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Challenges remain in gender equality says EU report

Improving gender equality is vital in driving a European economic recovery, an annual report by the European Commission (EC) has said.

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Big six energy deal to benefit households and businesses

An agreement between the UK's 'big six' energy companies, meaning they will be required to tell customers if they are overpaying and allow them to switch to a better deal , is to cut the bills of millions of consumers and businesses, according to the Government and business groups.

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£1 billion youth employment programme launched

A new £1 billion programme aimed at helping 18 to 24 year olds into work and training has been launched by the Government in a bid to tackle youth unemployment.

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New business regulation body launched

The Government has launched a new independent body to monitor business regulation in a bid to give businesses a voice in policy and red-tape decision making.

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UK economy shows improvement although still weak

The UK economy has shown 'encouraging' signs of improvement in the first three months of this year, although the pace of recovery is still 'too slow', the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said.

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UK businesses committed to 'going green'

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK are more committed to sustainability, including saving energy, minimising waste, and recycling, compared to their European Union (EU) counterparts, a new European Commission study has found.

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New tax allowances to boost Scottish energy investment

Oil and gas industries in the North Sea are set to benefit from increased investment after the Government unveiled plans to alter taxes affecting the sector in the Budget.

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Confusion over Budget enterprise zones

Businesses based in enterprise zones in Scotland, North Wales, and England are set to benefit from enhanced capital allowances, after announcements made in the Budget, but there is confusion over whether Northern Ireland is to be granted its first enterprise zone.

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Budget 2012: Business reaction

Business groups and commentators have given initial responses to the Budget announced this afternoon, which Chancellor George Osborne said would 'unashamedly back business', encourage investment and create more jobs.

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Business groups offer last minute Budget proposals

Business groups have urged the Chancellor to take 'radical action' and deliver measures which support small businesses, drive job creation, and encourage UK economic growth, in the Budget that will be announced tomorrow.

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