Government Initiatives

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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Zero hours contracts consultation opens

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has launched a consultation into the understanding and use of zero hours contracts.

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Success for first Small Business Saturday

Local retailers celebrated the UK’s first Small Business Saturday as shoppers descended on high streets for the first weekend of the festive season.

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Autumn Statement 2013: Responses

The business community has been quick to react to Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement. Here's a summary of responses from the UK’s leading business groups.

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Northern Ireland encourages inward investment

A seminar to boost foreign investment in Northern Ireland has been co-chaired in London by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the country's Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

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'Big six' energy companies questioned about rising costs

The UK's six largest energy firms have been questioned by a committee of MPs over recent increases in electricity and gas prices.

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