Business management

Autumn Statement 2012: initial reactions

This year's Autumn Statement aims to put the British economy back on the road to recovery, according to Chancellor George Osborne. But do businesses agree? We take a look at how some of the UK's leading business groups have reacted to the Chancellor's announcements.

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Christmas lights switch-off could damage high streets

Councils across the UK are being urged to keep Christmas lights switched on in towns and villages amidst concerns that dark high streets could deter shoppers.

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Hidden debts of closed businesses costing UK economy £4.7 billion a year

Businesses choosing to close down voluntarily without going through the official insolvency process are costing the UK economy an average of £4.7 billion every year, research from Experian has found.

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Traditional communication tops list for customer service

Telephone and email are the preferred methods of communication for customers when it comes to customer service queries with businesses, research from technology consultancy Portal has found.

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EU drops plans for gender quotas on company boards

Proposals to impose mandatory quotas to get more women into executive boardroom positions have been dropped by the European Commission (EC) following concerns from business groups.

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Government announces parental leave reform

Parents will be able to share up to a year's parental leave under plans announced by the Government that will 'revolutionise' lives at home and work.

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Businesses ignoring Prompt Payment Code to be named

Big businesses that do not sign up to the Government's Prompt Payment Code (PPC) will be publicly 'named and shamed', business minister Michael Fallon has warned.

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SMEs in business paralysis as fear stops decision making

SMEs are caught in 'business paralysis' as over half reveal they have delayed making important business decisions in the last year for fear of making the wrong choice.

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Consultation seeks to lift restrictions on auto-enrolment scheme

A consultation into restrictions placed on one of the schemes available to employers for automatic pension enrolment has been launched by the Government.

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Poor workplace skills blamed for low take-up of SME apprenticeships

Only nine per cent of small firms have taken on an apprentice in the last year with many believing they are not beneficial to their business, a report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has claimed.

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