Business planning

Cost of auto enrolment likely to cause pay freezes

Nearly one in six employers believes that the costs of the upcoming pension auto enrolment will result in a cut or freeze to employee wages, a new report has warned.

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The Olympics and your business - get on track

The Olympics is nearing ever closer, and as excitement builds, business owners should make sure they are aware of potential disruptions the celebrations could cause. The Government is advising businesses to be prepared by drawing up an action plan to minimise the impact. Have you considered the ways your staff, clients and suppliers could be affected?

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Business marketing spending up for third successive quarter

Business marketing budgets were revised up for the first quarter of 2012, marking a third successive quarter of increased spending, a survey by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) has found.

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Small businesses urged to consider alternative buying methods to reduce costs

Small recession-hit businesses faced with increased business costs may be able to save money through group buying, research carried out by the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has claimed.

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SMEs 'losing battle' for public sector work, says business group

Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) are continuing to lose out on public sector contracts, despite recent Government initiatives, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Government publishes potential business contracts worth £70 billion

£70 billion worth of potential future government contracts have been published by cabinet office minister Francis Maude and business secretary Vince Cable, in a bid to boost UK economic growth.

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Enterprise Zones – how your business could benefit

24 new enterprise zones around the UK were launched this month, in a Government plan to encourage businesses into specific areas in need of regeneration and growth. It is hoped that the new businesses will revive and rebalance both the local and national economy, create jobs, and speed up UK economic growth. We explore the various benefits on offer to businesses moving into an enterprise zone, including tax breaks and simplified planning permission.

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Mixed reactions to Northern Ireland enterprise zone

Proposals for an extended enterprise zone covering the whole of Northern Ireland have been criticised by Northern Ireland's finance minister Sammy Wilson.

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'Vital' family owned SMEs urged to seek business support

Greater business management and support is vital for family owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs), a sector that is crucial to the recovering UK economy, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

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Are your savings safe? The FSCS and deposit protection

In an uncertain economic climate, recent research has revealed that savers - reluctant to invest into banks and building societies - are keeping growing amounts of money unsecured at home. Savings are, however, protected to a certain level under the deposit guarantee scheme, and banks have come under the spotlight to make it clearer what is and isn't covered.

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