Business management

SMEs reject business payday loans

Small businesses are unwilling to use payday loans as a way of financing their business, according to market research company BDRC Continental.

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Half of employers to relax working practices during the Olympics

More than half of employers are to adopt a more flexible approach to working practices for staff during the Olympics and key football matches, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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Committee report sceptical of length of apprenticeships

MPs have criticised the length of apprenticeship programmes after a report found a fifth of apprenticeships lasted for six months or less.

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Falls in employee sickness levels stall

The long term downward trend in workplace sickness absence is stalling, according to a report, fuelling concerns that the Government should be doing more to reduce the cost of sickness to employers, taxpayers and the economy.

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Poor management 'undermining' economic growth, says advisory group

Poor management skills and lack of leadership by managers in the UK is hindering attempts to boost economic growth, The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has claimed.

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Small businesses urged to consider alternative buying methods to reduce costs

Small recession-hit businesses faced with increased business costs may be able to save money through group buying, research carried out by the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has claimed.

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MPs call for Government to help SMEs in bank 'mis-selling scandal'

Toby Perkins, shadow small business minister, and Chris Leslie, shadow Treasury minister, have called for the Government to take urgent action against growing claims that mis-selling by banks has driven many driven small businesses to the point of bankruptcy.

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Four in five SMEs affected by postal price hike

Four in five small businesses in the UK believe the change in postal rates - which came into effect on 30 April 2012 - will affect their business and the ways in which they communicate with customers.

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New defined benefit pension rules offer breathing space for employers

The Pensions Regulator is to relax the rules regarding defined benefit pension schemes, after fears that businesses are putting themselves at risk struggling to maintain funding in the current economic climate.

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Businesses still struggling with late payment culture

Companies struggling with the effects of late payment are failing to take advantage formal procedures and are putting their business at risk, a new business report has warned.

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