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SMEs want better government support

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) have mixed feelings about government initiatives to help them grow, research by Aviva has found.

Local councils fail to meet payment deadlines

Contractors wait more than 40 days for payment from some local councils, the Asset Based Finance Association has found.

Exporter confidence rises

More than two thirds of British exporters expect their turnover to increase over the next 12 months, a joint British Chambers of Commerce/DHL Express survey has revealed.

Growth continues for SME manufacturers

Small and medium-sized (SME) manufacturers saw another strong quarter of orders and output growth in Q2 2014, a survey by the Confederation of British Industry has found.

Business insolvencies fall

Business insolvencies fell nearly 7% in the second quarter of 2014 but personal bankruptcies rose significantly, latest figures from the Insolvency Service have revealed.

UK broadband coverage 'not up to speed'

The government's targets for rolling out high-speed broadband to businesses across the UK need to be "much more" ambitious, according to a report by the Federation of Small businesses.

SMEs reluctant to borrow

High growth small and medium-sized enterprises are reluctant to seek finance from banks to fund growth, a study by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland has found.

SME skills gap widens

Nearly a third (29.9%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are concerned that skills shortages are impeding growth, according to research from the Federation of Small Businesses.

Fall in Scottish retail sales

Consumer spending in Scotland fell slightly in May 2014 as total sales figures dropped 0.2% compared to April 2014, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium.

Northern Ireland international trade scheme launched

A support scheme designed to help businesses in Northern Ireland trade internationally has been launched by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce.