Business development

Keep apprenticeships affordable, says CBI

Apprenticeship wages should not be set at such a level that they price people out of training, it has been argued.

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Jobcentres failing to help small businesses

The Jobcentre Plus network needs urgent reform if it is to combat rising unemployment and to help small firms recruit new employees.

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Chancellor considering plans to broaden SME lending

The Chancellor, Alistair Darling is looking at ways of enabling small and medium-size firms to borrow money from sources other than the major high street banks.

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Ban rollover energy contracts, says FPB

The Forum of Private Business has urged Ofgem, the energy watchdog, to reconsider its views on prohibiting rollover energy contracts.

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Action needed on late payment, says FSB

Some small firms are having to wait up to four months for invoices to be settled by larger customers, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has claimed.

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Business lending slides by record amount

Bank lending to businesses fell by £8.4 billion in July, new figures have revealed.

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Firms advised against employment law 'complacency'

The recent rise in the number of tribunals, fuelled by recession-lead redundancies, should alert firms to the importance of complying with employment law.

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Warning on business energy contracts

Electricity providers have been told that they could face an official investigation into their competition practices if they persist in asking firms for large advance deposits.

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Pay rises slip to record low

Average pay increases offered by UK firms have dipped to just 1 per cent, the lowest figure since records began.

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Tax breaks would boost 'value' of operating leases

Tax breaks that are available to profitable businesses when buying equipment should be extended to those SMEs that take out new operating leases.

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