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Buyout activity for SMEs at 5 year high

Investment for SMEs is at its highest level for 5 years, according to research from Lyceum Capital and Cass Business School.

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Businesses underestimating risks of cyber crime

More than a third of businesses have fallen victim of cyber crime such as hacking, phishing and pharming.

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Money worries impact workforce productivity

1 in 8 (13%) workers say that money worries have affected their productivity in the workplace.

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Public sector borrowing drops

Public sector borrowing, excluding public sector banks, closed 2015 £4.3 billion lower than in December 2014.

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Time-poor workers find work/life balance problematic

A Scottish Widows report has found that people find it difficult to maintain a healthy work/life balance in the face of long working days and significant commutes.

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Wage growth slowed in late 2015

Wage growth has slowed down while unemployment has fallen to 5.1%, the lowest on record.

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Blue Monday could cost 93 billion

Monday 18 January, or ‘Blue Monday’, has been dubbed the most depressing day of the year and could cost the economy £93 billion, according to employment law experts ELAS.

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Buy-to-let continues to rise

Buy-to-let lending decreased towards the end of last year, but overall was substantially higher than the previous year, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

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Businesses still unclear on auto-enrolment

45% of business owners without a workplace pension scheme are still unclear about their responsibilities.

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Trade deficit falls

UK’s trade deficit fell to £3.2 billion in November 2015, a narrowing of £0.3 billion from October 2015.

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