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Stability not more changes needed for equity markets

The announcement by the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, that the Government is to conduct a review of the way that the UK’s equity markets work has been greeted with a degree of scepticism by a leading business group.

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Smaller firms have doubts about non-executive directors

A percentage of smaller, entrepreneurial businesses have concerns over the efficacy of employing non-executive directors.

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Jobs market picking up but working trends on the change

Almost one in three of private sector employers are planning on taking on new staff before the year’s end, indicating that the jobs market may be embarking on a sustained recovery.

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Employees worried over decision making

A new survey has suggested that almost three out of four employees are taking decisions that they do not feel qualified to make.

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Businesses facing problems preparing for the Bribery Act

A significant proportion of British firms say that they need more time to ready themselves for the Bribery Act.

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New compulsory pension plans will harm small firms

Plans to introduce auto-enrolment pension schemes in 2012 will hamper the ability of smaller employers to run their businesses, it has been claimed.

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EU moves to cut admin burden for smaller firms

New rules agreed by the EU could help smaller businesses deal with the amount of admin involved in running their enterprises.

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A quarter of employers looking to freeze pay

One in four employers are planning to offer no wage rises this year, a new study has revealed. Others have changes to their pension arrangements in the pipeline.

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Health and safety rules a hindrance to business

Almost a half of firms believe that health and safety regulations are a burden to comply with.

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