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  1. April 16, 2014

    UK wages rise above inflation after six-year squeeze

    The UK appears set for gradual increases in wages above inflation in the coming months, after the ending of a six-year...

  2. April 8, 2014

    Businesses more optimistic about economic recovery

    Britain’s businesses are upbeat about the economic recovery, according to a survey from the British Chambers of Commerce....

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  1. March 31, 2014

    George Osborne shifts Tory focus to ‘full employment’ in UK

    George Osborne has targeted “full employment” as the goal of a future Conservative government, as he attempts to redirect...

  2. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: Investment tax allowance doubled and extended

    The UK’s improving performance on business investment has been given a lift by a widening and extending a tax break on...

  3. March 19, 2014

    UK business lobby groups to seek SME views on banking services

    Two of the main business lobby groups have joined forces in a Treasury-supported research project to find out what micro,...

  4. March 12, 2014

    Business divided after Ed Miliband rules out EU referendum

    Ed Miliband has won a rare burst of praise from business leaders after all but ruling out a referendum on EU membership if...

  5. March 9, 2014

    West Midlands leads the way for UK regional growth

    The West Midlands achieved the fastest growth in business activity last month, followed by southeast England and London,...

  6. March 9, 2014

    Output to grow by 2.8% in 2014, says British Chambers of Commerce

    The British Chambers of Commerce expects national income to return to its pre-recession peak in the second quarter of this...

  7. February 23, 2014

    Business urge Osborne to focus on youth employment, training and enterprise

    The British Chambers of Commerce has urged George Osborne to focus on youth employment, training and enterprise in his...

  8. February 12, 2014

    UK exporters’ confidence highest since 2007

    Confidence among UK exporters is at its highest since 2007, but more support will be needed to reach the government’s target...

  9. January 30, 2014

    Skills shortage threatens to curb recovery, warns watchdog

    A sharp rise in skills shortages threatens to hold back the pace of recovery in parts of the economy, according to the...

  10. January 5, 2014

    Miliband attacked over plan to close opt-out on equal pay

    Employers have accused Ed Miliband of putting jobs at risk after the Labour leader announced on Sunday that he wanted to put...

  11. December 19, 2013

    Vince Cable proposes limited reform of zero-hour contracts

    Employers could be banned from using exclusivity clauses that tie workers on zero-hours contracts to one business, under...

  12. December 8, 2013

    West Midlands exports surge boosted by Jaguar Land Rover sales to China

    The West Midlands is increasing manufactured exports faster than other parts of the UK, boosted by Jaguar Land Rover sales...

  13. December 5, 2013

    Autumn Statement 2013: Business groups seek curb on energy costs

    Business leaders signalled that they would push hard for relief from energy costs in next spring’s Budget after George...

  14. December 2, 2013

    Keith Morgan to head British Business Bank

    Keith Morgan, interim head of the British Business Bank, Vince Cable’s flagship project for boosting finance for smaller...

  15. December 2, 2013

    George Osborne set to reward small businesses in Autumn Statement

    George Osborne stands to reward small businesses in the Autumn Statement this week by pledging an extra £250m for the...

  16. November 19, 2013

    Business urges more runways for London

    A business-led campaign calling for more London runways was launched on Tuesday, to try to break the political impasse over...

  17. November 17, 2013

    Osborne urged to freeze business rates for next two years

    The British Chambers of Commerce is urging George Osborne to freeze business rates for the next two years in his Autumn...

  18. November 4, 2013

    Concern grows as low earners win ‘living wage’ rise

    Tens of thousands of low-paid workers are to receive a pay rise of up to £400 a year as a result of an increase in the...

  19. November 3, 2013

    CBI attempts to rally support for EU membership again

    Once you knew where business stood on Britain’s role in the EU: it was strongly pro-European. In the 1975 referendum on...

  20. October 7, 2013

    Unseasonable warmth is blamed for slow shop sales

    Retail sales rose at their slowest pace since Easter in September, with industry figures blaming the unseasonably warm...

  21. September 24, 2013

    Business groups criticise Labour leader’s ‘divisive’ speech

    Ed Miliband has come under fire from several business organisations, with the CBI – the largest lobby group – accusing him...

  22. September 22, 2013

    Labour’s apprentice scheme condemned as ‘bureaucratic nightmare’

    Labour plans to force employers to take on a local apprentice every time they apply for a visa for a non-EU worker have been...

  23. September 12, 2013

    Overseas sales: Economic recovery raises hopes of an export boost

    When the economic boom turned to bust five years ago, CDE Ireland was left badly exposed. The Northern Ireland-based company...

  24. August 30, 2013

    UK economy on track for faster growth, says BCC

    Britain’s economy is growing more quickly than expected but the recovery is not yet secure, according to the British...

  25. August 27, 2013

    Cracks emerge in business support for second UK high-speed rail line

    The Institute of Directors has become the first large business group to call for the planned high-speed rail link between...

  26. July 31, 2013

    TUC study rejects ‘compensation culture’ claims

    Ministers have been attacked for criticising the UK’s “compensation culture” after a report said the number of people...

  27. July 23, 2013

    UK exports rise adds to brighter economic picture

    Exporting activity is at its highest level since 2007 in the latest sign of a brightening economy, a survey of 1,700...

  28. July 1, 2013

    ‘Very excited’ Carney makes early start at auspicious time

    Mark Carney, the new governor of the Bank of England, could hardly have timed his arrival better. Even before he launched...

  29. June 17, 2013

    Effort to reduce sickness absence at work stalls

    Progress in reducing sickness absence, which costs employers at least £9bn a year, has stalled, a survey of manufacturers...

  30. June 14, 2013

    The second act in Osborne’s play starts with Hester’s exit

    Stephen Hester’s time in charge of Royal Bank of Scotland is ending; so too is the first phase of George Osborne’s economic...

  31. June 5, 2013

    English regions suffer decline in foreign direct investment

    London remained the UK’s inward investment powerhouse in 2012, attracting 45 per cent of total projects, according to Ernst...

  32. May 31, 2013

    Shoppers and services seen as vital for growth

    Britain’s economic recovery is gathering pace but it will be reliant on consumer spending and the service sector, according...

  33. May 19, 2013

    British Chambers of Commerce urges more support for UK exporters

    Ministers are being urged to increase support for exporters in the spending review amid evidence that many companies remain...

  34. April 16, 2013

    Business confidence rises sharply

    Business confidence among finance chiefs of the UK’s biggest companies has risen sharply as worries about economic and...

  35. April 15, 2013

    Business fears impact of EU withdrawal

    Business supports David Cameron’s plan to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU but believes it would be damaging...

  36. April 2, 2013

    Businesses upbeat as trading improves

    Britain’s businesses are feeling more confident after a broad improvement in trading conditions, according to two separate...

  37. March 20, 2013

    Budget 2013: Cable to expound state business bank

    Vince Cable will set out a timetable for the coalition’s planned state-backed business bank on Thursday to address concerns...

  38. March 20, 2013

    Budget 2013: Business happy but small companies irked

    Business people were happy with the cut in corporation tax and reduction in the cost of employing staff in George Osborne’s...

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