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SME manufacturers plan investment

Almost three quarters of SME manufacturers are planning to invest in technology, premises or machinery in the next 6 months, a report by the Manufacturing Advisory Service has found.

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Employees reluctant to ask about flexible working

More than a third of employees are hesitant to ask their employers about flexible working options, a YouGov survey commissioned by the Confederation of British Industry has found.

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Employers urged to combat skills shortage

Employers should take the lead in tackling workplace skills shortages, according to a report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).

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Majority of micro businesses are home based

More than 8 out of 10 micro businesses are based in the home, according to research by Lloyds Bank Insurance.

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Gender pay gap at record low

The average pay gap between men and women has shrunk to its lowest figure since comparative records began in 1997, official figures reveal.

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SMEs confident about growth prospects

Small and medium-sized businesses are predicting strong growth in turnover during the next 5 years, according to a survey by Santander.

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Export success for recession-era SMEs

Two thirds of exporting SMEs that were set up during the recession began exporting within their first year, research by Barclays has found.

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Stress-related absences increase

A quarter of employees have taken time off work due to stress in the last year, research by Friends Life has found.

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Small firms fuel economic growth

More than a third of economic growth in 2013 was created by fast growing small firms, a report by Octopus Investments and the Centre for Economics and Business Research has found.

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Small employers lack liability insurance

More than half of small businesses do not have employers' liability cover, a survey by AXA Business Insurance has found.

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