The British Chambers of Commerce has urged the chancellor to introduce a permanent annual investment allowance of £500,000 in the coming Budget to boost business spending and keep the economic recovery on track.
A major global business organisation has cut its 2015 UK economic growth forecast because firms are scaling back on spending ahead of the general election.
Buoyed on by the acquisitive nature of larger businesses, the British economy is seeing more funds committed to growth.
The road to entrepreneurship can take many forms and we wanted to share your stories about starting up. Here 11 entrepreneurs talk about how they got their first funding, from tearfully meeting investors at airports to mortgaging the family home.
British SMEs plan to increase business investment by 23 per cent over the next year, while hiring more employees. A positive sign that business confidence is returning?