Current Affairs

Budget 2015: expectations

The Chancellor George Osborne will deliver the final Budget of this parliament early this afternoon.
Ahead of the statement, here are the hot topics the commentators are talking about.

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Employees lack access to digital services

Less than half of employees think they are able to do their jobs properly due to insufficient access to digital technology, according to a survey by Fujitsu.

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Small firms continue to utilise equity finance

The use of equity finance among small firms has more than doubled over the past 3 years, according to a report by the British Business Bank.

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Workplace sickness absence rates improve

Two fifths of employers have seen improvements in their sickness absence rates over the last 12 months, according to research by Group Risk Development.

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Small costs result in big expenses for SMEs

SMEs owners often underestimate the small day-to-day costs of running a business, research by AXA has suggested.

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Small business productivity in need of boost

Improving the productivity of UK small businesses is "one of the biggest challenges" for policymakers, according to a report by the All Party Parliamentary Small Business Group.

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Small firms concerned about cloud computing

Almost 4 in 10 small businesses are concerned about the security of using cloud accounting services, according to research by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Firms affected by late payment

More than three quarters of businesses suffer from late payments, according to research by Bacs.

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Inflation falls to new low in January

UK inflation fell to 0.3% in the year to January 2014, according to official figures.

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Renting property more expensive than buying

First time buyers pay almost 10% less each month than those who rent, according to research by Halifax.

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