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The Carbon Trust has launched an Energy Efficiency Loans campaign that urges businesses to apply for an interest-free loan to replace or upgrade existing equipment. In 2006/07 alone, £18million was offered through the scheme to help small businesses realise annual savings of almost £7million and 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Britain’s Big Four supermarkets face a clampdown on their land-holding practices and could have their relationships with suppliers regulated by an independent ombudsman. The proposals form part of the initial findings of an 18-month probe by the Competition Commission into the £120bn sector.

Nearly 80% of small business owners, have to deal with increasing levels of employment law by themselves, a new report of Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows. Nearly a third of them (32%) said that they didn’t take on new staff because of the complexity of employment law.

Alphason urges retailers to book their slots for 2008 Alphason Window Display competition as places are already filling fast. This successful promotion is now in its fourth year, with participants reporting between 20-40% increase in AV furniture sales during the display period.

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