Labour's Ed Balls said today his new policy of cutting business rates for small firms would save each business an average of £400 a year.
In an interview with Ian Axton of ITV News he was asked if those same businesses could afford the £3000 per employee cost of increasing the Mimimum Wage to £8 an hour.
A jewellers in Bath has been destroyed after a fire broke out last night [Tuesday].
The shop, Nicholas Wylde Jewellery Designer and Goldsmith, has had many famous customers including Jazz singer Jamie Cullum and members of the Royal family.
Crews were at the scene in Northumberland Place until early this morning [Wednesday].
The cause of the blaze is being investigated.
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Whilst rent in the private housing sector reached another new high last month, the South West has bucked the trend, with rates dropping by 1.5% annually.
Demand for rental homes has rocketed in the last year as people struggle to get on the property ladder because they cannot raise a deposit or meet lenders' toughened borrowing criteria.
Although rents increased by 3.2% nationally to an average of £741pcm, rates in the South West fell to an average of £638.
The findings come a day after the Money Advice Trust announced that a record 12,000 tenants were struggling with arrears had contacted its national debtline this year - the biggest number in its 26-year history.
Business leaders in Bristol have welcomed the news that the city is get more than £11 million pounds for better access to broadband.
It should not only help people wanting to get onto the internet at home, but also businesses which rely on digital communications.
Bob Constantine reports.
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The Olympics and Paralympics are widely regarded as having been a huge success, in terms of medals won and in the way they've been organised. But is there a lasting legacy for business in the South West too?
Retailers across the country say they saw sales dip slightly in August as people stayed in to watch, even internet sales were down. But the British name is flying high and exporters in the region believe it's a chance to cash in.