The economy

Small firms to get productivity boost

A new fund designed to boost the productivity of small businesses has been launched by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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Inflation falls to new low in January

UK inflation fell to 0.3% in the year to January 2014, according to official figures.

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Fastest annual economic growth since 2007

The UK economy grew by an annual rate of 2.6% across 2014, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

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Shop prices fall for 20th consecutive month

Shop price deflation slowed to 1.7% in December 2014, down from 1.9% the previous month, according to figures released by the British Retail Consortium.

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Chancellor announces business rates reforms

The Chancellor George Osborne announced a raft of business rates reforms designed to support the growth of small businesses during his 2014 Autumn Statement.

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Autumn Statement 2014: reaction

The Chancellor George Osborne has delivered the 2014 Autumn Statement. Here is a summary of immediate reaction from the UK's leading business and industry bodies.

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Autumn Statement 2014: other measures

The 2014 Autumn Statement speech was delivered to Parliament by Chancellor George Osborne on Wednesday 3 December 2014. Here we summarise some of the measures relating to investment and government spending.

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Autumn Statement 2014: personal finances

The Autumn Statement 2014 was delivered by the Chancellor George Osborne on 3 December 2014. Here's a summary of the headline announcements that will impact upon personal finances.

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Autumn Statement 2014: business announcements

The Chancellor George Osborne delivered his 2014 Autumn Statement speech to the House of Commons on Wednesday 3 December 2014. This is a summary of the main announcements and measures that affect businesses.

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Autumn Statement 2014: at a glance

Chancellor George Osborne gave his final Autumn Statement speech before the next general election to parliament on Wednesday 3 December. This is our summary of the headline announcements for both businesses and individuals.

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