Business leaders push for 'realistic' Budget targets

Chancellor George Osborne should make 'a radical shift in policy' in the forthcoming Budget in order to boost the economy in the long term, according to the Institute of Directors (IoD).

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The Autumn Statement and business finance

A large portion of the Autumn Statement this year was geared towards businesses, helping them to secure finance, encouraging investment and reducing the business charges payable.

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Small businesses question impact of the Budget

While the Budget may not have any adverse effects, small businesses have voiced scepticism over the benefits it will deliver, according to a recent snapshot survey.

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Pace of recovery to be muted

Sat alongside the tax measures intended to stimulate growth and the reduction in fuel duty introduced in the Budget was the latest report from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

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Budget 2011: business reaction (I)

By and large, business groups extended a welcome to the Budget, but some expressed doubts about whether the Chancellor had done enough to stimulate a private sector led recovery.

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Budget 2011: generating growth

Last year the spending cuts and the tax rises; this year renewal and recovery. That had long been the message offered by the Government in the approach to its second Budget, and the Chancellor, George Osborne was quick to assert the positive outlook of his statement.

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Budget 2011: online VAT filing for all

VAT filing is set to become compulsory for every registered business.

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Budget 2011: going greener

The Government has claimed it wishes to be the greenest ever. To add some credentials to the claim, the Chancellor announced in the Budget that the Green Investment Bank will have an initial capitalisation of £3 billion, not the £1 billion previously assigned it, and will launch a year early.

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Budget 2011: business support

Given that this was the much heralded post-cuts Budget, one with the ambition to set the economy on the road to recovery and growth, it came as no surprise that the Chancellor included a number of measures aimed at helping businesses.

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