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The government wants to hear from SMEs about the difficulties they are facing when it comes to securing growth capital.

Businesses are unhappy over government plans to stick to its original timetable on the return to the old standard rate of VAT.

Scams in which criminals take control of someone else’s bank account or credit card are on the increase, the UK’s fraud prevention service has said.

Tax laws need to be reformed so that they are open, transparent and pose less of a burden to smaller businesses and entrepreneurs.

The cost of running a small business has fallen for the second successive quarter.

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