Business development

Trade credit insurance claims on the rise

There has been a significant rise in the value of trade insurance claims compared with a year ago.

Business output on the increase

After its prolonged battering, the UK’s manufacturing sector may be about to turn a corner.

Ease tax burdens to boost recovery, government urged

The UK’s small business sector is experiencing tentative signs of a recovery, according to a new survey.

Government plans capital fund for small hi-tech firms

The government has announced details of a venture capital fund designed to support small technology businesses.

Credit rating 'problems' for smaller businesses

Well over a half of the UK’s smaller firms have credit ratings that could adversely affect their ability to raise finance.

Employers looking to freeze pay

Over a half of employers are planning to keep wages on hold during the next round of pay talks, a new survey has indicated.

Business lending sees record drop

Many firms are still experiencing the effects of the credit crunch, with business lending suffering its biggest drop in nine years.

Businesses asked for their views on access to finance

The government wants to hear from SMEs about the difficulties they are facing when it comes to securing growth capital.

Calls for VAT rise to be pushed back

Businesses are unhappy over government plans to stick to its original timetable on the return to the old standard rate of VAT.

Small businesses less expensive to run

The cost of running a small business has fallen for the second successive quarter.

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