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Businesses lacking leadership skills

Shortages of leadership and management skills have had an adverse effect on business growth and productivity, according to the report by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Scotland Help to Buy scheme launched

A new Help to Buy scheme has launched, providing interest-free equity loans to first-time buyers and people moving home in Scotland.

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Buy-to-let purchases increase ahead of stamp duty changes

An increase in buy-to-let purchases ahead of the stamp duty changes from 1 April 2016 is raising prices.

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‘Skill-shortage vacancies’ a challenge for businesses

The challenge that many businesses are facing in trying to get the right people for their workforce has been detailed in a UKCES Employer Skills Survey.

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Buyout activity for SMEs at 5 year high

Investment for SMEs is at its highest level for 5 years, according to research from Lyceum Capital and Cass Business School.

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Businesses underestimating risks of cyber crime

More than a third of businesses have fallen victim of cyber crime such as hacking, phishing and pharming.

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Money worries impact workforce productivity

1 in 8 (13%) workers say that money worries have affected their productivity in the workplace.

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Public sector borrowing drops

Public sector borrowing, excluding public sector banks, closed 2015 £4.3 billion lower than in December 2014.

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Time-poor workers find work/life balance problematic

A Scottish Widows report has found that people find it difficult to maintain a healthy work/life balance in the face of long working days and significant commutes.

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Wage growth slowed in late 2015

Wage growth has slowed down while unemployment has fallen to 5.1%, the lowest on record.

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