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Business groups endorse non-bank finance for small firms

The Government should be doing more to promote the alternative forms of finance available to smaller firms, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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A third of UK businesses struggle with social media management

UK businesses are struggling with 'chaotic' and 'unmanaged' social media, according to research from information management firm Iron Mountain.

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'Deep' concerns over Google's new privacy policy

Google's new privacy policy raises deep concerns over the 'lawfulness' and 'fairness' to its users as it fails to meet EU data protection laws, a European watchdog has warned.

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Motorists tell Treasury to cut upcoming 3p fuel duty

Plans to increase fuel duty by 3p should be axed in order to boost the UK economy and create thousands of jobs, campaigning group Fair Fuel UK has told the Government.

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Small businesses embrace the internet age

The number of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) using the internet and social networking sites has risen sharply over the past year, a recent business survey by PeoplePerHour has shown.

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Rush to beat stamp duty holiday boosts housing market

House sales were up in January as an increased number of first-time buyers made the most of the stamp duty holiday which is to end in March, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) says.

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Concerns behind January retail boost

UK retailers are increasing cash reserves rather than investing in business expansion and job creation as a result of economic uncertainty, an independent study by Oxford Economics for the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has found.

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UK unemployment at 17 year high

The unemployment rate in the UK has reached 8.4 per cent of the economically active population, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate.

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More start-ups financing business from their own pockets

More small and medium sized enterprise (SME) owners are dipping into their personal savings to finance their businesses, research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed.

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UK inflation rate drops to 14 month low

Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation in the UK has fallen from 4.2 per cent in December to a 14 month low of 3.6 per cent in January, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate.

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