The economy

New job creation could be squeezed by spare capacity

New jobs may be at a premium during the early stages of the recovery as the
majority of firms are still running below capacity.

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Reform the tax regime to help businesses grow

A significant number of firms believe that the UK’s business tax regime has hindered their efforts to recruit more staff, a new survey has claimed.

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Small firms need alternative sources of finance

Sources of funding, other than those provided by the banks, may be the solution to the squeeze on credit affecting many small firms, a leading business group has argued.

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More tax rises and spending cuts needed to repair UK finances

Greater efforts will be required to reduce public borrowing than those promised by measures set out in the pre-Budget Report, a leading think tank has argued.

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Manufacturing output accelerates

Manufacturing output in the UK surged ahead at its fastest rate for 15 years last month, new figures have indicated.

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Recession over, official figures declare

The UK economy has finally emerged from one of its deepest economic downturns.

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Economy facing weak recovery

The UK economy is showing signs of recovery but progress is still weak, a new survey has revealed.

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Government sets out business growth strategy

The government has launched a plan for boosting business growth in the UK.

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Tax rises 'dampen' consumer optimism

Prospective tax rises and the return of VAT to the old rate of 17.5 per cent may have had an adverse effect on consumer confidence.

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Online sales enjoy seasonal boost

Online businesses saw sales soar during the Christmas period.

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