Campaign group urges more support for small businesses in budget

Between March 2020 and March 2021 the estimated number of businesses in Scotland fell by 19,805.
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BBC rocked as damning report shows two-thirds want licence fee SCRAPPED 'Poor value!'
THE BBC has been dealt a massive blow after a majority of Britons back scrapping the licence fee, according to a new poll.
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Shoppers outraged as Poundland sells sex toys next to Quality Street
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Frankie Bridge was ‘nervous’ to join Loose Women following ‘rift’ rumours: ‘I read about all these feuds’
Frankie joined the Loose Women family in 2021.
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ITV’s Emmerdale and Coronation Street overhaul could backfire on the soap genre as a whole
'It could be the last gasp of scheduled TV'
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Tech & Science Daily: Why are hackers flooding Miami?
Plus, why Bitcoin’s suffered another big drop
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Evan Rachel Wood claims Marilyn Manson had Hitler ‘obsession’ and called him ‘first rock star’
‘Throughout the course of our relationship, he started to get multiple swastika tattoos,’ she said
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Conor McGregor could return at UFC 276 as Dana White predicts comeback date
The former two-weight world champion has been nursing a broken leg that he suffered last July, and is plotting to return as soon as this summer once he gets cleared by doctors
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Coleen Nolan blasts ‘compulsory vaccines’ for NHS staff and complains she’s ‘bored’ of Covid
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Planning for independence vote okay because of ‘improved situation’ – Swinney
Scotland’s Deputy First Minister defended the Scottish Government resuming work for another independence referendum.
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£262bn investor says it will target bosses who fail on climate and human rights
Aviva Investors says voting at AGMs will be influenced by policies on climate, human rights, biodiversity and executive payAviva Investors, an important UK asset manager, has put the directors of 1,500 companies on notice that it is willing to seek their removal if they fail to show enough urgency in tackling issues including climate change and human rights.The firm said the way it votes on the re-election of company board members in the upcoming AGM season would be heavily influenced by its four key stewardship priorities for the year, which also include biodiversity and executive pay. Continue reading...
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Tottenham at risk of repeating Chelsea transfer mistake with AC Milan talks ongoing
Tottenham are set to be very busy in the final week of the January transfer window, with manager Antonio Conte desperate to strengthen his squad after the 2-0 defeat by Chelsea
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Wordle game gets spoiled forever as Twitter bot reveals tomorrow’s word to anyone that shares their score
The bot uses code from a programmer who found the full list of Wordle words on the site
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Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor blackmailed to fix cricket matches
Taylor, 35, has today admitted he was blackmailed to take part in spot-fixing by a group of so-called businessmen he met in October 2019 - and is now staring down the barrel of a multi-year ban.
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Boris Johnson Warns Vladimir Putin War In Ukraine Would Be 'Painful, Violent And Bloody'
Boris Johnson has warned Vladimir Putin that a Russian invasion on Ukraine will lead to a “painful, violent and bloody” war.The prime minister said he believed that the Ukrainian people will rise up, leading to a lengthy conflict similar to Russia’s involvement in Chechnya.Johnson said the UK was leading global efforts to put in place a package of economic sanctions should an invasion take place.But he said that while the outlook was “gloomy”, with Russian troops massed along the Ukrainian border, a war was still not “inevitable” as he urged the Kremlin to think again.He said: “The plan for a lightning war that could take out Kiev is one that everybody can see.“We need to make it very clear to the Kremlin, to Russia, that that would be a disastrous step. And so what we are saying is that the UK is leading on creating the package of economic sanctions, working with our partners around the world and I’ll be talking to them this afternoon - talking to colleagues in other capitals and in Washington.“But we also need to get over the message that invading Ukraine from a Russian perspective is going to be a painful, violent and bloody business. It’s very important that people in Russia understand that this could be a new Chechnya. “I’ve been to Ukraine several times, I know the people of that country a bit and my judgment is that they will fight. And really, that is not the way the world should be going.”On the prospects of war, the PM added: “I’ve got to tell you that I think that the intelligence is pretty gloomy on this point. There is a large array of Russian forces and we have to take the necessary steps. I don’t think it’s by any means inevitable now, I think that sense can still prevail.”But he added: “We stand fully foursquare with the people of Ukraine and we support the sovereign integrity of Ukraine, but we also need to get over to Russia that any incursion of any kind into Ukraine is not going to be a cost-free business. Thhere will be casualties and I think people in Russia need to understand it could be their new Chechnya.”Related...Covid Tests For Fully Vaccinated Travellers To England Will Be Scrapped, Confirms Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson Says He Takes Islamophobia Claims 'Extremely Seriously'Tory MP Stuns People By Declaring Islamophobia Can Only Impact 'Obvious' Muslims
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Nurse accused of murdering eight babies appears in court ahead of trial
Lucy Letby, 32, is accused of multiple counts of murder
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Family of four blamed for overcrowded studio home decide to sue council
A family of four, originally from Ecuador, is taking Southwark Council to the High Court after it refused to put them onto a priority housing list and left them living in a one-room studio flat
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Kerry Katona complains she's getting old as she can barely walk down stairs in heels
Mum-of-five Kerry Katona told fans her 'knees don't half hurt' as she struggled to walk down the stairs in high heels on her way for a 'wild' night out
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Covid tests scrapped for fully vaccinated arrivals
This will be a major boost for travel firms and families planning an overseas trip during the February half-term.
