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A  helpful resource list for business people in the UK.

1. THE OFFICE OF THE BANKING OMBUDSMAN
http://www.intervid.co.uk/obo/
The Banking Ombudsman provides recourse for business and personal account holders with complaints about banking services or mismanagement. The site's dedication to the general public is demonstrated by the prominent "Complain Now!" link on the front page.

2. YAHOO UK FINANCE
http://finance.yahoo.co.uk
The indispensable daily Internet primer on finance. This site links to a vast array of stories from Reuters and the Press Association, company profiles, exchange rates, stock updates, and other indispensable finance info.

3. MICROSOFT UK BUSINESS CENTRE
http://www.eu.microsoft.com/uk/business/
This site does do it's best to promote Microsoft products and services. However, the "Toolkit" link provides excellent Business Fact Files for small businesses.

4. THE EVENING STANDARD
http://www.standard.co.uk
The Standard is the most business focused City publication, and with four editions of it's Internet site published daily, it's hard to beat for the latest business news.

5. BUSINESS LINK LONDON EAST
http://www.londoneast.businesslink.co.uk/
Useful information about the East London business environment. Facts, figures, and profiles of each of the six boroughs, plus contact information of use to area businesses. Well worth exploring.

6. CCTA GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE
http://www.open.gov.uk/
This site proves that the Internet does indeed make for an open, or at least more accessible, government. A flexible search engine will help you  find the government agency you need, from VAT information to ombudsmen.

7. UK ELECTRONIC YELLOW PAGES
http://www.eyp.co.uk/
An excellent index of UK business both online and off, searchable by name or category. Works just like that bulky yellow pages by your phone!

8. FINANCIAL INFORMATION NET DIRECTORY
http://www.find.co.uk
This directory claims to index every UK financial services web site available. The site provides both a search engine and well organised categories for browsing.

9. UK PLUS
http://www.ukplus.co.uk
The search engine that "hand picks the sites that matter" provides excellent and well documented Business and Money/Investing links plus full web searching. A great place to begin if you don't want to visit every site on the 'net...just the good ones.

10. THE BUSINESS ENTERPRISE EXCHANGE
http://www.bee.co.uk
The "Bee Centre", East London's busy business support centre in association with Microsoft TM, Reuters, Viglen - a virtual support centre for the third millennium designed specifically for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and the people who work in them.

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