News stories on the economy and its impact on small business finance, funding and growth.

Manufacturing gains, but economy fragile

The latest data show that Q4 2009 showed some improvements for manufacturers, but concerns remain about a weak recovery in 2010.

By News Desk | 12th January 2010 at 8:29 | Read more ...

Pre-Budget Report 2009 – small business reaction & impact

Alex Bellinger analyses the Pre-Budget Report’s impact on small businesses with updates and SME reaction – the good, the bad & the ugly.

By News Desk | 9th December 2009 at 14:24 | Read more ...

Current inflation rate – October 2009

Consumer Prices Index rises, but economists warn against easing of quantitaive easing in the face of medium term inflationary forces.

By News Desk | 17th November 2009 at 18:15 | Read more ...

Current inflation rate – September 09

As both retail and consumer price indexes fall again, could the UK be heading for a prolonged period of zero-rate inlation or deflation.

By News Desk | 13th October 2009 at 17:29 | Read more ...

Recession end fragile says CBI

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) predicts the UK will emerge from recession, but dark clouds still loom.

By News Desk | 23rd September 2009 at 12:22 | Read more ...

Current Inflation Rate – July 2009

After several months of falls in both the CPI and RPI, July figures show declines in inflation have halted.

By News Desk | 18th August 2009 at 12:26 | Read more ...

Death of a tradesman as customers squeeze life from business

42% of tradesmen fear their businesses may not survive to the end of the financial year.

By News Desk | 10th August 2009 at 17:59 | Read more ...

Confidence returns to global economy

Finance professionals believe downturn has bottomed out, but trading conditions still tough.

By News Desk | 31st July 2009 at 16:50 | Read more ...

Current Inflation Rate – June 2009

Latest CPI and RPI inflation figures raise deflation fears and calls for further active measures to counter recession.

By News Desk | 14th July 2009 at 18:41 | Read more ...

UK small businesses well placed to survive recession

Research from the Open University reveals how Britain’s SMEs are coping with recession.

By News Desk | 13th July 2009 at 9:53 | Read more ...

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