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SMEs create new jobs

SMEs have created an additional 400,000 jobs this year, analysis by the Forum of Private Business shows.

Funeral costs rise faster than inflation

Funeral costs have risen by 2.9% to £3,693, 29 times higher than UK inflation according to new research by SunLife.

Apprenticeships levy divides employers

There are concerns amongst employers that the apprenticeship levy will increase the number of apprenticeships at the expense of quality and investment in training and development, according to new research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

National minimum wage increases

From Thursday 1 October, over 1 million workers will see their pay rise when the national minimum wage goes up.

Insurance industry pays out £77 million a day

Insurers paid out around £77 million a day in insurance claims in 2013, statistics released by the Association of British Insurers show.

Dividend cover ratio falls

Dividend cover for the index of 350 leading shares has fallen to its lowest level since 2009, research by The Share Centre has shown.

Businesses fail to invest in people and technology

Businesses are not investing in the staff, technology and equipment needed to boost productivity, says a new report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Record number of over-50s in employment

Over-50s are making their largest contribution to the UK workforce since records began, according to new analysis by Aviva.

High take-up of pension freedoms

More than 200,000 people have withdrawn part or all of their pension pot in the 3 months since the introduction of the new pension freedoms, according to figures released by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Businesses call for impartial information on EU referendum

Businesses in the UK do not feel that they have enough impartial information to make an informed decision about how to vote in the upcoming European Union referendum, a new report by the Federation of Small Businesses says.

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