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Small manufacturer confidence could be short-lived

Responding to a slight fall in the UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) to 54.3 in June, Gordon Millward, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Regional Chairman, said: “Our latest Small Business Index saw a huge swing in confidence among manufacturers from -10 at this time last year to +36

FSB wants a Budget for enterprise

In advance of this year’s Budget, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the Chancellor to build on measures already announced, maintaining the focus on enterprise and encouraging small businesses’ growth – the key to the UK's long term economic prosperity. An increasing number of small firms want to grow

Budget 2013: lending let down for Leeds small businesses, says local specialist

Small businesses across Leeds have suffered a lending letdown in the Budget, according to a local tax and accountancy specialist. Will Swift, who runs TaxAssist Accountants in Horsforth, said:  Despite some welcome news on cutting employer’s National Insurance costs and scrapping planned fuel duty rises, our recent survey* of small businesses showed