Managing costs

Prospect of rise in energy costs for business

Businesses have been warned that they could see a steep rise in energy costs over the coming years.

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Small firms hit by rising prices

Small firms have experienced the sharpest quarterly hike in costs for five years, according to a new report.

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Pay rises remain under pressure

Firms are beginning to hire again as they recover from the recession, but above-inflation pay rises are still a rarity, a new survey has revealed.

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Business tax breaks needed to fund skills investment

The economic recovery could be undermined if insufficient investment is made in boosting the skills of UK workforces.

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Recession takes its toll of training budgets

The economic downturn has had a significant impact on the funds invested by businesses in training.

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Decision to abolish cheques attacked by MPs

Moves to phase out cheque payments by 2018 have been criticised by the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee.

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Firms look to marketing to drive business

Increasing numbers of smaller businesses are boosting their sales and marketing efforts in order to speed recovery in the aftermath of the recession, a new study has found.

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Smaller firms suffer higher energy prices

Small firms are less likely to secure lower energy price deals than their larger counterparts, a leading business group has claimed.

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Focus business policy on small firms

The government should put the needs of small firms first when drawing up business policy.

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TV series to offer advice on business operations

A new television series is aiming to increase awareness among smaller firms of the business records they need to keep.

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