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New measures for SMEs announced

The Government is introducing new measures to support small businesses, Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock has announced.

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Women hold fifth of FTSE100 board positions

Women now hold more than a fifth of all board positions in FTSE100 companies, according to the latest figures.

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Call for age diverse workforces

Employers need to do more to take full advantage of 'age diverse' workforces, according to research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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Most start-ups based at home

Seventy per cent of all new businesses are started at home, research by AXA Business Insurance and the Enterprise Nation business network has found.

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Greater competition needed for Scottish SME finance

Scotland needs new sources of credit to help small and medium-sized businesses access finance, the Scottish Parliament's economy, energy and tourism committee has said.

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Business leaders call for apprenticeship boost

Business leaders are calling on the Government to encourage businesses to hire more apprentices ahead of National Apprenticeship Week.

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Corporate insolvencies at six year low

The number of corporate insolvencies fell in 2013 to its lowest level since 2007, according to Government figures.

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NI Chamber calls for export action plan

The Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce has called for further Government measures to boost exports.

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Small manufacturers plan investment

Small manufacturers are planning to increase investment during 2014, according to a survey by the Confederation of British Industry.

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Success for first Small Business Saturday

Local retailers celebrated the UK’s first Small Business Saturday as shoppers descended on high streets for the first weekend of the festive season.

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