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Postage on second class parcels capped by Ofcom

Charges for sending second class large letters and small parcels will be capped, the regulator Ofcom has confirmed.

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Local councils in the dark over spending and contracts

The Government must encourage local councils to monitor and assess their spending to maximise the benefit to local communities, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said.

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Late payment improving amongst businesses

UK firms are waiting less time to receive payment from their debtors, according to data from Experian.

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Top 100 FTSE companies urged to sign prompt payment code

Some of the UK's largest and most successful businesses are being asked to agree on paying their smaller suppliers on time.

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Cap on mobile tariffs within EU to benefit businesses and consumers

The costs of using a mobile phone when abroad have now become significantly cheaper, under new EU regulations.

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3p rise in fuel duty is postponed

The Government has announced the 3p rise in fuel duty, planned for August, will not go ahead this year.

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SMEs reject business payday loans

Small businesses are unwilling to use payday loans as a way of financing their business, according to market research company BDRC Continental.

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Falls in employee sickness levels stall

The long term downward trend in workplace sickness absence is stalling, according to a report, fuelling concerns that the Government should be doing more to reduce the cost of sickness to employers, taxpayers and the economy.

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Small businesses urged to consider alternative buying methods to reduce costs

Small recession-hit businesses faced with increased business costs may be able to save money through group buying, research carried out by the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has claimed.

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Four in five SMEs affected by postal price hike

Four in five small businesses in the UK believe the change in postal rates - which came into effect on 30 April 2012 - will affect their business and the ways in which they communicate with customers.

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