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Businesses at risk over key personnel loss

More than half of UK businesses would cease trading if they lost one or more key employees to illness or death, research from Scottish Widows has found.

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Cyber crime costs SMEs up to £800 million

Cyber security breaches and fraud are costing small businesses around £785 million a year, a report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

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SMEs at increasing threat of cyber-attacks

Small businesses are being urged to do more to tighten their computer security after research revealed the number of cyber-attacks hitting businesses increased over the last year.

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SME's fear of risk could further stunt economic growth

Financial volatility and a flat-lining British economy are leaving many small businesses fearing risk, a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has said.

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UK to avoid triple dip recession, says business group

Strong performance in the manufacturing and services sectors during the first quarter of 2013 will help the UK avoid falling back into recession, a quarterly economic survey from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has found.

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Second wettest year on record costs insurers £1.9 billion

Flooding and storm damage to homes and businesses cost British insurers £1.9 billion in 2012, according to figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

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Small businesses failing to make long term plans

Many small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are failing to plan ahead for the long term because of economic uncertainty, research from Npower has found.

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Record number of tax-returns filed on time

A record 9.61 million people filed and sent their self-assessment tax returns this year, with 7.93 million sent online, HMRC has revealed.

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Business group issues bad weather advice

Small businesses should start planning ahead for harsh winter weather to avoid being caught out, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has advised.

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Northern Ireland: Late payment and debt tops local business concerns

Two in five businesses in Northern Ireland have no system in place to protect themselves from debt and poor cashflow issues, the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce (NICC) has found.

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