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Northern Powerhouse: How much is it really driving growth?

Is the “Northern Powerhouse” really fuelling business growth?

If you follow business of politics at all you can't have failed to hear the term Northern Powerhouse: but is the rhetoric converting into action that benefits business in the region? 

Business rates: Has Osborne pitched the policy correctly

Devolved business rates: power to local communities or a race to the bottom?

Under new rules announced by George Osborne local authorities will have complete control over setting business rates: but what does that mean for small businesses in different communities?

Apprentice levy: Has George Osborne thrown small business under the bus?

Small business apprenticeships hammered to facilitate tax credits u-turn 

The chancellor announced a surprise u-turn on tax credits today: but the £3.3bn shortfall that it presents is to be shifted to SMEs looking for apprentices

The Autumn Statement 2015: Full transcript

The whole speech delivered by chancellor George Osborne on 25 November 2015

Autumn Statement: Chancellor George Osborne

Autumn Statement 2015: As it happened

Build-up and live coverage of chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement and Spending Review

Autumn Statement: What will Osborne reveal later today?

Business leaders urge Osborne to address business rates and productivity in Autumn Statement

Strong desire to see action on issues that affect SME employers in today’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement

New Trading Instruments and Market Access Now Available at Admiral Markets

Admiral Markets, recently introduced CFD on US and German treasury bonds, providing traders with new trading instruments and access to new markets.

Be Heard - LON:BHRD

Gresham House - LON:GHE

Co founders: Nick and Anthony Von Christierson

Baby Bundle enters UK market with $1.8m seed round and Mumsnet partnership

British founders Nick and Anthony Von Christierson launched the app in the US and are now bringing it back to a British audience

Creative industries: One of the UK's 'great success stories'

Edge Investments announces £40m fund to boost creative industries

Fund supported by the British Business bank and aims to address ‘funding drought’ in British creative industries

Hospitality management: Hostmaker has raised $2m

Hostmaker closes $2m seed funding round 

First VC-backed hospitality management service for Airbnb hosts in Europe raises funds in round led by DN Capital

European funding: Has the model shifted fundamentally?

Europe hotbed of Unicorns amid 'fundamentally changing' funding model

The number of European businesses reaching the highest valuations is rocketing, according to Hoxton Ventures partner Hussein Kanji

Faron Pharmaceuticals - LON:FARN

Financial intelligence: Mergemarket services big names in in the industry

Mergemarket acquires UK company C6 Intelligence

Global provider of financial intelligence snaps up British company to increase risk and compliance offering

Crafts community: The business creates spaces online for the popular activity

LoveCrafts raises $20m in funding round led by Highland Europe

Craft community and marketplace was recently named on of the fastest-growing start-ups in the Times Start-up Track 15 Company list

Filtronic - LON:FTC

Northern Ireland: BGF has made its first investment in the region via Leeds

Braidwater secures first NI investment from Business Growth Fund

Business Growth Fund (BGF) Leeds team completes deal for 40-year-old Derry business

Thai food: The Giggly Squid has sites across the South of England

Thai restaurant group Giggling Squid secures £6.4m funding from Business Growth Fund

Money to be put towards increasing network of restaurants across the South of England

Indian backing: OakNorth has secured a large amount of funding from the East

SME bank Oaknorth secures £66m investment as Indiabulls takes 40% stake

OakNorth is the self-proclaimed ‘bank for entrepreneurs’ in the UK

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Cash Shells Directory 2015

The annual Cash Shells Directory is an invaluable guide for companies and advisers considering joining the stock market by reversing into a shell, providing a list of potential candidates and a commentary on each of them