Government Initiatives

Greater competition needed for Scottish SME finance

Scotland needs new sources of credit to help small and medium-sized businesses access finance, the Scottish Parliament's economy, energy and tourism committee has said.

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Coastal Communities Fund winners announced

More than 50 coastal regeneration projects have been awarded a share of £27.7 million from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund.

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Northern Ireland rates relief scheme could be extended

A scheme designed to help businesses in Northern Ireland following the recession could be extended beyond 2015, Finance Minister Simon Hamilton has hinted.

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Business leaders call for apprenticeship boost

Business leaders are calling on the Government to encourage businesses to hire more apprentices ahead of National Apprenticeship Week.

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Business Bank to support peer-to-peer lending

The British Business Bank will invest £40 million to support peer-to-peer lending to small and medium-sized businesses.

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SME lending inquiry opened

Politicians have opened an inquiry into bank lending to small and medium-sized business.

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Tax evasion campaign launched

HM Revenue & Customs has unveiled an advertising campaign tackling tax evaders who hold money in offshore accounts.

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Review of Scottish workplace policies

Businesses, academics and trade unions will work with the Scottish Government to improve working environments.

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NI Chamber calls for export action plan

The Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce has called for further Government measures to boost exports.

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Business groups call for prompt payment reform

Business groups have called for reform of the Prompt Payment Code after data showed that more than half of Federation of Small Businesses members were not paid by the agreed date.

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