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Small businesses in the West Midlands require greater skills support to boost employee productivity, a new survey shows. The Forum of Private Business (FPB) found that 80 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises in the English region were seeking assistance to develop skills and training initiatives. According to the FPB poll, more than three-quarters…

While broadly welcoming the chancellor’s recent announcement of an increase in training funding, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has called for a greater emphasis on health and safety. During his Budget speech, Alistair Darling revealed that the government is to spend an additional £60 million over three years in order to help…

The government’s plans, which were announced in this week’s budget, to plunge £60 million of additional funding into skills has been praised by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). According to the industry body, recruitment professionals are in a "unique position" to comment on the current skills shortages affecting the UK. "We are delighted that…

The government should refrain from placing additional tax and regulatory burdens on small firms, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said. In a plea to chancellor Alistair Darling ahead of the 2008 Budget, the federation cited evidence from a survey conducted by the Small Business Research Trust which suggested that trading conditions have declined…