Business development

Greater competition needed for Scottish SME finance

Scotland needs new sources of credit to help small and medium-sized businesses access finance, the Scottish Parliament's economy, energy and tourism committee has said.

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Business leaders call for apprenticeship boost

Business leaders are calling on the Government to encourage businesses to hire more apprentices ahead of National Apprenticeship Week.

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Corporate insolvencies at six year low

The number of corporate insolvencies fell in 2013 to its lowest level since 2007, according to Government figures.

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NI Chamber calls for export action plan

The Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce has called for further Government measures to boost exports.

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Small manufacturers plan investment

Small manufacturers are planning to increase investment during 2014, according to a survey by the Confederation of British Industry.

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Success for first Small Business Saturday

Local retailers celebrated the UK’s first Small Business Saturday as shoppers descended on high streets for the first weekend of the festive season.

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New Ireland trade initiative launched

A new trade initiative has been launched by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and the Bank of Ireland UK.

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Northern Ireland businesses urged to export

Northern Ireland's enterprise minister, Arlene Foster, has encouraged experienced exporters and first-timers to investigate business opportunities in new overseas markets.

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UK manufacturers optimistic for growth

Optimism among small and medium-sized manufacturers grew at a record pace in the third quarter of this year, according to a survey by the Confederation of British Industry.

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Record number of businesses in the UK

The number of private sector businesses in the UK reached a record 4.9 million at the start of 2013, figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown.

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