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Business News

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Business owners need to be on their guard over the coming festive break, after Britain has been battered by storms and floods, warns a UK insurer.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Almost half (44%) of small and medium-sized firms applying for development finance over the past year were successful, up from 27% in 2014, according to a report by Albion Ventures.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Small businesses are struggling under the burden of increasing property values and rising rents, according to the Bank of Cyprus UK’s latest Owner Managed Business (OMB) Barometer.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

British businesses still have a way to go to improve their image, as almost 40 per cent of the public believe they behave unethically, according to a new survey.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Despite the volume of IPOs falling by a third in 2015, compared to the previous year, the outlook for Northern company listings looks positive over the next 12 to 18 months, according to business intelligence firm EY.

Monday, 21 December 2015

The North West economy will grow at a steady rate over the next three years, with Manchester expanding faster than any other city outside of the South of England, a new report has found.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Businesses in the North West are among the most confident in the UK.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Job prospects in the North West are among the best in the country, according to the latest research from Manpower.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Business confidence in the outlook for the economy is at its lowest level for over a year, with concerns that a global slowdown will hit the UK in the spring, according to a new survey.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

The SME sector is leaving itself "wide open" to serious crime risks, according to new research.

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