The economy

SMEs in business paralysis as fear stops decision making

SMEs are caught in 'business paralysis' as over half reveal they have delayed making important business decisions in the last year for fear of making the wrong choice.

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Scottish angel investments increase by 26 per cent for start-ups

Early stage companies in Scotland have benefited from a 26 per cent increase in business angel investments in the first nine months of 2012, figures from Linc Scotland have revealed.

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SME confidence knocked in third quarter

Falling domestic and export orders and contracting production levels for SMEs in the three months to October knocked business confidence in the UK, a report by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has found.

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Heseltine Review calls for regional growth

More power should be passed down from Whitehall to local councils to boost economic growth and competitiveness in the UK, an official review of the economy has stated.

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Outlook for consumer lending picks up, but not for businesses

Consumer lending increased by £1.2 billion in September to a four year high, latest figures from the Bank of England (BoE) show.

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UK economy shrinks less than originally thought

The UK economy contracted less than originally thought in the second quarter of 2012, revised figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown.

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Draft Scottish Budget 2013/14 for 'jobs and growth'

Scottish finance secretary John Swinney has pledged £180 million over the next two years to drive construction, skills and the green economy in the country.

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Inflation drops to 2.5 per cent

Inflation in the UK fell to 2.5 per cent in August from 2.6 per cent in July, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

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Unemployment falls to 2.59 million

Unemployment in the UK fell by 7,000 in the three months to July, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

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Report warns aviation restrictions are hampering growth

A group of MPs and businesses have backed a report into the UK aviation industry which warns Heathrow restrictions are damaging the UK economy.

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