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More employees than ever planning to work longer

The effect of the recession on pensions, savings, investments and property values has pushed up the number of people who are contemplating longer working lives, a new study has revealed.

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Government to help firms suffering equity gaps

Large numbers of SMEs are being denied access to the finance they need to grow because they fall between the funding levels that venture capital firms and the banks are prepared to offer.

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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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VAT cut gets only modest response

The temporary reduction in VAT has only had a moderate effect on consumers, a poll has found.

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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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Call to reform stamp duty

Stamp duty needs to be restructured if the housing market is to recover across the whole country, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has said.

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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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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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