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Wage subsidies could help employers save 'thousands of jobs'

The government is being urged to set up a wage subsidy scheme in order to help hard-pressed employers weather the economic downturn.

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Small firms’ loan scheme 'making a difference'

Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary, has said that more than £1 million worth of loans are being made each day to small businesses as a result of a government guarantee scheme.

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Customer Relationship Management

Developing a strong relationship with its existing customers is vital for every business during the recession.

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The business of networking

How networking can help secure new business.

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Keeping talented staff 'important' during the downturn

Retaining talented employees is still a priority for many firms, despite the pressures of the economic downturn.

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Delay new business laws, says FSB

The government should look at postponing the introduction of new business laws that could cost small firms up to £800 million.

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Government should keep R&D tax credits, says CBI

The CBI has called on the government not to consider axing the research and development tax credit scheme as a way of saving money.

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Hike in unfair dismissal claims

The economic downturn has seen a rise in the number of insurance claims made by SMEs facing legal action from employees who are citing unfair dismissal.

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Avoiding redundancies

Keeping hold of valuable and experienced staff.

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Winning new business when business is difficult to win

A sharp downturn in the economy may not appear the most opportune time to push ahead with plans to attract new business. That said, businesses should consider resisting the understandable temptation in periods of recession to cut back on their marketing efforts in the name of cost saving.

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