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Autumn Statement confirmed for 4 December

This year's Autumn Statement will be held on Wednesday 4 December, Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed on his Twitter account.

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High street regeneration red tape cut

The Government has removed some of the red tape that surrounded the set-up of new areas dedicated to improving high streets and regenerating town centres.

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NI Government puts access to finance under spotlight

Northern Ireland's Finance Minister, Simon Hamilton, is beginning a series of talks with ministers and senior bank executives to address the economic challenges facing Northern Ireland.

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HMRC campaigns update: your chance to disclose missed tax payments

HMRC is offering individuals who may have missed tax payments on property sales and those who have failed to file self assessment returns the opportunity to come forward and settle any unpaid tax as part of time-limited campaigns.

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Olympic impact outside of London questioned

The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games boosted the UK economy by £9.9 billion, according to Government data. However the benefits have rarely been felt by businesses outside of London and the south east of England, according to research by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Start-up loans extended to Northern Ireland

Young entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland are to benefit from an extension to the start-up loans scheme which will roll out across the country this summer, business secretary Vince Cable has announced.

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Spending Review 2013: £50 billion for infrastructure, science and education

The Government will commit £50 billion to improve national infrastructure, the science sector and education in order to drive economic growth, the Chancellor George Osborne has announced in the 2013 Spending Review.

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Retailers welcome food labelling scheme

The Government's announcement of a new, consistent front-of-pack food labelling system has been welcomed by the UK's major food retailers.

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Cameron lays down G8 agenda

Tax, trade and transparency are some of the key issues Prime Minister David Cameron will raise with world leaders at this month's G8 summit.

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Business groups respond to legislative agenda

The Government's plans for the new parliamentary session have been outlined in the Queen's Speech. Proposals of interest to businesses include those around national insurance contributions, consumer rights and deregulation.

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