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Leaders discuss business rates on Holyrood campaign trail
business rates, but would retain the small business bonus scheme. The Scottish Labour leader said: "I'm travelling the country just now speaking to businesses all the time and the number one thing…


Johnson group buys Afonwen laundry business for £52.6m
business. "The addition of Afonwen significantly strengthens our quality and service offering within the high volume hotel linen sector," said JSG chief executive Chris Sander. "I have known Afonwen…


Business Live: Wednesday 27 April
…US Federal Reserve holds interest rates. Former BHS owner preparing bid. UK GDP slows to 0.4% in the first quarter. Barclays reports 25% slump in first quarter profits. Home Retail Group reports £804m…


Stay or go? Small business views on the EU referendum
…overwhelming majority of businesses in the UK, 99.9%, are considered 'small and medium sized enterprises' or SMEs. On the ground In the light of this, the BBC's Economics and Business Unit wanted to…


Facebook profits triple: Shares jump as business grows
…Facebook shares have jumped after reporting a tripling of first quarter profits from a year earlier. The number of users is continuing to grow, particularly on smartphones, and advertisers are…


Business Live: FTSE 100 in second straight week of losses
…Low oil prices hit profits at ExxonMobil. Construction firms agree blacklisting settlement. Eurozone economic recovery gathers pace. Government dividend payment keeps RBS in the red. Brussels terror…


Business Live: RBS shares sink on Williams & Glyn news
…US economic growth slows to 0.5%. Sajid Javid says Tata Steel pension liabilities deter buyers. WPP's Sir Martin Sorrell defends pay. Average house price growth slows in April. Lloyds Bank quarterly…


Reality Check: Do we have a say over EU small business regulations?
…regulations affecting small businesses, both through its MEPs and government ministers who vote at the Council, where they have been on the "winning side" 86.7% of the time in recent years. EU…


Business Live: Wall Street markets tread water
…BP post $485m quarterly loss. Menswear retailer Austin Reed falls into administration. Profits jump at Costa coffee owner Whitbread. Sir Phillip Green 'under moral pressure' over BHS pensions…


Business Live: Wall Street shares fall
…BHS retailer files for administration. Almost 11,000 jobs under threat. Retailer's 164 UK stores will continue to trade. Pensions Regulator to investigate. Collapse is the biggest retail failure since…