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HR management vital for SMEs

Small businesses should not overlook the 'fundamental' role that human resources (HR), or people management, can play in driving long term performance, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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School leavers should be taught basic work skills

The education system should be doing more to teach youngsters the basic skills needed in the work place, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

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Reforms to allow shareholders a say on executive pay

Reforms affecting the way top executives are paid are to be brought forward, the Government has announced.

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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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