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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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Call for Northern Ireland infrastructure investment

Urban regeneration initiatives must form a 'key plank' of the Northern Ireland Executive's economic policy, according to the chairman of the CBI in Northern Ireland.

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Funding for Lending Scheme extended for SMEs

The Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS), designed to boost lending to businesses and households, is to be extended until January 2015, the Bank of England has announced.

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Business bank opens for business

The Government-backed business bank has launched its first phase of funding, worth £300 million, to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) access finance.

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Business bank to lend £3.9 billion to SMEs

The new state-backed business bank will offer £3.9 billion of capital to boost lending to small and medium sized businesses, business secretary Vince Cable has unveiled.

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Small businesses unconvinced by Local Government Finance Act

Small businesses remain sceptical about the Government's drive to hand local authorities more control over how they spend public money in their area, according to research from the Forum of Private Business.

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Non-EU exports growing fastest in east of England

The east of England is the UK's fastest growing exporter to countries outside the European Union. The total value of exports from the region reached £6.7 billion during the final three months of 2012.

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Urgent growth measures needed in Budget, says BCC

The need for growth measures in next month's Budget has become even more pressing since the downgrading of the UK's AAA credit rating by ratings agency Moody's, according to the director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

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Business bank needed to realise growth potential, says BCC

The Government should press ahead with the implementation of its business bank to support firms with the potential for growth, according to a leading business network.

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Government lending scheme boosts economy and creates jobs

More than 10,000 small and medium-sized businesses have accessed £1.04 billion worth of loans through the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme, according to research by Durham Business School.

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