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Budget 2014: business expectations

Ahead of the Chancellor's 2014 Budget statement this afternoon, here's a summary of measures and policies that the UK's leading business groups are calling for.

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Help to Buy extended by four years

The Government has extended its Help to Buy equity loan scheme by four years, the Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

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Greater competition needed for Scottish SME finance

Scotland needs new sources of credit to help small and medium-sized businesses access finance, the Scottish Parliament's economy, energy and tourism committee has said.

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Coastal Communities Fund winners announced

More than 50 coastal regeneration projects have been awarded a share of £27.7 million from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund.

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Northern Ireland rates relief scheme could be extended

A scheme designed to help businesses in Northern Ireland following the recession could be extended beyond 2015, Finance Minister Simon Hamilton has hinted.

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Business leaders call for apprenticeship boost

Business leaders are calling on the Government to encourage businesses to hire more apprentices ahead of National Apprenticeship Week.

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Business Bank to support peer-to-peer lending

The British Business Bank will invest £40 million to support peer-to-peer lending to small and medium-sized businesses.

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SME lending inquiry opened

Politicians have opened an inquiry into bank lending to small and medium-sized business.

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Tax evasion campaign launched

HM Revenue & Customs has unveiled an advertising campaign tackling tax evaders who hold money in offshore accounts.

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Review of Scottish workplace policies

Businesses, academics and trade unions will work with the Scottish Government to improve working environments.

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