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    1. April 14, 2015

      Business gives lukewarm verdict on Conservative manifesto

      Business has raised questions over David Cameron’s flagship election pledges, even while praising the Conservative party’s...

    2. April 13, 2015

      Manifesto receives mixed reaction from business

      Businesses welcomed Labour’s promise to be fiscally prudent while improving Britain’s infrastructure on Monday, but they...

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    1. April 9, 2015

      UK business body cautious on outlook for exports and investment

      UK companies still face problems in areas such as export and investment, even as the country looks set for another quarter...

    2. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: Thin gruel for business

      Business groups applauded the chancellor’s restraint and lack of giveaways in favour of fiscal discipline, but acknowledged...

    3. March 15, 2015

      BCC urges Osborne to freeze investment allowance in Budget

      A boost to investment by freezing the amount businesses can offset against tax would be the best measure the chancellor...

    4. February 22, 2015

      Ease foreign graduate visa restrictions, business leaders urge

      A future government must make it easier for foreign graduates to stay and work in Britain after their studies or the country...

    5. February 10, 2015

      Business leaders dismiss early EU referendum at British Chambers of Commerce

      Company chiefs suggested an early in-out referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU would not be in the best interest of...

    6. February 10, 2015

      If Britain goes: Business does not want to keep status quo

      One idea that unites almost all UK businesses is that they do not want to keep the status quo on Europe. David Cameron has...

    7. February 10, 2015

      Free Lunch: Fed and Brexit, known unknowns

      What we know is a drop of water, what we ignore, the ocean, said Isaac Newton. In a Newtonian spirit, Free Lunch considers...

    8. February 10, 2015

      David Cameron urges business to ‘give Britain a pay rise’

      David Cameron will urge bosses on Tuesday to “give Britain a pay rise”. The prime minister will argue that “conditions have...

    9. February 9, 2015

      Head of the British Chambers of Commerce backs EU referendum

      A British business leader has called for a referendum on UK membership of the EU, undermining Labour claims that such a vote...

    10. February 8, 2015

      Ed Miliband runs into business anger over paternity leave

      Ed Miliband came into conflict with business again on Sunday night as the Labour party leader’s plans to extend fathers’...

    11. January 21, 2015

      Judges attack planned rise in commercial court fees

      Top judges have said plans for a “dramatic” increase in fees of up to 622 per cent for those wanting to bring lawsuits in...

    12. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Employers greet ‘business-friendly’ speech

      The chancellor offered a range of goodies for the UK’s smaller companies, although there were few pleasant surprises for big...

    13. October 9, 2014

      Time to value skills of the next generation

      Only one in 10 school leavers and less than half of graduates are ready for the working world, and most of them lack basic...

    14. October 8, 2014

      Business survey shows signs of UK recovery losing momentum

      Signs that the UK’s economic recovery may be losing momentum have emerged for the first time in a survey of 7,000...

    15. September 8, 2014

      Business groups call for action on ‘chronic’ UK housing shortage

      Leading business groups are urging politicians to build 240,000 homes a year to tackle the “chronic” housing shortage and...

    16. August 31, 2014

      UK companies back EU reform

      A growing number of UK businesses support a renegotiated relationship with the EU but most want to stay in the bloc, a study...

    17. August 28, 2014

      Lending to UK business falls in second quarter

      Lending to British businesses fell in the second quarter, according to Bank of England figures that show the Funding for...

    18. August 28, 2014

      British Chambers of Commerce warns weak exports could hit growth

      The UK needs to boost exports if its economic growth is not to be a “flash in the pan”, according to one of the country’s...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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....

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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,...

    36. 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...

    37. 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,...

    38. 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...

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