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What the political parties are promising

With the election looming, the main political parties have outlined what they intend to do on business support and tax.

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Late payments total billions for SMEs

Almost three-quarters of small firms have been hit by the late payment of bills during the past year, new figures suggest.

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Smaller firms still being affected by late payments

Many small firms are having to wait longer to get paid, new research has shown.

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Credit still proving elusive for smaller businesses

Figures released by the Bank of England have suggested that small firms are continuing to experience some difficulties in securing loans from the banks.

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Less use than expected made of financial support schemes

The government’s raft of business financial support programmes, introduced in the depths of the recession, was used by fewer firms than predicted.

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Budget 2010: business support

It was always likely that the Chancellor would devote a proportion of the Budget to outlining government plans for stimulating business growth and development as the economic recovery begins.

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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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Business group contests banks’ view on lending

A leading business organisation has questioned claims by the banks that business lending is in a healthy state.

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