Government Initiatives

Pension reforms questioned by industry body

The government's pension reforms still raise many "questions and uncertainties", the National Association of Pension Funds has said.

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EU regulation cuts benefit SMEs

British businesses have saved more than £200 million during the first year of a government campaign to reduce EU regulations, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced.

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SMEs warned about cyber threats

Small and medium-sized businesses should do more to protect themselves against online fraud and IT security risks, a panel of experts has said.

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Female representation on boards increases

The number of women on the boards of FTSE 100-listed companies has continued to increase, government figures have shown.

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New support for online exporters

UK businesses will have access to a new package of services designed to boost online exports, UK Trade and Investment has announced.

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Public sector contract boost for Scottish SMEs

A training scheme to help Scottish SMEs and voluntary sector businesses bid for public sector contracts has been given a £360,000 funding boost, the Scottish Government has announced.

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IT and digital support for SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises can now apply for IT and digital support worth up to £2,000, after the UK IT Association joined the Government’s Growth Voucher programme.

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House prices rise 0.7% in May 2014

The average price of UK homes rose 0.7% in May 2014, slowing slightly from the 1.2% increase in April 2014, figures from Nationwide reveal.

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Northern Ireland apprenticeship scheme launches

A new apprenticeship scheme has been launched in Northern Ireland for the information, communications and technology sector.

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New mortgage rules take effect

People applying for a mortgage are to face tougher financial checks, as the Financial Conduct Authority’s new market regulations take effect tomorrow (26 April 2014).

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