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Business closures at lowest rate since 2008

The number of business starting operations increased by 1.2% from 346,000 to 351,000 between 2013 and 2014.

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SME confidence falls

SMEs have seen a decrease in confidence over the last 6 months, Aon’s Small Business Change Index shows.

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1 in 8 SMEs use personal loans for funding

1 in 8 SMEs has used credit cards and personal loans to fund their businesses over the last 12 months, according to new research by Santander Corporate & Commercial.

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Graduates embrace entrepreneurial spirit

Almost a sixth of graduates plan to start their own business, according to research by Direct Line for Business.

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Pop-up shops popular among aspiring entrepreneurs

Almost a third of British startups will begin trading as pop-up businesses, research by EE has found.

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SMEs not seeking expert advice

SMEs are not making use of expert advice when starting their business, research by Aviva has found.

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SME owners not identifying as entrepreneurs

Small business owners are unlikely to consider themselves entrepreneurs, research by AXA has found.

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Funding for SME business advice

Small businesses will be able to get funding for advice from business schools under a project run by the Small Business Charter.

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Most start-ups based at home

Seventy per cent of all new businesses are started at home, research by AXA Business Insurance and the Enterprise Nation business network has found.

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Business births up by 8,000 in 2012

The number of new business registrations in the UK increased by 8,000 (3.1 per cent) in 2012, data from the Office for National Statistics has shown.

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