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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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Exporter confidence rises

More than two thirds of British exporters expect their turnover to increase over the next 12 months, a joint British Chambers of Commerce/DHL Express survey has revealed.

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Growth continues for SME manufacturers

Small and medium-sized (SME) manufacturers saw another strong quarter of orders and output growth in Q2 2014, a survey by the Confederation of British Industry has found.

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Business insolvencies fall

Business insolvencies fell nearly 7% in the second quarter of 2014 but personal bankruptcies rose significantly, latest figures from the Insolvency Service have revealed.

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UK broadband coverage 'not up to speed'

The government's targets for rolling out high-speed broadband to businesses across the UK need to be "much more" ambitious, according to a report by the Federation of Small businesses.

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SMEs reluctant to borrow

High growth small and medium-sized enterprises are reluctant to seek finance from banks to fund growth, a study by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland has found.

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SME skills gap widens

Nearly a third (29.9%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are concerned that skills shortages are impeding growth, according to research from the Federation of Small Businesses.

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