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Medium-sized business owners plan exit strategies

A third of medium-sized business owners are planning to sell their business, a report by law firm Mills & Reeve has found.

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Freelance earnings outstrip employee salaries

Freelancers' average earnings have outperformed the average employee salary so far this year, according to the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed.

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Employers see benefits of corporate volunteering

Half of all employers allow their staff to participate in voluntary activities in order to develop their skills, according to a report by the Chartered Institute of Skills and Development.

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Household bills continue to rise above inflation

Household bills have risen by more than double the rate of inflation over the past decade, according to research by Santander.

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Inflation rate remains at zero in March

The UK inflation rate remained at 0% in March 2015, according to official figures.

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Upcoming election reveals credit rating risks

Young people across the country are harming their credit rating by not registering to vote in the upcoming election, a study by uSwitch.com has found.

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Businesses hold back on capital investment

Almost two thirds of UK businesses generated a cash surplus this year, according to research by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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SME owners work 15 months a year

SME owners work the equivalent of an extra 3 months in a year, according to a survey by the British Insurance Brokers' Association.

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SMEs lack qualified financial staff

More than a third of SMEs do not have a qualified person in charge of finances, research by the Association of Accounting Technicians has found.

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Budget 2015: expectations

The Chancellor George Osborne will deliver the final Budget of this parliament early this afternoon.
Ahead of the statement, here are the hot topics the commentators are talking about.

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