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Small business jobs increase

Small businesses are able to hire staff again thanks to an economy on the mend, an influential businesses organisation has found. The Federation of Small Businesses found start ups were hiring new staff at the highest rate in three years.

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Govt should have 'confidence' in economic policies

The Government should have "further confidence" in its economic policies after the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) published its "most positive report" for some time, said the group's Chairman.

Optimism, growth and confidence can be used to summarise this quarter's findings. Small firms are clearly helping the economy gain momentum compared to the same point last year.

This is the most positive report that the FSB has published for some time and gives further confidence to policymakers and the Government that steady growth is back on the agenda.

This now needs to be fostered and the Autumn Statement later this year should be the ideal vehicle to do this.

– Chairman of the Federation of Small Business John Allan

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