small firms, a report by Octopus Investments and the Centre for Economics and Business Research has found.

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Funding for SME business advice

Small businesses will be able to get funding for advice from business schools under a project run by the Small Business Charter.

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Majority of firms lack faith in young people

Nearly 9 in 10 businesses think young people leaving school are not prepared for the workplace, a study by the British Chambers of Commerce has found.

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Micro-business numbers surge

The number of micro businesses in the UK has grown by 43% since 2000, a report by insurance group RSA has found.

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SMEs look to fund investment plans

Three in 5 SMEs are confident they can secure a bank loan to fund investment plans, research by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks has found.

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SMEs want better government support

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) have mixed feelings about government initiatives to help them grow, research by Aviva has found.

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Local councils fail to meet payment deadlines

Contractors wait more than 40 days for payment from some local councils, the Asset Based Finance Association has found.

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