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Employers support apprenticeship initiatives

Firms have given their backing to government plans to raise the number of apprenticeship places available and to improve the apprenticeship system, a new report has said.

Small businesses get online tax guidance

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has created a series of short online video guides aimed at helping small and new businesses understand the tax issues facing them.

Small firms’ loan scheme 'making a difference'

Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary, has said that more than £1 million worth of loans are being made each day to small businesses as a result of a government guarantee scheme.

Revenue drops unjust enrichment defence on VAT

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced that it has readjusted its policy of refusing some claims made by businesses for the repayment of overpaid VAT on the grounds that the repayment would unjustly enrich the firm.

Unexpected rise in consumer spending

Official figures have shown that retail sales rose during January.

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