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Banking sector needs more competition

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has urged the government to take action to introduce more competition into the banking system.

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Government confirms launch of NIC holiday scheme

The government has announced the introduction of its national insurance contribution holiday for start-up firms in certain areas of the UK.

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NIC tax holiday set to launch

The government is preparing to launch its promised national insurance contribution holiday for start-up firms in certain areas of the UK.

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Business angels face greater demands

New research has suggested that business angels are being asked to invest their money for longer and in larger projects.

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Self-employment declarations should be respected

With thousands of people predicted to start up their own micro-businesses as unemployment rises, a business group has called on the tax authorities to respect their employment status.

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All start-ups should get NIC holiday as confidence stays fragile

A leading business group has urged the government to extend the promise of a national insurance contribution holiday for new businesses right across the country as a new survey shows business confidence in decline.

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New businesses can boost recovery, says report

A study by a leading think-tank has claimed that reducing the obstacles to starting up a new business could push up economic growth significantly over the coming years.

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Government to set up regional growth fund

Plans have been announced to establish a growth fund worth £1 billion to support business and economic development in those English regions likely to be hit by public spending cuts.

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Emergency Budget 2010: tough measures for tough times

Not for a political generation or two has a Budget generated such intense interest. Pre-announcements by the Coalition Government had prepared everyone for large-scale changes to the tax system and for deep public spending cuts.

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Emergency Budget 2010: employers offered national insurance boost

It has been a matter of policy for the government to reverse plans of the previous administration to push up national insurance contributions by 1 per cent as from next April.

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