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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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Small businesses display cautious optimism for 2013

Small businesses are more confident heading into the New Year than they were this time last year, research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

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Quarter of small businesses unaware of PAYE shake-up

A quarter of small firms are oblivious to major upcoming changes to the pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) system which will alter their payroll reporting duties to HMRC, a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

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Small businesses to get export support

A new service designed to help small and medium sized businesses to export to high growth markets in South East Asia has launched.

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Cost of auto enrolment likely to cause pay freezes

Nearly one in six employers believes that the costs of the upcoming pension auto enrolment will result in a cut or freeze to employee wages, a new report has warned.

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Business marketing spending up for third successive quarter

Business marketing budgets were revised up for the first quarter of 2012, marking a third successive quarter of increased spending, a survey by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) has found.

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Small businesses urged to consider alternative buying methods to reduce costs

Small recession-hit businesses faced with increased business costs may be able to save money through group buying, research carried out by the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has claimed.

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