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Business finance management

27 Mar 09

During a recession, it is even more important to maintain a strict financial management policy.

Quantitative easing: how it may or may not help beat the recession

27 Mar 09

With interest rates approaching zero and little sign that making money cheaper is having any effect on the economy, the Bank of England has decided to make it more abundant as well.

Policy makers at the Bank have turned to a mechanism for adding money to the system: quantitative easing.

Business lease terms should be more flexible

26 Mar 09

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has re-iterated its call for more flexible lease terms in a week that saw many businesses facing large quarterly rent bills.

Small employers 'unaware' of extra holidays for staff

26 Mar 09

A large number of small firms appear to be unaware that the statutory minimum holiday entitlement is to rise for employees.

Government says business lending scheme is working

25 Mar 09

The government’s Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme has processed more than 1,300 eligible loans worth almost £145 million, Peter Mandelson the Business Secretary has said.