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Advisory group to track Northern Ireland's global economic competitiveness

Northern Ireland's independent Economic Advisory Group (EAG) is to develop a strategy to accurately measure the country's economic competitiveness.

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FSA investigates banks mis-selling to small businesses

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is to investigate a growing number of claims that small businesses were mis-sold certain complex financial products by major banks in the UK, following a report that appeared in the Sunday Telegraph.

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£1 billion youth employment programme launched

A new £1 billion programme aimed at helping 18 to 24 year olds into work and training has been launched by the Government in a bid to tackle youth unemployment.

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Business groups offer last minute Budget proposals

Business groups have urged the Chancellor to take 'radical action' and deliver measures which support small businesses, drive job creation, and encourage UK economic growth, in the Budget that will be announced tomorrow.

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Loan scheme for small businesses launched

A new Government backed loan scheme worth £20 billion aimed at boosting lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been launched by the Chancellor.

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Independent report advises alternative methods of SME finance

Proposals to increase access to capital and promote alternative sources of finance for small businesses have been published in an independent taskforce report.

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Business groups push for new SME voice in Government

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has argued for the formation of a new separate Government body to represent the UK's 4.5 million small businesses.

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Business groups endorse non-bank finance for small firms

The Government should be doing more to promote the alternative forms of finance available to smaller firms, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Additional £1 billion for business growth fund

The Government will pump an extra £1 billion into its Regional Growth Fund which aims to support businesses by boosting employment and economic growth, it has announced.

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UK economy holding back SMEs

The UK economy is preventing six out of ten small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from achieving their growth potential, new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has indicated.

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