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Business News

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

UK packaging manufacturer Plastique has secured £5m from the Business Growth Fund (BGF) to double the size of its facility in Poznan, Poland.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A venture capital firm has claimed that small and medium sized businesses are feeling “bullish” about their prospects for growth over the next two years.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Only 18 months since the horse meat scandal began in 2013, consumers and businesses have reverted to a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on supply chains according to new research by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

Monday, 21 July 2014

Savers who will be able to take their pension savings as a lump sum from next April will get free, impartial advice, Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Women Outside the Box (WOTB), a Bristol-based business platform for women, has launched a competition to find the UK’s best female digital start-up.

Monday, 21 July 2014

The latest figures from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) suggest Britain is a ‘sweet spot’ in Europe for overseas investors looking to put their money to work, with inward investment into the country at its highest since records began in the 1980s.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Nearly half of finance professionals working in Manchester are looking to move jobs in the next six months, but only 26% of prospective employers are looking to take people on – so it’s going to be cut-throat 2014 for those looking to make the switch.

Friday, 18 July 2014

A survey of Lancashire business owners found that over half of them are worried about the true costs of auto enrolment, while just under half were concerned about time constraints of implementing the requirement under new workplace pensions legislation.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Scotland's GDP grew by one per cent in the first quarter of 2014, taking it past a pre-recession peak to a record level, according to new figures.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

If small and medium sized firms in the North West want to make the most of economic recovery in the years ahead, then they need to make positive investment decisions now, according to a new report from HSBC Commercial Bank.

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SME Toolkit

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Five Minutes With

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After travelling the world in a corporate role, Mike Wheeler decided that he had had enough of living out of a suitcase and so got a job running a small family business.