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The Forum of Private Business has joined forces with the Buying Support Agency (BSA) to help recession-hit small businesses save money, following research showing spiralling business costs are a major barrier to growth. According to research carried out by the Forum 82% of business owners saw the cost of raw materials increase over the past year, with the same number saying the rising price of overheads had adversely impacted on their businesses. Further, 74% reported that cost increases have inhibited their growth ambitions and 45% that their profitability has suffered. To ease costs and free their businesses to grow Forum