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Market economics: SMEs in Sunderland are found to be too reliant on locals

UK SMEs need to focus on diversifying customer bases, business health study suggests

Businesses located in Hull, Liverpool and Blackburn are predicted to be hit hardest by a lack of consumer spending, a new report concludes.

State cash: Nick Clegg visits a firm in Crewe as part of the Regional Growth Fund

Expanded Regional Growth Fund fourth pot dishes out £506 million through 102 offers

The fourth round of the Regional Growth Fund finance scheme has seen 102 companies and projects receive conditional offers.

Red tape: Business minister Michael Fallon is hoping to save money with cuts

Employment tribunals, health and safety and environment on agenda for government regulation cuts

The government's latest six-month Statement of New Regulation has seen the introduction of measures which are forecast to save businesses millions.

Early-stage backing: EIS and SEIS encourage investment in risker ventures

EIS and SEIS contribute to surge in use of government funding schemes

The creation of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) has led to a sharp rise in the amount of businesses applying for government funding initiatives.

Business finance: Dragons Den is about to enter its eleventh season

Dragons’ Den exposure for businesses failing to ignite funding search

Entrepreneurs entering Dragons’ Den to pitch for investment are failing to pursue the traditional forms of business finance before taking their businesses on the show, new research shows.

Cleantech capital: Vince Cable is hoping the GIB will leverage private sector cash

Government pledges an additional £800 million for the UK Green Investment Bank

The UK Green Investment Bank has had an extra £800 million added to its coffers, to go with the £3 billion announced in November 2012.

Awards: Rupert Rawcliffe (centre) with Sky News host Charlotte Hawkins (left)

Rupert Rawcliffe and Mark Hodges lauded at M&A Awards

The sixth annual M&A Awards saw Rupert Rawcliffe of Grant Thornton and Mark Hodges of Towergate Insurance walk off with the two headline awards.

Helping hand: The government is putting its weight behind apprenticeships

Government’s Spending Review pledges more apprentices and the creation of Heseltine’s Local Growth Fund 

Chancellor George Osborne has committed to create more apprenticeships and created a Single Local Growth Fund, first outlined by Lord Heseltine.

Money woes: Late payment can be crippling for business cash flow

Slow paying customers and insolvencies hitting cash flow hard

British CFOs are becoming increasingly worried about the state of cash flow within their businesses, new research shows.

Big banking: The OFT will be looking at how finance is provided to SMEs

Office of Fair Trading brings forward study on banking competition for SMEs

A lack of lending to small and medium-sized businesses has prompted the Office of Fair Trading to conduct a study on banking competition.

Start-ups: Sites such as London's Borough Market have aided food entrepreneurs

Eating out sector worth £25 billion in the UK as food start-ups fuel growth

A six-point action plan to encourage local councils and the government to boost food entrepreneurship has been laid out by social enterprise Kitchenette.

US capital: Silicon Valley, in California, has long dominated the VC world

UK venture capital scene falling behind its US rival, Nesta says

Despite a number of large venture capital investments taking place in 2013, the UK start-up investment scene is still lagging behind its US equivalent, independent innovation charity Nesta says.

Capital markets: The cost of listing had steadily grown before a 2011 spike

AIM IPO fees down as nomads compete for work

Competition amongst nominated advisers is driving down the cost of listing on the alternative investment market.

New reports: A gender breakdown for board, management and firm is required

Greenhouse gases, gender division and human rights added to quoted firms' reporting

Quoted companies will now have to report on extra issues including gender representation and greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to make non-financial reporting simpler for shareholders.

British economy: Manufacturing has been hit hard by the lack of finance

Product innovation being stymied by lack of available finance for SMEs

A lack of capital is preventing UK businesses from investing in new product development, new figures show.

Media and creative: Ingenious has previously invested in the Creamfields festival

Ingenious Ventures begins three-month mission to back companies in media and creative industries

Start-ups in the media and creative industries are set to receive a boost from Ingenious Ventures following the launch of a new seed investment pot.

Alternative finance: Small firms with turnovers under £500,000 are being drawn

Small business appetite sees asset-based lending rise

Lending through asset-based lending has grown by 6 per cent during the first quarter of the year, new figures show.

Start-up finance: EIS and VCTs channel high net worth cash into businesses

EIS and VCT marketing restrictions escape the chop of the FCA

Growth company financing has received a boost following the announcement that the promotion of Enterprise Investment Schemes and Venture Capital Trusts will not be banned.

Lost cause: Fewer businesses are having to pull down the shutters for good

British business insolvency tracks at 2007 ‘low level’ as progress noted across market

Business insolvency rates in the UK have achieved stability not seen since 2007, according to new figures.

Irish innovation: Dublin has encouraged a host of start-ups to set up in the city

Irish government sets aside €175 million to invest in fast-growth start-ups through venture capitalists

A new €175 million fund aimed at funding high-growth companies has been set up by the Irish government.

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