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  1. July 29, 2014

    Pressure builds for more homes built on greenbelt

    Just over two years ago David Cameron made a passionate speech calling for new garden cities – self-contained communities...

  2. July 15, 2014

    UK business seeks support for exporters

    Britain needs to raise support for exporters to levels seen in countries such as Germany, France, Italy and South Korea if...

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  1. Future of the Company

    The business landscape is changing fast, with many past assumptions consigned to the d...
  2. Private Business 2013

    Often in the shadow of their quoted rivals, Britain’s growing number of private busine...
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  1. July 8, 2014

    Businesses expect UK recovery to slow down

    A new survey reports businesses expect the pace of economic recovery to moderate in the second quarter, striking a rare...

  2. June 29, 2014

    Flexible working extended to all UK employees

    The right to request flexible working will be extended to all UK employees from Monday, which ministers argue will help...

  3. June 18, 2014

    UK trade with China still lags behind competitors

    Britain still has some way to go before reaping the full benefit in exports from China’s rapid growth but there are hopes...

  4. June 4, 2014

    Business welcomes focus on enterprise in Queen’s Speech

    Business was relieved that the Queen’s Speech focused on a limited number of bills and had an emphasis on enterprise, but...

  5. May 30, 2014

    UK economy set for best growth since 2007, says business group

    The British Chambers of Commerce has become the latest organisation to upgrade its UK economic forecasts, predicting the...

  6. May 28, 2014

    Labour aims to draw 1.5m low-paid people into workplace pensions

    More than 1.5m people would be enrolled into workplace pensions under proposals from Labour that prompted warnings from...

  7. May 28, 2014

    Banks pressed to improve lending to UK small business

    High street banks have been urged to “up their game” on lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) after a...

  8. May 19, 2014

    Business chiefs hostile to Labour’s minimum wage pledge

    Business chiefs have given a hostile reception to Labour’s promise to raise the national minimum wage significantly if the...

  9. May 15, 2014

    Companies look to hire more staff as confidence rises

    Two out of five companies that export goods or services are looking to hire more staff amid improving confidence, a study...

  10. May 7, 2014

    Continued union favoured by 85% of non-Scottish companies

    More than four out of five businesses outside Scotland want it to remain in the UK, but most also want changes to how public...

  11. 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...

  12. 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....

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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,...

  16. 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...

  17. 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,...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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