The economy

Optimism grows for Scottish economy

The Scottish economy continued to strengthen in the first two months of 2014, according to the latest Business Monitor from the Bank of Scotland.

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New NI enterprise zone to boost growth

The new enterprise zone in Coleraine, announced by Chancellor George Osborne during the 2014 Budget, will be "another tool to lever economic growth", Northern Ireland Finance Minister Simon Hamilton has said.

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Three quarters not feeling benefits of recovery

74 per cent of consumers say they have not yet felt the benefits of the fledgling economic recovery, according to a survey by uSwitch.com.

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Confidence in economic recovery continues

The latest Household Finance Index reached a near record-high in March 2014, signalling sustained optimism about the economic recovery, according to research firm Markit.

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Budget 2014: business expectations

Ahead of the Chancellor's 2014 Budget statement this afternoon, here's a summary of measures and policies that the UK's leading business groups are calling for.

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Help to Buy extended by four years

The Government has extended its Help to Buy equity loan scheme by four years, the Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

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Most start-ups based at home

Seventy per cent of all new businesses are started at home, research by AXA Business Insurance and the Enterprise Nation business network has found.

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Minimum wage rises to £6.50 an hour

The National Minimum Wage for adults is to rise by 19p an hour to £6.50, the Government has announced.

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Retail sales growth slowed in February

Retail sales fell one per cent last month when compared to February 2013, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has announced.

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