The economy

Firms say jobs still under pressure

Jobs continue to be at risk during the economic downturn, with a significant proportion of employers contemplating redundancies over the next six months.

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Conditions improve for smaller manufacturers

Trading conditions may not be quite as gloomy for UK manufacturers than they were three months ago, according to the latest CBI survey.

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Drop in sick leave at private sector firms

Employees working for private firms are taking less time off sick, a new report has revealed.

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New tax measures could harm business

Increases in business and personal tax pose a risk to the health of the UK economy, a survey has suggested.

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Design can help businesses survive the recession

A better and more informed use of design could be vital in helping UK firms both to come through the recession and to thrive when the economy picks up.

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Worst of recession over but recovery will be tough

The economy may be emerging from the depths of the recession but firms will still encounter difficulties on the road to recovery, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said.

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CBI proposes alternative to redundancy

A radical alternative to laying off staff could see workers, whose firms are suffering a fall in demand, paid to remain at home.

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Business output on the increase

After its prolonged battering, the UK’s manufacturing sector may be about to turn a corner.

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Ease tax burdens to boost recovery, government urged

The UK’s small business sector is experiencing tentative signs of a recovery, according to a new survey.

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Manufacturing needs more direct state support

A manifesto has called on the government to place the manufacturing sector at the centre of a better balanced and more diverse UK economy.

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