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Small firms must have fairer chance sooner to win public contracts

16 Apr 09

The Chancellor should bring forward plans designed to help more small businesses win government contracts in the Budget, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

Businesses warned on recession-driven fraud

16 Apr 09

Fraud is becoming an increasing risk for smaller businesses during the recession.

Small businesses 'to get Budget help' on credit risk

15 Apr 09

The Chancellor will use next week’s Budget to announce plans to help smaller firms deal with the problems of credit risk, it has been reported.

Final salary pension schemes in deepening deficit

15 Apr 09

The collective shortfall in the UK’s defined-benefit pension schemes has reached £242 billion.

Small business lending needs greater 'scrutiny'

14 Apr 09

The government has been urged to clarify the levels of lending that banks are making to small businesses.