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  1. March 20, 2013

    Budget 2013: Instant reaction

    “This Budget is the wrong answer to the wrong question. We face a jobs, growth and living standards crisis, yet today’s...

  2. March 4, 2013

    Osborne urged to curb business rates

    George Osborne is under pressure from small companies to curb rises in business rates and widen competition in the banking...

  1. December 7, 2012

    Banks still using sales pressure tactics

    High-street banks including Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland are still putting pressure on staff to sell high volumes of...

  2. November 5, 2012

    S&P misled investors, court finds

    Standard & Poor’s misled investors by awarding its highest rating to a complex derivative product that collapsed in value...

  3. September 20, 2012

    Fears over mis-selling compensation scheme

    The Federation of Small Businesses has written to the chancellor expressing concerns about the compensation scheme for...

  4. September 2, 2012

    Osborne plans state bank for small businesses

    George Osborne’s plan to set up a state-backed small business bank is the latest in a line of initiatives intended to crack...

  5. April 13, 2012

    Small companies face extra data burden

    A push to get every business to file real-time information (RTI) on their tax payments began this week, raising concerns...

  6. March 21, 2012

    Growth fears mar ‘bold move’ delight

    Business delight at George Osborne’s “bold move” to cut corporation tax more than expected and signal a reduction in the top...

  7. March 7, 2012

    Banks jeopardise recovery, warns Cable

    Vince Cable has warned Britain’s banks that the economic recovery is “being imperilled” by a “yawning mismatch” between...

  8. February 27, 2012

    FSB says government must push alternative lenders

    The urgent need to increase funding to companies means the government should champion alternative lenders rather than simply...

  9. February 13, 2012

    Fewer small businesses use bank overdraft

    The number of small businesses that have used a bank overdraft or loan has fallen in the past two years, in spite of...

  10. February 10, 2012

    Banks under fire over Project Merlin

    The UK’s five main banks have come under fire for missing their Project Merlin target for lending to smaller businesses by...

  11. January 23, 2012

    Wrong time for disciplinary action

    From Mr Andrew Buchan. Sir, I was impressed that the FT had two articles on the same day about stress and mental health at...

  12. January 16, 2012

    Small business confidence slumps

    Confidence among small businesses has slumped as two leading economic forecasters said the UK was heading for another...

  13. December 31, 2011

    IOD chief urges action on executive pay

    Executive pay and the lack of women on company boards need to be tackled next year to put right some of the UK’s “key...

  14. November 16, 2011

    Small firms struggle to access finance

    First time borrowers and smaller companies are finding it much harder to secure debt than others with existing facilities,...

  15. November 16, 2011

    MPs seek return of cheque guarantee cards

    MPs are demanding the restoration of cheque guarantee cards in order to ensure that the preferred payment method for small...

  16. October 14, 2011

    HSE plans under fire

    Plans by the Health and Safety Executive to charge at least £750 for faults found during inspections irrespective of the...

  17. October 7, 2011

    Speed urged on credit easing

    Business groups have urged George Osborne, chancellor, to act quickly on his promise to help inject liquidity into credit...

  18. September 26, 2011

    Temp rules ‘burden’ for firms

    The smallest businesses will face the biggest problems in satisfying new European Union rules giving greater rights to...

  19. September 7, 2011

    Groups at odds over timing of bank reforms

    A row has broken out between the main business groups over whether or not the government should press ahead with reform of...

  20. August 12, 2011

    Banks face pressure over loans

    The relationship between entrepreneurs and the banking industry needs to be further improved, business groups claimed as the...

  21. July 19, 2011

    Call for temporary cut in VAT

    The country’s leading voice for small businesses has called for temporary cuts to VAT for the construction and tourism...

  22. July 11, 2011

    SMEs see bank loan rejections rise

    Rejection rates for small businesses applying for bank loans have increased sevenfold since the banking crisis struck,...

  23. July 4, 2011

    Companies urged to settle bills earlier

    Whitehall departments are shaming the private sector when it comes to settling their bills, according to a survey by the...

  24. June 28, 2011

    Security: Internet is industry Achilles heel

    Recent high-profile hacking attacks, such as the theft of more than 100m customers’ details from Sony and a four-day data...

  25. May 30, 2011

    Squeeze forces search for finance sources

    Turned down: Frank Brammer had never been refused finance by a bank until this year    At 88, Frank Brammer has experienced...

  26. April 3, 2011

    Visa rules spell trouble for small companies

    Smaller companies and graduate trainee schemes are likely to find it harder to recruit staff from overseas when new visa...

  27. February 9, 2011

    Cost of credit is key say SMEs

    Vince Cable, business secretary, proclaimed that the banks’ promise of £10bn in extra small business lending this year was...

  28. January 10, 2011

    VAT rise hits hardest in the fuel tank

    This month’s rise in value added tax (VAT) is hitting many business owners hardest in the fuel tank, the Federation of Small...

  29. August 20, 2010

    Targets ignore cost of accepting credit

    From Mr John Walker. Sir, The Federation of Small Businesses agrees with Steve Cooper, head of Barclays’ small business...

  30. July 23, 2010

    SME confidence sinks further

    Business confidence among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) worsened during the second quarter of the year,...

  31. June 23, 2010

    Cautious welcome for jobs levy delay

    George Osborne confirmed measures to offset about two-thirds of Labour's planned rise in employers' national insurance...

  32. June 22, 2010

    Cautious welcome for jobs levy move

    George Osborne confirmed measures to offset about two-thirds of Labour’s planned rise in employers’ national insurance...

  33. April 30, 2010

    Small businesses avoid banks

    Small businesses are still reluctant to go to the bank for funds, according to a poll by the Federation of Small...

  34. February 12, 2010

    Downturn hits Diageo harder than expected

    The economic downturn in North America and Europe has hurt profits at Diageo, the owner of Johnnie Walker whisky and...

  35. February 11, 2010

    Downturn hits Diageo harder than expected

    The downturn in North America and Europe has hurt profits at Diageo, the owner of Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff...

  36. October 30, 2009

    Rise in National Insurance could cost 57,000 jobs

    Business groups are urging the government to abandon plans to raise National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for small...

  37. October 17, 2009

    Sale of the week: Bingo going gone

    Sale: Incoming Tide: Paintings by John Walker Location: Offer Waterman, 11 Langton Street, London SW10, tel: +44 (0)20-7351...

  38. August 17, 2009

    Feelings run high in Kilmarnock following plant's closure

    Feelings about Diageo are running high in Kilmarnock, the Ayrshire town that stands to lose 700 jobs through the closure of...

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