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Budget 2012: Announcements for businesses

Budget 2012 was designed to prove that the UK 'unashamedly backs businesses' according to Chancellor George Osborne.

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Budget 2012: 50p tax rate cut while income tax threshold is raised

Chancellor George Osborne announced that the 50p top rate of tax will be reduced to 45p in April, and a further £1,100 increase in the personal allowance by 2013, in the Budget made earlier this afternoon.

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Budget 2012: News round-up

The Chancellor has finished delivering the Budget, a Budget he labelled as creating a 'stable economy, a fairer, more efficient and simpler tax system, and further reforms to support growth'.

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Budget 2012: Chancellor begins against record borrowing figures

Chancellor George Osborne stands to deliver today's Budget after a blow this morning from official figures indicating that public sector borrowing hit a record £15.183 billion pounds last month - close to double of the £8.875 billion in February and what economists had forecast.

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Business groups offer last minute Budget proposals

Business groups have urged the Chancellor to take 'radical action' and deliver measures which support small businesses, drive job creation, and encourage UK economic growth, in the Budget that will be announced tomorrow.

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Pressure on Chancellor for a 'Budget for business'

Chancellor George Osborne must take a business minded approach to next week's Budget to encourage company growth, investment and create new jobs, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said.

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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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