Business development

Lending service could help smaller firms

The banks have been urged to engage with a special intermediary lending service aimed at securing the flow of credit to viable small businesses.

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Keep trade credit top-up, government urged

A government scheme designed to help firms that are struggling to secure trade credit insurance cover must be extended.

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Tax changes would help support economic recovery

The Chancellor has been urged ahead of his pre-Budget Report to introduce changes to the tax system as a way of helping to stimulate economic growth.

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More funds going into workplace pension schemes

Both employers and employees have stepped up their level of investment in defined contribution pension schemes over the past two years.

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Freeze business regulation to create jobs

Putting a stop to new business regulation and simplifying existing rules would help boost job creation, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has claimed.

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A third of firms keep wages on hold

One out of three firms have imposed wage freezes on their employees this year, a new study has found.

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Business lending offers signs of improvement

The Bank of England has said that more money is being made available for business borrowing.

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New graduate internship programme for small businesses

The government is to establish a special internship scheme aimed at helping smaller firms recruit graduates.

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Van owners (and VAT) to benefit from extended car scrappage scheme

The government’s decision to extend the car scrappage scheme could prove helpful to businesses with vans.

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Help small firms recruit younger workers, government told

Smaller businesses can play a vital role in reducing unemployment amongst young people, provided they are given support by the government.

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