Government Initiatives

Business groups call for prompt payment reform

Business groups have called for reform of the Prompt Payment Code after data showed that more than half of Federation of Small Businesses members were not paid by the agreed date.

Zero hours contracts consultation opens

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has launched a consultation into the understanding and use of zero hours contracts.

Success for first Small Business Saturday

Local retailers celebrated the UK’s first Small Business Saturday as shoppers descended on high streets for the first weekend of the festive season.

Autumn Statement 2013: Responses

The business community has been quick to react to Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement. Here's a summary of responses from the UK’s leading business groups.

Northern Ireland encourages inward investment

A seminar to boost foreign investment in Northern Ireland has been co-chaired in London by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the country's Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

'Big six' energy companies questioned about rising costs

The UK's six largest energy firms have been questioned by a committee of MPs over recent increases in electricity and gas prices.

Businesses urged to consider succession planning

Farmers in Northern Ireland are being urged to put proper succession plans in place in order to protect their businesses.

Calls to scrap parking charges on UK's first Small Business Saturday

Local councils should waive town centre parking charges in support of the UK's first Small Business Saturday being held on 7 December, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

Help to Buy mortgage guarantee launches

The Government's £12 billion Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme - designed to help thousands of people with small deposits get onto the housing ladder - has launched three months ahead of schedule.

Traineeships given funding boost

The Government has announced an extra £20 million worth of funding for its traineeships programme, which aims to help young people prepare for - and secure - an apprenticeship or employment.

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