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Taxes must be clear and accountable

Tax laws need to be reformed so that they are open, transparent and pose less of a burden to smaller businesses and entrepreneurs.

Small businesses less expensive to run

The cost of running a small business has fallen for the second successive quarter.

VAT accounts for almost half of delayed business taxes

Firms have delayed paying £1 billion of VAT after reaching agreements with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) under the Business Payment Support Service.

New pension rules could adversely affect temporary employment

The government has been advised to give serious consideration to the impact that new pension rules may have on temporary workers, employers and the flexibility of the labour market.

Minimum wage mooted for apprentices

The government has asked the Low Pay Commission to look at the case for introducing a national minimum wage for apprentices.

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