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Small businesses battle to protect their ideas says FSB

New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) suggests small firms are struggling to protect the identity and ideas at the heart of their businesses. Time and money spent on protecting intellectual property such as patents, branding and product designs takes valuable resources away from business development, potentially putting growth and innovation at risk.

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FSB warns businesses to check candidates’ references

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is contacting its members to warn them about the scale of reference fraud directed at small businesses. The FSB and BBC1’s Fake Britain cooperated on a survey of 1,800 small firms, which found nearly one in five (17%) had discovered candidates with fraudulent references.

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FSB puts spotlight on small business talent of the future

As the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) 40th anniversary conference in Manchester comes to a close, the spotlight is firmly on the small business talent of the future. Panellists including Hushpreet Dhaliwal CEO of the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) discussed the FSB’s NexGen programme, mentoring, finance and skills with an audience of hundreds of FSB members.

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FSB says firms are increasing wages for staff

Research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that half (49%) of small businesses with employees on the National Minimum Wage have either increased wages in the last 12 months or are considering raising pay. The data shows less than a quarter (23%) of small firms have any staff on minimum wage, down from 27 per cent in 2012.

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FSB says small firms’ hiring intentions are on-the-up

Small businesses are taking on more staff compared with last quarter according to the Federation of Small Businesses. The Voice of Small Business Index found that 15 per cent have increased their staff numbers in the third quarter of 2013. This is the highest figure reported since the Index began in 2010 and mirrors recent improvement in labour market figures.

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