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Thursday, 22 December 2016

There is plenty of optimism for a happy new year among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with three quarters of firms saying it is business as usual following the Brexit vote, according to a new survey.

Monday, 19 December 2016

The underlying strengths of the UK labour market will see jobs growth continue into 2017, according to the latest CBI/Pertemps Network Group Employment Trends Survey.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Unemployment fell by 16,000 between August and October to 1.62m, according to official figures.

Monday, 12 December 2016

The UK economy was stronger than expected in the third quarter - but the momentum is set to slow over the next two years, the British Chambers of Commerce has said.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Seven out of 10 SMEs see cashflow problems as the biggest risk to their business, according to a new survey.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Small businesses in the UK are missing out on work because they are failing to answer their phone calls, and are letting them go through to voicemail instead, according to a new report from telephone answering service, Moneypenny.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Private sector growth remained steady in the three months to November, according to the CBI’s latest Growth Indicator.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Consumer confidence fell "across the board" in November amid continuing concerns about the outlook for the economy, according to new research.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

A lack of skilled staff is the biggest challenge facing business owners looking to expand, according to a new survey.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Autumn Statement will help businesses "in all corners of the UK" to invest with greater confidence in the long term during turbulent times, the CBI has said.

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