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HMRC reminds traders of new customs controls

Full customs controls will come into effect on 1 January 2022.

Retail sales increase in January

New year sales provide boost for retailers.

Export success for recession-era SMEs

Two thirds of exporting SMEs that were set up during the recession began exporting within their first year, research by Barclays has found.

Brand Britain boosts businesses

Products labelled Made in Britain are more attractive to overseas consumers than those with no declared country of origin, a study by Barclays Corporate Banking has found.

Exporting UK SMEs outperform European rivals

UK SMEs have seen bigger increases in their export turnover than their European counterparts, a survey by UPS has found.

Pension changes boost confidence

More than 4 in 10 pension savers feel more confident about their pension schemes following the reforms announced at the 2014 Budget, a survey for the Association of Investment Companies has found.

Online sales growth at 10-month high

The online retail sector grew by 18% in the year to August 2014, according to e-retail industry body IMRG.

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.

Online sales up in July

Retail sales in July 2014 were 0.3% lower than July 2013 but total sales grew by 1.3% in the last year, according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium.

SMEs want more export support

More than one third of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) think exports are important for growth but only one quarter are active overseas, research by FedEx Express has found.