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Energy costs and access to effective telecommunications, including broadband, are the most important infrastructure issues faced by small businesses, according to new research from the Forum of Private Business. A total of 80% of Forum members responding to the organisation's Referendum survey on ‘Infrastructure for Growth' believe that energy costs are ‘very important' or ‘important', with the same number citing telecommunications and broadband access – seen as a particular problem in rural locations. The reliability of the energy supply is also a key issue for 75% of respondents, followed by local banking services (73%) and local roads (65%). Other small