Business development

New tax allowances to boost Scottish energy investment

Oil and gas industries in the North Sea are set to benefit from increased investment after the Government unveiled plans to alter taxes affecting the sector in the Budget.

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Confusion over Budget enterprise zones

Businesses based in enterprise zones in Scotland, North Wales, and England are set to benefit from enhanced capital allowances, after announcements made in the Budget, but there is confusion over whether Northern Ireland is to be granted its first enterprise zone.

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Budget 2012: Business reaction

Business groups and commentators have given initial responses to the Budget announced this afternoon, which Chancellor George Osborne said would 'unashamedly back business', encourage investment and create more jobs.

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Business groups offer last minute Budget proposals

Business groups have urged the Chancellor to take 'radical action' and deliver measures which support small businesses, drive job creation, and encourage UK economic growth, in the Budget that will be announced tomorrow.

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Independent report advises alternative methods of SME finance

Proposals to increase access to capital and promote alternative sources of finance for small businesses have been published in an independent taskforce report.

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Osborne: Budget to tackle stamp duty avoidance

New 'aggressive' measures to deal with stamp duty tax avoidance will form part of Wednesday's Budget, Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed.

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Weak manufacturing performance raises concerns

Concerns over the UK's economic recovery have been fuelled by poor performance in the manufacturing sector.

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Government pledges to double contracts with SMEs

The Government plans to double its spending on public sector contracts awarded to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), from £3 billion to £6 billion, it has announced.

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Business groups push for new SME voice in Government

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has argued for the formation of a new separate Government body to represent the UK's 4.5 million small businesses.

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A third of UK businesses struggle with social media management

UK businesses are struggling with 'chaotic' and 'unmanaged' social media, according to research from information management firm Iron Mountain.

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