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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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Tighter rules needed for Prompt Payment Code, says business group

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has called for changes to the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) after learning that large companies with payment times as long as 90 days are planning to sign up.

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Illegal software downloads prolific in small businesses

More than half (52 per cent) of small businesses in the UK have either bought or downloaded illegal computer software, according to research from BSA | The Software Alliance.

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SMEs are tech-savvy - but struggle switching off

The majority of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have mastered the use of technology in the workplace but feel overwhelmed by the intrusion it is causing in their personal lives, according to research from business insurer Hiscox.

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Employees welcome auto-enrolment but businesses remain unprepared

Most individuals welcome the Government's drive to automatically enrol eligible employees into a qualifying pension scheme, however many employers are unprepared for their responsibilities, research from the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) has found.

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New measures proposed to tackle anti-competitive behaviour

Small businesses and consumers could benefit from a fast-track process when taking legal action against businesses that compete unfairly, under new measures proposed by competition minister Jo Swinson.

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Marketing experts reveal goals and challenges for 2013

Businesses and brands that focus on their customers and getting the basics right will be most successful in 2013, according to experts at a recent business network and marketing event.

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Government consults on 'traineeship' scheme for young adults

School-leavers could be offered a support and skills programme to better equip them for the job market, under plans announced by the Government.

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Business group issues bad weather advice

Small businesses should start planning ahead for harsh winter weather to avoid being caught out, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has advised.

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