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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.

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

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.

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

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

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