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Advertising and marketing vital for small business growth

Smaller firms are fully aware of the importance to their business operations of skills in advertising and marketing.

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UK labour market faces deep structural problems

The greatest challenge to combating unemployment is not a return to economic growth but deeper problems that lead to long-term joblessness, the CBI has claimed.

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Taxes still weigh heavily on businesses, says IoD

The real tax burdens on business are much heavier than just those imposed by corporation tax, the Institute of Directors (IoD) has said.

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Cuts in NICs would encourage job creation

Small firms would be more likely to take on new staff if they were given the incentive of a reduction in national insurance contributions, a new survey has suggested.

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EU moves to cut admin burden for smaller firms

New rules agreed by the EU could help smaller businesses deal with the amount of admin involved in running their enterprises.

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Skills shortage hampering recovery

A lack of skills among the national workforce could apply a brake to the rate at which the economy recovers.

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A quarter of employers looking to freeze pay

One in four employers are planning to offer no wage rises this year, a new study has revealed. Others have changes to their pension arrangements in the pipeline.

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HMRC announces new advisory fuel rates

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published the latest advisory fuel rates for company cars.

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Health and safety rules a hindrance to business

Almost a half of firms believe that health and safety regulations are a burden to comply with.

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