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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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Female representation on boards increases

The number of women on the boards of FTSE 100-listed companies has continued to increase, government figures have shown.

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Faster wage growth for private sector

Private sector wages are likely to rise faster than those in the public sector during the next 5 years, a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found.

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Shop prices fall 1.8% in September

Shop prices fell by 1.8% in the year to September 2014, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium and Nielsen.

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Brand Britain boosts businesses

Products labelled Made in Britain are more attractive to overseas consumers than those with no declared country of origin, a study by Barclays Corporate Banking has found.

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