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Publicly funded small business scheme under review

The government has set up a review to examine whether a publicly backed venture capital fund is needed to help small, high growth firms with their financing.

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Government small business lending scheme wins support

The government’s main scheme for encouraging the banks to lend to SMEs during the recession has gained the backing of business groups.

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Micro businesses need more help with training

The UK’s smallest businesses are losing out on government-backed training schemes and should have a dedicated skills body that more effectively represents their needs.

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Skills funding described as 'untenable'

Government plans for funding workplace skills programmes need urgent clarification, a leading business organisation has said.

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Businesses should 'persist' in chasing funding

Businesses are being advised not to take refusals of help with funding from banks as the final word on the matter.

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Europe should suspend introducing new employment regulations

Ahead of the forthcoming European elections, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called on the European Commission to place a moratorium on all new employment laws.

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Late payment culture a ‘barrier’ to economic recovery

Problems with late payments and unilateral changes to payment terms and conditions have been described by a business group as one of the main barriers to a return to economic growth.

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Caps to be imposed on training funding

The amount of government money that goes into funding apprenticeships and training schemes is to be limited following the unprecedented level of take-up among employers.

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Capital allowances will 'benefit relatively few' firms

The increase in capital allowances announced in the Budget is unlikely to help large numbers of smaller firms, according to two trade and business organisations.

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