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Small businesses struggling with ineffective infrastructure

Rising energy costs and access to effective telecommunications, including broadband and mobile phone reception, have topped the polls as some of the most important infrastructure issues for small businesses, new research from the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has found.

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Falls in employee sickness levels stall

The long term downward trend in workplace sickness absence is stalling, according to a report, fuelling concerns that the Government should be doing more to reduce the cost of sickness to employers, taxpayers and the economy.

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Business marketing spending up for third successive quarter

Business marketing budgets were revised up for the first quarter of 2012, marking a third successive quarter of increased spending, a survey by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) has found.

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Corporate insolvencies on the rise while personal insolvencies fall

The number of company insolvencies increased in the first quarter of 2012, although personal insolvencies were down compared to last year, figures from the Insolvency Service show.

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Pound hits 3.5 year high against Euro

The pound has broken the 1.24 Euro mark for the first time since the end of 2008.

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Rising unemployment to do 'permanent damage' to economy, says think tank

Unemployment in the UK is forecast to rise by the end of year, leading to 'permanent damage in the country's productive capacity', the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) has warned.

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Scotland Act 2012 given Royal Assent

Scotland is to be handed new powers in setting its own rate of taxes and legislation after the Scotland Bill was given Royal Assent.

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Poor management 'undermining' economic growth, says advisory group

Poor management skills and lack of leadership by managers in the UK is hindering attempts to boost economic growth, The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has claimed.

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Small businesses urged to consider alternative buying methods to reduce costs

Small recession-hit businesses faced with increased business costs may be able to save money through group buying, research carried out by the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has claimed.

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SMEs 'losing battle' for public sector work, says business group

Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) are continuing to lose out on public sector contracts, despite recent Government initiatives, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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