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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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Northern Ireland encourages inward investment

A seminar to boost foreign investment in Northern Ireland has been co-chaired in London by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the country's Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

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'Big six' energy companies questioned about rising costs

The UK's six largest energy firms have been questioned by a committee of MPs over recent increases in electricity and gas prices.

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Businesses urged to consider succession planning

Farmers in Northern Ireland are being urged to put proper succession plans in place in order to protect their businesses.

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Calls to scrap parking charges on UK's first Small Business Saturday

Local councils should waive town centre parking charges in support of the UK's first Small Business Saturday being held on 7 December, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

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Help to Buy mortgage guarantee launches

The Government's £12 billion Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme - designed to help thousands of people with small deposits get onto the housing ladder - has launched three months ahead of schedule.

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Traineeships given funding boost

The Government has announced an extra £20 million worth of funding for its traineeships programme, which aims to help young people prepare for - and secure - an apprenticeship or employment.

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Government pledges extra financial support for entrepreneurs

UK entrepreneurs are to benefit from an additional £69 million of Government funding to help start-up and grow small businesses, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.

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Universal Credit criticised by spending watchdog

The Government's welfare reform programme - Universal Credit (UC) - has suffered from 'ambitious timescales' and 'weak management', according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

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New planning rules put town centres first

An extension of planning and development regulations to make better use of empty buildings will revitalise UK high streets and rural towns, the Department for Communities and Local Government has said.

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