Business development

Business confidence rises despite economic fears

Businesses remain confident of their prospects for the next six months, despite losing confidence in the global economy.

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Creative industries key to economic growth

Creative industries such as music, publishing, video games, and film, are expected to be a key driver of economic recovery, the CBI has claimed.

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Poor online services could cost businesses millions

The importance of an innovative and integrated website and other online services has been highlighted today by a report that shows retailers could be losing out on millions.

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Fund boss urges new ways to finance firms

The chief executive of the Business Growth Fund has lent his support to encouraging alternatives to bank funding for businesses.

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Business Growth Fund may help more firms

There is the possibility that the Government’s Business Growth Fund, aimed at supporting fast-growing companies that would otherwise struggle to find funding, may be extended to more firms than were included in the original remit.

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Optimism slips among manufacturers

Smaller manufacturers are feeling less confident about the future, a new survey has indicated.

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Banks set to meet lending targets

The UK’s major banks look likely to meet their small business lending targets as agreed with the Government.

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Entrepreneurs expect funding conditions to ease

Entrepreneurs are still envisaging a tough time in securing finance over the coming months but think that money should be easier to obtain.

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Add competition to the banking sector to boost lending

Setting banks business lending targets is not the way free up credit for firms, a business group has claimed.

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Investment tax incentives are too complex

Schemes designed to encourage smaller firms to invest in new equipment and plant are too complicated and are doing little to boost business growth.

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