Government Initiatives

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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Employee training system needs 'reform'

There needs to be a redirection of government-funded training programmes, the CBI has argued, if the UK economy is both to recover and thrive.

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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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Don't cut spending at expense of business support, says FPB

The government should not reduce its support for businesses when it comes to deciding where public spending cuts must be made but should do more to ease the tax burden on smaller firms.

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Business tax rises will 'push up' unemployment

The government has been urged not to impose additional taxes on smaller businesses.

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Regulations still 'burdensome', say businesses

Firms believe that complying with business regulations has not become any easier or any less time-consuming, a new survey has revealed.

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