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Despite continued government promises to reduce the amount of time and money spent on keeping up to speed on regulation changes, the average micro, small and medium-sized employer in 2014 has seen an above inflationary rise of £713 in their annual compliance bill.

With the start of the World Cup just around the corner and the country set to be gripped by football mania, employers need to keep an eye out for staff absences warns national business support organisation, the Forum of Private Business.

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has expressed its ongoing concerns that “continued distrust” in the banking sector could slow down the pace of recovery in the real economy, as small firms shun banks as sources of investment funding.

The UK economy grew by 0.6 per cent in the three months to June, official figures show.

Cashflow is still the biggest concern among SMEs, a new study has revealed.

Banks are stifling the next generation of business owners, according to Robert Downes, spokesman for the Forum of Private Business.

Budding entrepreneurs and the owners of start-ups will soon have the chance to talk to the taxman via Twitter to discuss any issues or concerns they have.

Small businesses are still unaware of the impending Real Time Information (RTI) system which is being introduced by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in less than two months’ time.

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) wants local authorities across the country to get rid of town centre car parking charges in order to help retailers.

Councils in the North West take an average of 17.5 days to pay suppliers, new research has revealed.

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David Hughes sums up his entrepreneurial career to date thus: four spectacular successes and two failures. He founded the sports retailer Allsports and achieved turnover of £180 million before a vicious price war meant decline, administration in 2005 and a sell-off to rival JD Sports.

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