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Government may boost small business loan scheme

Ministers are thought to be debating the introduction of a £20 billion business loan guarantee scheme as a way of ensuring that firms have access to desperately needed financing and credit.

Economic decline now at 'unprecedented rate', says BCC

The UK economy is slowing down at a profoundly disturbing rate, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said after publishing the results of its latest quarterly survey

Business rates hike should be dropped

The government has been urged to reconsider plans to raise the amount of tax that retailers pay on their properties.

Tax payments by direct debit

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said that more taxpayers now have the option to meet their bills by direct debit.

Mixed business response to latest interest rates cut

The Bank of England’s decision to reduce interest rates to 1.5 per cent means that the official cost of borrowing is now at its lowest in its 315-year history.

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