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Employers to be given greater powers to remove staff

The Government has announced plans to introduce new legislation making it easier for firms to dismiss under-performing workers.

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Change in website cookie law unsettles businesses

UK businesses have voiced concern over new EU laws that affect the ways websites store personal user data, following last minute legislation alterations.

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£100 million of SME funding open to alternative lenders

The Government has opened up £100 million in funding to alternative lenders wishing to invest in small businesses.

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A third of SMEs unaware of business partner debts

Small businesses are being urged to check the financial status of business partners and suppliers before doing business with them.

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SMEs reject business payday loans

Small businesses are unwilling to use payday loans as a way of financing their business, according to market research company BDRC Continental.

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Half of employers to relax working practices during the Olympics

More than half of employers are to adopt a more flexible approach to working practices for staff during the Olympics and key football matches, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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Falls in employee sickness levels stall

The long term downward trend in workplace sickness absence is stalling, according to a report, fuelling concerns that the Government should be doing more to reduce the cost of sickness to employers, taxpayers and the economy.

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Poor management 'undermining' economic growth, says advisory group

Poor management skills and lack of leadership by managers in the UK is hindering attempts to boost economic growth, The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has claimed.

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Small businesses urged to consider alternative buying methods to reduce costs

Small recession-hit businesses faced with increased business costs may be able to save money through group buying, research carried out by the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has claimed.

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MPs call for Government to help SMEs in bank 'mis-selling scandal'

Toby Perkins, shadow small business minister, and Chris Leslie, shadow Treasury minister, have called for the Government to take urgent action against growing claims that mis-selling by banks has driven many driven small businesses to the point of bankruptcy.

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