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Digital connectivity drives small business growth

The health of the digital market for small businesses is helping drive growth despite gaps in expectation, service quality and delivery, according to a report by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Small business confidence cools

Small business confidence is slowing down, according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Over-55s plan house purchases

More than a third of people over 55 are planning to buy at least 1 more property in their lives, research by Prudential has found.

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Use of zero-hours contracts increases

The use of zero-hours contracts has risen by 6% in the last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Consumers look to new payment technologies

Almost 4 in 10 current account holders think the rise of technology will eliminate the need to use cash in 10 years' time, research by Lloyds Bank suggests.

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Gender pay gap between management roles

Women working in management roles are effectively working unpaid for almost 2 hours each day, according to analysis from the Chartered Management Institute.

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Employees not taking full annual leave

More than half of the British workforce does not take the full amount of annual leave each year, research has shown.

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CBI upgrades UK economic forecast

The Confederation of British Industry has upgraded its annual economic forecast for 2015 from 2.4% to 2.6%.

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Protection insurers in record daily payout

Insurers helped a record number of families in 2014 with more than 350 payouts being made every day, according to figures published by the Association of British Insurers.

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Overqualified graduates saturate high-skill jobs market

Job over-qualification is reaching 'saturation point' as more university graduates are entering jobs that do not require a degree, according to a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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