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Why is there no Premier League football next weekend?
Premier League games won't return until February 5.
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RHOBH star Camille Grammer-Meyer looks 'exactly the same' in 30 year old throwbacks
Camille Grammer-Meyer is best known as an original cast member of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alongside the likes of Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump
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‘I owe it to the kids’: coin found by detectorist dad sold for £648,000
Devon family makes a fortune from 13th-century gold coin discovered thanks to return to an old hobbyA metal detectorist who gave up his hobby when he started a family, only to return to it when his children were old enough to nag him into taking them out detecting with him, has been rewarded with one of the most extraordinary finds – a lovely example of England’s oldest gold coin, which has sold for a record-breaking £648,000 at auction.Michael Leigh-Mallory, 52, found the Henry III gold penny buried 10cm deep on farmland in the Devon village of Hemyock shortly after taking up his old hobby again. Not realising what it was, he posted a picture of the coin on social media, where it was spotted by the auctioneers Spink in London. Continue reading...
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Move over Eddie the Eagle...meet Dave the Rocket
Dave 'The Rocket' Ryding, 35, from Chorley, Lancashire, said 'it's natural for everyone to talk' about his chances in Beijing following his success in Austria (pictured).
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Six-year-old girl is first child in the world to walk without quadriceps muscles in legs
A girl, 6, from Bathgate, West Lothian, believed to be the first child born with a condition called arthrogryposis meaning she has no quadriceps muscles in herlegs, learns to walk
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India’s Omicron-led Covid cases may soar in coming weeks, experts warn
Omicron is now officially confirmed to be in the community transmission stage in India
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Shoppers go wild for River Island’s £40 stylish monochrome midi dress
Add a bit of excitement to your dull winter wardrobe with this stunning monochrome dress
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Milan face derby day of reckoning as Juve clash falls flat on shabby stage | Nicky Bandini
A shocking pitch, near-empty stadium and a cast full of understudies made for difficult viewing at San SiroIt was supposed to be one of those Sunday night spectacles that define a Serie A season. Milan, second in the table and needing a win to keep pace in the title race, up against Juventus, fifth and fighting for their Champions League lives. Two of the giants of Italian football squaring off at San Siro, the country’s grandest arena.Juventus were yet to beat any of the teams ahead of them in the table – Milan, Inter, Napoli or Atalanta. But their manager, Massimiliano Allegri, had never lost in 18 career meetings with his Rossonero counterpart Stefano Pioli. This was an occasion for someone to rewrite the narratives. Instead, all the pens ran dry. Continue reading...
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Call to axe mandatory vaccines for frontline staff amid ‘paralysing’ need
Social care boss among those asking to delay the deadline for frontline NHS and wider social care staff to have their first jab.
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Call to axe mandatory vaccines for frontline staff amid ‘paralysing’ need
Social care boss among those asking to delay the deadline for frontline NHS and wider social care staff to have their first jab.
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Channel crossings pass 1,000 this year as more migrants including children make journey today
Photos from Dover this morning show a group of migrants which included small children being brought to safety by a Border Force vessel as the total for January eclipses last year's tally already.
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Dominic Cummings claims fearful Downing Street staff are keeping evidence from Sue Gray inquiry
Staff worried because they ‘know the PM will see everything’, says ex-adviser
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Joe Vs Carole: Carole Baskin responds to John Cameron Mitchell and Kate McKinnon in utterly bizarre Joe Exotic series
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Teacher, 53, drank a bottle of wine and drove on wrong side of the road
Amanda McClean was weaving around on the road in her Peugeot while heading towards Marske, North Yorkshire, on May 9 last year. She was banned from the road for 40 months.
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Multiple people are injured as gunman opens fire in German lecture hall
The attacker, armed with a long gun, shot multiple people at the university in Heidelberg, southwestern Germany, police said.
