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  • July 16, 2010 - Anonymous

    Government must deliver on broadband pledge, say business groups

    Small business groups have urged the Government not to backtrack on plans to provide high-speed broadband nationwide by 2017, or risk the collapse of enterprise in rural areas.

  • July 16, 2010 - Anonymous

    Fifth of firms start up for less than £1,000

    A fifth of small-business owners started their firm with less than £1,000, new research from a telecommunications firm has highlighted.

  • July 16, 2010 - Anonymous

    South West firms offered bank loan alternative

    Small businesses in the South West that have struggled to obtain bank lending can now apply for loans of up to £5,000, following the launch of a £2 million government-backed loan fund.

  • July 09, 2010 - Anonymous

    Economic recovery not yet secure, warns business group

    The UK economy is strengthening but "underlying weaknesses" are threatening long-term recovery, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned.

  • July 09, 2010 - Anonymous

    Firms get chance to question unpopular laws

    Small-business owners can voice their opinions on which business regulations they would like to see scrapped, following the launch of the Government's Your Freedom website.

  • July 09, 2010 - Anonymous

    One in three small business bank loan applications denied

    One third of small-business owners who applied for a bank loan in the three months to May this year were denied, research by software provider Sage UK has revealed, suggesting that lending conditions are still tight for businesses.

  • July 09, 2010 - Anonymous

    Equality Act reforms to go ahead in October

    The Government has confirmed that it will go ahead with reforms to discrimination laws announced under the Labour Government, and introduce the Equality Act as planned this October.

  • July 09, 2010 - Anonymous

    Three-quarters of firms rejecting 2:2 graduates

    Three-quarters of businesses are dealing with the high numbers of graduate job applications they receive by binning any who don't have a 2:1 degree or higher, research from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has found.

  • July 09, 2010 - Anonymous

    Queen of Shops launches masterclass for small retailers

    Small retailers can get tips from retail consultant Mary Portas on competing on the high street, following the launch of a series of masterclasses based on her guidelines.

  • July 09, 2010 - Anonymous

    New Growth Fund doesn’t make up for cuts, says BCC

    A new Regional Growth Fund to support small firms in areas worst hit by Government cuts will offer "significantly less resources" than before the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) were abolished, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned.

  • July 09, 2010 - Anonymous

    Awards recognise triumphs over adversity

    Small-business owners who have triumphed against challenging circumstances or personal difficulties have been invited to compete for a £10,000 prize, following the launch of the 2010 Barclays Trading Places Awards.

  • July 06, 2010 - Anonymous

    Business groups oppose plans to scrap default retirement age

    Government plans to scrap the default retirement age (DRA) will prevent businesses from being able to plan for staff retirements, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has warned.

  • July 06, 2010 - Anonymous

    Enterprise minister starts small business work experience

    Business and enterprise minister Mark Prisk has started a six-month period of “work experience” at small firms across the UK to gain an insight into the challenges business owners face.

  • July 06, 2010 - Anonymous

    Trailblazing entrepreneurs compete for £110k prize fund

    Entrepreneurs in parts of the North West and Wales can compete to win a share of a £110,000 prize fund, following the launch of the Morgan Foundation Entrepreneur Awards.

  • July 06, 2010 - Anonymous

    Free guide to boost staff productivity

    Managing poor performance and linking pay to achievement are among the topics covered in a new Acas guide advising employers on how to get the best out of their staff.

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