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Monday, 14 May 2007

Give smaller firms bigger say, warns FPB

The Forum of Private Business, the Knutsford-based organisation for owner-managed businesses, is calling on the Government to make it easier for smaller firms to compete for Government contracts.

Monday, 14 May 2007

Charging scheme has hit the buffers, says MP

Monday, 14 May 2007

Things will be great at inaugural conference, says McKenna

Monday, 14 May 2007

Nice says savings can help workers quit

Employers who stand to benefit from a £5 billion windfall in efficiency savings once the ban on workplace smoking is implemented are being urged to use some of the cash to help workers to give up smoking.

Monday, 14 May 2007

Opportunity knocks for Warrington firms

A property entrepreneur from Warrington who has put up part of a £5,000 cash prize for the best new local business idea has complained that he "can't give it away".

Monday, 14 May 2007

Interest rates beginning to bite, says survey

Improvements in both overseas and domestic markets for manufacturers could be undermined by inflation rising above three per cent and the pound hitting the two dollar mark, according to a new survey of North West businesses.

Monday, 14 May 2007

Students get cash for 20 games

A spin-out company from Lancaster University has signed a deal to distribute 20 mobile phone games developed on campus to a worldwide market of millions.

Monday, 14 May 2007

Developer cashes in on high prices

Congleton-based property firm Gladman Developments has cashed in on the huge demand for commercial property by selling a portfolio of more than four million sq ft of speculatively built, part-built and yet-to-be-built industrial warehouses to a US real estate fund for £180 million.

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Minister defends tax rise

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

BCC attacks education record 

The director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) launched
an attack on the Government's education record, highlighting the lack
of qualifications among school leavers as "a national disgrace" and a
major obstacle to business growth.

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