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Tom Brady considering NFL future as star 'non-committal' to final year of Bucs contract
Seven-time Super Bowl-winner Tom Brady won't add to his collection of rings this season, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are preparing for the possibility that their prized asset could retire
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Meat Loaf's wife Deborah left with suffering 'gut-wrenching' sadness after death
Meat Loaf's widow has shared her heartbreak with the world at the loss of her husband as she praises fans for their 'outpouring of love' for the late singer, saying he was 'her world' and there life together was 'an adventure'
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Coronation Street and Emmerdale schedules will change and ITV News become an hour-long show
The revamped bulletins, which will run from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, will bring more live coverage and a greater focus on reporting from outside of London to reflect the whole of the UK, ITV said.
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'My brother fought for full custody of his kids - but I'm the one looking after them'
A mum has shared her frustration at having to look after her brother's kids day in, day out, for almost two years after he fought so hard to win full custody of them
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‘Listen to what I’m saying!’ Boris asked 8 TIMES about National Insurance change prospect
PRIME Minister Boris Johnson was repeatedly asked whether the proposed rise to National Insurance in April will go ahead amid the cost of living crisis with the Tory leader avoiding giving a straight answer during an awkward grilling.
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Anthony Joshua to ‘discuss options’ amid reports Oleksandr Usyk will fight Tyson Fury
Eddie Hearn confirmed he is meeting Joshua this week to discuss ‘a number of proposals’
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6 dead at Milwaukee home; homicide investigation underway
Authorities say six people have been found dead in a Milwaukee home in what police are investigating as multiple homicides
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Inside Queen's private farmhouse retreat where Prince William romanced Kate Middleton
The Queen has travelled to Sandringham to mark the 70th anniversary of her father's death and is believed to be staying at Wood Farm - a private cottage that has been used by Prince William and Kate Middleton as well as the late Prince Philip
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Boris Johnson claims he is taking Nusrat Ghani’s Islamophobia claims ‘extremely seriously’ – UK politics live
Latest updates: prime minister says he is taking Nusrat Ghani’s claims she was sacked because of concerns about her ‘Muslimness’ extremely seriouslyJohnson orders inquiry into Nusrat Ghani ‘Muslimness’ sacking claimsTransparency fears as minister says Sue Gray ‘findings’ will be publishedScrap national insurance rise, says ex-minister David DavisCoronavirus – latest global updatesThe national insurance increase is partly a tax rise for individuals but partly a tax rise for businesses too, because employees’ and employers’ national insurance contributions are both going up, and this morning the Institute of Directors are released data suggesting that firms will respond by putting up prices and hiring fewer staff.Around 500 firms replied to the survey, and 38% said they would “raise prices to offset some or all of the cost” in response to the national insurance increase, and 19% said they would “employ fewer people”. The forthcoming rise in employers’ national insurance contributions is of real and genuine concern to business leaders, particularly those running small and medium sized businesses that are the growth engine of our economy.Our data shows that the tax rise is itself inflationary at a time when prices are already rising fast. Faced with the forthcoming increase in the cost of employing their teams, many businesses are planning to raise prices to offset the cost and/or rein in on their hiring plans.Members of the Metropolitan Police’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command who were on duty when a string of lockdown-breaking gatherings are alleged to have taken place have provided detailed testimonies about what they witnessed ...While police officers cannot be compelled to speak to Ms Gray – unlike Downing St staff – it is understood they were “only too willing” to co-operate.One idea being discussed by [MPs] is to send subject access requests to Mark Spencer, the chief whip. The requests allow people to use data protection law to demand personal data an organisation holds about them.Doing so, the MPs believe, would force Spencer to disclose within a month any messages, emails and texts discussing potential consequences for disloyalty — either directly to the MPs or in exchanges among the whips office.Three sources told The Independent they have not divulged messages and pictures on their phones after a senior member of staff told them to remove anything that could fuel speculation in the wake of the first party revelations.Messages in a WhatsApp group were said to contain photographs of people drinking and dancing, as well as references to how hungover people were the next day. Continue reading...
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Kym Marsh on why terminally ill dad is her 'hero' and the reason Manchester holds a special place in her heart
The Coronation Street star is hosting the MEN Pride of Manchester Awards for the fourth year running
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Players urged to check EuroMillions tickets with eight still to claim £1,000,000 prize
While 17 UK players have claimed their millions, eight are yet to be found.
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Mesut Ozil in danger of Arsenal history repeating at Fenerbahce as he struggles to justify enormous salary
It took seven-and-a-half years for Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career to decline from his potentially game-changing arrival to its nightmarish conclusion, but for much of the 12 months since, his supposed dream move to Fenerbahce has seemed destined to follow a similar course.
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McDonald's threatened with furious shopper boycott over breakfast menu axe
Angry McDonald's breakfast fans are calling it 'a terrible decision.'
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