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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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More start-ups seek private investment

The number of start-ups asking for permission to raise funds through a tax-efficient private investment scheme increased by more than 1,200 in the 2013/14 financial year, research by Radius Equity has found.

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Funding for SME business advice

Small businesses will be able to get funding for advice from business schools under a project run by the Small Business Charter.

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Switch guarantee popular with consumers

There has been a 22% increase on the number of bank account switches since the Current Account Switch Service was introduced in September 2013, according to figures from the Payments Council.

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