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Recession could herald major changes in the business landscape

The ramifications of the credit crunch and the recession could have a profound impact on how UK businesses operate in the future.

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Give smaller firms supportive tax cuts

The government should lighten the tax burden on smaller businesses if it wants to promote economic recovery, a business group has argued.

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Employment laws included in Queen’s speech

The government’s last Queen’s speech before the next general election contained a number of measures affecting business and the economy.

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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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