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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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SMEs 'losing battle' for public sector work, says business group

Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) are continuing to lose out on public sector contracts, despite recent Government initiatives, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Government publishes potential business contracts worth £70 billion

£70 billion worth of potential future government contracts have been published by cabinet office minister Francis Maude and business secretary Vince Cable, in a bid to boost UK economic growth.

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Mixed reactions to Northern Ireland enterprise zone

Proposals for an extended enterprise zone covering the whole of Northern Ireland have been criticised by Northern Ireland's finance minister Sammy Wilson.

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'Vital' family owned SMEs urged to seek business support

Greater business management and support is vital for family owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs), a sector that is crucial to the recovering UK economy, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

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