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Nick's Blog: The Importance of Small Businesses

Small businesses are often described as the backbone of the economy because of the jobs they create and contribution they make to national prosperity. But do they need more support from government?

Nick's Blog: Can You Escape From Your Smartphone?

Escaping from your smartphone is almost impossible as its addictive design trumps our ability to resist. But there is growing anxiety that we’re losing control as the time spent staring at screens escalates.

Nick's Blog: Are You Happy?

Trust in government, credible business organisations, community and social supports, income levels, and the ability to make choices are listed as some of the things that make us happy. Increasing the number of positive experiences we have on a daily basis is also seen as beneficial to our general wellbeing.

Celebrating Success with Start Up Loans

The British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme has lent £500 million to UK small businesses since it was set up in 2012, with £7.3m being leant in NI, according to official figures published in June.