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The Independent on Sunday: Mutuality must not be left to die

Good news for mutuality last week as both the Chelsea and Port-man building societies successfully rejected members' resolutions to change the rules. Chelsea rejected a demutualisation resolution, while Portman turned down calls for directors to be more open and for…

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The Mail on Sunday: Training boosts employment growth

Small businesses that offer their employees training are much more likely to keep their workforce and have better employment growth than those that do not. That is the conclusion of research conducted by the Centre for Business Research (CBR) at…

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The Guardian: How paying the minimum raises the stakes

Without a minimum wage, "the good employers are undercut by the bad, and the bad are undercut by the worst". So said Winston Churchill in 1909 when the Liberal government introduced wages councils to represent the 'sweated' trades [write Mike…

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The Independent: New wealth gap opens as urban small firms outpace rural rivals

The politically-charged debate over the economic North-South divide conceals a wider gulf between business fortunes in urban and rural areas, according to new research. The startling surge in activity among rural small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) that was central to…

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The Times: North-South divide widening

Britain's North-South economic divide is widening, according to a report from Cambridge University's Centre for Business Research due to be published next month. The study of 1,309 small firms from 1997 to 1999 showed that businesses in London and the…

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