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Independent report advises alternative methods of SME finance

Proposals to increase access to capital and promote alternative sources of finance for small businesses have been published in an independent taskforce report.

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Osborne: Budget to tackle stamp duty avoidance

New 'aggressive' measures to deal with stamp duty tax avoidance will form part of Wednesday's Budget, Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed.

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Pressure on Chancellor for a 'Budget for business'

Chancellor George Osborne must take a business minded approach to next week's Budget to encourage company growth, investment and create new jobs, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said.

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Weak manufacturing performance raises concerns

Concerns over the UK's economic recovery have been fuelled by poor performance in the manufacturing sector.

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Bank holds interest rate at 0.5% for 3 years

The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has voted to keep interest rates at 0.5 per cent for another month, marking three years since the rate first plummeted to its record low.

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Ageing workforce to fill future employment deficit

A higher number of 'essential' older workers will be needed if the UK is to fill its widening employment gap, research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) indicates.

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Half of 2012 retirees expect to leave an inheritance

Nearly half of those planning to retire in 2012 hope to pass assets on to family members in the form of an inheritance, research from Prudential has shown.

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Lenders to clarify mis-sold PPI details

Firms that may have mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) to consumers have been given guidelines in order to clarify the information sent to those potentially affected.

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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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