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Concerns over cap on business rate increases

Business groups have expressed disappointment over the government’s scheme for dampening the impact of the business rates increase set for next April.

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Firms finding it harder than ever to secure finance

Increasing numbers of small and medium-sized businesses are struggling to access the finance they need in order to grow.

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Keep new business regulations on hold and review red tape

There should be a freeze on new business legislation until the government has had the chance to assess the effects of red tape on smaller firms.

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Tax breaks and supportive regulations urged for start-ups

Small firms that have just started up should be allowed to benefit from tax exemptions in the two years of trading, a new report has argued.

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Government launches drive to raise skill levels

The government has set out details of a new drive to improve skills in the UK workforce.

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New Year VAT help for businesses

Some businesses in the leisure, hospitality and catering sectors are to be allowed to continue charging VAT at 15 per cent into the early part of New Year’s Day.

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HMRC announces 'light touch' approach to VAT rate change

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said that it will apply a ‘light touch’ if businesses make mistakes on their returns following the forthcoming change in the standard rate of VAT.

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Job vacancies on the increase

Both permanent and temporary job vacancies showed a rise last month.

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