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SME websites key in driving sales and job growth

Small firms in the UK are being encouraged to increase their online engagement in order to boost sales and employment growth.

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Employee share buy-back rules relaxed

Simplified rules for businesses to buy back employee-owned shares in the company have come into force. The changes are aimed at encouraging greater take-up of direct employee ownership and reducing the regulatory burden on businesses.

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SMEs at increasing threat of cyber-attacks

Small businesses are being urged to do more to tighten their computer security after research revealed the number of cyber-attacks hitting businesses increased over the last year.

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SME's fear of risk could further stunt economic growth

Financial volatility and a flat-lining British economy are leaving many small businesses fearing risk, a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has said.

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Businesses welcome EU-UK relationship change

Businesses broadly support the idea of a 're-negotiation' of the UK's relationship with the European Union, a survey conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has revealed.

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Business red tape cuts come into force

Businesses will benefit from dozens of cuts to regulations which came into force this week, including a simplification of the ways firms can use assets to raise finance, the Government has said.

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Large rise in number of zero-hour contracts

The number of workers on contracts with no guarantee of regular hours or pay doubled to 200,000 during the last six months of 2012, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

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Social media vital in creating 'employee voice'

Lack of understanding and a resistance to embracing social media is preventing greater employee communication and holding businesses back, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has claimed.

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Employers to design own apprenticeship schemes

Employers will be able to design and develop their own apprenticeship standards and qualifications, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced.

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Millions leaving work to care for family members

Millions of UK adults are leaving employment or reducing working hours to care for an elderly, disabled or seriously ill family member, according to research from Carers UK and business forum Employers for Carers.

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