The economy

Cold weather puts freeze on business

The business climate for smaller firms suffered as a result of the extremely cold winter, a new report has suggested.

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Firms look to marketing to drive business

Increasing numbers of smaller businesses are boosting their sales and marketing efforts in order to speed recovery in the aftermath of the recession, a new study has found.

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Reform regulations and business tax to help 'balance' the economy

The government has been called on to adopt a new approach in order successfully to rebuild and rebalance the UK economy.

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Plan to balance public finances must be 'convincing'

The government needs to set out clear plans for reducing the budget deficit sooner rather than later, the CBI has argued.

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Recovery to be fragile and slower than expected

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has revised its forecast for the UK’s economic recovery, saying that the rate of growth will be slower in 2011 than had been anticipated.

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Consumer confidence on the up

Consumers are more optimistic about the future than at any stage in the past two years.

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Business alliance urges scrapping of NIC rise

A coalition of the UK’s leading business groups has set up an internet petition calling for the planned 1 per cent increase in employers’ National Insurance Contributions to be dropped.

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UK economy grew quicker than previously estimated

The UK’s economy expanded by 0.3 per cent during the final quarter of 2009.

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