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Manufacturing needs more direct state support

A manifesto has called on the government to place the manufacturing sector at the centre of a better balanced and more diverse UK economy.

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Employers looking to freeze pay

Over a half of employers are planning to keep wages on hold during the next round of pay talks, a new survey has indicated.

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Business lending sees record drop

Many firms are still experiencing the effects of the credit crunch, with business lending suffering its biggest drop in nine years.

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Businesses asked for their views on access to finance

The government wants to hear from SMEs about the difficulties they are facing when it comes to securing growth capital.

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Small businesses less expensive to run

The cost of running a small business has fallen for the second successive quarter.

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Recession could be ending

The UK economy may at last be emerging from the recession, a leading think tank has suggested.

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Business lending still in a trough

Lending to both large and small firms remains weak, the Bank of England has said.

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More and more firms are keeping wages on hold

One in three of the businesses included in a recent survey froze their wages in April.

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UK may be out of the depths of recession

The British economy may have seen the worst of the recession, according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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Fall in job vacancies beginning to slow

The rate of decline in the numbers of new job appointments and vacancies has slowed down, according to a new report.

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