Business development

Too few business leases allow monthly payments

Only one in eight leases give businesses the opportunity to pay on a monthly rather than a quarterly basis, a leading retail group has claimed.

Read more

Apprenticeships see fall in numbers

The government’s strategy of using apprenticeships to tackle unemployment among the young may be encountering difficulties.

Read more

Small business fund may be hit by banks' reluctance to get involved

A £1 billion scheme aimed at helping smaller firms gain access to growth finance could be hampered by the unwillingness of investment banks to join up.

Read more

Widespread pay sacrifices 'save' jobs

It has been estimated that a half of UK employees have made some form of pay sacrifice during the recession in an effort to preserve jobs.

Read more

'Time to pay' scheme might become more demanding

Firms that want to agree an extended timetable for paying their tax bills under the Business Payment Support Service might be faced with more stringent questioning from HM Revenue and Customs.

Read more

Rise in national insurance contributions could pressure wages

The Chancellor’s decision to increase national insurance contributions might see a squeeze on wages, a think tank has warned.

Read more

Simplified regulations cutting business costs

Measures aimed at reducing the administrative burden of complying with business regulations are now saving UK firms significant sums each year.

Read more

Changing back to the old rate of VAT

On 1 January 2010, the standard rate of VAT reverts to 17.5 per cent after a period of 13 months at 15 per cent.

Read more

Businesses get extra time to update VAT prices

Businesses are to get additional time in which to update price labels after the rate of VAT reverts to 17.5 per cent.

Read more

Pre-Budget Report 2009: business reaction

Business groups greeted the Chancellor’s pre-Budget Report with a mixture of encouragement and dismay.

Read more
Syndicate content