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Launch of business forum aims to rejuvenate high streets

High streets must adapt to new consumer demands if they are to survive, the Government has warned small businesses.

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Network of mentors launched to help SMEs

A national network of 27,000 business mentors aimed at supporting start-ups and growing businesses has been launched by business minister Michael Fallon.

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Calls to adopt 'Small Business Saturday' to UK high streets

Labour is calling for a US-style 'Small Business Saturday' to encourage consumers to shop at small, local independent shops in the UK.

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Start-up loans scheme eligibility and investment expanded

The Government will invest an extra £30 million over the next three years in its start-up loans scheme, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. The scheme has also been extended to those aged 25 to 30.

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Government launches pop-up shop space for retail entrepreneurs

The Department for Communities and Local Government this week launched a pop-up shop in its own London headquarters, as part of a government drive to rejuvenate Britain's high streets and support entrepreneurs.

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£1.1 million boost for open-data business innovation

Businesses making use of public open data may be able to apply for £1.1 million worth of new 'innovation vouchers' to improve their processes and target new markets, the Government has announced.

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Green investment bank opens for business

The UK's Green Investment Bank - offering funding to businesses centred on sustainable growth - has been officially launched by business secretary Vince Cable.

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Northern Ireland: £200m worth of initiatives announced

A range of measures designed to create and sustain employment opportunities in the local jobs market has been launched by the Northern Ireland Executive.

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Businesses ignoring Prompt Payment Code to be named

Big businesses that do not sign up to the Government's Prompt Payment Code (PPC) will be publicly 'named and shamed', business minister Michael Fallon has warned.

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Business record checks re-launched for SMEs

Fewer SMEs may be subject to spot checks on their business records under a new approach to HMRC's business record checks (BRC) programme.

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