Business development

Economic growth 'too weak' despite increased exporting

Growth in the UK economy is 'too weak' for a sustainable recovery, says a report by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

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UK economy set to receive £16.5 billion Olympic boost

The UK economy is set to benefit from a £16.5 billion GDP boost from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to a study from the Lloyds Banking Group.

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Planning delays stunt business growth, says business group

Small businesses in the UK are being held back from potential growth because of failures in the country's 'costly' and 'complex' planning system, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Businesses and customers hit by bank failure backlog

Millions of RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank customers, including businesses, are facing continuing disruption following last week's computer failure.

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HR management vital for SMEs

Small businesses should not overlook the 'fundamental' role that human resources (HR), or people management, can play in driving long term performance, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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Online retail market to reach £77bn in 2012

The value of the UK's online retail market is set to grow by £77 billion this year, according to figures by the Interactive Media Retail Group (IMRG).

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UK firms hampered by export barriers

The number of businesses in the UK exporting goods and services has risen in the past year, despite many saying they are held back by 'external barriers', a survey has found.

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Social media top for finding new customers

Over one third of UK small businesses say they use social media sites to find new customers, research has found.

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International patent system to be simplified

Businesses are to benefit from a faster and more efficient system when applying for international patents due to a relaxation of rules, says the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO).

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Heathrow capacity hindering Northern Ireland economy, says lobby group

Over stretched capacity at Heathrow airport will damage Northern Ireland's economic growth, says the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

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