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Unemployment falling in Northern Ireland

Unemployment increased slightly in Northern Ireland in the three months to December 2013 but fell over the year, figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics Research Agency show.

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Government support for flood-hit businesses

Businesses affected by recent flooding can get Government support to help them recover.

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Help to Buy creates 46 new homeowners per day

The equity loan element of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme has created 46 new homeowners every day since its launch in April 2013, according to figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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Cameron pledges red tape reform

Thousands of rules affecting businesses are to be amended or scrapped, Prime Minister David Cameron will tell the Federation of Small Businesses today.

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Northern Ireland Jobs Fund exceeds targets

The Northern Ireland Jobs Fund has beaten its Government-set target to create 4,000 jobs by March 2014.

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Above inflation minimum wage rise proposed

The Chancellor George Osborne has said he wants to see an above-inflation increase in the national minimum wage by 2015.

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Scottish business rate rises capped at two per cent

Scottish business rates will increase by a below-inflation two per cent in 2014, the country's Finance Secretary John Swinney has announced.

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Autumn Statement 2013: Responses

The business community has been quick to react to Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement. Here's a summary of responses from the UK’s leading business groups.

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Autumn Statement now on Thursday 5 December

The Autumn Statement has been delayed by one day and will now take place on Thursday 5 December, the Treasury has confirmed.

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Consultation to tackle late payment

A consultation to tackle the problem of late payments to small and medium sized enterprises will be launched later this year, Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed.

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